9 x 2-hour lectures per semester
7 x 2-hour workshop-1s per semester
1 x 2-hour field placement weekly
1 Admission into BSPP-Bachelor of Speech Pathology
2 1 of SPTH1104, SPTH1401
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assignments; Oral; Practical Work
Topic description

This topic provides students with knowledge of the processes underpinning clinical practice. Students are familiarised with the professional knowledge, skills and values needed in clinical contexts. There is a practical component which develops skills in interacting with children in a structured setting. There is an emphasis on the integration of theoretical knowledge with developing clinical skills.

Educational aims

This topic aims to support students to begin to develop the skills relevant to speech pathology practice. It provides a foundation for clinical practice which commences in Year 3.

There will also be opportunities to develop some practical skills in case history taking and test administration. Students will begin to develop an understanding of the range of competencies necessary in developing clinical competence.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe the qualities and skills drawn on by speech pathologists
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of current practices and issues around information gathering and client assessment
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of standardised assessment
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles underlying standardised test construction
  5. Evaluate and administer standardised tests in the context of the overall assessment of a pre-school aged child
  6. Interpret standardised test scores accurately
  7. Demonstrate basic interviewing skills - establishing a working relationship with clients, and basic skills of active listening and appropriate responsiveness
  8. Write a basic case history report
  9. In the context of a supervised structured program develop skills working with typically developing children with/without English as a second language to facilitate development of learning and to report and reflect on this work