Unit description

Facilitates application of knowledge, skills and attitudes to a lived clinical practice experience within a supervised internal clinic; students providing actual clinical services for children with speech, language and pre-literacy problems. With guidance, students appraise children's communication, formulate and implement intervention plans, measure and document outcomes, involve caregivers and engage in reflective practice.

Unit content

Workshops: Theory and preclinical information on

  1. Clinical education, learning, communicating and reflective practice
  2. Protocol and responsibilities for clinical practicum
  3. The ICF, CBOS2011 and assessment of clinical skills
  4. Considerations required for assessing clients
  5. Report writing and documentation for clinical practice
  6. Clinical reasoning, intervention planning and implementation
  7. Communication and counselling
  8. Delivery models, clinical practice and outcomes of intervention
  9. Adult learning
  10. Clinical supervision
  11. Community education

Professional Clinic Placement (internal): Students are involved in a day of internal clinic each week in Session 2. Across the 12 days (0ne day per week) of this supervised practicum, students have the opportunity to assess a client's speech, language and communication over two sessions,. The student analyses the data, synthesises findings, writes up a diagnostic report and presents the findings to the client's family. Students have the opportunity to provide intervention for more than one client across the placement. Intervention plans for the client are developed and implemented and outcomes measured. Students work with clients in pairs and problem solve with groups of 6-8 students together with one clinical educator, who provides ongoing formative feedback, a midplacement and a final placement clinic assessment. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their performance and other aspects of the placement. Approximate processes across the 12 day placement are as follows:

Session 1 Orientation Session
Session 2 Appraisal of client 
Session 3 Appraisal of client (including hearing screening and probes)
Session 4 Feedback to family re outcomes
Sessions 5-11 Intervention for client
Session 12 Feedback to family regarding intervention outcomes and management plan

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 2

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 4 hours (1 week (Wk 1))
Community/Professional placement 8 hours (11 weeks)
Clinical skillsSR
Clinical skillsSR

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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