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SL1001 - Introduction to Speech Pathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject introduces students to the profession, ethics and practice of speech pathology in Australia. Students will be introduced to the professional competencies for speech pathology and the nature and range of core communication and swallowing abilities and impairments commonly assessed and managed in speech pathology practice. 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 explore 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 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;
  • describe the professional competencies for speech pathology;
  • demonstrate competent communication and numeracy skills as relevant to academic contexts;
  • describe how foundation knowledge of anatomy, physiology, linguistics and phonetics, and key health frameworks relates to speech pathology practice.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Ms Louise Brown
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Ms Mandi Hollins.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 4 hours professional Experience
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (20%); hurdle participation in and report on play group (%); learning plan (10%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must achieve at least 50% in each individual assessment item, must pass the non-weighted hurdle assessment, and achieve at least 50% overall in order to pass the subject. Students are required to attend and actively participate in at least 80% of all scheduled classes.

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.