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SL3013 - Topics in Focus in Speech Pathology 2

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject provides students with the opportunity to explore a range of client presentations and conditions including disorders of fluency, cognition and neural processing, and associated speech pathology evaluation and management approaches. This subject builds on and extends students' skills, knowledge, and understanding across diverse practice areas. Students will explore the contribution of clients' experience and behaviour on effective speech pathology practice. Students will develop knowledge and skills for clinical practice in regional, rural, remote and tropical settings with a particular focus on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesise information from a variety of clinical sources in order to formulate communication profiles, clinical diagnoses, and intervention plans for conditions including stuttering, and difficulties with neural processing and cognition;
  • Formulate and justify speech pathology management for clients with complex communication and/or swallowing needs, and diverse personal circumstances; applying understanding of professional issues such as ethics of care and implications of organisational structures;
  • Describe, analyse, and explain how of clients' experiences and behaviour influences effective speech pathology practice;
  • Develop and undertake preventative, educational, and/or promotional projects or programs on speech pathology and other related topics;
  • Explain the principles of effective collaborative professional practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (20%)
  • Invigilated > Presentations - (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (20%)
  • case-based assignment - diagnostic report - (30%).

Special Assessment Requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% in each individual weighted assessment item, and must achieve at least 50% overall in order to pass the subject. Students are required to attend and actively participate in at least 80% of all scheduled classes.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Coord/Lect: Ms Louise Brown.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 65 hours lectures
  • 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.