SPCHSCI 721 : Dysphagia
2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)
Speech Science at The University of Auckland offers an e-learning course on dysphagia that meets NZSTA requirements for dysphagia training. This paper comprises a range of theoretical and practical topics in the field of developmental and acquired swallowing disorders. The blended-learning course will build on the knowledge you have of anatomy and physiology of swallowing; introducing the processes of assessment, differential diagnosis, and intervention procedures and treatment regimes. This course is designed as a professional entry-level qualification covering all aspects of swallowing and feeding.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Describe normal swallowing to a patient or health professional (Capability 1 and 4)
- Interpret how a patient’s aetiology might impact on swallowing function (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Apply knowledge of swallowing physiology across the ages to identify when it’s not normal (Capability 1 and 2)
- Synthesise the clients information and how it impacts on eating and drinking to make effective clinical decisions (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 6)
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of all the professionals in the dysphagia team (Capability 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)
- Demonstrate skills in assessment, VFSS, clinical evaluation, oro-motor assessment, observation assessment, case history (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
- Demonstrate principles of cultural competence and te Tiriti o Waitangi aspects of dysphagia assessment and management, including how this might impact on the life of the individual and their family/whanau. (Capability 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)
|Assessment of Dysphagia||20%||Group & Individual Coursework|
|OSCE - MBSImp||10%||Individual Coursework|
|Management Case Study||30%||Individual Coursework|
|Final Exam||40%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
|Assessment of Dysphagia|
|OSCE - MBSImp|
|Management Case Study|
Exit requirements for MSLT(Prac) include achieving a passing grade (C- or higher) in all OSCEs. This means that if you fail the OSCE, you can still pass this course, but at a future date you will need to re-sit and pass the OSCE in order to be awarded the MSLT(Prac) degree. Your original OSCE mark will contribute to the final course grade. It is the responsibility of individual students to follow this up with the Course Coordinator.
The dates suggested in the separate course calendar are guidelines for progress through the online modules. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory.
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect self-directed learning via online course website, accessible through Canvas, reading and thinking about the content and work on assignments and exam preparation. There are 6 hours of tutorials, 3 days of interprofessional workshops alongside dietitians and ABA psychologists plus scheduled office hours. Office hours are an opportunity to meet with the course staff directly and are not compulsory.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
Canvas contains access to the dysphagia flexible learning website, where the majority of the self-directed course content exists.
The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.
You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.
The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.
All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.
Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz
If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.
If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.
This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.
During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.
At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.
Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.
Student Charter and Responsibilities
The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).
Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.