SPH315 Therapeutic Communication Practice 3 (Honours) (8)


This subject provides opportunities for Honours students to extend their understanding and practice of professional skills, processes, procedures and clinical reflection through workplace learning experiences undertaken with adults with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders in a range of settings.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH315
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 sessionSY/USSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours) students
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
SPH214 and BMS255 and SPH201 and SPH204 and SPH211 and SPH312 and BMS224SPH314

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate competency at a novice to intermediate level in clinical skills, as defined by the Competency-Based Occupational Standards for Entry Level Speech Pathologists (CBOS; SPA, 2011) Units 1-7;
  • Be able to identify and justify the use of assessment and intervention procedures for the management of communication and swallowing difficulties (based on research evidence, client/family preferences and experience);
  • Be able to plan and implement assessment and management programs for children, adolescents and adults with communication and swallowing impairments at a novice-intermediate level;
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the primacy of human relationship as foundational to the therapeutic relationship in practice with individuals and communities;
  • Be able to use reflective frameworks to evaluate clinical knowledge and skills and plan for future learning and professional development;
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of different models of practice and select approriate models to meet the needs of clients/communities.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Planning and administering assessments of communication and/or swallowing (CBOS Unit 1);
  • Analysing and interpreting assessment data, and reporting on assessment data to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences (CBOS Unit 2);
  • Planning evidence-based speech pathology practices, including writing specific and measurable goals, justifying and documenting decisions (CBOS Unit 3);
  • Implementing speech pathology practice with individuals with communication and/or swallowing difficulties, their families and communities, and monitoring/documenting progress (CBOS Unit 4);
  • Planning, providing and managing speech pathology services, including collaboration with others in practice/research (CBOS Unit 5);
  • Understanding the principles and practices of clinical education and supervision, and contributing to team-based relationships (CBOS Unit 6);
  • Upholding the Code of Ethics and advocating for clients and the speech pathology profession (CBOS Unit 7).

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 20 to 22 days duration. There are two compulsory workplace learning experiences that students will engage in for this subject.
1) CSU adult-focused experience (CAFE) (8-10 days) - In second session, students will work with adults with acquired/progressive conditions affecting their communication and swallowing. Students will undertake assessment and inervention under the supervision of speech pathology staff. The experience may take place on campus and at external locations (e.g., nursing homes).
2) Adult Block Placement - This 3 week placement involves attendance and participation at a speech pathology hospital/rehabilitation clinic under the supervision of a speech pathologist / external clinical educator for 4 days per week (12 days total).

Specialised Resources

Students may incur expenses associated with workplace learning experiences, including costs of travel, accommodation, uniform and resource development. Students must also have access to a digital voice recorder for all clinical sessions.


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.