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SPCH13011 - Fluency Disorders and Clinical Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will advance your knowledge in the aetiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and management of fluency disorders for children and adults. The use of interprofessional practice will be emphasised and you will explore evidence-based practice in the diagnosis and treatment of fluency disorders. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health framework and current research evidence will provide context and structure to assist you in developing interventions. The principles of interprofessional and reflective practice will be embedded throughout the unit.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites





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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 40%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was (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.

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Students reported they would like this unit paired with the stuttering clinic at CQU's health clinic.
It is recommended that in 2021 students will attend the stuttering clinic while participating in the academic content for stuttering in SPCH13011 to consolidate practical and theoretical learning.
Action Taken
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Students appreciated the video resources to rate stuttering severity.
It is recommended that the stuttering video resources continue to be implemented in this unit to support student learning and online rating of stuttering behaviours.
Action Taken
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Students responded negatively to learning this content (stuttering) in an online capacity.
Online learning was unavoidable during the COVID restrictions, hence it is recommended that this unit be taught in the face-to-face and interactive manner that was intended prior to COVID.
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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the different theories, behaviours, and characteristics of fluency disorders in children and adults
  2. Apply the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health framework in the management of fluency disorders in children and adults
  3. Demonstrate and justify current evidence-based practice in the evaluation, interpretation, and treatment of fluency disorders in children and adults

Range of Practice Areas:

Adult fluency

Child fluency

Competency based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathology (CBOS, 2011):

Unit 1: Assessment - Elements 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 to entry-level.

Unit 2: Analysis and Interpretation 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 to entry-level.

Unit 3: Planning evidence-based Speech pathology intervention - Elements 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7 to entry-level.

Unit 4: Implementation of Speech pathology Practice - Elements 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 to entry-level.

Unit 5: Elements - 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 to entry-level.

Unit 7: Elements 7.1 and 7.4 to entry-level.

Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology (COMPASS) Generic Professional Competencies:

Unit 1: Reasoning - Elements 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 to entry-level.

Unit 2: Communication - Elements 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 to entry-level.

Unit 3: Lifelong Learning - Elements 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 to entry-level.

Unit 4: Professionalism - Elements 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5 to entry-level.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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