SPSC161-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Hearing and Swallowing Mechanism

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course will introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of speech, swallowing and hearing. Learn how our muscles, structures and senses work to achieve human communication and how these processes coordinate with our breathing and swallowing systems.

Description / Whakamahuki
The understanding of anatomy and physiology is vital to becoming a successful speech-language
therapist. The scope of practice has expanded so much that SLTs are now found in intensive care
units, radiology suites, respiratory care departments, and in neurology and otolaryngology offices.
The patients served by our profession depend on our knowledge of anatomy and physiology. We
can only be confident in our diagnosis and prescription of treatments when our understanding of the
underlying anatomy and pathophysiology is detailed and comprehensive.
This course involves an in-depth exploration of the anatomical and physiological bases of human
communication and swallowing. For most students, anatomy is a foreign language that first must be
learned before understanding its full meaning. Like any foreign language, once the basic vocabulary
is mastered, there is an ease of use that allows more complete comprehension. Learning in anatomy
is cumulative. Because of the volume of material and new terminology, it is crucial that you do not
fall behind in your readings. Lectures will follow the text fairly closely.

Learning Outcomes

  • Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO) / Hua Akoranga

    Intended learning outcomes represent what you should know and/or be able to do as a result
    of active engagement in the learning process.

    1. Name major structures involved in speech, swallowing, and hearing processes, and provide
       their purpose within those functions.

    2. Explain the interdependence between major structures in processes of speech, swallowing, and

    3. Identify some of the basic neural structures involved in speech, swallowing, and hearing.

    4. Explain and apply information regarding the physiological role of the following systems in
  • Respiratory
  • Phonatory
  • Articulatory
  • Resonatory
  • Auditory

    5. Explain the commonly accepted theories and laws of speech, swallowing, and hearing.

    6. Link injury of major structures to basic pathology for speech, swallowing, and hearing

    I will Learn this by: Attending and engaging in class lectures. - Participating in class activities. - Reading the required readings. - Exploring online learning resources (such as AnatomyTV).

    Course points and hours of study

    This is a 15-point course. It is expected you will devote approximately 150 hours to this
    course. The weighting of each piece of assessment should provide you with some indication
    of how much time to devote to that assessment. Students’ study habits and styles vary, so
    take this into consideration when allocating your time.



Equivalent Courses


Timetable Note

Timetable / Wātaka

Thursdays 1 - 3pm (F3)
Fridays 9 – 10am (Ernest Rutherford 141)

The Friday lecture slots will be used for a mix of tutorials, aimed at solidifying your knowledge of
the previous lecture, or for providing further lecture content.

Course Coordinator

Phoebe Macrae

Course Co-ordinator / Kairuruku Akoranga

Phoebe Macrae
Level 1, Leinster Chambers
St George’s Hospital
249 Papanui Rd
Christchurch 8014

Campus office meetings by appointment only: Room 310, Psychology Building

Ph: 03 369 5126
Email: phoebe.macrae@canterbury.ac.nz


Assessment / Aromatawai

There are three scheduled assessments:
Test one:
Short answer and multiple choice, based on all information up till test date. Taken in class,
2 hours
• Thursday 24th March, 2022 40%

Test two:
Short answer and multiple choice, based on all information between test one and up till
test date. Taken in class, 2 hours.
• Thursday 5th May, 2022 25%

Test three:
Short answer, multiple choice, and clinical application questions, based on all information
between test two and up till test date. Taken in class, 2 hours.
• Thursday 2nd June, 2022 35%

The course lectures will come primarily from your textbook, although lectures will be
supplemented with outside information. You will be tested on information from lectures
and assigned readings.

Please note that course grades may be scaled. Please refer to the 2022 School of
Psychology, Speech and Hearing Aratohu Ākonga/Guide for Students for further information.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Fuller, D. R., Pimental, J. T., & Peregoy, B. M; Applied Anatomy for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology ; Wolters Kluwer, 2012.

Recommended Reading

Seikel, J., King, D., & Drumright, D; Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language and Hearing ; 4th Edition; Thomson Delmar Learning, 2010.

AnatomyTV. http://canterbury.libguides.com/cmds (link to AnatomyTV is on the left side of
the Ako/Learn page). This online resource enables you to examine the anatomy of the
speech, hearing and swallowing structures in 3D.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,023.00

International fee $5,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All SPSC161 Occurrences

  • SPSC161-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023