Courses & Units

Speech Pathology Practice 2 CXA726


In this professional experience placement, students will focus on the assessment and interpretation of clinical and instrumental data to explore feeding and swallowing in children and adults. The socio-cultural importance, development, and maintenance of mealtime, feeding, and swallowing skills are examined. Normal development is used as a basis for understanding limitations of function and the impact on nutrition, general health, and psychosocial wellbeing to analyse factors that contribute to mealtime, feeding, and swallowing difficulties. Common developmental, acquired, congenital and degenerative conditions and challenging behaviours form the basis of problem-based learning activities. Students will gain professional experience in conducting and interpreting swallowing assessments, writing reports, and planning effective person-centred intervention using evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning facilitating psychosocial wellbeing, general health, and quality of life.


Unit name Speech Pathology Practice 2
Unit code CXA726
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Professor Anne Whitworth
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and explain common causes and factors influencing mealtime, feeding and swallowing difficulties across the lifespan.
  • Perform an assessment of a client’s mealtime, feeding and swallowing difficulties.
  • Interpret, diagnose and report on a mealtime, feeding and swallowing assessment, using clinical reasoning.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate client centred speech pathology practices related to mealtime, feeding and swallowing, using evidence-based practice.
  • Critically reflect on professional, legal and ethical implications of clinical decision making in the area of mealtime, feeding, and swallowing, assessment and management.
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 and CXA724 Foundations of Speech Pathology


CXA719 Systems, Occupation and Engagement


Teaching Pattern

Workshop: On campus - 6 hours (1 day), Semester (2 times); Online class: 1 hour, Semester 4 times; Online class: 0.5 hours, Semester 20 times; Independent learning/Individual Study: 2 hours, Semester 8 times; Clinical Practice 40 hours (5 days), Semester 5 times. 

AssessmentApplied Clinical Reasoning: Dysphagia (30%)|Mealtime and Swallowing Risk Assessment and Intervention (30%)|Speech Pathology Skill Performance (40%)|Assessment of Speech Pathology Practice
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