SPSC491-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Capstone Project

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


The Capstone Project is a challenging and independent research project that aims to consolidate your learning by drawing together the main strands of your academic and clinical undergraduate programme into a clinically-relevant, evidence-based, written report. This report will take the form of a critically appraised topic (CAT) arising from a clinical question posed by you in consultation with your project supervisor. The CAT will require you to construct a structured clinical question, search for relevant sources of evidence addressing your question, critically appraisal the evidence and draw a conclusion based on the highest-quality evidence available.

Whakamahuki - Description

The Capstone Project involves the development of an independent research proposal. The aim is to consolidate your learning by drawing together the main strands of your academic and clinical undergraduate programme into an evidence-based, written proposal based on an area of clinical interest. The proposal will require you to construct a structured clinical question, by searching for relevant sources of research, critically appraising the evidence available, and identifying gaps in our current evidence base. You will then describe how to address these gaps within a new research study.

Learning Outcomes

  • Hua Akoranga/ Learning Outcomes

    Intended learning outcomes represent what you should know and/or be able to do as a result of active engagement in the learning processes during CMDS491.

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

    1. Describe and discuss the concept of evidence-based practice relevant to Speech-language therapy.

    2. Describe and discuss the range of statistical tools and analyses used in speech-language therapy research.

    3. Critically appraise research evidence using the principles and methods of evidence-based practice.

    4. Demonstrate understanding of and consideration for Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge and concepts) and cultural aspects when conducting clinical and research practices.

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of clinical reasoning and decision making in the absence of appropriate research evidence.

    6. Design a research project to answer a specific clinical/research question.

    These learning outcomes will be achieved by:

  • Engaging in lectures, and associated discussions and activities
  • Participation in Journal club groups
  • Reading, reflecting on, and discussing assigned readings and online resources
  • Preparation of assignments

    Learning will be assessed through:

  • Journal club activities
  • Critical appraisal of literature
  • Participation in class discussion activities
  • Design of a research project


SPSC263 and Enrolment in the 3rd Professional Year of the BSLP(Hons).

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 17:00 Psychology - Sociology 210
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Timetable Note

Wātaka - Timetable

Tuesday/ Rātū 2pm – 5pm Ernest Rutherford 460

Course Coordinator

Doreen Hansmann

Kairuruku Akoranga/ Pūkenga -

Course Co-ordinator/ Course lecturer Dr Doreen Hansmann

Tari - Office: Room 404 Jane Soons Building
Īmēra - Email: doreen.hansmann@canterbury.ac.nz
Wā Tari - Office hours: Please email or see me during classes to make an appointment.


Aromatawai - Assessment

See Assessment information on Learn for full descriptions.

• Journal club group diaries (15%) due 10pm 18th March
• Critical Appraisal of literature (40%) due 10pm 8th April
• Design of a research project (35%) due 10pm 15th June
• Class-based presentations (10% total): In class, 5% - 10th May, 5% - 24th May.

Textbooks / Resources

Pukapuka matua / Textbook and Readings

A variety of required readings will be presented during the course. Links to these will typically be made available via LEARN.


Prerequisites/ Akoranga tōmua

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 .

All SPSC491 Occurrences

  • SPSC491-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023