SPCH14002 - Honours Research Practicum 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct research and implement evidence-based practice within the field of speech pathology.You will work alongside an experienced researcher and/or clinician to identify a research question related to speech pathology. Using ethical standards, you will design a research project that considers cultural and practical implications of implementation. You will use advanced search strategies to address your research question, evaluating the quality of the literature using established critical appraisal tools.


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


  • ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals OR ALLH12007 Research Methods for Health Professionals
  • ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Allied Health
  • SPCH13003 Neurogenic Communication Disorders 1
  • SPCH13010 Dysphagia Across the Lifespan
  • SPCH13012 Voice 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 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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. Presentation 20%
3. Literature Review or Systematic Review 50%

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 5 (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
It would be useful to have pre-recorded lectures to watch online in students' own time.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator explores the potential of using pre-recorded lectures in the 2020 offering of this unit.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19, this unit was moved online in Week 3 of term with the inclusion of recorded lectures.
Source: Have Your Say; Student comments throughout term
The tutorials were beneficial to student learning and progressing research projects and systematic reviews.
It is recommended that the weekly face-to-face tutorials continue in 2020. These tutorials allow students to unpack the content learned in lecture and apply that content to their own research questions.
Action Taken
The weekly face-to-face tutorials continued via Zoom throughout the term to allow students to apply concepts learned in lecture to their own research projects.
Source: Have Your Say (PODI13011)
Students would prefer to have handouts of powerpoints be provided with a maximum of two slides per page rather than three.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator ask students their preference at the start of term since previous cohorts have preferred three slides per page because of the increased writing space.
Action Taken
The lecture slides were posted in two different formats to accommodate different student preferences.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and explain ethical issues in studies and consider the cultural and practical implications of implementation in speech pathology
  2. Design a research project using evidence-based practice principles in speech pathology
  3. Critically appraise literature on a topic specific to speech pathology
  4. Integrate relevant theory and evidence to support a research question.

The learning outcomes in this unit contribute to the development of clinical and professional competencies as outlined by Speech Pathology Australia. Students may be addressing specific range of practice areas, but this is dependent upon the project chosen.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Literature Review or Systematic Review