Unit description

Facilitates application of knowledge, skills and attitudes to a live 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

Lectures, Tutorials and Workshops: Theory and preclinical information on

  • Clinical education, learning, communicating and reflective practice
  • Protocol and responsibilities for clinical practicum
  • The International Classification of Functioning (ICF), Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS) 2011 and assessment of clinical skills
  • Considerations required for assessing clients
  • Report writing and documentation for clinical practice
  • Clinical reasoning, intervention planning and implementation
  • Communication and counselling
  • Delivery models, clinical practice and outcomes of intervention
  • Adult learning
  • Clinical supervision

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

  • This text will be a useful resource for study in other units in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, including units involving clinical practice: Roth, FP & Worthington, CK, 2016, Treatment resource manual for speech-language pathology, 5th edn, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY. ISBN: 9781285851150.
  • This text will be a useful resource for study in other units in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, including units involving clinical practice: Shipley, KG & McAfee, JG, 2016, Assessment in speech-language pathology: A resource manual, 5th edn, Cengage Learning, Boston, MA. ISBN: 9781285198057.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour
Tutorial on-site 1 hour
Community/Professional placement 8 hours (12 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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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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