Professional Practice 1 PG (10273.1)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Health
|Discipline Of Speech Pathology
|Post Graduate Level
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Use theory and contextual factors, with support to make clinical decisions about client management;
2. Assess and treat clients with simple communication disorders based on the principles of the ICF, theory and evidence-based practice;
3. Demonstrate, with support, the ability to accommodate the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of clients in service delivery;
4. Reflect on, and modify their clinical practice to assist in competency development; and
5. Explain the principles of Interprofessional practice in different service delivery models.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
4. UC graduates are able to demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing - apply their knowledge to working with Indigenous Australians in socially just ways
Prerequisites10267 Principles of Dysphagia PG AND 11980 Speech Disorders Across the Life Span AND 11981 Paediatric Language and Literacy AND 11982 Aphasia and Cognitive Communication disorders
10267 Principles of Dysphagia PG AND 10269 Speech and Language Disorders - Paediatrics PG AND 10270 Neurogenic Communication Disorders PG
|Teaching start date
|27 November 2023
|Ms Leah Hanley
All required readings are on the UCLearn Site, including:
Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathology (Entry Level) (2011). Speech Pathology Australia
Professional Standards for Speech Pathologists in Australia (2020). Speech Pathology Australia
COMPASS® Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology Assessment Resource Manual (2017). Speech Pathology Australia
Reflection with COMPASS® Reflecting in relation to clinical learning. Speech Pathology Australia
University of Canberra Master of Speech Pathology Clinical Handbook (2023)
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will result in the student having to redo the assignment with another case. The assignment is redone because these assignments are pass/fail and so the usual 5% reduction in marks per day do not apply.
Special assessment requirements
All must pass assessments (end COMPASS, assessment plan and demonstration, and clinical evidence portfolio for SIM clinic and placement) must be passed in order to meet competency and pass the unit.
All must-submit assignments must be submitted on time to pass the unit.
If you do not pass a component of a course-work assignment (assessment plan and demonstration, clinical evidence portfolio), you will be provided with one opportunity to to resubmit that assignment. Students will have one week to resubmit the component that they did not pass in their initial attempt. If you fail the resubmission then you will be required to retake the whole unit when next offered.
If you do not submit a must-submit assessment on time, you will be given an alternative case to complete and submit on time. If you do not submit the alternative case on time, you will fafail the submission and you will be required to retake the whole unit when next offered.
Students are not allowed a supplementary assessment for this unit based on the University Assessment Procedures. Students will not receive another placement or an additional assessment.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Whilst on placement, students will be expected to juggle coursework demands in addition to placement requirements simultaneously. Placements are full-time (4-days a week) unless otherwise arranged with the Clinical Placement Coordinator and Inclusion and Engagement. If you are experiencing difficulties whilst on your placement, please contact the Clinical Placement Coordinator and/or Unit Convener as soon as possible, and do not wait until the end of the placement.
To be successful in this unit, students are required to:
- Attend 100% of the SIM Clinic prior to attending placement
- Participate in all clinical placement activities. Students, unless ill, must attend all placement days for the required length of time. If a student is ill, they are required to contact the unit convener and their clinical educator before the start of placement that day, preferably the day before. A medical certificate or supporting documentation for this absence must be provided before the start of the next clinical day.
- Participate in 80% of all workshops for this unit (7 of the 9 scheduled workshops) in person or online. Workshops are not recorded due to their practical nature. Students are to notify the unit convener before the start of class to advise of their absences and provide supporting evidence as to why they are unable to attend.
- Participate in discussion threads on UCLearn where activities are created and as instructed.
Required IT skills
This unit involves online meetings in real time using the Virtual Room in your UCLearn (Canvas) teaching site. UCLearn provides a virtual classroom or meeting room where you can communicate in real time with your lecturer and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, go to the Virtual Room in your UCLearn site and 'Join Course Room'. This will trigger a tutorial to help familiarise you with the functionality of the virtual room.
Students who attend through the Virtual Room are strongly encouraged to turn on both their video and audio to participate fully in the workshop activities.
All placements for this unit are on-campus at the UC Health Hub in Canberra, unless prior approval is granted for an off-campus placement by the unit convener, clinical placement coordinator and inclusion and engagement.
Students may be required to travel to/from placement or stay in the region of their placement and student are expected to cover any associated travel or accommodation costs for placement.
Students are expected to cover travel costs associated with placement requirements (e.g. attending a home or school visit). Please contact the placement coordinator or unit convenor if you are experiencing difficulties with this whilst on placement.
Students are recommended not to book travel and accommodation that cannot be cancelled, as placements are subject to change at the last minute.
The placement office may be able to discuss accommodation support options with students.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves a clinical placement. Students must adhere to University policy during WIL activities, including the Student Conduct Rules 2018, the WIL Policy and WIL Procedure, and the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedure.
This unit has pre-placement requirements (e.g. Working with Vulnerable People registration, immunisation/s). You must complete Pre-Place: Preparation for Work Integrated Learning prior to commencement of your clinical placement. You can self-enrol in this module through the UC Learn site here.
Contact your unit convener if you have any concerns with meeting the requirements of this unit.
Client/patient confidentiality must always be maintained (see Clinical Education Handbook ), including for assessment items such as reports or essays. The professional nature of this unit also requires 100% participation at all learning activities (intensives and placement days). For the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c) students must complete all the placement assessments and additional assessments. If attendance requirements cannot be satisfied (e.g. timetable clash), it is recommended that you meet with your Unit Convener to schedule this unit for a future semester.
A 5-day SIM Clinic will be held at UC in November and January. Students must complete one SIM clinic prior to attending placement.
Clinical placements will run for 20 days (approximately 5-6 weeks depending on public holidays), for four-days a week (Mon-Thur) at the UC Health Hub in Canberra (unless prior approval for a part time placement is granted by Inclusion and Engagement and Clinical Placement Coordinator).
Placements for this unit commence in November of the previous academic year and run until June. There are 5 clinical blocks and students have an opportunity to submit their preferences for their clinical placement block. Preferences are subject to availability.
- Summer Semester, 2024, Internship, UC - Canberra, Bruce (216697)
- Semester 1, 2023, Internship, UC - Canberra, Bruce (212562)
- Semester 1, 2022, Internship, UC - Canberra, Bruce (207018)
- Winter Term, 2021, Internship, UC - Canberra, Bruce (201213)
- Semester 1, 2021, Internship, UC - Canberra, Bruce (200762)
- Semester 2, 2020, Internship, UC - Canberra, Bruce (203276)
- Semester 1, 2020, Internship, UC - Canberra, Bruce (198645)
- Semester 1, 2019, Internship, UC - Canberra, Bruce (191944)