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SL5202 - Advanced Practice in Paediatric Speech Pathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
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 Certificate of Rural Generalist Practice or 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 in speech and language disorders in children. Emphasis will be on the application of evidence-based practice 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • formulate speech pathology assessments and interventions for complex paediatric clients using advanced clinical reasoning skills and applying current evidence;
  • effectively communicate about complex cases with peers at an advanced level;
  • critically appraise current evidence for the diagnosis, management and evaluation of speech pathology paediatric practice at an advanced level;
  • measure and critique the outcomes of interventions for complex paediatric caseloads, particularly in rural remote, tropical and indigenous contexts at an advanced level.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (60%) - Individual
  • Participation > Online participation - (15%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; pass every assessment item.

Knowledge and skills commensurate with completion of speech pathology undergraduate degree study


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Jacqueline Lim
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Dr Jacqueline Lim.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 16 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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.