Clinical Practice

Course code SPTH4080Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Students undertake supervised face-to-face clinical experience with the full range of speech pathology caseloadswith both child and adult populations. The clinical placements are on a block basis, involving full day attendance (8.00am - 5pm), Monday to Friday, over a period of 10 weeks (or equivalent period if part-time placement is undertaken). This extended block program allows for as many placements as possible to be in rural NSW locations in order to provide experience in the models of service delivery appropriate to these settings. Additional individual tutorial support is provided by telephone to students in remote locations.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will:

1. Demonstrate entry levels of clinical competence as required to meet the Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathologists, and in reasoning, communication, professionalism, and lifelong learning.

2. Experience (directly or indirectly) clinical management of developmental and acquired disorders in the areas of language, speech, swallowing, voice, fluency, and multi-modal communication in in children and adults.

3. Communicate their clinical experience and competence verbally and in writing in a professional and ethical manner.

4. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour appropriate to the policies and procedures of the clinical placement setting.
ContentThis course provides clinical practice experience with paediatric, adult and mixed caseloads. The student is supervised by a qualified speech pathologist. The student has the opportunity to observe and work directly with children and adults with a range of impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions related to speech, language, voice, fluency, swallowing, and multi-modal communication. Students will be involved with the planning and delivery of evidence-based services for assessment and treatment of individual cases, have the opportunity to participate in a range of service delivery/case management models.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents need to note that there is a specific requirement for English performance to be clearly adequate for professional needs in order to successfully complete SPTH4080.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)1. Progress Indicators (COMPASS Competency-based performance assessment) Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Mid- and end of each placement
2. Record of Range of Experience (when SPTH4080 is the final placement undertaken in the degree, then students are required to have recorded child and adult experience across the range of practice in order to pass the course) Ungraded requirement End of each placement
Other: (please specify)Viva examination - 30 minutes. (40%) Pass criterion _ 50% pass mark must be achieved to pass the course. Students have the opportunity to resit the viva examination up to a maximum of two occasions to meet the pass criterion.
ReportsPortfolio - Written evidence-based reflection on clinical (60%). Pass criterion 50% pass mark must be achieved to pass the course. Students have the opportunity to revise and resubmit the Portfolio once only to meet the pass criterion.
Contact HoursClinical: for 40 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology and associated combined degree programs.

Professional placement
1. Students must have a current ClinConnect Certificate of Compliance before enrolling in SPTH4080.
2. Students must have completed SPTH3080 before enrolling in SPTH4080.
3. Students cannot complete SPTH4080 and SPTH4090 concurrently without the approval of the Program Convenor and the Clinical Education Co-ordinator.

Successful completion of all 1000, 2000 and 3000 level core courses (in SPTH, HUBS, LING, PSYC, STAT) is required prior to enrolment SPTH4080
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPTH4080