The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Students undertake supervised face-to-face clinical experience with paediatric speech pathology caseloads. Clinical experience placements are usually in speech pathology student units in community health, school or on-campus settings and attendance for one day (8.00am - 5pm) each week will be required for the period allocated. (Note that placements typically include attendance outside the semester). One hour a week will be spent in tutorials on-campus during the semester period to assist with the preparation for clinical placement experiences and the facilitation of links between academic/clinical knowledge.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate progress from beginning levels of clinical competence toward intermediate levels of competence across all units of the Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathologists - Entry level ("CBOS") and in reasoning, communication, professionalism, and lifelong learning.

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

3. Communicate their observations and clinical findings 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.


This course provides clinical practice experience with primarily paediatric clinical populations.

The student is supervised by a qualified speech pathologist.

The student has the opportunity to observe and work directly with children 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.

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.


Students must have successfully completed SPTH1080 before enrolling in SPTH2080 and be active in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) (12318)

Assumed knowledge

SPTH2101, SPTH2102, SPTH1080, HUBS1403, LING1111, PSYC1010 and PSYC1020

Assessment items

Professional Task: Ungraded requirements (COMPASS® Assessment and Record of Range of Experience)

Portfolio: Portfolio - Stage 1 (20%)

Portfolio: Portfolio - Stage 2 (10%)

Portfolio: Portfolio - Stage 3 (45%)

Viva Voce: Viva (oral examination) (25%)

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.

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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