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SL1101 - Foundations of Speech Pathology Clinical Skills

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject introduces the ethics and practice of the speech pathology profession in Australia, with a particular focus on the introduction of speech pathology clinical skills. Students will observe and reflect on a range of speech pathology and related allied health services. This will enable students to consider how foundation knowledge of anatomy, physiology, linguistics and phonetics relates to communication and swallowing disorders. Students will continue 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 expanded. Students will explore how work and community contexts interface with clients of differing age, with a particular focus on clients and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competent communication and numeracy skills as relevant to academic and clinical contexts;
  • Describe how knowledge of anatomy, physiology, psychology, linguistics and phonetics is foundational to speech pathology practice;
  • Observe and discuss the role and scope of practice of speech pathologists working in different settings and/or with different populations;
  • Reflect on one's own observational learning and background with reference to developing skills as speech pathologists.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Learning plan - (10%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Professional placement performance - (%) - 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 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:

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

  • 56 hours tutorials
  • 12 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.