Independent Studies in Speech Pathology

Subject AUDI90040 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 240 hours
Total Time Commitment:

10 hours per week up to a total of 240 over this year long subject


Completion of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Familiarity with statistical software and spread sheets (eg Minitab, Excel)

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :


Dr Adam Vogel


Dr Adam Vogel

Subject Overview:

Whilst attending lectures in Research Methods students will also select a research topic from a list provided by the subject co-ordinator(s). The student will be introduced to ethical considerations, how to complete a literature review and scientific writing styles. Methods for the analysis and appraisal of other published work will be introduced, in addition to introducing scientific Levels of Evidence. Students will learn how to complete application forms for ethical approval and how to summarise their aims, hypotheses and methods. All students are required to produce a manuscript in the form of a scientific paper suitable for submission to an international peer-reviewed publication to be submitted in Year 2, Semester 2.


On completion of this subject students will:

  • Apply knowledge from Research Methods (Y2,Semester 1) to independently analyse data relevant to their own Independent Studies in Speech Pathology, Minor Thesis.
  • Demonstrate the skills to prepare a scientific manuscript suitable for publication

Students are required to submit a 2-page summary of aims, hypotheses and methods to the research supervisor mid-Semester 1. Students will plan and commence their literature review and data collection during Semester 1. A first draft of the Literature Review is submitted to the research supervisor in Week 12, Semester 1. The student must produce a manuscript in the form of a scientific paper (8000 words, plus/minus 1000 words). (Word counts do not include the Reference List and Appendix and failure to comply with these limits will result in marking penalties at 10 marks per 1000 words). A well known international journal such as JSLHR or Ear & Hearing should be used as a style guide. Each manuscript will be assessed by a nonsupervising academic staff member. The due date for the thesis is the final week of September.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should show:

  • an ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
  • a capacity to articulate their knowledge in both oral and written formats
  • ability to enter and analyse data using Excel and MINITAB
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Speech Pathology

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