SPH532 Clinical Reasoning for Integrated Client Care in Speech Pathology (8)

In this subject students extend their knowledge and skills of client care in speech pathology practice. Students integrate their existing knowledge and skills and apply these to clinical reasoning in the context of clients with novel and complex communication and swallowing difficulties. The cases require integration of knowledge across range of practice areas and/or between populations. Students will seek new information relevant to each case study, and develop skills in seeking appropriate support for working with clients with novel and/or complex communication and swallowing difficulties. Scaffolding will be provided to support students development of independent analysis and synthesis of complex client and context data. 

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH532. 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 the Master of Speech Pathology.


( SPH522 or SPH528 ) and ( SPH523 or SPH529 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse and synthesise holistic client data and contextual information to independently identify and justify appropriate speech pathology management strategies
  • be able to research unfamiliar areas of speech pathology practice and apply to clinical reasoning with novel or complex clients
  • be able to integrate knowledge and skills with relevant current evidence in the assessment and management of clients with novel or complex communication and swallowing difficulties
  • be able to reflect on integrated case information and current research to identify appropriate transfer of knowledge, skills and attributes to novel and complex clients
  • be able to independently reflect on knowledge and skills in the context of novel or complex clients to identify learning/support needs when working with novel or complex clients
  • be able to use clinical reasoning and communication skills appropriate to specialist and non-specialist audiences to discuss, document and report on speech pathology management with clients with novel and complex communication difficulties


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Clinical decision making, clinical reasoning and professional judgement in complex cases
  • Dementia and family/carer support
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder within a consultancy model of practice
  • Paediatric feeding and family centred practice
  • Head and neck cancer and pre-operation counselling
  • Cerebral palsy across the lifespan


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.