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SL4001 - Professional Competencies for Speech Pathology 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
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 introduces students to clients with complex communication needs and diverse personal circumstances that may impact on their management. Students will demonstrate increasing awareness of professional issues such as ethics of care and organisational structures. The ICF will be used explicitly in the modelling of clinical reasoning skills and, on completion of the subject, students will be expected to be proficient in explicitly verbalising their clinical reasoning for new complex cases.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of the health conditions, impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions of new complex cases;
  • demonstrate competency in clinical reasoning for clients with complex communication and swallowing needs;
  • apply principles of clinical education in a student introduction to clinical practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Case report 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Oral > Viva - (50%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Professional placement performance - (%) - 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 and actively participate in at least 80% of all scheduled classes; participate in all scheduled placement activities and hours.

Prerequisites: HS2401 AND HS3401 AND SL3001 AND SL3002 AND SL3004 AND SL3005 AND (SL3006 OR SL3106)


Townsville, Study Period 5, Internal
Census Date 04-May-2023
Coordinator: Ms Louise Brown
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Dr Jacqueline Lim.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 52 hours online Seminars
  • 16 hours clinical Placement
  • 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.