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SL1001 - Foundations of Speech Pathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
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

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Case report 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Learning plan - (%) - Individual
  • Participation-observation; Written-field report; written-reflection/reflective task - (10%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; pass every assessment item; participate in at least 80% of scheduled classes and all professional experience activities.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Ms Louise Brown
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Mr Gareth Lloyd.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 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.