SPH544 Transition to Professional Practice in Speech Pathology (8)

In this capstone subject, students learning focuses on preparation for transition to graduate speech pathology practice. Students critically reflect on their competency development across the duration of the Master of Speech Pathology, and identify and justify ongoing professional learning goals. Students engage with a range of current topics in speech pathology and critique current practice, research and service delivery in relation to these. Students integrate understanding of current practice in Australian and overseas contexts with a focus on ethical reasoning and cultural responsiveness. Students will also develop skills in the design, management, and evaluation of speech pathology programs and services relevant to current speech pathology practice contexts.

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


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Online *
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH544. 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.


SPH515 and SPH532

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to synthesise and evidence own development of speech pathology knowledge, skills and attributes to demonstrate entry level competency
  • be able to critically analyse and reflect on their own competency development and demonstrate autonomy and responsibility as a life-long learner
  • be able to integrate understanding of recent developments in speech pathology practice and current professional issues to plan and execute contextually and culturally responsive speech pathology programs/practices
  • be able to apply speech pathology and generic professional knowledge, skills and attributes, demonstrating autonomy, adaptability and responsibility in professional practice contexts
  • be able to communicate complex synthesis of professional knowledge, skills and attributes to specialist and non-specialist audience


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Current issues in speech pathology (incl. policy, funding, service delivery, prioritisation and rationing, ethics/medico-legal/privacy etc.)
  • Supervisory practice: working with teacher's aides, students etc.
  • Management in health care
  • Critical reflection on integration of knowledge, skills and attributes for Entry level competency
  • Life-long learning
  • Job applications and career planning
  • Transition to professional practice

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

This compulsory residential school allows students to demonstrate their competency in a range of capstone learning and assessment tasks. These address Entry level skills, knowledge and attributes across the speech pathology range of practice areas and populations as required by professional standards. Students will be expected to cover the travel and accommodation costs associated with attendance at the residential school.

Special Resources

Students are required to attend a compulsory residential school on the Albury-Wodonga campus, to complete capstone assessment tasks. Students will be expected to cover the travel and accommodation costs associated with attendance at the residential school.


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.