This unit (HHB4001) 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, conventions and rigour of written transcriptions of 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; and  
  4. Apply discipline skills and knowledge to competently administer a range of speech pathology assessment procedures and collect accurate clinical data.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Transcription of spoken communication and evaluation of the rigour of the transcription (2000 word equivalent) 30%
Case Study Written plan for initial assessment for newly referred client with speech/language concerns with justification (2000 words) 30%
Examination OSCE administration of assessment procedures and collection of data (30 minutes) 40%

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