Speech Pathology Practice 3

Subject AUDI90039 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 320 hours
Total Time Commitment:

368 hours


Completion of the following subjects:

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Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

The following subjects are corequisites:

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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 : http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Ruth Nicholls

Subject Overview:

This subject will consolidate the knowledge obtained in Speech Pathology Practice 1 and 2. The subject extends the student’s experience of speech pathology clinical settings and prepares for independent clinical practice following graduation. The clinical placements for this subject may include hospitals, community clinics, schools, private practices, university clinics, nursing homes and others. The student will be expected to engage with and actively participate in a variety of clinical experiences, assessing and managing a range of communication/swallowing disorders for infants, children, young people and adults. This provides the opportunity for the student to develop their own personal growth and identity as a speech pathologist. Students will independently select and implement relevant diagnostic procedures and will plan and implement methods for the reduction of communication and/or swallowing difficulties during these clinical placements.


On completion of this subject students should demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the speech pathology clinical setting
  • Acquisition of the Competence-Based Occupational Standards (CBOS, 2011).
  • The skills to assess, plan, maintain and deliver a range of treatment approaches to remediate communication/swallowing disorders
  • An understanding of when to seek additional resources, update skills, develop professional networks and undertake ongoing professional development
  • Analytical skills and the ability to incorporate theoretical principles into clinical decision making

This subject is assessed as Pass/Fail. Students must pass all components of assessment to pass the subject.

• Assessment by Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) at the end of Semester 2.

• Assessment of two clinical placements. Students’ clinical performance during each placement will be assessed via the Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology (COMPASS®) and the completion of a Clinical Portfolio. The COMPASS® Assessments and the Clinical Portfolio are submitted one week after the final day of the clinical placement.

Hurdle requirements:
• Students must pass the OSCE and the COMPASS® assessments on each clinical placement, in order to pass this subject.
• 100% attendance and participation at all clinical placements.
• Submission of the completed Clinical Portfolio.

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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:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
  • the ability to integrate theory and practice and to apply this in novel situations
  • an openness to new ideas
  • planning and time management skills
  • the ability to communicate knowledge in both oral and written form
  • the ability to behave in a ethical and professionally appropriate manner

Links to further information: http://www.audspeech.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Master of Speech Pathology

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