SPH214 Foundations of Speech Pathology Practice (16)

This subject provides students with the opportunity to undertake a range of workplace learning (WPL) experiences. These experiences enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to real settings and projects and thus develop clinical reasoning skills. This subject builds upon the awareness of students about the culturally and socially bound nature of human communication (SPH 105 and SPH106) by extending the range of their community-based therapeutic experiences. Students are introduced to different service delivery models, and continue to practise self-reflection and professional development in their WPL experiences. Students continue development of professional therapy skills, processes and procedures.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH214. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is available only to students enrolled in the B Speech and Language Pathology.


SPH101 and SPH105 and SPH106

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise and discuss the role of human relationships in therapeutic practice
  • be able to demonstrate key assessment and intervention skills relevant to speech pathology practice with children and their families
  • be able to apply familiar assessment and management strategies when working with children and/or adolescents with speech and language difficulties
  • be able to apply clinical reasoning, including reflection, analysis of research evidence and client/family/community preferences, in the selection of assessment and management strategies
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in speech pathology relevant to working in a variety of settings


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Competency-Based Occupational Standards for Entry Level Speech Pathologists (Revised) (CBOS, 2011)
  • Professional Communication: Communicating with non-specialist audiences, written and oral communication for paediatric caseloads (incl case notes, reports)
  • Professional reflection, goal setting and review
  • Clinical skills for assessment and intervention with paediatric clients
  • Integration of knowledge, skills and attributes for planning and delivering speech pathology assessment and intervention with paediatric clients

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 24 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This subject requires students to undertake up to 24 days of workplace learning. This includes a range of experiences organised through the CSU Speech Pathology Service including a paediatric on campus clinic and school/community based services. This is the students' first experience of direct contact with speech pathology clients. The focus in on speech and language assessment and intervention for paediatric clients. This subject provides students with key paediatric speech pathology experiences before their final year paediatric placement. It also provides the foundations for speech pathology practice across the lifespan and across range of practice areas.  Therefore, this subject has a key role in the development and assessment of students competency.  


Special Resources

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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.