Available in 2018

Course handbook


Introduces students to the field of normal human communication development and delay/disorder. The course provides an orientation to the work of the speech pathology profession with children.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and discuss normal communication development

2. Select and implement basic assessment procedures suitable for a child with a speech and/or language delay.

3. Form hypotheses as to the appropriate description and likely prognosis of child speech and/or language /disorder.

4. Analyse and interpret child speech and/or language assessment data in light of normative or other research-based data and theory.

5. Identify and discuss strategies for preventative practice

6. Follow professional, legal, and ethical procedures, with particular attention to the issues and procedures involved in preserving client confidentiality.


Content- Introduction to speech pathology

  • Theories of speech, language and cognition with an overview of normal development
  • Introduction to theory, etiology and classification of child speech and language delay/disorder
  • Speech and language assessment in children using standardised and individual approaches
  • Introduction to issues for planning intervention


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology(Hons) and associated combined degree programs.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz

Formal Examination: Formal Examination - Closed book examination

Written Assignment: Written Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial worksheets

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • Immunisation Requirements - Students must have up to date Vaccination Records.
  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check. - At the time of your first enrolment you will agree to notify both the University and the NSW Ministry of Health if you are charged or convicted with any criminal offence during the course of your studies. You will then be required to gather further documentation prior to attending a placement.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks