SPCH12004 - Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will begin to develop the practical skills required for speech pathology practice, through a range of learning activities and observation of children in a clinical setting. You will have the opportunity to learn how to engage with children and their carers while developing your skills in informal assessment, case history taking, and test administration/analysis. Clinical reasoning and reflective practice are embedded throughout the unit. There is an emphasis on the integration of theoretical knowledge and the development of 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.


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 Disorders
  • ALLH12007 Research Methods for Health Professionals OR ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals
  • ALLH11006 Life Course Development for Health Professionals
  • SPCH12006 Linguistics


  • SPCH12002 Communication Development and Disorders in Early Childhood
  • SPCH13005 Acoustics and 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 3 - 2022

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. Written Assessment 60%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 50.00% 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 discussion
Students responded well to the combination of recorded lectures with face to face tutorials.
It is recommended that the unit continue to offer a combination of recorded lectures with face to face tutorials.
Action Taken
This unit was offered in a mixed format in 2022 (50% online and 50% face to face).
Source: Student discussion
Students reported that assessment expectations should have been made clearer.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator provide a recorded or live discussion of the assessment task expectations.
Action Taken
A pre-recorded description of the assessments and specific assessment Q & A forums were provided on Moodle. Students were able to ask questions about the assessment in the tutorial and responses were provided.
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
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
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 formal and informal measures of communication in children
  3. Demonstrate reflective practice skills across the professional standards described by Speech Pathology Australia.

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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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