Clinical Processes B

Subject AUDI90029 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

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: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

60 hours


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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 :


Dr Shani Dettman


Dr Shani Dettman

Audiology and Speech Pathology

Melbourne School of Health Sciences

The University of Melbourne

Alan Gilbert Building

Level 7, 161 Barry St

Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA

T: +61 3 8344 4171

F: +61 3 8344 4188



Subject Overview:

The Clinical Processes B subject continues from knowledge and skills gained in Clinical Processes A, from Semester 1. The student will develop their clinical communication skills (listening skills, empathy, informational and affective counselling) and apply these to the professional context. This subject will provide the opportunities for student to plan, implement and score a range of communication assessment tools (eg. oral examinations, formal test protocols, and informal checklists) with the aim of self review and reflection. This subject is structured around 12 workshops, and includes group discussions/activities, videos, the use of standardised and ‘simulated’ patients and role play.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject the student will:

  • Consolidate clinical and technical skills associated with completing oral-peripheral examinations and be able to complete informal (checklists, observation and recording) and formal tests of speech perception, speech production, receptive and expressive language, fluency, voice and swallowing, for the purposes of clinical and research data collection, with a range of clients and disorders.
  • Understand procedures and be able to interpret results from basic audiometric testing
  • Demonstrate patient centred practice (e.g. prioritise and manage the client’s needs versus the clinician’s needs, and understand the impact of age, cognition, attention, fatigue, cultural diversity).
  • Demonstrate a range of strategies and reinforcement schedules to optimise client performance during test conditions and during habilitation sessions, and with clients/parents who exhibit inappropriate behaviour (abusive, aggressive, hyperactive, shy, etc)
  • Communicate confidently and effectively with persons from culturally diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate emerging skills in reflective practice; examining their own performance and effectiveness

Students will explain test results to a simulated patient (1000 words) in an OSCE during the Exam period (40%)
Students will complete a 1000 word essay to be submitted in Week 7, Semester 2 (40%)
Participation in 12 workshops and completed clinical resources/reflection folder to be submitted in Week 12, Semester 2 (20%)

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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 have:

  • improved understanding of their own ability to plan assessment and habilitation, and to optimise the performance of others
  • 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 their knowledge in both oral and written form
  • the ability to recognise ethical and professional behaviour and implement these practices within the clinical environment
Related Course(s): Master of Speech Pathology

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