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SPCH14004 - Speech Pathology Professional Project 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, students will continue the work initiated in Term 1 within SPCH14002 Speech Pathology Professional Project 1 by developing a clinical project that addresses an identified clinical need. Students will continue to work in groups under the supervision of an active clinician in order to produce a tangible final product that aims to improve speech pathology services within a defined service delivery context. Projects will be developed to a point where they are ready to implement and students will also need to present plans for how the final products will be evaluated in the future.


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


  • SPCH14002 Speech Pathology Professional Project 1

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2017

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2017

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 20%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Presentation 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% 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 Academic team planning and review feedback
Students have reported over successive years that the workload requirements for this unit are excessive, especially as the unit is only offered in Term 2, at the same time as their work-integrated learning block placements.
The feedback from students has been considered during the re-alignment of the CB87 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) curriculum due for implementation in 2018-2020. The learning outcomes, the expectations and criteria for assessment tasks, and the timing of assessment tasks will be reviewed by the unit coordinator prior to the next offering of SPCH14004.
Action Taken
As part of the curriculum realignment, this unit will no longer be offered at the same time as block clinical placements beginning 2019. To assist students with workload in 2018, the unit coordinator added additional hours to each class in the weeks they were on campus; using that time to help students complete data analyses in the student computer labs. The unit coordinator also contacted students regularly while they were on block placement to offer assistance.
Source: Have Your Say
The assessment tasks required review mid-term as students reported the assessment tasks and rubrics continued to be confusing.
The assessment tasks, guides and rubrics will be reviewed to clarify the expectations of the assessment tasks. These expectations will also be communicated to the students at the beginning of the unit.
Action Taken
The instructions and rubrics for all three assessment tasks were new this year and received positively by students.
Source: Have Your Say
Students identified that they appreciated the extra time and learning resources which assisted them to grasp new research concepts.
The unit will continue to provide structured and authentic learning experiences which assist the students to grasp new research concepts.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator requested the class be scheduled in a computer lab to allow for demonstration of statical analyses, and face to face assistance with SPSS.
Source: Course Committee feedback
The rate of student feedback for SPCH14004 has been low. Given the small enrolment numbers, high return rates are particularly important when reviewing this unit.
The unit coordinator will remind students through the Moodle site and email to complete the Have Your Say feedback before the end of the survey period.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator sent two emails through the Moodle site to remind students to complete the Have Your Say feedback throughout the survey period.
Source: Student feedback through "Have Your Say".
The lecturer set achievable expectations and provided feedback in a timely manner.
The lecturer will continue to review expectations for all assessment tasks and provide feedback in a timely manner, allowing student to apply feedback for continuous improvement.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback through "Have Your Say".
Would benefit from more resources, such as a textbook about how to write a research report.
The unit coordinator will reconsider textbooks for next year. If adding an additional text is not feasible, the lecturer will redirect students to the lecture notes that outline what is expected in each section of a research paper as well as the examples provided.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply evidence based practice principles and skills in the development of a speech pathology project, up to the stage of implementation within a particular service delivery context.
  2. Produce written reports documenting the development of a project, the plan for implementation and strategies for future evaluation of the project.
  3. Present an oral report to local clinicians and other stakeholders, on the development and outcomes of a clinical project.
  4. Evaluate own performance, knowledge and skills as part of the projects process and also in relation to the Competency-based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathology (CBOS 2011).

Speech Pathology Range of Practice covered:

Students may be addressing specific range of practice areas, but this is dependent upon the project chosen.

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

Unit 5 Planning, providing and managing speech pathology services – Elements 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 and 5.8 to Entry-level

Unit 6 Professional and supervisory practice – Elements 6.1 to Entry-level

Unit 7 Lifelong learning and reflective practice – Elements 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 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 and 2.3 to Entry-level

Unit 3 Learning - Elements 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 to Entry-level

Unit 4 Professionalism - Elements 4.1, 4.2, 4.4 and 4.5 to Entry-level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
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
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 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation