This introductory unit orientates students to the speech pathology profession through a range of learning activities, including exposure to clinicians and studying scenarios of people with communication and swallowing problems. Students will learn about the professional framework that guides speech pathology practice in Australia. They will also learn about how the profession links to and draws on a range of other disciplines. Students will begin to apply these frameworks and linkages whilst developing the relevant academic and communication skills associated with assignments, class presentations and reflective learning activities.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the speech pathology professional framework;  
  2. Articulate the linkages between speech pathology and its foundational disciplines;  
  3. Exhibit the ability to summarise text and reference using appropriate formats and referencing style for speech pathology;  
  4. Reflect on and analyse one's own and others contributions to a team activity and provide constructive feedback; and  
  5. Demonstrate ability to take initiative and make decisions.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online MCQ and SAQ quiz (end week 1) (30mins) 15%
Case Study Individual Case Study involving reflection(500 words) 20%
Presentation Group (x5 students) Presentation based on one case study, which students will need to negotiate and determine team effort (15mins) 30%
Test Short answer and MCQ test (1hr) 35%

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