Introduction to Speech Pathology

Unit code: HHB1001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This introductory unit orientates students to the speech pathology profession through a range of learning activities, including exposure to clinicians and studying scenarios of people with communication and swallowing problems. Students will learn about the professional framework that guides speech pathology practice in Australia. They will also learn about how the profession links to and draws on a range of other disciplines. Students will begin to apply these frameworks and linkages whilst developing the relevant academic and communication skills associated with assignments, class presentations and reflective learning activities.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the speech pathology professional framework;
  2. Articulate the linkages between speech pathology and its foundational disciplines;
  3. Exhibit the ability to summarise text and reference using appropriate formats and referencing style for speech pathology;
  4. Reflect on and analyse one’s own and others contributions to a team activity and provide constructive feedback;
  5. Demonstrate ability to take initiative and make decisions; and
  6. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Online MCQ quiz (end week 1) (30mins)
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 20%
Essay involving reflection (500 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Group Presentation (15mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 35%
Short answer test (1hr)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

Required reading

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Students will be directed to relevant journal articles, texts and documents from the Speech Pathology Australia website.

As part of a course

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