SPH105 Introduction to Therapeutic PracticeA (8)


In this foundation subject, students will be introduced to normal communication development across the lifespan. Students will be involved in relevant on-campus experiences to increase their awareness of the culturally and socially bound nature of human communication and to develop beginning skills for clinical and community practice in speech pathology.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH105
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the culturally and socially bound nature of human communication.
  • be able to discuss the pragmatic aspects of communication in everyday life
  • be able to describe patterns of normal communication development across the lifespan.
  • be able to demonstrate beginning skills in sustaining interaction and managing communication data.
  • be able to identify communication processes in learning and professional practice.
  • be able to discuss frameworks for professional practice in speech pathology.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Frameworks for professional practice
  • Human communication development across the lifespan: adolescents, adults, babies
  • Pragmatic aspects of languge development
  • Multi-modal Communication Competence
  • Practical skills : interviewing; observation, description, recording of communication in diverse settings.
  • Beginning reflective skills

Specialised Resources

Digital Audio-visual editing software Sign Language instruction


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.