This unit (HHB7006) is the second capstone and final unit for the Master of Speech Pathology. It continues on from Speech Pathology Clinical Practice 2, enabling students to extend the application of research skills within the context of standard clinical practice whilst on a 30 day placement for the purpose of improving speech pathology service delivery. Students will collaborate with their clinical educators during their placement in Speech Pathology Clinical Practice 3 to identify an aspect of service delivery in need of development and students will plan a service improvement project, develop necessary resources, and plan evaluation methods. This unit will also involve content designed to support students to transition to professional practice post-graduation. 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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HHB7005 - Speech Pathology Clinical Practice 2

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 child or adult focused clinical context as defined by the professional standards for speech pathology in Australia;  
  2. Propose and justify a need to evaluate and/or improve aspects of service delivery in a specific clinical context;  
  3. Design and implement a method for evaluating and/or improving aspects of service delivery in a specific clinical context drawing on appropriate research skills and methodologies;  
  4. Design a method to measure the outcomes of the impact of methods for improving aspects of service delivery in a specific clinical context;  
  5. Articulate how this project relates to the Speech Pathology Australia vision, detailed in the document Speech Pathology 2030; and  
  6. Advocate for own knowledge, skills, and beliefs in contemporary speech pathology practices to potential employers.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum 30 day practicum assessed by the Clinical Educator using COMPASS® (hurdle) 0%
Presentation Case presentation related to one client student has worked with during placement (30 minutes) 50%
Report Written report detailing rationale, methods, and planned evaluation of a clinical improvement project (5000 words) 35%
Other Simulated job interview for a speech pathology position (30 minutes) 15%
Total word equivalence is 10,000 words plus practicum. Students are required to attend and pass 30 days of supervised field education, and the post-placement seminar. 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. Where circumstances exist so that a student cannot attend in person (e.g. rural/regional placement), engagement in the post-placement workshops will be by negotiation with the Unit Convenor.

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