Welcome to the third year unit - SPCH13009 - Hearing and Multimodal Communication (MMC). This unit was introduced in 2015 to cover the specialist areas of hearing and multimodal communication.
In 2015 the format consisted of the first 6 weeks dedicated to "Multimodal Communication" and the second 6 weeks dedicated to "Hearing". This changed in 2016 to the 12 weeks split into one class for MMC and one class for Hearing. Having conducted the unit in the two different formats, 2017 sees us reverting to the original format of the first six weeks devoted to the teaching of the MMC content and the second 6 weeks teaching the Hearing section.
The hearing section includes lectures from guest audiologists including Simon McCormack from Deadly Ears and Katherine Huntly from Australian Hearing in Rockhampton.
As this unit comprises two distinct subjects, there are two textbooks required:
Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Supporting Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs. Fourth Edition. David R. Beukelman and Pat Mirenda.
Clinical Audiology. An Introduction. Second Edition. Brad A. Stach, Ph.D.
Throughout this unit whilst Moodle is your "modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment" where all the unit information is provided, please expect that you will be receiving emails from the coordinator regarding alerts, updates to classes, reminders and other important information to "keep you in the loop". Policies and procedures around email communications can be found on your Moodle site and it is important that you are familiar with these and respond or act upon emails received accordingly.
Tina Janes is your unit coordinator and educator and I look forward to working with you throughout the term.