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SPH415 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4b (Honours) (12)


This workplace learning (WPL) subject represents the second of the final year subjects that Honours students undertake in order to demonstrate competency in the speech pathology scope of practice as defined by the Competency-Based Occupational Standards for Entry Level Speech Pathologists (CBOS; SPA, 2011). During this subject, students work with a different client group and in a different practice setting to SPH405 (the first WPL subject), in order to consolidate and demonstrate their professional knowledge and skills with either a pediatric/adult population (not previously seen in their final year WPL experiences). They also have opportunities to build on skills such as service management, professional/supervisory and reflective practice developed in SPH405, in order to reach entry-level competency in these areas.

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Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details prior to contacting their course coordinator: SPH415
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

Restricted to students enrolled in Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours)
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
(SPH314 or SPH315) and SPH202 and SPH306 and SPH308 and SPH312SPH413

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate competency at entry level standard in the assessment and management of the population with whom they have been working (adult/peditatric) as defined by the Competency-Based Occupational Standards for Entry Level Speech Pathologists (CBOS; SPA, 2011) Units 1-4.
  • Be able to demonstrate competency at entry level standard in the management of services, professional/supervisory and reflective practice, as defined by CBOS Units 5-7;
  • Be able to demonstrate competency at entry level standard in communication, reflection, lifelong learning and professionalism as defined by the Competency Assessment (COMPASS) Generic Competencies.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • This is a workplace learning subject and so the experiences and learning of all students will vary depending on the client population with whom they are working and the service in which they are based. However, all will have opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in the following:
  • 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 30 to 32 days duration. Students will complete 8 weeks (4 days per week) of workplace learning (WPL) with predominantly either an adult or paediatric caseload.

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.