SPH517 Introduction to workplace learning in speech pathology (year-long subject) (8)

In the subject you will apply your knowledge and practice of speech pathology cognitive, creative and technical skills in a 5-week workplace learning experience in the areas of sensory-motor, language and/or cognitive impairments. This subject is the first of two workplace learning subjects in which you engage with paediatric and/or adult clients and their families/caregivers.

Under the guidance of certified practicing speech pathologists you will develop and demonstrate skills in accordance with Speech Pathology Australia's Competency Based Occupational Standards (revised 2011) as assessed by COMPASS. This includes skills in assessment, analysis and interpretation, intervention planning, implementing evidence based intervention, service delivery, reflective and supervisory practice and lifelong learning.
To demonstrate mastery of these learning outcomes and learning experiences you will create an assessment and intervention toolbox, and satisfactorily meet the requirements of an entry level speech pathologist according to the descriptors in the COMPASS evaluation tool. Within the COMPASS tool you will also identify your goals for your placement and evaluate your performance with your supervising speech pathologist.
You will use the online COMPASS evaluation tool and the CSU Interact2 online communication tools (discussion boards/wikis/chat room/blog etc).

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



Two sessions


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Speech Pathology students


SPH512 and SPH513 and SPH522 and SPH523

Subject Relationships

SPH515 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate application of technical skills and knowledge, to the assessment and management of sensory motor, language and/or cognitive difficulties using professional frameworks and models of practice. This will be demonstrated during your 5 week WPL and the creation of your assessment and intervention toolkit.
  • Be able to reflect critically on personal and educational experiences during this course to identify and justify, as well as review, personal learning goals and strategies for achieving those goals during workplace learning. This will be recorded in the online COMPASS tool and demonstrated during your 5 week WPL.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Preparation for workplace learning
  • Workplace learning experience
  • Reflection on workplace learning

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 to 25 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will complete a 5-week block of WPL in a clinical setting (e.g. community health clinic, hospital, disability service) in a metropolitan or regional area. During the WPL, students will work primarily with either paediatric or adult populations, supervised by a practicing speech pathologist. They will be required to demonstrate Entry Level competence for assessment and intervention with the population serviced, as required by the Competency-Based Occupational Standards (CBOS) for Speech Pathologists.

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.