Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

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 counselling, and medico-legal issues.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Evaluate and critically appraise emerging research evidence for issues of current relevance to individual professional practice.

3. Describe, appraise and reflect the speech pathologist’s scope of practice in relation to counselling, ethical practice and medico-legal issues in clinical practice.

4. Demonstrate appropriate negotiation, organisation and planning skills relating to working within a team.


  • 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 (50%)

Journal: Journal (20%)

Presentation: Group Presentation (30%)

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.