SPCH12002 - Supporting Communication Development and Needs in Early Childhood

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will investigate communication development, assessment and intervention for children in the first five years of life. You will develop knowledge in how to support communication needs for children who are culturally or linguistically diverse, have hearing loss or a disability. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework, and the principles of evidence-based, and interprofessional practice will be applied throughout the unit.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


  • ALLH11001 - Introduction to Allied Health Practice
  • SPCH11001 - Introduction to Communication and Swallowing Disorders
  • SPCH12006 - Linguistics
  • PSYC11010 - Fundamentals of Psychology
  • ALLH11006 - Life Course Development for Health Professionals


  • SPCH12008 Phonetics

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

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. Case Study 50%
2. Oral Examination 50%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 44.44% 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: Verbal feedback from students.
Students enjoyed the ability to learn half the unit content through pre-recorded lectures and online activities as it provided flexibility in their learning.
It is recommended that the unit should continue to be run 50% online and 50% face to face to allow students flexibility in their learning.
Action Taken
The unit was run in a mixed format with 50% of content online and 50% of content face to face.
Source: Lecturer's reflection
Students benefited from the use of 'real-life' case study videos to depict assessment administration and therapy.
It is recommended that the lecturer should continue to build a library of video cases to support student learning.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator continued to use video cases including the introduction of video cases for therapy.
Source: In-class comments and SUTE comments
Students commented positively on the layout and design of the recorded lectures.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator should continue to utilise recorded lectures to teach the theory associated with this unit.
Action Taken
Source: In-class comments and SUTE comments
Students commented on the large volume of content taught in this unit and that they would like more time for discussion in tutorials
It is recommended that the speech pathology team reviews the type and volume of content taught in this unit and co-requisite units to enhance the student experience.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the development of children’s communication, swallowing and feeding skills in the first five years of life
  2. Examine children’s global communication skills using informal and formal assessment measures and strategies
  3. Describe the impact of communication difficulties for children with diverse needs within the context of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework using clear and concise language
  4. Apply principles of evidence-based and interprofessional practice when planning prevention and management strategies for young children with various communication needs at an individual, family and community level.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Case Study
2 - Oral Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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 10