SPH544 Transition to Professional Practice in Speech Pathology (8)

In this capstone subject, students' learning focuses on preparation for transition to graduate speech pathology practice. Students engage with a range of current topics in speech pathology and critique current practice, research and service delivery in relation to these. Students integrate understanding of current practice in Australian and overseas contexts with a focus on ethical reasoning and cultural responsiveness. Students also develop skills in interprofessional and supervisory practice, as well as designing, managing, and evaluating speech pathology programs and services. Students critically reflect on their competency development across the duration of the Master of Speech Pathology, and identify and justify ongoing professional learning goals in preparation for transition to the workplace.


Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH544. 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.


SPH515 and SPH532

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to synthesise and evidence own development of speech pathology knowledge, skills and attributes to demonstrate entry level competency
  • be able to critically analyse and reflect on their own competency development and demonstrate autonomy and responsibility as a life-long learner
  • be able to integrate understanding of recent developments in speech pathology practice and current professional issues to plan and execute contextually and culturally responsive speech pathology programs/practices
  • be able to apply speech pathology and generic professional knowledge, skills and attributes, demonstrating autonomy, adaptability and responsibility in professional practice contexts
  • be able to communicate complex synthesis of professional knowledge, skills and attributes to specialist and non-specialist audience


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Current issues in speech pathology
  • Working in teams, including supervisory practice and interprofessional practice
  • Management in health care
  • Job applications and career planning
  • Transition to professional practice

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH544 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 %
Management and service delivery project
Interprofessional health care practice
Supervisory practice
Employment simulation

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.