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SL2013 - Topics in Focus in Speech Pathology 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject supports the development of foundation knowledge and skills for competent speech pathology practice in working with clients with voice disorders and clients across the lifespan who present with complex communication needs as a consequence of atypical cognitive, sensorimotor and/or anatomical development. These practice areas will be explored using a strengths-based approach within the broader context of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) and/or International Classification of Functioning - Children and Youth (ICF-CY). Approaches to speech pathology assessment and intervention will be critically evaluated with reference to current theories, frameworks, and principles of evidence-based practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • evaluate the presentation of clients with complex communication needs with reference to the ICF and/or ICF-CY;
  • apply clinical reasoning to the planning and evaluation of speech pathology interventions for clients with complex communication needs;
  • evaluate the presentation of clients with voice differences or disorders including consideration of physiological, perceptual, acoustic and psychosocial aspects;
  • apply clinical reasoning to the planning and evaluation of speech pathology interventions for people with voice differences and disorders with reference to the ICF and/or ICF-CY.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (30%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Client report 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) - (40%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

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

Prerequisites: SL2006


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Ms Louise Brown
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Ms Frances Cochrane.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 52 hours seminars
  • 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.