SPCH14006 - Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 6

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will strengthen your clinical and professional skills by engaging in work-integrated learning experiences through a supervised block placement. This placement will provide you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate entry-level competence across Speech Pathology Australia's professional standards when working with children with communication and/or swallowing difficulties. You will also further develop your understanding of the importance of working within the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework and will gain experience using your reflective practice skills in an authentic workplace setting. Following the completion of your block placement, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your critical thinking skills and your knowledge of evidence-based and client-centred practice when working with children, by completing a paediatric-based viva. This unit is designed to assist you to develop and demonstrate the entry-level skills, knowledge and competence required for entry into the workforce. Prior to the commencement of the unit, you must complete all pre-clinical requirements and maintain these requirements throughout the unit.

Details

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

Pre-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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 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 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%
5. On-campus Activity 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

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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 Educators
Feedback
Students need to further revise content and engage in self-directed learning to ensure they are familiar with content regarding assessment and treatment of speech and language in children.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator encourage students to engage in self-directed learning activities to review previously learned content related to paediatric clinical practice.
Action Taken
Students were strongly encouraged to revise their paediatric content and engage in peer study groups during the residential school that took place prior to the start of Term 2.
Source: Clinical Educators
Feedback
Students need additional training to prepare them for industry expectations prior to starting clinical block placements.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit include a workshop focused on further developing strategies to fully engage in a workplace setting and effectively communicate with external clinical educators.
Action Taken
Discussions and activities focused on strategies for effective communication and responding to difficult feedback were included as part of the residential school for this unit.
Source: Staff reflections
Feedback
Students are having difficulties managing unexpected events during placement.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Source: Student and staff feedback
Feedback
Students find the work integrated learning log complex and onerous to complete; staff experience the same difficulties in grading.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the format used for logging and grading work-integrated learning hours be reviewed and simplified where possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate clinical and professional competence, as defined by Speech Pathology Australia, with a paediatric caseload during work-integrated learning experiences
  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. Reflect on clinical practice and identify future professional development needs related to paediatric practice to ensure competency as a Speech Pathologist
  4. Document and track the work-integrated learning experiences gained across Speech Pathology Australia's professional standards and range of practice areas.

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
1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Oral Examination
3 - Portfolio
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
5 - On-campus Activity
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 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Oral Examination
3 - Portfolio
5 - On-campus Activity
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books