SPH514 Introduction to Reflective Practice and Clinical Reasoning in Speech Pathology (8)

This subject introduces students to the speech pathology profession, including the scope of practice and professional and ethical frameworks that influence and shape current practice in Australia. Within this subject, students develop skills in critical reflection and apply these to exploring their previous learning, and professional and personal experiences in the context of developing theoretical and professional knowledge. Students also reflect on their pre-existing personal and professional communicative competence and critique this in relation to models of language use in everyday and professional contexts. Students develop skills in professional communication, reflection and clinical reasoning, and set and evaluate professional learning goals in relation to these professional competencies. Learning and assessment activities within this subject are designed to support the development of digital literacy as a foundation for further learning in the Master of Speech Pathology and a tool for later clinical practice. 

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Speech Pathology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and critically reflect on how international, professional and ethical frameworks guide and shape speech pathology practice
  • be able to reflect critically on personal learning styles and language use in the context of learning theory and models of communication
  • be able to reflect critically on personal skills in professionalism, communication, reasoning, and lifelong learning in the context of developing professional competency
  • be able to identify and justify personal learning goals, and strategies for achieving those goals, based on integration of reflection on personal experiences, learning styles, language use and developing professional competency
  • be able to use technical, creative and communication skills including a range of written and ICT skills to communicate with non-specialist audiences


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Speech Pathology Practice in Australia
  • Frameworks of speech pathology practice: International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), family-centred care, client-centred care, interprofessional practice
  • Speech Pathology Australia's key documents: Code of Ethics; Scope of Practice; Professional Standards for Entry-level speech pathologists; Principles of Practice; Parameters of Practice
  • Introduction to critical reflection and clinical reasoning
  • Language use in everyday contexts: sociolinguistics and communicative competence
  • Learning theories, styles, and environments
  • Goal setting and evaluation in clinical contexts
  • Generic professional competencies: professionalism, communication, reasoning, lifelong learning


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.