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SL1001 - Foundations of Speech Pathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
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 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, and 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 the influence of work and community contexts on clients of differing age, culture and ability. In addition, students will explore how foundation knowledge of anatomy, physiology, psychology, linguistics and phonetics relates to communication and swallowing disorders.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the professional competencies, standards and frameworks for speech pathology;
  • explain simple models and modes of communication;
  • describe the primary features of developmental and acquired speech, language, voice, fluency and swallowing impairments and outline how these disorders may restrict quality of life, activity, participation and wellbeing;
  • demonstrate and apply communication and numeracy skills as relevant to academic concepts;
  • describe how foundation knowledge of anatomy, physiology, psychology, linguistics and phonetics, and key health frameworks relates to speech pathology practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (50%)
  • Invigilated > Quizzes or tests - (20%)
  • Hurdle learning plan - (%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (20%)
  • Daycare observation report and reflection - (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 must successfully complete all assessment requirements and placement related activities. Students are required to attend and actively participate in at least 80% of all scheduled classes.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Lecturers: Dr Trish Wielandt, Ms Louise Brown, Mr Gareth Lloyd.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours tutorials
  • 4 hours professional Experience
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.