SPH526 Practice-Based Research Projects in Speech Pathology (8)

In this subject, students will demonstrate mastery of a body of knowledge relating to the principles of research (research design, ethics, data collection, data analysis, interpretation and dissemination of findings). Students will apply this body of knowledge to the development of a practice-based research project that focuses on prevention, education and/or promotion of communication and swallowing issues, or speech pathology assessment and intervention. This subject will enable students to build on prior learning in order to further develop their research knowledge and skills. Students will develop a research design which is ethical, rigorous and promotes benefits for practice and consumers. Students will conduct and monitor a small research project, and analyse and interpret the study findings using rigorous qualitative and/or qualitative methods. This subject also provides students with the opportunity to disseminate research findings through a conference presentation to peers.


Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH526. 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.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically evaluate research principles (research design, ethics, data collection, data analysis, interpretation and dissemination of findings) as they apply to speech pathology practice
  • be able to critically analyse and reflect upon the application of the research principles to a specific practice-based problem or area of need
  • be able to independently apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to synthesise problems from practice in order to plan, implement and evaluate an ethical and clinically relevant research project


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Designing, conducting and monitoring research using qualitative and quantitative methodologies
  • Analysing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative research data
  • Disseminating research
  • Critically evaluating research
  • Peer-reviewed conference presentation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH526 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 %
Forum participation and collaboration
Research proposal
Research presentation and critical appraisal

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.