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SPCH11001 - Introduction to Communication and Swallowing Disorders

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will be introduced to developmental and acquired communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. You will study the types of disorders that speech pathologists assess and manage across the lifespan and be familiarised with the range of intervention settings in which speech pathologists are employed. You will be oriented to the standards required, and terminology used in, contemporary speech pathology practice in Australia. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework and the principles of evidence based, interprofessional and reflective practice are embedded throughout this unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 15%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 45%
3. Examination 40%
4. Portfolio 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 85.71% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students provided positive feedback on the content of the unit.
Recommendation
It is recommended that SPCH11001 content continues to provide students with a broad overview of communication and swallowing disorders and the role of speech pathologists in this domain.
Action Taken
Positive student feedback indicated that this recommendation had been implemented in 2021.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Despite the required move to the Zoom model of teaching / presenting, students responded positively to the inclusion of the guest speakers from the community.
Recommendation
It is recommended that guest speakers from various community organisations continue to be included in SPCH11001 in future iterations of the unit.
Action Taken
Guest speakers from the community were included in a face-to-face manner in 2021 with positive feedback from the students.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
One student indicated that criteria on one assessment rubric be more prescriptive as opposed to descriptive.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the assessment rubrics be reviewed prior to 2021 and any adjustments be made accordingly.
Action Taken
The rubrics for 2021 were reviewed as the assessments had changed from earlier years. Students did not comment on the rubrics for this year.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The students commented positively about the continued inclusion of guest speakers from the community.
Recommendation
It is recommended that guest speakers continue to be invited to participate in this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The students provided positive feedback regarding the content of the unit.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the content of the unit remain similar with the inclusion of practical activities where possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The students provided feedback regarding the unsuitability of the classroom for learning and teaching purposes.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator request a more appropriate classroom for 2022.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the different types of communication and swallowing disorders
  2. Identify the scope of practice for speech pathologists in accordance with Speech Pathology Australia's guidelines
  3. Successfully complete all pre-clinical requirements
  4. Discuss the principles of evidence-based and interprofessional practice in the speech pathology context
  5. Apply the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework to simple cases involving communication and swallowing disorders
  6. Demonstrate the principles of reflective practice at an introductory level.

The learning outcomes in this unit contribute to the development of clinical and professional competencies as outlined by Speech Pathology Australia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Examination
4 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Examination
4 - Portfolio