Speech Pathology Assessment Practices 1

Unit code: HHB4001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
HHB3004 - Communication and Swallowing Across the Lifespan
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

Students will be directed to relevant professional and clinical guidelines as well as scientific literature in texts and journals.

As part of a course

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