SPCH14001 - Integrated Practice in Speech Pathology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will explore issues that impact on professional practice, and apply prior learning of paediatric and adult clinical practice to complex contexts. You will integrate theoretical and empirical research in the field of speech pathology and debate ethical dilemmas. Professional and inter-professional competencies will be investigated in the context of speech pathology practice.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


  • SPCH13006 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 4
  • SPCH13008 Neurogenic Communication Disorders 2
  • SPCH13009 Hearing and Multimodal Communication
  • SPCH13010 Dysphagia Across the Lifespan
  • SPCH13012 Voice Disorders and Clinical Practice
  • SPCH13011 Fluency Disorders and Clinical Practice

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 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

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. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 0%
2. Oral Examination 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% 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 Student Survey
Students felt they were not prepared for the viva and were not clear about the expectations for this task.
It is recommended that the viva expectations be thoroughly reviewed with students in class, including emphasis on reviewing unit content from prior units on paediatric and adult clinical practice.
Action Taken
Students were provided with a video describing the viva task. An additional information session was also held to provide students the opportunity to ask any questions they might have about the assessment task.
Source: Have Your Say Student Survey
Students enjoyed the guest lectures that were implemented into the unit.
It is recommended that the lecturer continue to source guest lecturers to support the content in this unit where appropriate.
Action Taken
Five guest lecturers were sourced to contribute to the content across the term.
Source: Have Your Say Student Survey
The students appreciated having a lecturer with current and relevant clinical experience who could provide authentic examples through the lectures.
Given that this unit is focused on the current clinical practice in speech pathology, it is recommended that the course continue to include an industry speech pathologist in its delivery in as much as possible.
Action Taken
The unit included five guest lecturers, all of whom were actively working as speech pathologists in the field. In addition, the recorded lecture content was created by two academics who continue to engage in clinical practice.
Source: Have Your Say
The adult cases provided in the OSCE did not seem to be of equal difficulty.
It is recommended that the lecturer closely review case studies used for the OSCE to ensure the cases can be considered equivalent.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback on assessment tasks were vague at times.
It is recommended that the lecturer explore ways to provide more detailed feedback to students that does not compromise the integrity of the assessment and external accreditation requirements that students not be provided with a detailed rubric of criteria.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Debate ethical reasoning in clinical decision making
  2. Justify assessment and intervention decisions for children and adults with communication and/or swallowing needs
  3. Appraise the role and scope of practice of speech pathologists and other professionals involved in the interprofessional care of people with multiple intervention needs
  4. Apply clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice within the context of paediatric and adult speech pathology practice.

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
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1 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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