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SL5201 - Advanced Practice in Adult Speech Pathology

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

This subject is available to students who are enrolled in the Speech Pathology major of the Master of Rehabilitation, Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation, or Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation; or the Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice. Completion of this subject may be used as evidence to support an application for practising membership with Speech Pathology Australia, however students are advised to discuss suitability with Speech Pathology Australia.

This subject will extend theoretical knowledge concerning the diagnosis and management of adults with complex communication disorders. The locus of complexity may lie with the nature of the impairment, the context of the adult's circumstances or the nature of the service delivery framework. Emphasis will be on application of evidence-based practice to client management in health, disability, care or other contexts to optimize functional communication and quality of life. The subject will explore how evidence from a range of contexts applies to rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous communities. The subject will require self directed work and will be supported by written, oral and visual teaching materials and videoconferencing.

Learning Outcomes

  • effectively communicate about complex cases with peers at an advanced level;
  • critically appraise current evidence at an advanced level for the diagnosis, management and evaluation of adults with complex communication disorders;
  • formulate speech pathology assessments and interventions for adult clients with complex communication disorders using advanced clinical reasoning skills and applying current evidence;
  • measure and critique the outcomes of interventions for adult clients with complex communication disorders, particularly in a rural remote, tropical and indigenous context at an advanced level.
Knowledge and skills commensurate with completion of speech pathology undergraduate degree study


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Ms Louise Brown, Ms Frances Cochrane
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Ms Frances Cochrane.
Workload expectations:
  • 12 hours lectures - Online lectures introducing core content
  • 8 hours workshops/Seminars - Forum discussions, etc.
  • 110 hours - Student self-directed learning activities
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: presentations (25%); assignments (50%); response to problem-based stimuli (25%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Must pass all items of assessment.

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.