SPH403 Integrating Speech Pathology Competency in the Workplace (16)

This subject is the first of two final year workplace learning subjects in which students develop and demonstrate their competency in speech pathology practice. Students complete approximately 8 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 a standard approaching 'Entry level' 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 develop their knowledge and skills in professionalism, reasoning, communication and lifelong learning and demonstrate these as appropriate of an Entry level speech pathologist. 


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH403. 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


SPH202 and SPH306 and SPH312 ( SPH333 or SPH314 ) and ( SPH317 or SPH308 )

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 a standard approaching Entry level
  • 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
  • Self-care during workplace learning
  • Integration of speech pathology knowledge, skills and attributes across all CBOS Units in the workplace

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 36 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will complete eight 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.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.