SPH323 Speech Pathology Practice Across The Lifespan A (8)

In this workplace learning subject, students will complete a range of workplace learning experiences both on campus and in the community. This subject focuses on working with adult populations across a range of practice areas. Students will continue to develop their competency in assessment and intervention of communication and swallowing. They will also develop skills in professional communication and communicating with people with language difficulties.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH323. 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

This subject is available only to students enrolled in the B Speech and Language Pathology.


BMS255 and SPH214

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to administer formal and informal assessment of communication and swallowing for adult populations, 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 effective therapeutic skills for communication and swallowing in adult populations, in familiar situations with a low degree of supervision
  • be able to present written and verbal information in a clear, concise, meaningful and logical manner to specific audiences, including those with language difficulties
  • be able to reflect on development of competency and identify specific goals and strategies for ongoing learning with guidance


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Contexts of adult speech pathology practice: public health care system (acute, rehab, outpatient); Private/NDIS
  • Professional Communication: communicating with people with communication difficulties, communicating with professional teams, communicating with non-specialist audiences, written and oral communication for adult case loads
  • Client centred care: working with adults and their significant others
  • Ethical reasoning: building knowledge of SPA’s ethical framework and applying this to decision making
  • Self-care: managing your own grief and emotional responses
  • Professional development: goal setting and review
  • Workplace learning

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH323 in Session 1 2020. 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 %
Client tutor program: reflection
Skills checklist and evidence
Professional learning plan
Oral viva

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 12 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The workplace learning in this subject focuses on developing students competency through the integration of their knowledge, skills and attributes. Students complete on campus experiences, the type of client presentation and associated environmental factors regulated by CSU. This ensures appropriate experiences for the students levels of development. In addition, they complete their first external workplace learning block placement (3 weeks). Successful completion of this subject is a prerequisite for the final year workplace learning subjects


Special Resources

Students are responsible for expenses associated with workplace learning such as travel to the site and accommodation.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.