Available in 2018

Course handbook


The course provides students with a deeper understanding of the attributes associated with individual professionals. The course discusses the professional skills required of speech pathologists, including professionalism, clinical reasoning, life-long learning and the communication skills for working with others. Other related issues will be discussed including ethical reasoning as applied to individual case management counseling, and medico-legal issues.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of professionalism and ethical reasoning and be able to apply these to rational and evidence-based clinical decision-making

2. Demonstrate independence in the critical appraisal of emerging research evidence for issues of current relevance to individual professional practice.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the speech pathologist¿s scope of practice in relation to counselling

4. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a group.


  • Professionalism
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Life-long learning (including critical appraisal of emerging evidence, and clinical education)
  • Communication skills
  • Working in teams


  • Ethical practice for individual case management
  • Counselling in the context of individual case management
  • Medico-legal issues


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

Assumed knowledge

Students are required to have successfully completed SPTH1080, SPTH2080 Students are expected to have Assumed Knowledge: SPTH2001, SPTH2002, SPTH2003, SPTH3001, SPTH3002

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Journal: Journal

Presentation: Group Presentation

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term