The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


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).

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will 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.


Introduction 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

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

Written Assignment: Clinical Observation Visit and Journal

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Presentation: Group Presentation

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.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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