SPH415 Integrating Speech Pathology Competency for Entry Level Practice (Honours) (12)

This subject has been designed for students enrolled in the Honours program. It is the second of two final year workplace learning subjects in which students develop and demonstrate their competency in speech pathology practice. Students complete approximately six 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 Entry level standard as defined by current professional standards. 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. Throughout this subject, students continue to develop their ability to apply professionalism, reasoning, communication and lifelong learning in practice contexts, and demonstrate these as appropriate of an entry level speech pathologist..


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH415. 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 (Honours)



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 professional standards for Entry Level Speech Pathologists, to Entry level standard;
  • be able to demonstrate the development of competency in communication, reasoning, lifelong learning and professionalism as defined by the professional standards for Entry Level Speech Pathologists, to Entry level standard;
  • be able to demonstrate transfer of speech pathology knowledge, skills and attributes to workplace learning, simulated and specialist clinic environments; and
  • be able to synthesise and provide evidence of development of speech pathology knowledge, skills and attributes, and critically analyse and reflect on competency development to create and communicate goals and strategies for ongoing learning.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Development of professional identity and professional socialisation
  • Transfer of speech pathology knowledge, skills and attributes in workplace contexts
  • Critical reflection for lifelong learning

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH415 in Session 2 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 %
Compass competency assessment
Simulation exam
Specialist voice clinic
Statement of competency development

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 30 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will complete six weeks (4 days per week) of workplace learning (WPL) with predominantly either an adult or paediatric caseload. The WPL may be completed as two three-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.

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.