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Foundations of Speech Pathology CXA724


This unit introduces students to the speech pathology role supporting every individual's right to optimal communication and swallowing, and the foundational speech pathology theoretical, clinical reasoning and practice frameworks that will be applied and integrated throughout the Master of Speech Pathology course. The unit also develops students' foundational knowledge of how communication (including speech, language, voice, fluency and multimodal communication) and swallowing develop and change across the lifespan and the ways we assess and describe communication and swallowing.


Unit name Foundations of Speech Pathology
Unit code CXA724
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Samuel Calder
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the scope of speech pathology practice and the speech pathology role, including the provision of speech pathology services, prevention and promotion strategies, and advocacy for people‚Äôs rights.
  • Demonstrate foundation knowledge of typical communication and swallowing development and change across the lifespan.
  • Apply theoretical, clinical reasoning, and practice frameworks, including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, to describe and evaluate communication and swallowing across the lifespan.
  • Plan assessment to gather information from a range of sources to understand the communication and swallowing needs of the individual and community in partnership with others.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
061707 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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CXA725 Speech Pathology Practice 1


Teaching Pattern

Workshop: On campus - 15 hours (2 days), Semester (2 times); Online class: 1 hour, Semester 4 times; Independent learning/Individual Study: 10 hours, Semester 11 times. 

AssessmentSpeech pathology role (20%)|Paediatric Case Study Assignment (40%)|Adult Case Study Assignment (40%)
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