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SL1001 - Introduction to Speech Pathology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

This subject introduces students to the profession and practice of speech pathology in Australia. Students will be introduced to the core communication and swallowing disabilities commonly assessed and managed in speech pathology practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • students will be able to describe the professional competencies and ethical standards for speech pathology;
  • students will understand the nature and range of communication and swallowing abilities using the ICF framework;
  • students will understand how work and community contexts interface with clients of differing age, culture and disorders;
  • students will integrate foundation knowledge of anatomy, physiology, linguistics and phonetics with communication and swallowing disorders.

Graduate Qualities

  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hour lecture/week
  • 26 hours tutorials - 2 hours tutorial/week
  • 2 hours clinical placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (25% - 35%); quizzes or tests (20% - 30%); assignments (40% - 50%); observation tasks - pass/fail (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will require a valid Blue Card by Week 8 in order to complete all assessment tasks.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.