SPCH14006 - Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 6

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to assist you to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attributes required to meet the minimal standards of the profession. In this unit you complete a paediatric-focused work integrated learning experience where you will provide safe, ethical, and evidence-based practice. You will apply person-centred, family-centred and community-centred approaches and engage in interprofessional collaborative practice as relevant to your workplace setting. You will further develop your ability to adapt your practice to respond to the needs of individuals and communities and gain experience using critical reflection in an authentic workplace setting. Following the completion of your paediatric placement, you are required to demonstrate holistic thinking, clinical reasoning, and application of evidence-based practice within the context of a paediatric case-based viva. Prior to the commencement of the unit, you must complete all pre-clinical requirements and maintain these requirements throughout the unit to engage in your work integrated learning.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


  • SPCH14009 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 5
  • SPCH14001 Integrated Practice in Speech Pathology

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 2 - 2023 Profile
Term 2 - 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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Professional Practice Placement 0%
2. Oral Examination 0%
3. Portfolio 0%
4. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 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 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 28.57% 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: Staff reflections
Students are having difficulties managing unexpected events during placement.
It is recommended that the residential school for this unit including discussion and activities focused on preparing strategies to manage difficult situations that may arise on placement.
Action Taken
Topics covered in the residential school included managing unexpected situations, managing personal stress and it also included a guest speaker from CQU Psychology on managing emotions during placement.
Source: Student and staff feedback
Students find the work integrated learning log complex and onerous to complete; staff experience the same difficulties in grading.
It is recommended that the format used for logging and grading work-integrated learning hours be reviewed and simplified where possible.
Action Taken
The Work Integrated Learning Log was vastly simplified for all WIL units for 2022.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection, student formal and informal feedback, and Speech team consultation.
Scheduling of Residential Schools needs to occur in a more streamlined manner to accommodate for: student 'downtime' after Term 1 and increasing variability in start dates for work integrated learning experiences.
It is recommended that the speech team consider that the residential school for SPCH14006 be combined with the residential school for SPCH14007, to be combined into a three day residential school immediately before the start of Term 2.
Action Taken
Source: Student formal and informal feedback, Unit coordinator observations during viva performance
Assessment videos that more thoroughly outline requirements for the oral exam (viva) will be created this will include resources for preparation. An optional Q & A session will be scheduled for students at the end of term 1.
It is recommended that assessment videos provided on Moodle clearly explain the marking criteria and what is expected to attain a "pass" and that a "Q and A" session also be scheduled prior to the first viva.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate the minimal standards required to enter the profession, as outlined by Speech Pathology Australia, in the context of a paediatric caseload
  2. Develop appropriate management plans for paediatric clients by evaluating and synthesising case information and applying evidence-based practice within the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework
  3. Demonstrate independent judgment consistent with the profession's knowledge base, scope of practice and Code of Ethics in the context of paediatric clinical practice
  4. Reflect on your experience within paediatric clinical practice and describe opportunities for future personal and professional growth
  5. Critically evaluate the application of reciprocal learning and mentorship in advancing the speech pathology workforce
  6. Document and track the work-integrated learning experiences gained across areas of communciation and swallowing

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 6
1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Oral Examination
3 - Portfolio
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
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