This unit (HHB7005) is the first of two capstone units. This unit enables students to integrate their research and clinical knowledge and skills by enabling them to develop a project whilst engaged in a 30-day clinical practicum. Students will design a research project to address a novel research question of clinical relevance in an area of their own choosing. The practicum is assessed at 'entry level' across all professional competencies as defined by the professional standards for speech pathology in Australia. This placement may take place in a variety of settings completed under the supervision of speech pathology clinical educators. Placements will involve working in services predominantly focused on providing services to child or adult clients and their families and will typically involve working alongside professionals from other services, such as allied health, welfare and/or education.

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HHB7004 - Speech Pathology Clinical Practice 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning and competency in speech pathology assessment and intervention to a standard equivalent of 'entry level' in a predominantly adult or child focused clinical context as defined by the professional standards for speech pathology in Australia;  
  2. Critically review the scientific literature related to a contemporary issue in speech pathology practice in Australia;  
  3. Formulate research questions and present evidence-informed hypotheses related to said research questions;  
  4. Design a research method with planned data analysis procedures for investigating proposed research question with appropriate consideration of research ethics and participant beneficence and non-maleficence;  
  5. Quantify and justify timelines and cost for a research project; and  
  6. Articulate how this project relates to the Speech Pathology Australia vision, detailed in the document Speech Pathology 2030.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum 30 day practicum assessed using COMPASS® 0%
Presentation Case presentation related to one client student has worked with during placement (30 mins) presented to and assessed by the Clinical Educator. 40%
Assignment Draft research question and proposal outline posted to online discussion board (500 words) 10%
Assignment Research proposal including scientific and clinical background, research questions, method, projected timelines and costs, risk mitigation strategies 30%
Assignment Research ethics application (2000 words) 20%
Total word equivalence is 10,000 words plus practicum. Students are required to attend and pass 30 days of supervised field education. This requirement is in accord with the Speech Pathology Australia Accreditation Standards and the Victoria University Assessment for Learning- Standards for Assessment Procedure. In the event of illness, students are required to make up missed placement hours.

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