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SL3001 - Stuttering Across the Lifespan

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

Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Speech Pathology IHCAP Program and the Bachelor of Speech Pathology Honours Programs.

This subject comprises three modules: Clinical practicum, Stuttering and Counselling. Module 1: Stuttering will provide the foundation theoretical and professional skills necessary for competent evidence based practice in the assessment, diagnosis and intervention for fluency disorders across the lifespan. Module 2: Counselling will provide an introduction to the principles and practices of counselling for speech pathology. Module 3: Clinical Practicum, students will work directly, with support from clinical educators with clients with a range of impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions related to speech, language, voice, fluency, multimodal communication and swallowing. Students will conduct assessments, plan and deliver services for clients, as well as providing community education. Students will reflect on clinical experiences and collate evidence to demonstrate their increasing clinical competence. Students will provide speech pathology services in weekly clinical sessions and will observe sessions in other settings.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate competency in basic counselling skills;
  • describe the theories and processes underlying fluency disorders;
  • demonstrate competency in assessment, diagnosis and management processes for people who have fluency disorder;
  • demonstrate clinical performance which is consistent with the majority of intermediate level Behavioural Exemplars for Professional Units 1-4 and CBOS 2011 Units 1-4.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND SL2002 AND SL2003 AND SL2012 AND RH2002


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Ms Louise Brown
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Mr Roger Newman.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 36 hours tutorials
  • 65 hours placement
Assessment: quizzes or tests (10%); quizzes or tests - intervention test (stuttering) (10%); assignments (50%); assignment - case study (stuttering) (30%); placement [pass/fail] (%); clinical competencies - assessment of skills in clinical practice using compass national validated assessment tool [pass/fail] (%); successful participation in observation clinics [pass/fail] (%); portfolio of clinical experience - a collection of material demonstrating developing competency within the cbos 2011 framework [pass/fail] (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass every individual assessment item and achieve at least 50% overall across all weighted assessments in order to pass the subject. Students must complete all clinical placement hours and must 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.