MDSC 1004 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (1 and 2 - 6 credits)

It is mandatory that students of speech and language be cognisant of the structure and functioning of the parts of the human body that are responsible for the generation and comprehension of language.

This course provides a description of the anatomy and physiology of the human organs involved in speech and language production and the ways in which they work together for the purpose of language production in normal situations. This includes an introduction to basic concepts of anatomy and physiology and consideration of the auditory system, the respiratory system, the phonation system, the nervous system, and the complex interactions among these systems. Such information forms the basis for determining any speech and language pathology which may exist at any time point.

In addition to lecture-based knowledge, students will receive practical exposure to the gross anatomy specimens of relevant human organs and/or their models and to their functional aspects.

Method of Instruction: 3 contact hours per week (over two Semesters, 1 and 2)
Assessment: 40% in-course assessment, 60% final examination