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Unit description

Introduces students to speech pathology practice in Australia and frameworks that guide this practice. Students will review examples of communication and swallowing across child and adult populations. Students will also develop understanding of the core professional competencies that underlie speech pathology. This unit involves a placement experience to introduce students to the profession.

Unit content

This unit will cover content across three main areas:

  1. The scope of speech pathology practice in Australia
  2. The range of practice areas of speech pathology practice in Australia
  3. The professional competencies of speech pathology (reasoning, communication, learning, and professionalism)

The unit will also embed content related to the development of academic study skills.

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
1describe the scope of practice for speech pathology in AustraliaKnowledge of a discipline
2describe the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its relationship to speech pathology practiceKnowledge of a discipline
3identify examples of communication and swallowing impairment in the context of the range of practice areas for speech pathologyKnowledge of a discipline
4reflect on knowledge, skills and experiences to inform future learning and practiceKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5demonstrate professional behaviours relevant to professional practiceCommunication and social skills

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

  1. describe the scope of practice for speech pathology in Australia
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. describe the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its relationship to speech pathology practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. identify examples of communication and swallowing impairment in the context of the range of practice areas for speech pathology
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. reflect on knowledge, skills and experiences to inform future learning and practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. demonstrate professional behaviours relevant to professional practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 20 hours (Session 1)
Assessment
Discussion board10%
Quiz40%
Reflective writing50%
PlacementSR

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 20 hours (Session 1)
Assessment
Discussion board10%
Quiz40%
Reflective writing50%
PlacementSR
Notice

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

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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