Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Gillam, RB, Marguardt, TP & Martin, FN, 2016, Communication sciences and disorders: From science to clinical practice, 3rd edn, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, San Diego. ISBN: 9781284043075.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

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

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


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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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