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.
|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|
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).
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.
|3. Reflective Practice Assignment||30%|
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%).
All University policies are available on the Policy web site, however you may wish to directly view the following policies below.
This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of policies are available on the Policy web site .
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.
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.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
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
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