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SL3006 - Speech Pathology Practice 3

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

Enrolment in this subject is restricted to all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree and Speech Pathology IHCAP Program(not Speech Pathology Honours students).

Clinical component: Students will develop clinical skills and apply knowledge in clinical settings. Students will participate in clinical education placements in which they will work with supervision and guidance of clinical educators. Students will have the opportunity to observe and work directly with clients with a range of impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions related to speech, language, voice, fluency and swallowing. Students will be involved with assessment, planning and delivery of services for individual cases, as well as providing community education. A range of settings, both in the internal clinic and external facilities will be used to ensure that students develop clinical competence with a variety of clients and in differing clinical contexts. Project development: Students will develop a plan for a clinical research project.The clinical project may address areas such as Evidence Based Practice, best practice guidelines or quality assurance.

Learning Outcomes

  • students will develop intermediate level competency in clinical management of a range of speech, language, voice fluency or swallowing disorders and communicate their observations and clinical findings verbally and in writing in a professional and ethical manner;
  • students will demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour appropriate to the policies and procedures of the clinical placement setting and the profession of speech pathology;
  • students will demonstrate progress from beginning levels of clinical competence toward intermediate levels of competence across all units of the Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathologists - 2001 in terms of independence, caseload complexity, efficiency and critical/creative thinking;
  • students will demonstrate the ability to plan a clinical research project.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion.
Prerequisites: SL3003 and allow concurrent for SL3003


Townsville, Placement/work experience, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: Ms Louise Brown
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Ms Louise Brown, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Dr Samantha Siyambalapitiya.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours - Clinical Project - Supervisory meetings (additional self study required)
  • 60 hours clinical placement
Assessment: clinical competencies - assessment of skills in clinical practice using compass (assessment tool) (%); project plan - students will submit a plan for a clinical project (%); clinical viva - a standard evaluation of student clinical problem solving and skill development (%); portfolio of clinical experience - a collection of material demonstrating developing competency within the cbos 2001 framework (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: This subject will be marked as a non-graded pass/fail. Students must successfully pass all components to pass this subject.

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.