17 x 2-hour workshops per semester
1 x 7-hour independent study weekly
Admission into BSPP-Bachelor of Speech Pathology
Assignments; Practical Work; Library Exercise; Tutorial Presentation
Topic description

This topic provides students with an overview of the scope of the profession of speech pathology. It provides a basic understanding of how hearing, communication and swallowing might be disrupted and offers insight into analysing people's communication and swallowing skills. It also provides understanding of the range of management techniques available and gives students an appreciation of the scope of speech pathology practice. Further, it assists students to appreciate the link between the basic sciences (psychology, anatomy and physiology, statistics, linguistics) and discipline specific units, as well as support students to successfully transition to university.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide students with an overview of the role of a speech pathologist, their work settings, and the community in which they work
  • Assist students to see the relevance and context of all other topics in the course to the development of becoming a speech pathologist
  • Introduce students to the Skills and Practice stream, which runs across all four years of the course
  • Assist students with transition to university
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic academic skills e.g. academic writing conventions including the use of the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing system , use of Flinders Learning Online (FLO), the library, the Internet and community resources
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviours and independent learning
  3. Provide a basic overview of the provision of health and education services in South Australia, the speech pathology services within these sectors and how they relate to the socio-demographics of the community
  4. Describe the settings in which speech apthologists work
  5. Describe the types of client groups with which speech pathologists work
  6. Describe the ways in which speech pathologists work
  7. Describe how speech pathologists work with other professionals
  8. Describe the role of research in the provision of service
  9. Describe an overview of the steps involved in intervention of communication and or swallowing problems