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SL1001 - Introduction to Speech Pathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

This subject introduces students to the profession and practice of speech pathology in Australia. Students will begin developing professional communication skills, including the use of information technology, spoken and written communication for academic and clinical purposes. Academic literacy, numeracy and reasoning skills for speech pathology practice will be developed. Students will be introduced to the professional competencies for speech pathology and the nature and range of core communication and swallowing abilities commonly assessed and managed in speech pathology practice. They will consider how work and community contexts interface with clients of differing age, culture and disorders. In addition, students will explore how foundation knowledge of anatomy, physiology, linguistics and phonetics relates to communication and swallowing disorders.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the professional competencies for speech pathology and reflect on their acquisition of these competencies;
  • describe simple models of normal communication and explain how communication disorders may restrict quality of life, activity, participation and well being;
  • describe the primary features of developmental and acquired speech, language, voice, fluency and swallowing impairments, and multimodal communication;
  • apply professional communication (spoken and written literacy), numeracy and reasoning skills to academic and speech pathology practice;
  • recognize how speech pathology practice relies on foundation knowledge of anatomy, physiology, linguistics and phonetics, and key health frameworks.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 4 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (25%); assignments (35%).
Special Assessment Requirements: "Students must achieve a minimum of 50% for all assessment components. "Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all tutorials, workshops and practical sessions.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.