Communication and Swallowing Across the Lifespan

Unit code: HHB3004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
HHB3002 - Phonetics and Phonology
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Students will learn about the changes that occur over the lifespan in communication and swallowing.  Within life stages of infancy, childhood, adolescence, early and later adulthood, students will explore the changes in speech, language, voice fluency and swallowing. They will also explore the factors that influence these changes. Implications of life course development for relevant professional practice will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Elucidate the life span changes in communication relating to voice, fluency, speech, and oral and written language as relevant to Australia’s linguistic diversity;
  2. Investigate the life span changes relating to swallowing;
  3. Hypothesize the influence of enablers and barriers on the communication and/or swallowing lifespan changes; and
  4. Synthesise information from a range of sources and report on complex concepts that relate to communication and swallowing.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Test (45mins)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Case Study (1000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Group presentation (15mins)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
A reflection on learning from peers’ group presentations, written in class (1hour)

Required reading

Introduction of Speech, Language and Literacy.
McLeod, S., & McCormack, J. (Eds.) (2015)| Oxford University Press.

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