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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.

Details

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

Pre-requisites:

ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Allied Health

AND

SPCH13003 Neurogenic Communication Disorders 1

AND

SPCH13010 Dysphagia Across the Lifespan

AND

ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals OR ALLH12007 Research Methods for Health Professionals

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Rockhampton

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 71.43% 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: Clinical Education Coordinator Student feedback through "Have Your Say"
Feedback
The workload is difficult for students to manage once the Work Integrated Learning commences in the middle of term.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will continue to review the timelines and content of the assessment tasks. Students will continue to be reminded of the importance of good time management when completing the assessment tasks for SPCH14002.
Action Taken
To assist with timelines, three of the four assessment tasks were completed by the end of students' first week of work-integrated learning placements. To ensure students stayed on track with the final task, the unit coordinator sent regular messages to students to offer assistance as needed.
Source: Student feedback through "Have Your Say"
Feedback
The lecturer for the unit provided quick and informative responses to questions throughout the term.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will maintain communication throughout the term in order to faciliate the learning outcomes and assessment tasks. Email and Zoom communication will continue to be offered to facilitate student problem solving and interaction, especially during weeks six to twelve.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator engaged in email, phone and Zoom correspondence with students to facilitate their learning while on work-integrated learning placements during weeks six to twelve.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
I really liked working as a group but being graded individually.
Recommendation
It is recommended students continue to be given the option to complete their research projects individually or with a partner. If students choose to work with a partner, it is recommended they present their research proposal as a pair, but be graded individually for some elements of the task. All remaining assessment tasks should continue to be completed individually.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The lecturer consistently returned our assessment work to us quickly.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the lecturer continue to provide feedback on assessments in a timely manner so that students can apply feedback for continuous improvement and development of their research projects.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Tasks sheets were too general and did not provide enough guidelines for assessment.
Recommendation
The assessment task sheets include detailed rubrics that outline expectation for students. It is recommended that the unit coordinator begin to include the rubrics within the in-depth tutorials completed for each assessment task so students incorporate these rubrics more readily while completing the assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Literature Review or Systematic Review