SPCH14002 - Speech Pathology Professional Project 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this first of two professional project units, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to implement evidence-based practice within the field of speech pathology. Students will work in small groups to select a clinical project and develop a project timeline that will allow students to use sound research techniques to search the literature and gather relevant information. For Project 1, a critical review of literature followed by a presentation of all information will follow. The project will continue into the following term when the project deliverables will be developed and disseminated.

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-requisite:Students must 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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Presentation 25%
3. Written Assessment 40%
4. Written Assessment 15%

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.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

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 Moodle site was difficult to access at times and information was not always available when needed later in the term when students were completing assessment tasks remotely. student feedback. The Course Coordinator will ensure that all relevant information is available and accessible to students in a timely manner.
The topics were only confirmed at the commencement of term. This impacted on the ethics requirements and timelines for ethics approval with each project. student and supervisor feedback. The Course Coordinator will clarify the topics and ethics requirements with the supervisors well before the commencement of the course, providing sufficient time for students to meet any approval timelines. Learning experiences in ethics will continue to be part of this course.
The weekly presentations and sharing of project progress were identified as a strength in the course. student feedback Continue to provide shared learning experiences in research.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Use evidence based practice to guide the development of a project in the field of speech pathology.
  2. Demonstrate capacity building within the practice of speech pathology.
  3. Apply critical review strategies to the information gathered from a literature search and assimilate and present this information in both written and oral formats.

Speech Pathology Range of Practice covered:

Students may be addressing specific range of practice areas, but this is dependent upon the project chosen.

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

Unit 4 Implementation of speech pathology practice - Elements 4.5 and 4.6 to Entry-level

Unit 5 Planning, providing and managing speech pathology services – Elements 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

A Beginner's Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care
Author/s: Aveyard, H Year: 2011
Edition: 1st Publisher: Open University Press
City: Maidenhead State: Berkshire
Country: England, United Kingdom
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
How to Read a Paper: the basics of evidence based practice
Author/s: Greenhalgh, T Year: 2015
Edition: 5th Publisher: John Wiley & Sons.
City: Chichester State: West Sussex
Country: UK
Doing Action Research in your own Organisation
Author/s: Coghlan, D & Brannick, T. Year: 2014
Edition: 4th Publisher: Sage Publications
City: Trowbridge State: Wiltshire
Country: UK
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

This textbooks are also available as an e-book via various outlets.

You may want to consider your project needs before purchasing the supplementary texts.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Other IT resources may be required depending on the nature of individual projects (e.g. publishing software, audio/video editing software). These needs will be identified in collaboration with project supervisors and arrangements will be made accordingly.
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 CoordinatorJudith Broadhurst (j.broadhurst@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

Orientation

Unpacking your projects in terms of what might be involved and what you'll need to research in preparation for your first meetings with your project supervisor(s).

Project development session.

In this session you will work in your project groups to generate ideas stemming from what you already know about your assigned project topic. You will:

  • deconstruct the information you have so far,
  • make links to information you already know (e.g through knowledge and skills developed in other courses), and
  • identify gaps in your current knowledge with the aim of identifying areas that you will research prior to next week's sessions and also prior to your first meeting with your project supervisor(s). Each group will then report back the outcomes of their discussions and seek and receive feedback from the class.

In this tutorial you will also establish your group expectations including:

i) your expectations of all group members;

ii) your expectations of your supervisor; and

iii) your ideas about your supervisor's expectations of you as a group and as individuals.

Aveyard, Sharp & Woolliams (2011) A Beginner's Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care

Chapter 1 'What is 'critical thinking' and why is it important?', and

Chapter 2 'How you can think more critically about information that is readily available'.

Cognlan & Brannick (2014) Doing Action Research in your own Organisation.

Chapter 1 'Introducing action research'.

Chapter 2 'Knowing in action'

Commence meetings with Project Supervisor to share ideas and gather information regarding their thoughts about the project.

Review the SPA documents

  • Scope of Practice
  • Evidence Based Practice in Speech Pathology
  • CBOS, 2011
  • Code of Ethics

Review requirements for Assessment 1.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Information provision/discussion session. You should be prepared to discuss the SPA documents in the session in terms of

  • How these documents will inform the development of your particular project
  • How this subject and your particular project may help you present evidence of Entry Level competence in the CBOS Units and Elements of practice.

You should also be prepared to discuss the concept of 'Levels of Evidence' and also 'Types of Evidence' and how these ideas relate to what you are doing in this course (and in SPCH14004 in Term 2).

Progress reporting session.

Each group should be prepared to give a 10-15 minute update on their progress since the previous week and their plan for the current week. Each group will also need to submit a brief written progress report. Where possible you should ensure you include some reporting on the outcomes of your meeting with your supervisor.

Project development session.

In this session each group will begin to formulate plans for how you will carry out formal and systematic information searches to inform your project development at this early stage.

  • identify your PICO question
  • plan your search techniques for Assessment 3.
  • think about how you will gain information across all four domains of EBP (i.e. research evidence, client values and circumstances, service delivery context, and clinical expertise).
  • consideration of ethical issues and approvals that may be required for your project

Aveyard, Sharp & Woolliams (2011) A Beginner's Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care

Chapter 3 'Being more critical: How you can find the 'best available' evidence'

Speech Pathology Australia (2011) Competency based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathology - Entry Level

Speech Pathology Australia (2015) Scope Of Practice in Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology Australia (2007) Parameters of Practice

Speech Pathology Australia (2010) Position Paper: evidence based practice in speech pathology

Cognlan & Brannick (2014) Doing Action Research in your own Organisation.

Chapter 4 Constructing and Selecting your insider project

Provide a 10-15 minute update on the progress of your project and submit a brief written progress report.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Information provision/discussion session.

This session will focus on critical reading and critical appraisal of information. In preparation for this session there are numerous things you should do:

You should be prepared to report on:

  • the range of different types of information and sources you have found so far so that you can, as a class, discuss appropriate questions to consider and processes to adopt when evaluating the quality and usefulness of these sources and types of information.

Project development session.

'Six questions to trigger critical thinking'

critical appraisal and the evaluation of information

You should be prepared to:

  • Identify critical appraisal forms that may be useful as part of your project development processes
  • report and evaluate the effectiveness of your information searches so far,
  • develop a plan for tackling the information that you have found and will continue to find as part of this process.

In preparation for this session you could come with something that represents the output of your information searches at this point in time, e.g. a reference list, a folder with saved documents, etc.

Aveyard, Sharp & Woolliams (2011) A Beginner's Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care

Chapter 1 'What is 'critical thinking' and why is it important?', and

Chapter 2 'How you can think more critically about information that is readily available'.

Submit your initial draft of your ethics application. Feedback will be provided on this formative piece. This feedback will assist you to adequately prepare Assessment 1 which is due in Week 5.

Present a short update on your project which includes:

  • some follow-up reporting. The report should contain evaluation of the information found during the week
  • synthesis of the information gathered by individuals in the group
Week 4 27-03-2017

Information provision/discussion session.

This session will focus on:

  • discussing 'how to prepare an effective presentation' in reference to the presentations that you give in Week 5 of the unit.

You will discuss the expectations of the presentation in terms of content, structure, and division of work across the project group members. As you might expect, one theme of discussion will be how to effectively portray to your audience that you have approached your project critically and engaged with the process of EBP.and how you have considered the ethical aspects of your project

Progress reporting session.

During your reporting you should attempt to address questions such as:
  • What was the process that you went through when combining the outcomes of your individual searches? (e.g. did you just sit down for a couple of hours a s a group and share ideas?)
  • Are you satisfied that your search has been comprehensive? If so, what is your justification?
  • Are there gaps or things that you have struggled to find good information on? What are your proposals for addressing these gaps?
  • What is the group's approach to maintaining an ongoing information search to ensure that the final project is informed by current 'best available' evidence?
  • How regularly are you going to search for more information?

Project development session.

This session will focus on critical writing as applied to your project topic to assist you to complete your systematic review at the end of the term.

To prepare for this session, everyone should:

  • Write a short critical summary (200-300 words) that reflects issues you identified in your systematic review.

These reviews will form the basis of discussion.


Aveyard, Sharp & Woolliams (2011) A Beginner's Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care

Chapter 4 'How you can demonstrate your critical thinking skills in your written work and presentations'.

Academic Phrasebank website: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/

Identify the plan for the coming week.

Write a short critical review (200-300 words) that explains the planned project. Feedback will be provided on this formative piece. This feedback will assist you to adequately prepare your presentation in Week 5.

Week 5 03-04-2017
Presentations. In this session each group will deliver their presentation as part of Assessment 2.These presentations should also allow further and final in-class provision of feedback regarding project ideas as they currently stand.

Assessment 1 - Ethics submission. Each group submits one ethics application through Moodle.

Assessment 2 - Project Proposal Presentation. Your assessment will occur during the oral presentation. Dates and times of the presentations will be announced in Week 1. This assessment has both group and individual assessment requirements.

(20%) Ethics Application Due Monday (03 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
(25%) Project proposal presentation Due AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

You will be on your external placements during these weeks. Your placements are designed to allow you to use one day a week to attend to your remaining assessment tasks in SPCH14002.

You will need to plan your work so that you can complete the assessment tasks (Assessment 3 & 4) by their due date.

To assist your planning, you will be expected to:

  • maintain weekly communication with your supervisor and/or unit coordinator throughout the rest of term; and
  • meet any required timelines.

Throughout your clinic placements and in preparation for your 4th assessment for SPCH14002, you should consider the role of your project in terms of:

  • your reflective practice
  • the diversity of speech pathology services
  • the needs and perspectives of the communities who use those services
  • the different factors that impact on decision making in service delivery

Aveyard, Sharp & Woolliams (2011) A Beginner's Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care

Chapter 6 'Shaping the future:what is the role of critical thinking in the development of health and social care services?'

Week 7 24-04-2017

You will be on your external placements during these weeks. Your placements are designed to allow you to use one day a week to attend to your remaining assessment tasks in SPCH14002.

You will need to plan your work so that you can complete the assessment tasks (Assessment 3 & 4) by their due date.

To assist your planning, you will be expected to:

  • maintain weekly communication with your supervisor and/or unit coordinator throughout the rest of term; and
  • meet any required timelines.

Throughout your clinic placements and in preparation for your 4th assessment for SPCH14002, you should consider the role of your project in terms of:

  • your reflective practice
  • the diversity of speech pathology services
  • the needs and perspectives of the communities who use those services
  • the different factors that impact on decision making in service delivery
Week 8 01-05-2017

You will be on your external placements during these weeks. Your placements are designed to allow you to use one day a week to attend to your remaining assessment tasks in SPCH14002.

You will need to plan your work so that you can complete the assessment tasks (Assessment 3 & 4) by their due date.

To assist your planning, you will be expected to:

  • maintain weekly communication with your supervisor and/or unit coordinator throughout the rest of term; and
  • meet any required timelines.

Throughout your clinic placements and in preparation for your 4th assessment for SPCH14002, you should consider the role of your project in terms of:

  • your reflective practice
  • the diversity of speech pathology services
  • the needs and perspectives of the communities who use those services
  • the different factors that impact on decision making in service delivery
Week 9 08-05-2017

You will be on your external placements during these weeks. Your placements are designed to allow you to use one day a week to attend to your remaining assessment tasks in SPCH14002.

You will need to plan your work so that you can complete the assessment tasks (Assessment 3 & 4) by their due date.

To assist your planning, you will be expected to:

  • maintain weekly communication with your supervisor and/or unit coordinator throughout the rest of term; and
  • meet any required timelines.

Throughout your clinic placements and in preparation for your 4th assessment for SPCH14002, you should consider the role of your project in terms of:

  • your reflective practice
  • the diversity of speech pathology services
  • the needs and perspectives of the communities who use those services
  • the different factors that impact on decision making in service delivery
Week 10 15-05-2017

You will be on your external placements during these weeks. Your placements are designed to allow you to use one day a week to attend to your remaining assessment tasks in SPCH14002.

You will need to plan your work so that you can complete the assessment tasks (Assessment 3 & 4) by their due date.

To assist your planning, you will be expected to:

  • maintain weekly communication with your supervisor and/or unit coordinator throughout the rest of term; and
  • meet any required timelines.

Throughout your clinic placements and in preparation for your 4th assessment for SPCH14002, you should consider the role of your project in terms of:

  • your reflective practice
  • the diversity of speech pathology services
  • the needs and perspectives of the communities who use those services
  • the different factors that impact on decision making in service delivery
Week 11 22-05-2017

You will be on your external placements during these weeks. Your placements are designed to allow you to use one day a week to attend to your remaining assessment tasks in SPCH14002.

You will need to plan your work so that you can complete the assessment tasks (Assessment 3 & 4) by their due date.

To assist your planning, you will be expected to:

  • maintain weekly communication with your supervisor and/or unit coordinator throughout the rest of term; and
  • meet any required timelines.

Throughout your clinic placements and in preparation for your 4th assessment for SPCH14002, you should consider the role of your project in terms of:

  • your reflective practice
  • the diversity of speech pathology services
  • the needs and perspectives of the communities who use those services
  • the different factors that impact on decision making in service delivery
Week 12 29-05-2017

You will be on your external placements during these weeks. Your placements are designed to allow you to use one day a week to attend to your remaining assessment tasks in SPCH14002.

You will need to plan your work so that you can complete the assessment tasks (Assessment 3 & 4) by their due date.

To assist your planning, you will be expected to:

  • maintain weekly communication with your supervisor and/or unit coordinator throughout the rest of term; and
  • meet any required timelines.

Throughout your clinic placements and in preparation for your 4th assessment for SPCH14002, you should consider the role of your project in terms of:

  • your reflective practice
  • the diversity of speech pathology services
  • the needs and perspectives of the communities who use those services
  • the different factors that impact on decision making in service delivery

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Exam Week 12-06-2017

You have two pieces of assessment to submit after you return from your placements:

Assessment 3 - Systematic Review (individual assessment)

Assessment 4 - Self-evaluation (individual assessment)

(40%) Individual Systematic Review Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
(15%) Self evaluation Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST

This unit of study is the first part of your final year honours project which is linked to SPCH14002 Speech Pathology Professional Project 1 and SPCH14004 Speech Pathology Professional Project 2.

As your final year of study in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), you will engage in group and individual study with direction from your project supervisor and the Unit Coordinator.

  • Your unit coordinator is Judy Broadhurst. You can contact Judy on phone (49306481) or email ( j.broadhurst@cqu.edu.au ).

If you have any concerns regarding the expectations in this unit of study, please contact Judy.

Your project supervisor has been specifically assigned for the project you are completing. If you have any questions relating to your unit of study please contact your supervisor. The project supervisors are:

  • Mental Health Project - Tina Janes. Tina's contact details are 49306575 and t.janes@cqu.edu.au
  • Animal Assisted Therapy Project - Leisa Skinner. Leisa's contact details are: 49306571 and l.skinner@cqu.edu.au
  • Oral Health Project - Jenni-Lee Rees. Jenni-Lee's contact details are: 49309569 and j.rees2@cqu.edu.au

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title (20%) Ethics Application
Task Description

This is a group assessment task to which all members of the group must contribute.

Within your project group, you must:

  • prepare the low risk ethics application relevant to your project.
  • complete the documentation consistent with the requirements of the National Statement for the Ethical Conduct in Human Research and the CQUniversity Human Research Ethics Committee.
  • use the template required by the CQUniversity Human Research Ethics Committee to present your ethics application.
  • outline how each person has contributed to the ethics application.
Assessment Due Date Week 5 Monday (03-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Each group submits one ethics application through Moodle.
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment is worth 20% of your overall grade for SPCH14002 Speech Pathology Professional Project 1.

Your group will receive a mark out of 20 which will be allocated according to:

  • documentation is complete, accurate and succinctly written; using consistent and high quality academic writing style (out of 5 marks)
  • adherence to APA guidelines (out of 5 marks)
  • awareness of how ethical issues may impact on the project, participants and the community (out of 5 marks)
  • clarity with which you explain how the work was allocated and the fair and equal contribution as a team member to the preparation of the ethics submission (out of 5 marks)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students need to achieve a Pass grade on this assessment in order to pass the unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submission to be made via the course Moodle.

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

1. Use evidence based practice to guide the development of a project in the field of speech pathology.

2. Demonstrate capacity building within the practice of speech pathology.

3. Apply critical review strategies to the information gathered from a literature search and assimilate and present this information in both written and oral formats.

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

Assessment Title (25%) Project proposal presentation
Task Description

Within project groups, you will deliver a 15-20 minute presentation outlining your group's proposed project.

As part of this assessment, you will be expected to accompany your oral presentation with relevant visual materials such as a PowerPoint slideshow and any other relevant materials.

Your visual materials must be limited to a maximum of 3 slides.

The content of the presentation must include:

1. The identified clinical need

2. Background to the project – presenting a summary of related work in the topic area and explaining how the project will build on this work in order to fulfil the identified clinical need

3. Project proposal – presenting the group’s current ideas with regards to their ‘vision’ for the final project, the proposed stages that will need to be undertaken in order to complete the project on time and decisions that are yet to be made.

Assessment Due Date Precise dates of presentations in Week 5 will be negotiated with students once the unit starts.
Return Date to Students Marks and feedback will be returned within two weeks
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment will contribute to 25% of your grade for SPCH14002 Speech Pathology Professional Project 1.

You will receive both:

  • a group mark (the same mark for all members of the project group) and
  • an individual mark.

There are must pass criteria for this assessment. Your combined mark (Group mark and Individual mark) must meet pass criteria in order for you to pass this unit of study.

The Group Mark (out of 10 marks)

Each student in the group will be assigned the same mark.

This mark will be distributed according to:

  • Time management (out of 2 marks)
  • Content of the presentation (out of 2 marks)
  • Appropriate use of visual supports (out of 1 mark)
  • Knowledge of the topic area (out of 2 marks)
  • Ability to respond to questions (out of 3 marks)

The Individual Mark (out of 15 marks)

This mark will be based on the presentation skills of the individual student.

This mark will be distributed according to:

  • Presentation Skills (out of 6 marks)
  • Preparation and Knowledge of the topic (out of 3 marks)
  • Ability to answer questions related to the topic (out of 6 marks)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Your combined mark (Group mark and Individual mark) must meet the criteria for a Pass grade in order for you to pass this unit of study.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Your assessment will occur during the oral presentation. Dates and times of the presentations will be announced in Week 1.

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

1. Use evidence based practice to guide the development of a project in the field of speech pathology.

2. Demonstrate capacity building within the practice of speech pathology.

3. Apply critical review strategies to the information gathered from a literature search and assimilate and present this information in both written and oral formats.

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



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title (40%) Individual Systematic Review
Task Description

You will individually complete a systematic review relevant to your project, demonstrating that you have engaged critically with appropriate literature and other sources of information.

The systematic review will include:

  • background to the review
  • a clearly identified PICO question
  • clear and appropriate inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • clear and accurate presentation of the results of the studies included in the review
  • discussion of the results
  • conclusions regarding the implications of the results for future research
Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Marks and feedback will be returned within two weeks
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment forms 40% of your overall grade for SPCH14002 Speech Pathology Professional Project 1.

You will receive a mark (out of 40 marks) according to the following criteria:

  • integrated and well justified background to the review (out of 10 marks)
  • clear outline of how the review was completed (methodology, inclusion/exclusion criteria) (out of 10 marks)
  • comprehensive critical analysis of the findings (out of 10 marks)
  • consistent, high quality academic writing (consistent use of APA referencing, correct spelling and grammar, clear, concise and highly professional style) (out of 10 marks)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students need to meet the criteria for a Pass Grade in this assessment in order to pass this unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Group submission

Submission to be made via the course Moodle.

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

1. Use evidence based practice to guide the development of a project in the field of speech pathology.

2. Demonstrate capacity building within the practice of speech pathology.

3. Apply critical review strategies to the information gathered from a literature search and assimilate and present this information in both written and oral formats.

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



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title (15%) Self evaluation
Task Description
You will submit a written critical self-evaluation of your learning and your contributions towards your group project. In this self-evaluation you will be required to consider:
  • Your major unique contributions towards the development of the project
  • The effectiveness with which you have worked within a group
  • How you have developed your own skills and knowledge during the process so far and how you expect to further develop during the remainder of the project process
  • Your own evaluation of how the project will support your claims for competence as a speech pathologist in relation to the Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS 2011) outlined by Speech Pathology Australia

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
The precise submission date will be negotiated when the unit starts.
Return Date to Students Marks and feedback will be returned within two weeks
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment is worth 15% of your grade for SPCH14002 Speech Pathology Professional Project 1.

You will receive a grade (out of 15) distributed according to the following criteria:

  • Clear, succinct and professionally written description of the nature and value of your contribution to the project, including an awareness of the needs of others in the group as well as the needs of the project (out of 7 marks)
  • Learning: Reasoned explanation of how you have developed your knowledge and skills and plans for future development (out of 4 marks)
  • Relation to CBOS (2011): clear justification of how your learning provides evidence of entry level competence (out of 4 marks)


Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students need to achieve a minimum of 50% on this assessment overall in order to pass the course.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submission to be made via the course Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
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2. Demonstrate capacity building within the practice of speech pathology.

3. Apply critical review strategies to the information gathered from a literature search and assimilate and present this information in both written and oral formats.

Graduate Attributes
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1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

8. Ethical practice




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