SPH533 Advanced clinical reasoning for complex case studies in speech pathology (8)


This is the second of two complex case study subjects (SPH532 and SPH533). In this subject you will extend your knowledge of clinical decision making, clinical reasoning and professional judgement (from your learning in SPH512 and SPH513, SPH522 and SPH523) by applying it to  complex care situations. You will integrate research principles and practices relevant to the assessment and management of communication and/or swallowing, with socio-cultural, ethical and holistic frameworks to justify your clinical practice and reasoning in different contexts.
You will engage with a range of complex case studies across the scope of speech pathology practice. The complexity of the cases may reflect the body structures/functions that are impaired, the activities/participation that are restricted, the environmental (physical/social) barriers that exist, personal factors and/or an integration of one or more of these. You will identify referral information and gaps in knowledge, plan and justify assessments using evidence-based practice and holistic frameworks, hypothesise about potential results, apply analysis procedures to interpret results, and suggest strategies for management. The clinical knowledge and skills required for these tasks are required for future professional practice.

You will participate in a range of online learning experiences that offer the opportunity for you to work through topics individually or in small groups or pairs. You will share your ideas and knowledge and learn from others in interactive activities, and extend your learning through independent study.

To demonstrate mastery of these learning outcomes and learning experiences you will prepare a portfolio of documentation based on 5 complex cases and participate in an oral viva, where you will be required to explain your clinical practices and reasoning relating to given cases.

You will use the CSU Learning Management System, Interact2, to engage in learning activities with your peers and utilise a range of online technologies and tools to inform your assessment tasks. 

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH533
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

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted access for Master of Speech Pathology students
SPH512 and SPH513 and SPH522 and SPH523

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Justify the selection of assessment goals and modes of assessment based on holistic, evidence-based, ethical and cultural frameworks. This will be demonstrated by participating in an oral viva and compiling a case study portfolio.
  • Analyse and synthesise assessment data with professionalism and care, and justify based on holistic, evidence-based, ethical and socio-cultural frameworks, using appropriate technical skills. This will be demonstrated by participating in an oral viva and compiling a case study portfolio.
  • Describe intervention goals and approaches and justify your selection of goals and approaches based on holistic, evidence-based, ethical and socio-cultural frameworks.
  • Apply research principles and procedures, such as database searches, critiquing of empirical research, data collection and analysis, synthesis and reporting of knowledge, to complex cases. This will be demonstrated by participating in an oral viva and compiling a case study portfolio.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Psych/neuro stuttering and counselling
  • Profound hearing loss and attitudes
  • Global developmental delay and transdisciplinary practice
  • Aphasia and bilingualism
  • Motor neuron disease and service access


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.