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SPTH8839 – Implementing Knowledge in Speech Pathology Practice

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Scott Barnes
Elisabeth Harrison
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
SPTH8834 or SPHL834
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In this unit, students integrate and synthesise advanced discipline-specific knowledge and experiences from across the full range of child and adult speech pathology practice. Using scenario based learning, the unit assists students to critically evaluate professional practices, creatively solve clinical problems, and work in a collaborative, client-centred model of care. In particular, it addresses knowledge-practice gaps in speech pathology, and advanced clinical reasoning and communication in complex, multidisciplinary practice contexts.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Identify and critically analyse knowledge-practice gaps in speech pathology.
  • ULO2: Conduct and critically report on searches of published literature relevant for speech pathology practice, incorporating systematic reviews where available.
  • ULO3: Identify and critically analyse barriers to service provision for individual clients and client populations, and apply sound clinical reasoning in designing solutions for them.
  • ULO4: Adopt a range of sound strategies for successfully collaborating with other parties relevant to client care, including (but not limited to) other professionals, family members, and communities.
  • ULO5: Select and implement a repertoire of interpersonal communication skills to support ethical, evidence-based, and client-centred speech pathology practice in complex clinical scenarios.

General Assessment Information

Word limits

Assessment submissions with excessive word counts will receive a penalty commensurate with the amount the submission has exceeded the word limit stated in the assessment description. Excessive word counts will result in the following penalties:

  • From 11 to 20% over the word limit = reduction by one grading band.
  • More than 20% over the word limit = reduction by at least two grading bands, with further penalties applied at the discretion of the unit convenor.

For example: Word limit = 2000 words; Submission word count = 2240, i.e., 12% over the limit, and therefore a penalty is applied as follows:

  • Initial grade = D
  • Penalty = reduction of one grading band
  • Final grade = C 

Penalty for late submission

Late submission of assessments will result in the following penalties:

  • 1 day late = reduction by no more than one grading band, at the discretion of the unit convenor
  • 2 days late = reduction by no more than two grading bands, at the discretion of the unit convenor
  • 3 or more days late = reduction by at least two grading bands, with further reductions at the discretion of the unit convenor

For example: A submission is two days late, and therefore a penalty is applied as follows:

  • Initial grade = HD
  • Maximum penalty = reduction of two grading bands
  • Final grade = C 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Knowledge-practice gaps in speech pathology 60% Yes Mid-session break
Simulated case conference 40% Yes Week 12 and Week 13

Knowledge-practice gaps in speech pathology

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 39 hours
Due: Mid-session break
Weighting: 60%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

In this assessment task, students will identify, critically discuss, and design possible solutions for addressing knowledge practice gaps in speech pathology. Students will conduct comprehensive literature searches on self-selected topics, report on knowledge-practice gaps with reference to their own clinical experiences and client outcomes, and design possible solutions to them.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and critically analyse knowledge-practice gaps in speech pathology.
  • Conduct and critically report on searches of published literature relevant for speech pathology practice, incorporating systematic reviews where available.
  • Identify and critically analyse barriers to service provision for individual clients and client populations, and apply sound clinical reasoning in designing solutions for them.

Simulated case conference

Assessment Type 1: Simulation/role play
Indicative Time on Task 2: 38 hours
Due: Week 12 and Week 13
Weighting: 40%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

In this assessment, students will participate in a simulated case conference. Case conference members will be given a specific role scenario to maintain. MSLP students will be required to carry out pre-specified objectives in the case conference, e.g., educate a family member, advocate for a client, advocate for the profession, deliver challenging information. Students will also submit a video-recording of their plans and strategies for the case conference.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and critically analyse barriers to service provision for individual clients and client populations, and apply sound clinical reasoning in designing solutions for them.
  • Adopt a range of sound strategies for successfully collaborating with other parties relevant to client care, including (but not limited to) other professionals, family members, and communities.
  • Select and implement a repertoire of interpersonal communication skills to support ethical, evidence-based, and client-centred speech pathology practice in complex clinical scenarios.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

NOTE: The standard delivery of this unit has been affected by the current Public Health Orders and associated restrictions implemented by the NSW Government, and the response of the University to these circumstances. As a consequence, the delivery of this unit may be altered during Session 2 should these circumstances change. If on-campus learning activities are undertaken during Session 2, they will be delivered in accordance with a COVID Safe plan.

Students will participate in 2 hour lectorial classes blending teacher-fronted delivery with small group activities. Students will be expected to engage with learning materials before attending and participating in weekly classes, and then to complete learning activities following class. All scheduled learning activities will occur over the standard 13 weeks of the session.

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Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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