About this short course
Students will examine functional anatomy of the head and neck with a focus on structures necessary for speech, swallowing, respiration and hearing and study the underlying neurological and physiological processes that enable humans to think, hear, speak and swallow.
The course provides students with foundational knowledge of the anatomy and physiology relating to structures of the head, neck and thorax. The content of this course is foundational for clinical speech pathology practice and underpins effective assessment and intervention for communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan.
Who should do this course?
This course is designed for students who are interested in studying a Master of Speech Pathology but may not have prerequisite knowledge.
This short course is fully online and will consist of interactive online learning as well as the opportunity to engage in online interactions. Successful completion of assessment tasks, such as online quizzes and interactive tasks will entitle participants to receive a Certificate of Completion.
As a general guide, we recommend allocating 10 hours per week, over the eight-week course duration in which to complete the course.
For those looking to commence studies within the Masters of Speech Pathology in Semester 2, it is recommended that you complete the course no later than June 2023.
What you will learn
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
- Understand the embryonic development of the nervous system and structures of speech, swallowing, hearing and respiration and describe the clinical consequences of in utero malformation.
- Identify and describe the anatomical structures related to the processes of speech, swallowing, respiration and hearing.
- Describe the physiological processes of typical speech, respiration, hearing and swallowing.
- Identify cranial nerve innervation of relevant structures and analyse functional consequences of cranial nerve damage.
- Describe gross neuroanatomy and understand the functional divisions of the nervous system.