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 and contemporary contexts. You will integrate theoretical and empirical research in the field of speech pathology and debate ethical dilemmas. Professional and interprofessional 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


  • SPCH13008 Management of Neurogenic Communication Conditions
  • SPCH13009 Multimodal Communication
  • SPCH13006 Speech Pathology Work Integrated Learning 4

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 100.00% 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: 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
Cases were reviewed by the Unit coordinator and deemed to both be of equivalent difficulty. Perceived differences in the clinical material may reflect individual student strengths and weakness in content knowledge.
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
Detailed feedback on the students' performance relating to their strengths and areas for improvement in the viva was provided via a student feedback form.
Source: SPCH14001 SUTE unit Comment report and Unit Coordinator review of assessment results.
Instructions given prior to, and during, both oral assessment tasks (Paediatric viva and Adult OSCE), need refining so that expectations prior to assessments are clear, and expectations during the assessments are clear.
It is recommended that instruction and grading materials related to the Adult OSCE and paediatric viva are reviewed.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator review of assessment results and self reflection.
Increase explicit teaching around ethical issues in case based discussions in SPCH14001 tutorials.
It is recommended that the tutorial case studies are adapted to help students understand and evaluate ethical principles in clinical practice.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Integrate ethical principles into clinical decision making
  2. Analyse and interpret assessment data for children and adults with communication and/or swallowing goals and needs
  3. Create and implement holistic management plans to optimise communication
  4. Evaluate the role and scope of practice of speech pathologists and other professionals involved in the interprofessional care of people with diverse needs
  5. Justify decisions using 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
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Oral Examination
2 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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