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In this course, students undertake advanced study with a focus on the management of more complex and multifaceted cases. Discussion topics include the management of clients for whom there is more than one key issue influencing their management (e.g. more than one communication disorder, bilingualism, psychosocial issues, multicultural background) and for clients in specialist areas of speech-language therapy (e.g. neurodevelopmental and cognitive communication disorders). Students explore knowledge which enables them, on the basis of a range of novel and complex case studies, to compare and contrast appropriate assessment procedures, to differentially diagnose the presence, extent, and nature of the communication disorder, to establish appropriate goals for intervention and to plan an appropriate intervention programme.
Description / WhakamahukiIn this course, students undertake advanced study with a focus on the management of morecomplex and multifaceted cases. Discussion topics include the management of clients forwhom there is more than one key factor influencing their management (e.g. presence of morethan one communication disorder, psychosocial factors, bilingualism and culturally andlinguistically diverse background) and for clients in specialist areas of speech-languagetherapy (e.g., neurodevelopmental disorders, cognitive communication disorders). Studentsexplore knowledge which enables them, on the basis of a range of novel and complex casestudies, to independently compare and contrast appropriate assessment procedures, todifferentially diagnose the presence, extent, and nature of the communication disorder, toestablish appropriate goals for intervention, and to plan an appropriate interventionprogramme using evidence based practice. Their work will reflect a critical awareness ofissues in clinical practice and an evaluation of the quality of the evidence underpinning theirclinical decisions.
Goal of the CourseThe aim of this course in the final semester of the BSLP programme is to enhance students’skills in managing more complex and multifaceted cases. Students will use a case-basedlearning approach applied to complex cases that focus on a range of issues across thelifespan. A large focus of the course is to improve self-directed learning skills as relates tocase management using evidence-based practice. Students will be required to integrateknowledge acquired in other courses, to refine their abilities to make clinical decisions, and toindependently critically appraise and apply research evidence to their clinical practice.Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO) / Hua AkorangaIntended learning outcomes represent what you should know and/or be able to do as a resultof active engagement in the learning process. Below is a table that represents the intendedlearning outcomes of this course, along with the associated learning method(s) andassessment task(s).Upon successful completion of this course, I will be able to:Differentially diagnose the presence, extent, and nature of a complex communication disorder that a client presents with.Construct an assessment plan for a client with complex communication disorders and the individual’s whanau/significant others (underpinned by the ICF, evidence-based practice, andcultural competence).Construct a suitable speech and language therapy management plan (including consideration of appropriate multimodal communication methods) for clients with complex communication disorders and the individual’s whanau/significant others (underpinned by the ICF, evidence-based practice, and cultural competence).Identify and apply effective multicultural practices to complex communication disorders cases, with a focus on Māori/Pasifika.Collaborate and consult with colleagues.Demonstrate competency in self-directed learning skills to inform case management decisions.Communicate information in a style appropriate to the audience.Critically appraise the evidence base for a given topic.Demonstrate a critical awareness of issues in clinical practice as applies to a complex case.This will be learnt by:Engaging in tutorials and lecturesCompleting tasks identified in tutorialsIndependent researchLiterature search and critical appraisal to inform assignment completion and participation in tutorials
SPSC320, SPSC369, SPSC363
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Timetable / WātakaWednesdays 3-5pm (Ernest Rutherford 460)Fridays 10am-12pm (Ernest Rutherford 460)
Course Co-ordinator / Kairuruku AkorangaPhoebe MacraeLevel 1, Leinster ChambersSt George’s Hospital249 Papanui RdChristchurch 8014Campus office meetings by appointment only: Room 310, Psych/Soc BuildingPh: 03 369 5126Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgCourse FacilitatorKenny ArdouinEmail: email@example.com
Assessment / Aromatawai1. Case-based tutorial assignments – 62% in totalStudents will be required to independently complete a brief written submission in relation tothree different complex cases (Case #1 will be worth 17%, Case #2 will be worth 20% andCase #3 will be worth 25%). The details for each submission will be provided in yourtutorials.Marking criteria: Marking criteria for the case-based tutorial assignments will be provided onLearn.2. Participation in case-based tutorial sessions – 8% in totalStudents will be required to attend and fully participate in case-based tutorial sessions. If astudent would like to receive credit for a missed tutorial, they will need a medical certificate tohave their absence explained. Marking criteria: A total of 8% of your grade will be obtained from attendance and forindividual student participation in the 11 case-based tutorial sessions. 0.5% - 1% will beawarded for attending and participating in each tutorial and for contributing quality informationto resolve learning issues in the tutorial discussions for each case. See schedule forallocation of percentages to each tutorial.3. Written case-based assignment – 30%Each student will independently complete a written assignment that focuses on a complexcase. You will have two cases to select from for this final assessment. This assignment will bebased on your own review of the literature on this population and best practice. A skilfulintegration of case information with the best available research evidence is expected. A brieffor this assignment will occur in class on Friday April 8th. This assignment is due on Friday10th June, 2022 at 10pm. Marking criteria for the final written case-based assignment will beavailable on Learn.
PrerequisitesEntry subject to Head of Department approval.
Domestic fee $1,158.00
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.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing