The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Students' prior learning of research methodology is reviewed in the context of speech pathology clinical research. Students review the current theoretical and empirical research literature in order to argue for a specific research question or direction for further research.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Interpret and critique theoretical and empirical research literature with regard to theoretical and clinical validity, and methodology.

2. Identify, select and describe an area of research relevant to speech pathology practice with potential for further research.

3. Argue for a methodologically feasible research question or direction.

4. Present and defend a logical argument in a professional manner.


  • Review of the research development process including obtaining support, clearances, and eventual dissemination
  • Defining and planning research problems
  • Critique
  • Interpreting data
  • Ethical conduct in research
  • Drafting and final documentation of research
  • Presentation of research


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

Assumed knowledge

All core SPTH courses at 1000 and 2000 level in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, PSYC1010, PSYC1020, STAT1070 or STAT1020

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Research proposal (10%)

Written Assignment: Draft Research Review - Wiki (20%)

Presentation: Oral Presentation and Online Discussion (25%)

Literature Review: Final Research Review (45%)

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

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

Online delivery - Blackboard: Discussion Forums, Self-directed learning, Student Projects