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

In this subject, students explore clinical research as a component of professional practice. Students 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 independently investigate, analyse and synthesise information, problems, concepts and theories in order to develop, communicate and justify a clinically relevant research question


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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH516 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 %
Discussion forum participation
Literature review

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.