This unit orientates students to foundational principles and methods of assessment within the speech pathology profession. The unit focuses on exploration and development of transferrable knowledge and skills that underlie assessment practices across practice areas of speech pathology in working with clients across the lifespan and from diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. Students will engage with content via inquiry, case-based, simulation and reflective learning activities with reference to practice areas and professional engagement. Assessment practices will also be considered in the broader professional, regulatory, ethical and legal contexts in which speech pathology practice occurs.

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HHB3004 - Communication and Swallowing Across the Lifespan

HHB3004 OR successful entry into the Graduate entry Master of Speech pathology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Execute and evaluate the accuracy of written transcriptions of spoken and non-spoken communication;  
  2. Apply the discipline knowledge to plan and justify speech pathology assessment that enables evaluation of communication and/or swallowing difficulties;  
  3. Exemplify professional and effective interview and observation skills for the purpose of gathering speech pathology assessment data;  
  4. Apply the discipline skills to competently administer standardised speech pathology assessment procedures and collect accurate clinical data in a mock situation; and  
  5. Report on outcomes of speech pathology assessment procedures as they relate to administrative procedures.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Two (2) written transcriptions of spoken communication with commentary on transcription processes (2000 words) 30%
Case Study Written plan with rationales for initial assessment for newly referred client with speech/language concerns (2000 words) 30%
Practicum OSCE assessing interviewing skills, administration of standardised assessment and reporting of assessment outcomes (1.5 hours) 40%

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