SPSC482-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Clinical Practice 5

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


This course consolidates the links between theory and practice in the field of communication and swallowing disorders. Students carry out clinical work with an increasing level of independence and develop advanced professional and clinical competency in client management and professional behaviour, as specified by the COMPASS, with the requisite consideration of the cultural and ethical context of practice. Students will further enhance skills of developing electronic resources to demonstrate their learning. Students will integrate academic learning and clinical skills within reflective group workshops and within assessment tasks.


This course consolidates the links between theory and practice in the field of communication and swallowing disorders. Students will carry out clinical work with an increasing level of independence and develop advanced professional and clinical competency in client management and professional behaviour, as specified by the COMPASS®, with the requisite consideration of ethical practice and a variety of cultural contexts; including Māori and Pasifika. Students will integrate academic learning and clinical skills within reflective practice group discussions assessment tasks.

Learning Outcomes

Goal of the Course

Students will further develop their clinical skills to independently manage speech-language pathology assigned clinical cases.

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 above Intermediate level abilities in managing assigned clinical cases as defined
   by COMPASS®.

2. Demonstrate progress in the development of clinical competence to a minimum level of
   Intermediate skills in all competency units as defined by COMPASS®.

3. Collaborate and consult with colleagues and other professionals.

4. Apply Evidence Based Practice within clinical management.

5. Demonstrate culturally responsive practice and ethical practice in a variety of contexts.

6. Demonstrate and apply skills, values, attitudes and practices needed for speech-language
   therapists to work individually and inter-professionally with Māori and Pasifika clients

I will learn this by:

Participating in clinical practice.
Engaging in clinical discussions.
Utilising clinical resources.
Reading assigned textbooks and further research.
Engaging in class lectures.
Engaging in workshops.
Interprofessional practice experience

My learning will be assessed through:

Measurement of clinical performance using the COMPASS® assessment of clinical competency in speech-language pathology.
Practical Assessment of a typical session.
Completion of class assignment.
Reflective practice attendance and participation.


Timetable Note


Rāmere/Friday 9am
Weeks 1 and 8 whole class – Ernest Rutherford 460
Week 2 – 12 Reflective practice groups with allocated Clinical Educators

Clinical Placements

Placement 1: Full semester
Students will be engaged in clinical practice over a number of mornings per week. In general, students will be engaged in face to face clinical practice for approximately four hours per week. However, students should allow the full timetabled mornings 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®. Please check the specific details of your placement with your assigned Clinical Educator. Some placements will require participation during the term break - please discuss with your assigned Clinical Educator. University of Canterbury is closed for Easter 15 -19 April. If you are participating in clinical practice during the term break, you will have the remainder of the week off clinic and recommence on Tuesday 26 April.

Placement 2: One off voice assessment experience with NASDA students at The Ara Institute Date : March 9th

All students will complete a one-off voice case history and assessment with students enrolled at NASDA. Please see the clinic briefing on Learn for more information. Supervisor: Tika Ormond

Placement 3: Interprofessional Practice Dates: Friday 25th February and 8th April 1-5pm
All students will complete an interprofessional practice experience in semester 1 to prepare you for successful interprofessional practice in the workplace. You will discuss the impact of this experience as part of your SPSC484 ePortfolio assignment.

Please see clinic briefing on Learn for more information. Supervisor: Ellen Nijhof.
Placements will be allocated based on required clinical areas of practice as defined by NZSTA (New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association) i.e. voice, dysphagia, fluency, speech, language, multi-modal. 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


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

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.
This assessment is completed, with your supervisor, at the mid-point and at the conclusion of clinical placements. Students are expected to demonstrate development of skills in all 11 competencies, across the course of the clinical placement. By the end of clinical placements, students are expected to demonstrate skills at or above the “Intermediate Student” level for all competencies with the specific client group(s) worked with during the course of the placement. Students who are identified as being “at risk” during their midway COMPASS meeting, will be required to meet with Gina Tillard or a delegated staff member. Students who do not demonstrate progress in the “Overall Rating of Competency” will not pass the COMPASS® assessment. Students should refer to the COMPASS® Assessment Resource Manual for further details.

2. NASDA Voice assessment and clinical documentation - 15%
9th March: Voice assessments completed
Reports due 16th March 10pm
The purpose of this assessment is to ensure all students are adhering to voice assessment and clinical documentation standards (written report) provided. See the briefing on learn for more information.
Assessment contact: Tika Ormond

3. Practical Clinical Examination – 40% 9th May – 20 May 10pm
This assessment is designed to assess students’ clinical competence during a typical client session. Following the client session, students will be required to reflect on their performance, complete clinical documentation and identify salient features of future client management. Please refer to the briefing/marking guide on Learn for more information.
Assessment contact: Tika Ormond

4. Reflective Practice Group attendance and participation - 5% 3rd June
Your labs this semester are in the form of reflective practice discussion groups with your peers and Clinical Educator. These labs will have a variety of topics/issues presented for discussion. 5% of the course mark is allocated your participation and contribution to these. Please refer to the marking rubric on learn for further details.
Assessment contact: Kate Cook

5. Case study using The Meihana Model - 40% 14 June 10pm
The purpose of this assessment is to help you think about your client in a holistic manner by applying the principles of the Meihana model. This process will assist you with future goal setting, case discussions and whānau/family meetings. You will consider your interactions with a current client, demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of Māori health models and tikanga Māori. You will apply this using the framework provided. Please refer to the briefing/marking guide on Learn for more information.
Assessment contact: Katrina McGarr

6. Direct Contact (DC) Hours – daily/semester summary form Hurdle 3 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

Recommended Reading

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

Paul, Rhea , Simmons, Elizabeth Schoen; Introduction to clinical methods in communication disorders ; Fourth edition; Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2021.

COMPASS® Manual – available on COMPASS® On-Line
Additional selected readings will be posted on the Course Learn website.


Clinical practice requirements

Students are required to have access a digital voice recorder and wired headphones 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 381 and SPSC 382

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,158.00

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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