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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 interaction with children, carers and educators in a structured, interprofessional setting. You will have the opportunity to engage with children, their carers and educators while developing your skills in informal assessment, case history taking, and test administration. 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. Throughout this unit you must maintain all pre-clinical requirements.


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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Term 1 - 2022 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 30%
2. Practical Assessment 40%
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%).

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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
The execution of joint speech pathology and occupation therapy classes was poor.
The unit is being modified for 2020 and joint classes will be discontinued until the speech pathology staff until a clearer design for the unit is in place.
Action Taken
This unit was completely redeveloped specifically for speech pathology students. This unit will continue to be taught with speech pathology students only in 2021.
Source: Have Your Say
Assessment tasks and rubrics were unclear and not explained well.
Assessment tasks and rubrics will be reviewed and updated before the 2020 offering of this unit.
Action Taken
This unit was completely redeveloped including all assessment tasks and rubrics. This will be further redeveloped for the 2021 offering based on students feedback.
Source: Have Your Say
Students enjoyed the weekly case studies and in class activities which aimed to link theory with practical application.
Students should continue to be given the opportunity to consolidate their learning through assessment case studies which link what they have learnt in class with practical application.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
Students would like the weekly readings to align more clearly with the lecture content.
The unit coordinator should ensure that the weekly readings clearly align with lecture content and the in-class activities.
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 from children and adults, diagnostic decision making, and management planning
  2. Administer and analyse formal and informal measures of communication in children
  3. Use observations of a child to prepare and implement an interprofessional plan
  4. Demonstrate reflective practice skills across the professional competencies described by Speech Pathology Australia.

Speech Pathology Range of Practice covered:

  • Child - Speech, Language.

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
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
9 - Social Innovation
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment