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Unit description

Enables allied health students to engage with and contribute to the assessment, differential diagnostic and recommendation process for adult and child clients. Students learn to draw on profession specific and inter-professional skills to deal with a variety of health issues and problems.

Unit content

  • Overview of investigation processes (observation, case history collection, behaviour sampling, documentation)
  • Review of learning to date and literature regarding principles related to assessment, interpretation, intervention and recommendations

Supervised clinical practice of:

  • Assessment of clients over several weeks
  • Analysis and interpretation of findings from client assessments
  • Case presentation of findings on client assessments to clinical educators and student group and discussion of plans for clients
  • Writing diagnostic reports on clients
  • Providing informative counselling, including inter-professional learning and practice, regarding findings pertaining to clinical data to clients and families
  • Self-evaluation of clinical performance during a mid-placement formative assessment (e.g. COMPASS for Speech Pathology students or DOCPS assessments for podiatry)
  • Second cycle of conducting assessments on clients and reporting to clients on findings of assessment and recommendations during clinic sessions
  • Reflection on learning in relation to range indicators, related disorders, scope of practice broadly for adults and children
  • Reflection on issues in investigation, documentation, analysis, interpretation and planning evidence based practices, as well as engaging with the supervision and feedback process.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1use appraisal and diagnostic processes that contribute to a thorough investigation of a client's conditionKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2provide information and demonstrate affective counselling techniques and be responsive to clients' and significant others' needs and concernsCommunication and social skills
3analyse, integrate and interpret clinical dataKnowledge of a discipline
4use evidence-based practice and inter-professional consultation to further inform clinical decisions around differential diagnosis and recommendationsKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5professionally present verbal and written information regarding outcomes of assessments and proposed management alternatives tailored to individual needsCommunication and social skills
6translate knowledge and skills into inter-professional learning and practiceKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
7demonstrate advanced problem solving, communication and presentation skills.Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. use appraisal and diagnostic processes that contribute to a thorough investigation of a client's condition
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. provide information and demonstrate affective counselling techniques and be responsive to clients' and significant others' needs and concerns
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. analyse, integrate and interpret clinical data
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. use evidence-based practice and inter-professional consultation to further inform clinical decisions around differential diagnosis and recommendations
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. professionally present verbal and written information regarding outcomes of assessments and proposed management alternatives tailored to individual needs
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. translate knowledge and skills into inter-professional learning and practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  7. demonstrate advanced problem solving, communication and presentation skills.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • It is your choice which edition you choose to purchase. This 5th edition is the latest, but all earlier editions are satisfactory for this class: Shipley, KG, & McAfee, JG, 2015, Assessment in speech-language pathology : a resource manual, 5th edn, Delmar Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY. ISBN: 1285198050.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 5 hours/day for 3 days (Wk 1)
Community/Professional placement 96 hrs (Across Sessions)
Assessment
Clinical skillsSR
Clinical skillsSR
Case studySR
Case studySR
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees

International

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