SPH505 Preparation for Speech Pathology Practice (8)

In this subject, students prepare for and undertake their first speech pathology clinical block placement. Students also engage with theory of clinical education and clinical reflection, providing them with a foundation on which to develop their clinical skills. This subject focuses on supporting students to integrate their learning and apply knowledge and skills to specific populations and speech pathology range of practice areas.


Session 3 (90)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH505. 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 Allied Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Speech Pathology.


SPH512 and SPH513

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to administer formal and informal assessment of communication and swallowing, in familiar situations according to guidelines provided
  • be able to integrate and interpret assessment and/or intervention data to establish plans for further assessment or intervention
  • be able to implement a range of effective therapeutic skills, in familiar situations, with a low degree of supervision
  • be able to integrate knowledge, skills and attributes with the support of a clinical educator, to plan and provide speech pathology assessment and intervention appropriate for a specific workplace or population
  • be able to reflect on development of competency and identify specific goals and strategies for ongoing learning


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Contexts of speech pathology practice: public health care system (acute, rehab, outpatient); private/NDIS; education
  • Ethical reasoning: applying Speech Pathology Australia's ethical framework to clinical decision making
  • Self-care: managing your own grief and emotional responses; managing own workload
  • Professional development: goal setting and review in the workplace
  • Assessment of competency development in workplace learning: COMPASSŪ
  • Workplace learning

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH505 in Session 3 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Design a resource suitable for telepractice
Compass competency assessment
Statement of competency development

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 expected to cover travel, accommodation and additional expenditure associated with participation in workplace learning.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.