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SL4001 - Professional Competencies for Speech Pathology 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

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 course introduces students to clients with complex communication needs. These clients have additional physical and emotional issues, and environmental and personal factors also 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 course, students will be expected to be proficient in explicitly verbalising their clinical reasoning for new complex cases.

Learning Outcomes

  • students will understand the health conditions, impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions of new complex cases and the impact that environmental and personal factors (the ICF components) are having on the client;
  • students will understand and demonstrate sound clinical reasoning regarding management issues for clients;
  • students will demonstrate competency in clinical reasoning for complex clients.
Prerequisites: HS2401 AND HS3401 AND SL3001 AND SL3002 AND SL3004 AND SL3005 AND (SL3006 OR SL3106)


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Ms Louise Brown.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials - Weeks 7-12 semester 1
Assessment: end of semester exam (20% - 50%); presentations (20% - 40%); assignments (30% - 50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must achieve a minimum of 50% for all assessment components. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all tutorials, workshops and practical sessions.

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.