SPCH14001 - Complex Disorders in Speech Pathology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will expose students to clients with more complex disorders in communication and/or swallowing, allowing them to explore current models of best practice in assessment and intervention. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework, Speech Pathology Code of Ethics, reflective practice and principles of evidence based practice will be applied at entry level.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisites:

    • Students will have successfully completed 84 credit points of SPCH coded units.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 50%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%
3. On-campus Activity Pass/Fail

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
The majority of the feedback provided related to the rushed nature of the course and the limited time. Have Your Say The actual time frame allocated is a difficult one to address given that students are limited to 5 weeks on campus prior to block placement, however what is expected of the students to complete in that time frame will be reviewed.
Overall, the students enjoyed the topics presented - in particular the practical components of the course. Have Your Say and in class feedback. It is recommended that the topics remain similar but the manner in which they are presented and assessed needs re-evaluating.
Other feedback related to scheduling of the course around public holidays and requesting that the time allocated to each topic be provided. Have Your Say and in class feedback. The time allocated to each topic was provided, however contingency plans were not put in place adequately for public holidays within an already very tight time frame. Contingency plans will need to be considered prior to the timetable coming out in case the blocks of classes coincide with multiple public holidays.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Provide an overview of the nature, causes, maintaining factors, opportunities and barriers arising in relation to clients with complex communication and swallowing needs.
  2. Apply current models of best practice in assessment and intervention for a client with complex communication and/or swallowing needs.
  3. Discuss the role and scope of practice of speech pathologists and other professionals involved in the multidisciplinary management of a client with complex communication and/or swallowing disorders.
  4. Demonstrate entry level reflective practice as a skill crucial to lifelong learning and professional practice in speech pathology.

Speech Pathology Range of Practice covered:

  • Adult - Dysphagia, Language, Speech, Voice, Multimodal communication and potentially Fluency (depending on the case allocated)
  • Child - Dysphagia, Language, Speech, Multimodal communication and potentially Fluency (depending on the case allocated)

Competency-based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathology (CBOS 2011):

  • Unit 1 Assessment: Elements 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 to Entry level
  • Unit 2 Analysis and interpretation: Elements 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 2.5 to Entry level
  • Unit 3 Planning evidence based speech pathology practices: Elements 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 to Entry level
  • Unit 4 Implementation of speech pathology practice: Elements 4.2 and 4.5 to Entry level
  • Unit 5 Planning, providing and managing speech pathology services - Elements 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 and 5.8 to Entry level
  • Unit 7 Lifelong learning and reflective practice - Elements .7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 to Entry level

Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology (COMPASS®) Generic Professional Competencies:

Unit 1 Reasoning: Elements 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 to Entry level

Unit 2 Communication: Elements 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 to Entry level

Unit 3 Learning: Elements 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 to Entry level

Unit 4 Professionalism: Elements 4.1, 4.2, 4.4 and 4.5 to Entry level


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - On-campus Activity

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment    
3 - On-campus Activity

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note: No textbook required for this subject.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorTina Janes (t.janes@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017
  • Introduction to course requirements.
  • Topic 1: Palliative Care.
  • Assessment - on-campus activities related to the topic.

Pollens, R. (2004). Role of the speech-language pathologist in palliative hospice care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 7(5), 694-702.

Pollens, Robin D. (2012). Integrating Speech-Language Pathology Services in Palliative End-of-Life Care. Topics in Language Disorders, 32(2), 137-148.

O’Reilly, A., & Walshe, M. (2015). Perspectives on the role of the speech and language therapist in palliative care: An international survey. Palliative Medicine,29(8), 756-761.

Chater, K., & Tsai, C. (2008). Palliative care in a multicultural society: A challenge for western ethics. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing (Online), 26(2), 95-100.

Toner, M. A., & Shadden, B. B. (2012). Foreword: End-of-life care for adults: What speech-language pathologists should know. Topics in Language Disorders, 32(2), 107-110.

Other readings may be posted on Moodle as required.

  • Assessments provided to students.
  • Participation in on-campus activities including but not limited to reflections, group discussions, chapter reviews, simulations of scenarios and role play.
Week 2 13-03-2017
  • Topic 2: Head and Neck Cancer.
  • Assessment - on-campus activities related to the topic.

Speech Pathology Australia Clinical Guidelines - Laryngectomy.

Beukleman, Garrett, and Yorkston. Augmentative Communication Strategies for Adults with Acute or Chronic Medical Conditions. Chapter 11 AAC for people with head and neck cancer.

The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders - Louise Cummings (Ed.). Chapter 10 Head and Neck Cancer and Communication.

Other readings may be posted on Moodle as required.

  • Participation in on-campus activities including but not limited to reflections, group discussions, chapter reviews, simulations of scenarios and role play.
Week 3 20-03-2017
  • Topic 3: Craniofacial disorders.
  • Assessment - on-campus activities related to the topic.

Persaud, T. V. N., Keith L. Moore, and Mark G. Torchia. Before We Are Born, edited by T. V. N. Persaud, et al., Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/cqu/detail.action?docID=1430239. Chapters 10 and 19.

Singh, V., & Moss, P. (2015). Psychological impact of visible differences in patients with congenital craniofacial anomalies. Progress in Orthodontics, 16(1), 1-9.

Other readings may be posted on Moodle as required.

  • Participation in on-campus activities including but not limited to reflections, group discussions, chapter reviews, simulations of scenarios and role play.
Week 4 27-03-2017
  • Topic 4: Speech Pathology in Mental Health.
  • Assessment - on-campus activities related to the topic.
  • Speech Pathology Australia - Position Statement - Mental Health.
  • Speech Pathology Australia - Clinical Guidelines for SP in Mental Health.
  • Speech Pathology Australia - Fact Sheet on Mental Health.
  • The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders - Louise Cummings (Ed.). Chapter 8 Emotional Disturbance and Communication
  • The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders - Louise Cummings (Ed.). Chapter 17. Psychiatric Disorders and Communication
  • The Communication Disorders Workbook - Louise Cummings (Ed.). Chapter 4. Communication Disorders in Mental Illness
  • France, J., & Kramer, S. (2001). Communication and Mental Illness Theoretical and Practical Approaches. London: Jessica Kingsley. Chapter 7.
  • Perrott, Deborah. (2012). Talk to me: The link between communication and psychiatric disorders. Psychotherapy in Australia, 19(1), 58-64.
  • Sekhon, J., Douglas, J., & Rose, M. (2015). Current Australian speech-language pathology practice in addressing psychological well-being in people with aphasia after stroke. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2015, Vol.17(3), P.252-262, 17(3), 252-262.
  • Other readings may be posted on Moodle as required.
  • Participation in on-campus activities including but not limited to reflections, group discussions, chapter reviews, simulations of scenarios and role play.
Week 5 03-04-2017
  • Review of Topics 1-4 and discussions of other potential complex disorders and situations in Speech Pathology.
  • Assessment - on-campus activities related to Topics 1-4 including group summary presentation and discussions.
  • ASSESSMENT 1: In class test 05/04/2017.
  • Other readings may be posted on Moodle as required.
  • Participation in on-campus activities including but not limited to reflections, group discussions, chapter reviews, simulations of scenarios and role play.
  • In class test assessment 1 on 05/04/2017.
(50%) In-Class Test Due Wednesday (05 Apr 17) 01:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Week 6 17-04-2017 No classes scheduled - students on block clinical placements.
Week 7 24-04-2017 No classes scheduled - students on block clinical placements.

Students to confirm complex case presentation topic with unit coordinator by 26/04/2017 5pm.

Week 8 01-05-2017 No classes scheduled - students on block clinical placements.
Week 9 08-05-2017 No classes scheduled - students on block clinical placements.
Week 10 15-05-2017 No classes scheduled - students on block clinical placements.
Week 11 22-05-2017 No classes scheduled - students on block clinical placements.
Week 12 29-05-2017 No classes scheduled - students on block clinical placements.
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017 No classes scheduled - students on block clinical placements.
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Written assessment due 9am Monday 12th June via Moodle.

Presentations from 1pm Wednesday 14th June - presentations to be emailed to unit coordinator prior to 1pm.

(50%) Presentation and Written Assessment Due Monday (12 Jun 17) 09:00 AM AEST
On-Campus Activity - Must Pass (Hurdle) tasks Due Wednesday (14 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST

Welcome to SPCH14001 Complex Disorders in Speech Pathology.

This unit is delivered intensively with 12 weeks condensed to 5 weeks of learning that occurs prior to block clinical placements. The topic format of this unit will require you to integrate learning from previous units of study.

Typical time allocation for 6 credit point units is 12.5 hours of work per week inclusive of 4 hours of scheduled classes. In this intensive format this equates to 30 hours per week which includes 9.6 hours of scheduled classes. In 2017, there are 9 hours of scheduled classes per week (3 x 3hour lecture/tutorials) which is an increase of contact hours from previous years in response to feedback and to allow for scheduling of guest speakers.

As a final year unit there is also an expectation that you will be able to plan your own self directed learning to support the face to face classes.

Additionally, in response to feedback, assessment due dates have been modified to allow for more time for completion. You should consider the requirements of your block clinical placements in planning the preparation required for your assessment tasks in SPCH14001 Complex Disorders in Speech Pathology.

In order to get the most from the unit you will need to:

  • review previously completed units
  • attend all classes (80% attendance rate is required to pass the unit with absences requiring explanations and supporting documentation).
  • complete all recommended and suggested readings prior to class
  • participate in all in-class activities and discussions

Judy Broadhurst is Unit Coordinator. Her contact details are (email) j.broadhurst@cqu.edu.au and (phone) 49306481. You are encouraged to stay in contact with your Unit Coordinator via email or phone.

The schedule for each week enables educators with specific experience in the topic area to guide your learning experiences.

1 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title (50%) In-Class Test
Task Description

This is an intensive unit format which presents you with a different complex speech pathology topic each week. You will complete one in-class assessment task (short and long response) in week 5, which is related to each topic that has been discussed in class:

  • Topic 1, Week 1 - Palliative Care
  • Topic 2, Week 2 - Head and Neck Cancer
  • Topic 3, Week 3 - Craniofacial Disorders
  • Topic 4, Week 4 - Speech Pathology in Mental Health

Questions will primarily be case based, focusing on readings covered in class and scenarios. Reflection tasks will require you to integrate information from readings with information and experiences gained in previous units and information covered in the unit.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Wednesday (05-Apr-2017) 01:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

This in-class assessment is worth 50% of your grade for this unit.

You will receive a mark for each question. Your total mark must meet the 'pass grade' criteria for you to pass this assessment. You must pass this assessment to pass the unit.

The test (short and long responses) will be assessed on your ability to:

  • Accurately and comprehensively integrate your knowledge of clinical speech pathology practice.
  • Meet the entry level competencies (CBOS, 2011), generic professional competencies and range of practice areas relevant to each question.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must achieve a pass grade in all assessments in this unit to pass the unit overall.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

You will submit the test paper and response booklet to the assessor at the end of the in-class test.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Provide an overview of the nature, causes, maintaining factors, opportunities and barriers arising in relation to clients with complex communication and swallowing needs.

2. Apply current models of best practice in assessment and intervention for a client with complex communication and/or swallowing needs.

3. Discuss the role and scope of practice of speech pathologists and other professionals involved in the multidisciplinary management of a client with complex communication and/or swallowing disorders.

4. Demonstrate entry level reflective practice as a skill crucial to lifelong learning and professional practice in speech pathology.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title (50%) Presentation and Written Assessment
Task Description

This must pass assessment is comprised of two activities: a written assessment piece and an oral presentation, based on a single case study.

You will choose a clinical case study they have experienced during their clinical block placements. You may not get the opportunity to complete assessment and intervention with your chosen client in your clinical block placement however for this assessment you should provide a hypothetical evidence based management plan.

The clinical situation must be a situation where:

  • The client needs assessment and treatment for communication and/or swallowing difficulties, AND also meets at least one of the following criteria:
  • There are a number of key issues impacting the management of a client or,
  • A multidisciplinary team approach is required for effective management of the client or,
  • There are a number of social or psychosocial issues that are influencing the management of the client.

You must confirm with the unit coordinator their chosen complex case by the end of Week 7 (3pm, 28 April 2017).

The written assessment piece is due via Moodle on Monday 12th June at 5pm, followed by the oral presentation on Wednesday 14th June with the time to be advised. The written assessment must be submitted 2 days before the oral presentation.

The written assessment will identify the presentation and key issues for the client and discuss an evidence based, holistic approach for the management of this client. The written assessment is the evidence of the your research and an in-depth explanation of the presentation.

The oral presentation is a 20 minute presentation based on a selected client and should outline the clinical management as identified in the written assessment.

Presentations must be accompanied by suitable presentation resources which must be submitted to the coordinator prior to the commencement of presentations.

Presentations will be made to a broad forum of staff and students. There will be a question and answer discussion following each presentation.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Monday (12-Jun-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Written assessment due Monday 12th June and presentations to be held on Wednesday 14th June.
Return Date to Students Feedback will be provided within two weeks of the due date.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment is comprised of two activities:

  • a written assessment piece and
  • an oral presentation.

You must pass this assessment task to pass the unit. Your combined mark for the written assessment and oral presentation must be a pass grade.

Equal weighting will be designated to the written assessment and oral presentation, with the total assessment being worth 50% of the unit grade. You are assessed at Entry level across CBOS (2011) standards and the Generic Professional Competencies.

The written assessment must be 3000 to 4000 words and comply with APA 6 referencing and formatting styles.

You must confirm with the unit coordinator your chosen clinical situation by the end of Week 7 (3 pm, 28 April 2017).

The written assessment piece is due via Moodle on Monday 12th June at 5pm, followed by the oral presentation on Wednesday 14th June.

Written Assessment Marking Criteria (out of 25 marks)

This component is worth 25% of your overall grade. You will receive a mark (out of 25) for this component. The marks will be allocated according to the following criteria:.

You will be marked at speech pathology entry level (CBOS, 2011).

  • Content: integrated analysis of general and specific aspects of the situation; addresses all relevant elements of CBOS units 1-7; addresses generic professional competencies and addresses range of practice areas (out of 15).
  • Professional Writing style: including grammar and spelling; clarity of expression; use of appropriate terminology; use of conventions - grammar, spelling, syntax; organisation and structure (out of 5 marks).
  • Referencing and Research: Evidence of extensive and widely varied research; accurate APA referencing; evidence a wide range of high level EBP (out of 5 marks).

Oral Presentation Marking Criteria (out of 25 marks)

This component is worth 25% of your overall grade. You will receive a mark (out of 25) for this component. The marks will be allocated according to the following criteria:

You will be marked at speech pathology entry level (CBOS, 2011).

  • Content: integrated analysis of general and specific aspects of the situation; addresses all relevant elements of CBOS units 1-7; addresses generic professional competencies and addresses range of practice areas. (out of 10)
  • Professional Practice and Communication: interactive teaching style acknowledging different styles of learning; reflects quality research; well presented materials; fluent responses to questions; depth of knowledge on topic; sophistocated appropriate presentation conventions including speaking to the audience rather than your notes (out of 10)
  • Structure and Organisation: quality presentation materials; coherent and logical structure and sequence; effective use of presentation materials (out of 5)

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must pass this assessment. The combined mark for the two components of this assessment must be a pass grade.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

The written component is submitted online via Moodle, however the presentation is held in class in exam week 2.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Provide an overview of the nature, causes, maintaining factors, opportunities and barriers arising in relation to clients with complex communication and swallowing needs.

2. Apply current models of best practice in assessment and intervention for a client with complex communication and/or swallowing needs.

3. Discuss the role and scope of practice of speech pathologists and other professionals involved in the multidisciplinary management of a client with complex communication and/or swallowing disorders.

4. Demonstrate entry level reflective practice as a skill crucial to lifelong learning and professional practice in speech pathology.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



3 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title On-Campus Activity - Must Pass (Hurdle) tasks
Task Description

You are required to attend lectures and tutorials on campus. Attendance in class is recorded and an 80% attendance rate is stipulated, with the exception of explained absences with supporting documentation (e.g. medical certificates, funerals, family illness).

You will be required to participate in on-campus tasks, which reflects the practical learning nature of this intensive unit. On-campus activities will be related to the topic being covered that week, with week 5 being a review of all topics covered.

Activities will vary, depending on the topic, but will include tasks such as:

o Group based discussion and presentations

o Counselling skills

o Reflective practice

o Exploration of ethics

o Simulations of assessments and therapy techniques

o Chapter and literature reviews

o Group topic reviews and presentation

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Wednesday (14-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

You are allocated specific tasks that are to be completed for each week and demonstrated during class time. On-campus activities are designed to enhance your learning opportunities, teamwork and engagement with the course.

Attendance is required in lectures and tutorials to be able to complete these tasks. Attendance is recorded and an 80% rate is stipulated, with the exception of explained absences with supporting documentation (e.g. medical certificate, funerals, family illness).


Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Must pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Provide an overview of the nature, causes, maintaining factors, opportunities and barriers arising in relation to clients with complex communication and swallowing needs.

2. Apply current models of best practice in assessment and intervention for a client with complex communication and/or swallowing needs.

3. Discuss the role and scope of practice of speech pathologists and other professionals involved in the multidisciplinary management of a client with complex communication and/or swallowing disorders.

4. Demonstrate entry level reflective practice as a skill crucial to lifelong learning and professional practice in speech pathology.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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