Unit description

Enables students to appraise evidence and apply it to speech pathology assessment and intervention practices, using principles of evidence-based practice. The application of these principles to two of the six discipline practice areas - range indicators - paediatric speech and language, will enable students to develop these skills for broader application. Students will gain skills in the use of speech pathology management tools. They will also develop the life-long skills of accessing relevant research, appraising its practical value and methodological rigour, and applying research findings to practice.

Unit content

Topic 1: Evidence-based practice
Topic 2: Generating a clinical question
Topic 3: Locating evidence
Topic 4: Systematic evaluation of published research developed from a range of quantitative and qualitative research designs
Topic 5: Systematic evaluation of internal evidence - the client perspective
Topic 6: Systematic evaluation of internal evidence - the clinician perspective
Topic 7: Validity and reliability of measurement tools of paediatric speech and language
Topic 8: Validity as it pertains to intervention studies of paediatric speech and language
Topic 9: Integrating evidence
Topic 10: Applying research findings

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

  • Baker, E & McLeod, S, 2011, Evidence-based practice for children with speech sound disorders: Part 1 Narrative review. Language, Speech & Hearing Services in Schools.
  • Baker, E & McLeod, S, 2011, Evidence-based practice for children with speech sound disorders: Part 2 Application to Clinical Practice .
  • Portney, LG & Watkins, MP , 2009, Foundations of Clinical Research , 3rd edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, London. ISBN: 978-0-13-171640-7.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 x 1hr (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 x 1hr (12 weeks)
Essay & Oral Presentation45%
Exam: closed book25%

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