SPSC381-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Applied Research and Clinical Practice 3

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


In this course students will establish the links between theory and practice. Students will further develop professional and clinical competency in managing a client caseload in an on-campus clinic. Students will successfully apply research skills of planning and executing a case study that includes a critical appraisal of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, methods for data collection, analysis and interpretation.


In this course students will further establish the links between theory and evidence based practice. Students will further develop professional and clinical competency in managing a client caseload within a variety of cultural contexts; including Māori and Pasifika.

Learning Outcomes

Goal of the Course

Students will further develop their clinical skills in a range of speech-language pathology clinical areas.

Hua Akoranga/Learning Outcomes (ILO)

Intended learning outcomes represent what you should know and/or be able to do as a result of active engagement in the learning process. Below is a table that represents the intended learning outcomes of this course, along with the associated learning method(s) and assessment task(s).

Upon successful completion of the course, I will be able to:

1. Demonstrate progress in clinical competency as defined by COMPASS®.

2. Demonstrate shared responsibility for client management.

3. Apply Evidence Based Practice within clinical management.

4. Identify and demonstrate cultural and ethical awareness in a variety of settings and cultural
   contexts including Māori and Pasifika.

5. Identify and demonstrate skills, values, attitudes and practices needed for speech-language
   therapists to work individually and interprofessionally with Māori and Pasifika clients.

I will learn this by:

Engaging in class lectures and tutorials.
Applying evidence based practice principles during clinical practice.
Participating in supervisory discussions with Clinical Educator.
Reading assigned textbooks and further research.
Reading and critically evaluating relevant research literature.
Engaging in tutorials.
Engaging in clinical discussions.
Participating in clinical practice.
Utilising clinical resources.
Reading assigned textbooks and further research.
Reading and reviewing the Code of Ethics and other relevant literature.
Engaging with clients and their family/whānau.

My learning will be assessed by:

Measurement of clinical performance using the COMPASS® competencies communication, Professionalism and Intervention. – modified.
Written case studies.
Acquired neurogenic clinic workbook.
Community education assessment
Cultural competency section of Neurogenic clinic workbook.
Tikanga group presentation.
Measurement of clinical performance using the COMPASS® assessment of clinical competency in speech-language pathology: competencies Communication, Professionalism and Intervention. – modified.
Completion school placement assignment.
Supervisor feedback.
Peer feedback.



Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Clinic A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 17:00 - 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Clinic B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00 - 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Clinic C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00 - 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Clinic D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 17:00 - 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Clinic E
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 17:00 - 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Timetable Note


Rāpare/Thursday Week 1 11-1pm Pūtangitangi UC Speech & Hearing Clinics
Week 2-7 11-12pm A5
Week 8 1-5pm daily Pūtangitangi UC Speech & Hearing Clinics
Week 9-12 11-1pm A5

Clinical Placements

Placement 1 (28th Feb – 31st March 12-5pm – some sites may vary the start time)
Acquired neurogenic disorders clinic
No clinic requirements during the term break

Placement 2 (2nd May – 3rd June – 12-5pm - some sites may vary the start time)
School aged community clinic

The length of time students are engaged in face to face clinical practice will vary; however students should allow the full afternoons timetabled for clinical practice to allow for the development of clinical competency in the preparation, engagement, evaluation and reflection of clinical activities as described by COMPASS®.
Students must complete a minimum of 90 percent of clinical placement opportunities for this paper. Those that do not reach this amount will be required to meet with the Director of Clinical Education.

Course Coordinator

Gina Tillard


Ruth Ramsay , Tika Ormond , Kate Cook , Charmain Moyle , Ellen Nijhof , Alex Weathersby and Katrina McGarr

Kairuruku Akoranga/Course Co-ordinator

Gina Tillard (She/Her)
Director of Clinical Education, School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing

Tari/Office: Level 3, Room 327
Waea/Phone: 03 369 2051
Īmēra/E-mail: gina.tillard@canterbury.ac.nz



Please contact the Clinical Educator allocated to each assessment or Gina Tillard should you have any questions. Marked scripts will only be returned once the whole class has completed an assignment.

All assessments will be submitted electronically via the SPSC Learn site. Students must seek advice regarding online submission of assignments well in advance of due dates of assessment. Assessment briefings will be posted on Learn. Where possible assessments will be marked blinded to student’s identification.

1. Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology (COMPASS®) – Pass/ Fail
This assessment must be passed in order to obtain a passing grade for this paper.
A modified paper-based COMPASS® will be completed for the School aged community clinic. This will be discussed training week in tern 2.

2. Acquired Neurogenic Clinic: 40%
a. Assignment 1 & 2: 30% (written reflections (10%) case studies (20%))
Assignment 1 and 2 requires you to submit a written reflection and a case study for each assignment during the neurogenic clinic. Each written reflection is worth 5% and each case study is worth 10%. The ability to reflect on clinical events and present clinical information in a succinct, organised and holistic format are skills required for successful workplace practice. Please see marking rubric in the workbook and on learn for more detail.

Assignment 1 Rāpare/Thursday 10th March 10 pm
Assignment 2 Rāpare/Thursday 24th March 10 pm
Workbook : 10% Rāapa/Wednesday 13th April 10 pm

You are required to submit your completed workbook at the conclusion of the placement. The workbook is used to guide your learning during this placement. It also demonstrates your ability to take part in client management, demonstrate cultural competency and your ability to apply evidenced based practice in the workplace. Each question and section of the workbook should be clear, complete and supported by examples as necessary. Please see the marking rubric in the workbook and on Learn for more detail.

Assessment contact: Kate Cook

3. Group Presentation and Written Reflection – Tikanga: 30%
Part one: Rāpare/Thursday 5th May (Hand in)
Part two: Rāmere/Friday 6th May 1pm – 3pm Room: Pūtangitangi
Part three: Rātapu/Sunday 8th May 10 pm

The purpose of this assessment is for students to demonstrate their understanding and application of tikanga Māori in the context of engaging with clients and their whānau, as well as to wider SLP practice. Students will work in groups and present their learning in a 15 minute verbal presentation. Please see the marking guidelines on Learn for more detail.

Assessment contact: Katrina McGarr

4. School aged community clinic assignment 30% Rātapu/Sunday 5th June 10 pm

This assessment requires students to identify a functional goal for a school aged child and to develop and explain functional activities to parents/caregivers/teachers in order to enhance children’s language development. See briefing on LEARN for more detail.

Assessment contact: Ruth Ramsay

5. Direct Contact (DC) Hours – daily/semester summary form. Hurdle 5th June 10pm

Throughout the semester students will maintain a record of their clinical contact using the daily/semester summary form. It is compulsory for all students to collect DC hours. The Clinical Education team will review and audit this document. No feedback will be given unless a discrepancy is queried. Please see DC hours form on learn.

Assessment contact: Kate Cook


Breaches of client confidentiality are viewed seriously by the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing and will result in a reduction of your grade for this paper. Serious or repeated breaches may result in failure of the paper. Client confidentiality applies to past and current clients and to any information included in interactive and/or written assignments. Please refer to the Clinic Handbook for guidelines regarding the recording of client information.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Meyer, Susan Moon; Survival guide for the beginning speech-language clinician ; 2nd ed; Pro-Ed, 2004.

Paul, Rhea; Introduction to clinical methods in communication disorders / edited by Rhea Paul, Ph.D ; Third edition; Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company, 2014.

Recommended Reading

Rose, Patti Renee; Cultural competency for the health professional ; Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2013.


Clinical practice requirements

Students are required to have access a digital voice recorder and wired head phones for clinical practice. Minimum specifications for the voice recorder are available on the Learn site. The school has suitable voice recorders available for purchase for $105 in the UC Speech and Hearing Clinic reception. Please see Marie Sutton (Clinic Administrator) to purchase one.

SPSC 281 and SPSC 282

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,023.00

International fee $5,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

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