SPH516 Planning Practice-Based Research Projects in Speech Pathology (8)

In this subject, students explore clinical research as a component of professional practice. Students will also prepare for and undertake a 15 day speech pathology workplace learning experience. This placement focuses on supporting students to integrate their learning, and apply knowledge and skills to specific populations and speech pathology range of practice areas. Students also identify a speech pathology practice-based topic of interest, for which they search, analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources using an evidence-based practice framework. They then identify a specific gap in knowledge and develop a research question that could form the basis of a research project focusing on prevention, education and/or promotion of communication and swallowing issues, or speech pathology assessment or intervention. This process is self-directed but supported by the subject coordinator, learning materials and a collegial forum of peers. The project is continued in SPH526 (Designing, conducting and evaluating research based projects in speech pathology).


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH516. 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 demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to speech pathology practice
  • be able to reflect critically on theoretical knowledge and professional practice
  • be able to apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in order to develop, communicate and justify a clinically relevant research question
  • be able to integrate knowledge, skills and attributes with the support of a clinical educator to plan and provide speech pathology assessment and intervention for a specific workplace or population


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Research as clinical practice
  • Refining ideas and developing research questions
  • Comprehensive and systematic information searching
  • Thinking critically about the information
  • Levels of evidence and research design
  • Literature reviewing
  • Assessment of competency development in WPL
  • Applying Speech Pathology Australia's ethical framework to clinical decision making
  • Self-care
  • Managing your workload
  • Professional development, goal setting and review in the professional workplace
  • Workplace learning

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This subject contains a compulsory 15 day workplace learning experience.
The workplace learning in this subject focuses on developing students competency through the integration of their knowledge, skills and attributes. Students complete workplace learning experiences with collaborative partners that enable control of client complexity and environment factors. This ensures appropriate experiences for the students level of development and early identification of at risk students.

Special Resources

This subject contains a compulsory 15 day workplace learning experience. Students are responsible for 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.