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SPCH11001 - Introduction to Speech Pathology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is an introduction to the profession of speech pathology and your role as a speech pathologist. You will study the types of communication and swallowing disorders that speech pathologists assess and manage across the lifespan. You will also be introduced to the range of intervention settings in which speech pathologists are employed. The standards required and terminology used in speech pathology practice as well as the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) will be examined. The principles of evidence based practice, interprofessional practice and the Speech Pathology Australia Code of Ethics are embedded throughout the unit to support your development.

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 3 - 2017

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Rockhampton
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. Portfolio 0%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 30%
4. Examination 40%

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. Identify the scope of practice for speech pathologists according to Speech Pathology Australia's guidelines and within an interprofessional practice framework.
  2. Describe the different types of communication and swallowing disorders that speech pathologists work with across the lifespan.
  3. Provide evidence that you have completed all pre-clinical requirements, as described in the ‘Professional Practice Guide for Allied Health Students – Pre Practice Requirements’ handbook.
  4. Discuss the principles of evidence based practice and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework in the speech pathology context.
  5. Apply the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework using simple case studies.

Range of Practice:

Adult - Speech, Fluency, Voice, Swallowing, Language and Multimodal Communication

Child - Speech, Fluency, Voice, Swallowing, Language and Multimodal Communication

Competency-based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathology (CBOS 2011):

Unit 1 Assessment - Elements 1.1 and 1.2 to Novice standard

Unit 2 Analysis and interpretation - Elements 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 2.5 to Novice standard

Unit 3 Planning evidence based speech pathology practices - Elements 3.1, 3.2 and 3.5 to Novice standard

Unit 5 Planning, providing and managing speech pathology services – Elements 5.4 to Novice standard

Unit 7 Lifelong learning and reflective practice – Elements 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 to Novice standard

Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology (COMPASS®) Generic Professional Competencies:

Unit 1 Reasoning - Elements 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 to Novice standard

Unit 2 Communication - Elements 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 to Novice standard

Unit 3 Learning - Elements 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 to Novice standard

Unit 4 Professionalism - Elements 4.1, 4.2, 4.4 and 4.5 to Novice standard

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
4 - Examination