SPCH12004 - Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will engage in a work integrated learning experience to develop the practical skills required for speech pathology practice at a beginner level. You will learn how to interact with children and families to deliver speech pathology services. There is an emphasis on the integration of theoretical knowledge and the development of beginner clinical skills, with a focus on working within the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework and understanding the importance of using evidence based practice. Clinical reasoning and reflective practice are a focus of this unit. You must have completed all pre-clinical requirements, and maintain these requirements throughout the unit to engage in your work integrated learning.


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

SPCH11001 Introduction to Communication and Swallowing

SPCH12006 Linguistics

SPCH12008 Phonetics (Co Req for 2023; Pre-Req for 2024) OR SPCH13005

SPCH12002 Communication Development and Needs in Early Childhood (Co Req)

ALLH11001 Introduction to Allied Health Practice

ALLH11006 Life Course Development for Health Professionals

PSCY11010 Fundamentals of Psychology

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 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 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. Written Assessment 60%
2. Portfolio 40%
3. Professional Practice Placement 0%
4. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 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 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 70.00% 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: Student ratings and evaluations.
The feedback suggests that students continue to be struggling with assessment expectations.
It is recommended that a live Q&A time be made in tutorial in the lead up to assessment due dates.
Action Taken
Students were provided with time in tutorials to ask questions regarding upcoming assessments.
Source: Student ratings and personal reflection
The tutorial content needs to be adjusted to align with distance teaching.
It is recommended that, if this unit continues as a distance teaching unit, unit content is reviewed and updated to implement distance teaching strategies.
Action Taken
In 2023 this unit was face-to-face only and adaptation to online teaching was not required.
Source: Student evaluations
Students indicated that they would have liked the information on report writing to occur earlier in the term, well in advance of the due date for the report assessment.
It is recommended that the content on report writing is scheduled earlier in the term to allow students time to process this information prior to the due date of the written report.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluations
Students indicated that they would like to see more personalised interpretations and examples of the slides presented in class and online.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator provides students with more practical examples of the information presented in the slides.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the basic principles of professional clinical practice, including information gathering, assessment reporting, diagnostic decision making, and management planning
  2. Analyse and interpret formal and informal assessments for children
  3. Demonstrate self-awareness, critical reflection, and professional conduct at a beginner level
  4. Document and track the work-integrated learning experiences gained across areas of communication.

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
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
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
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