Independent Studies in Speech Pathology

Subject AUDI90040 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 10 hours
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours


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Recommended Background Knowledge: None
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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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Gary Rance


Subject Overview:

Students will carry out a supervised research project in a relevant area of speech pathology. A draft scientific paper will be written describing the outcomes of the project.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject students should:
• Have developed a deep understanding of a particular aspect of speech pathology and have added knowledge or confirmed existing knowledge in the field;
• Have developed skills in applying research techniques to their future practice;
• Have gained skills in constructing a balanced and succinct argument based on current available evidence and well-designed research questions;
• Have developed the capacity to critically examine research and literature in the communication and swallowing-related sciences;
• Understand basic research design and the generation of testable hypotheses;
• Understand basic statistical tests relevant to speech and hearing science and apply these accordingly;
• Undertake a scientific literature search.

  • Literature Review (manuscript introduction) & Project Summary (methods) Week 2, Semester 4 - 30%
  • A final draft scientific paper of no more than 10,000 words due in week 10 of Semester 4 - 70%
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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 have developed:
• Critical thinking and analytical ability
• The ability to seek out, evaluate and retrieve information from multiple sources
• The ability to comprehend complex concepts and express them lucidly
• An understanding of the ethical issues associated with knowledge acquisition and usage
• Manuscript writing skills

Related Course(s): Master of Speech Pathology

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