SPH323 Speech Pathology Practice Across The Lifespan A (8)

In this workplace learning subject, students will complete a range of workplace learning experiences both on campus and in the community. This subject focuses on working with adult populations across a range of practice areas. Students will continue to develop their competency in assessment and intervention of communication and swallowing. They will also develop skills in professional communication and communicating with people with language difficulties. 

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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH323. 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



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

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


BMS255 and SPH214

Subject Relationships

SPH313 is a linked subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to administer formal and informal assessment of communication and swallowing for adult populations, in familiar situations according to guidelines provided
  • be able to integrate and interpret assessment and/or intervention data to establish plans for further assessment or intervention
  • be able to implement effective therapeutic skills for communication and swallowing in adult populations, in familiar situations with a low degree of supervision
  • be able to present written and verbal information in a clear, concise, meaningful and logical manner to specific audiences, including those with language difficulties
  • be able to reflect on development of competency and identify specific goals and strategies for ongoing learning with guidance


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Contexts of adult speech pathology practice: public health care system (acute, rehab, outpatient); Private/NDIS
  • Professional Communication: communicating with people with communication difficulties, communicating with professional teams, communicating with non-specialist audiences, written and oral communication for adult case loads
  • Client centred care: working with adults and their significant others
  • Ethical reasoning: building knowledge of SPA’s ethical framework and applying this to decision making
  • Self-care: managing your own grief and emotional responses
  • Professional development: goal setting and review
  • Workplace learning

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 12 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The workplace learning in this subject focuses on developing students competency in working with adult populations. Students complete both on campus and community-based experiences both of which are supervised and assessed by CSU staff. This enables control of client complexity and environmental factors, ensuring appropriate experiences for the students levels of development.


Special Resources

Students are responsible for expenses associated with workplace learning such as travel to the site and accommodation.


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.