SPH415 Integrating Speech Pathology Competency for Entry Level Practice (Honours) (12)

This subject has been designed for students enrolled in the Honours program. It is the second of two final year workplace learning subjects in which students develop and demonstrate their competency in speech pathology practice. Students complete approximately six weeks of workplace learning, working primarily with either an adult or paediatric population. During this time, students work with clinical educators to develop speech pathology knowledge, skills and attributes to 'Entry level' standard as defined by CBOS-R (SPA, 2011). Workplace learning settings may include hospitals, community health centres, disability organisations, and education providers. In addition, students complete simulated and/or specialist clinical experiences at CSU. During this subject, students will continue to demonstrate Entry level competency in professionalism, reasoning, communication and lifelong learning.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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

Restricted to students enrolled in Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours)



Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the development of competency in assessment and management of communication and swallowing difficulties for adult or paediatric populations, as defined by the Competency-Based Occupational Standards for Entry Level Speech Pathologists (CBOS-R; SPA, 2011) Units 1-7 to Entry level standard
  • be able to demonstrate the development of competency in communication, reasoning, lifelong learning and professionalism as defined in the Generic Professional Competencies (CBOS-R; SPA, 2011) to Entry level standard
  • be able to demonstrate transfer of speech pathology knowledge, skills and attributes to both workplace learning and simulated environments.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Professional reflection including reporting on incidents that are critical to students' learning
  • Integration of speech pathology knowledge, skills and attributes across all CBOS Units in the workplace
  • Application of integrated speech pathology knowledge, skills and attributes across all CBOS Units in clinical reasoning and clinical practice

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 30 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will complete six weeks (4 days per week) of workplace learning (WPL) with predominantly either an adult or paediatric caseload. The WPL may be completed as two four-week blocks, and /or include an international fieldwork experience. Students will also undertake 4-5 days workplace learning at the CSU Speech Pathology Service on campus clinic.

Special 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.


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.