Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the speech pathology profession and its clinical processes and practice. It provides an overview of the general principles of working with clients, conducting assessments and therapy.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe and report on speech pathology scope of practice in relation to health and allied health professions.

2. Identify and discuss Speech Pathology range of practice areas with reference to CBOS.

3. Demonstrate understanding and application of professional competencies to clinical practice scenarios and demonstrate effective teamwork skills.

4. Reflect on their learning.

5. Identify and describe different types of clinical processes relating to assessment and intervention.

6. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant aspects of the Workplace Health & Safety Act (2011).

7. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate professional, legal, and ethical procedures.

8. Describe and demonstrate application of principles of practice (Cultural Awareness, ICF and EBP).


Introduction to Speech Pathology

  • Reflective practice, exploration of 'self'
  • Awareness of speech pathology scope of practice and professional standards
  • OHS
  • EPB
  • ICF
  • Cultural awareness
  • Introduction to clinical processes assessment and intervention practices including case history, assessment and intervention frameworks, clinical observation and data collection
  • Preparation for clinical experience placement
  • Completion of compulsory requirements for clinical practice

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to student enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) (12318) program.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial sheet completion (25%)

Project: Group Project (30%)

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1 (15%)

Quiz: Quiz (30%)

Compulsory Requirements

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

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Anaphylaxis Training - Students must complete approved anaphylaxis training.
  • Child Protection Awareness Training - Students must complete approved child protection awareness training.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • 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 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2

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