SPCH14008 - Honours Research Practicum 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will continue work initiated in SPCH14002 Honours Research Practicum 1. You will further your critical thinking and analytical skills through the completion of your research project. A focus will be placed on your ability to apply knowledge learned through critical appraisal of the literature related to your project and analysis of the data collected. You will use reflective practice principles to make recommendations for evidence based practice within the field of speech pathology. This unit requires you to apply academic conventions to oral and written communication of your research outcomes.

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-Requisite

SPCH14002 Honours Research Practicum 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Literature Review or Systematic Review 40%
3. Presentation 20%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.44% 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: Student feedback through "Have your say"
Feedback
"More support/practise is needed in terms of abstract and report writing. This is the first time we were required to write these pieces and therefore we do not have the prior skills- especially worrying when the pieces are worth so much of our mark. The instructions of each could be clearer and further example documents were necessary"
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will consider including previous years examples of the abstract and report writing components to assist students with these tasks.
Action Taken
Examples of abstracts were provided in class and a lecture on report writing was included in the course content.
Source: Student feedback through "Have your say"
Feedback
"The chance to participate present research to a larger audience, but I understand there are a number of barriers to do so."
Recommendation
The assessment this year was completed the data before a public holiday, so there were reduced numbers of available staff. The unit coordinator will schedule the presentations to be with a larger group of available staff and industry personnel to provide students with an engaging audience.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19, a broader public event could not be scheduled for student presentations in 2020.
Source: Have Your Say Student Survey
Feedback
Students reported that the content provided on lecture slides provided them with enough information and examples that they could engage in revision throughout the unit.
Recommendation
Lecture slides are updated each year the unit is offered but it is recommended that staff continue to provide clear content and examples to assist student learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say Student Survey
Feedback
Students reported that the requirement to complete both a systematic review and an honours project to meet research requirements of their course seemed greater than requirements in other health disciplines.
Recommendation
A course update proposal was submitted and endorsed by the Education Committee to reduce the overall research requirements in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) course. It is recommended that this unit be terminated since a new research unit will be included in the course in its place.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assimilate and communicate insights gained from qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis
  2. Synthesise and report research outcomes in the form of a written manuscript
  3. Present research outcomes to peers, clinicians, and other stakeholders
  4. Critically reflect on the relationships between theory, research, and practice.

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 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
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
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 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
3 - Presentation