Available in 2018

Course handbook


The course provides students with a deeper understanding of the workplace issues associated with speech pathology practice. The course discusses ethical reasoning as applied to caseload and service delivery decision-making. The course will also cover the speech pathologists' role in relation to, public health and community education, quality improvement, applications of information technology to service delivery, and research translation in clinical practice. Job seeking skills and career development will also be covered as part of understanding the role and scope of practice of the entry-level speech pathologist in the workplace.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Synthesise information gained from a range of sources (including clinical research, institutional documentation) to evaluate workplace issues that affect the quality and efficiency of service provision

2. Critically evaluate issues that arise in relation to the diversity in the ways in which speech pathology services are provided locally, nationally, and globally

3. Demonstrate creativity and innovation in communicating about aspects relevant to speech pathology

4. Apply the principles of reflective practice to develop an individualized learning and career plan


  • Ethical reasoning as applied to caseload and service delivery (including private practice, rural and remote practice, working in developing countries, working with culturally and linguistic diverse populations, and working with indigenous communities),
  • Public health and community education (including advocacy, marketing, and educational design and delivery)
  • Management issues (including Quality Improvement, Applications of Information Technology in service delivery, and research translation into clinical practice)
  • Role and scope of practice for entry-level speech pathologist (job seeking skills, stress management, mentoring)


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, SPTH3080 This course must be completed within the last two semesters of the student's program.

Assessment items

Viva Voce: Oral Examination (Mock Job Interview)

Written Assignment: Written Assignment (Mock Job Application)

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Presentation: Group presentation

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

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