1 x 1-hour lecture-2 per semester
4 x 2-hour lecture-1s per semester
1 x 1-hour workshop-2 per semester
1 x 3-hour workshop-4 per semester
10 x 2-hour workshop-1s per semester
2 x 3-hour workshop-5s per semester
4 x 4-hour workshop-3s per semester
2 x 8-hour clinical placements weekly
1 Admission into MSPP-Master of Speech Pathology
2 2 of SPTH9124, SPTH9125
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assumed knowledge
First year of the Master of Speech Pathology.
Course context

Topic Coordinator approval is required for enrolment in non-semester 2 topic availability. Students should apply via The non-semester 2 availability is available for repeating students by special arrangement.

Assignments; Examinations; Placement.
Topic description

This topic focuses on developing and applying skills and knowledge required to provide services to clients who are experiencing communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Content and skill development is addressed through a combination of independently undertaking routine or familiar aspects of speech pathology practice, with guidance and supervision of a speech pathology clinical educator and participating in clinical skills tutorials. The seven key competencies required for speech pathology practice, and defined by the Competency Based Occupational Standards - Entry Level (CBOS) [SPAA, 2001] document will be targeted. The four core academic abilities will be developed: Reasoning; Professional Communication; Lifelong Learning; and Professional Role.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide students with opportunities to develop their academic abilities in relation to speech pathology practice
  • Develop their knowledge and practical skills regarding the application of Speech Pathology managementof clients who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties
  • Build generic professional competencies of Communication, Reasoning, Behaviour and Lifelong Learning
  • Develop the occupational competencies of Assessment, Analysis and Interpretation, Planning Speech Pathology Intervention, Speech Pathology Intervention, Planning, Maintaining and Delivering Speech Pathology Services, Professional, Group and Community Education and Professional Development
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate Entry-Level competence in the practical skills taught and practiced during skills tutorials
  2. Demonstrate progression in their ability to manage workplace tasks
  3. Demonstrate generic professional skills in situations such as community education, case mix, quality assurance
  4. Demonstrate advanced skills in communication and reasoning
  5. Take responsibility for implementation of management plans with clients
  6. Independently undertake routine or familiar aspects of assessment, diagnosis and/or general management with clients presenting with communication and/or swallowing difficulties with low guidance and support from a speech pathology clinical educator
  7. Independently plan familiar/routine aspects of client management and speech pathology work with low supervision from their clinical educator