Introduction to Clinical Practice

Course code SPTH1080Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course is only available to students who have been admitted to the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) course. It introduces students to the speech pathology clinical practice and provides an orientation to the speech pathology profession and its clinical processes. This course integrates theoretical learning with an exploration of relevant clinical processes (including some clinical observation).

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:
1. Identify and describe the basic clinical processes required for the assessment of children with communication disorder.
2. Follow professional, legal, and ethical procedures, with particular attention to the issues and procedures involved in preserving client confidentiality.
3. Document information in an accessible format for a target audience.
4. Demonstrate awareness of general principles involved in intervention for all communication disorders, with particular emphasis on evidence-based practice and alternative modes of service delivery.
5. Recognise students' roles and responsibilities with reference to clinical experiential learning.
ContentIntroduction to Speech Pathology
- Reflective practice, exploration of 'self'
- Awareness of different environments and cultural and linguistic diversity

Assessment practices, including
- Clinical interviewing
- Observation and testing

Reporting and documentation

Issues for the workplace
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Infection Control

General principles of intervention, including:
- Evidence based practice - integrating theory in speech, language & hearing
- Identification of goals
- Selection of strategies
- Clinical decision making for intervention
- Models of service delivery

Introduction to counselling

Preparation for clinical experience placement
- Introduction to ethical practice
- Learning styles in clinical education

Professional practice - introductory experience
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNot Applicable.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Experience Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments20%
Essays / Written AssignmentsTutorial worksheets & online discussion - students must submit tutorial worksheets for work completed within the tutorial, 20%
Other: (please specify)Ungraded requirements: first aid certificate, satisfactory completion of clinical experience requirements.
Presentations - GroupViva /Presentations - Group, 30%
ReportsPortfolio (reflective report), 30%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to student enrolled in the Speech Pathology Program and is a core course. Students must successfully complete this course before enrolling in SPTH2080.
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-First Aid Certificate
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must have completed SPTH1001 before enrolling in SPTH1080. As part of their compulsory components for SPTH1001, students must have completed all of the requirements of ClinConnect Certificate of Compliance.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPTH1080