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Diversity in Communication PG (10274.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Speech Pathology


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This unit explores the diversity of ways that humans communicate, with a focus on the communication needs of children, adolescents and adults with a range of disabling health conditions and/or craniofacial anomalies. Students will gain an understanding of assessment and management techniques for individuals that require multimodal communication approaches to management. Students will develop beginning skills in Key word sign and creating low-tech alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) resources for specific contexts.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify etiological factors involved in populations with complex communication needs because of social and/or health conditions;

2. Evaluate the impact of the activities and participation in education and the community of individuals with disability and incorporate findings into management decisions;

3. Develop comprehensive plans for assessment and intervention, incorporating multi-modal communication, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) strategies, and/or the use of assistive technology (AT) for communication; and

4. Design and create a range of low tech AAC resource for a specific purpose.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

4 hours per week, consisting of lectures/problem based learning/interactive workshops/field trips/projects.




Must be enrolled in 371JA Master of Speech Pathology AND Must be enrolled in 10266 Foundations of Communication Science PG AND 10268 Clinical Speech Pathology 1 PG AND 9594 Epidemiology and Principles of Research PG.

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