SPCHSCI 714 : Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 1


2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Clinical observation under supervisor guidance in a variety of settings, establishing links between theory and practice. This course is supported by weekly tutorial sessions.

Course Overview

Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 1 provides the student with an introduction to working with child and adult clients with communication disorders in a clinical setting. The student is expected to perform at least at a Novice level across all COMPASSTM Generic and Occupational competencies by the end of semester one. The student will be paired with a clinic partner and will receive a high degree of support from a clinical tutor to ensure that he/she feels comfortable and safe in the clinic environment, to help him/her develop a plan for action for the client, and to facilitate explicit linkages between relevant theory and current clinical practice.
The student will predominantly observe an expert clinician (a clinical tutor) for the first part of the semester and will have an active role with the client in the second part of the semester. The development of the student’s structured observational assessment skills is a focus of this semester and links closely with SPCHSCI711 teaching. Students are strongly encouraged to review recordings of their own clinical sessions to develop reflective practice skills.
Teaching and learning opportunities provided in SPCHSCI711, 712 and 713 will have direct relevance to the clinical setting. Students are encouraged to actively look for linkages between what they are exposed to in lectures, tutorials and labs and what they experience in clinic.
The student must provide the Director of Clinical Education with a copy of a recent police check and immunisation check before being allowed to join the teaching clinics; this requirement is for the protection of both students and clients.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. 1.Identify and apply the skills needed to create a positive relationship with at least one client and their family/whanau. (Capability 1)
  2. Demonstrate developing clinical reasoning skills by using a clinical reasoning framework to discuss a standardised client. (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
  3. Apply clinical observation skills with all clients in assessment and/ or intervention contexts. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Write an accurate session plan and clinical notes entry that adheres to the guidelines in the Clinical Handbook and teachings from 714 tutorials. (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
  5. Write personal learning objectives that adhere to the SMART framework (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
  6. Demonstrate at least at Novice Level on all COMPASS competencies. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 40% Individual Coursework
Assignments 10% Individual Coursework
Assignments 50% Individual Coursework
Practical Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6


This course is supported by the Tuākana in Science Programme, which facilitates the success and wellbeing of our Māori and Pacific students. The foundation of the Tuākana Programme is the Tuākana-Teina principle an integral relationship in which older or more expert Tuākana (traditionally brother, sister or cousin) guides a younger or less expert Teina (traditionally younger sibling or cousin). This is a reciprocal relationship which fosters safe learning and teaching environments. Read more here:

Key Topics

Refer to Course Outline for timetable and topics.

Special Requirements

Attendance in clinic and tutorials is compulsory.

Workload Expectations

This course is a clinical course with two full days in clinic and tutorials. Students are expected to be available for clinic from 8am-5pm.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including clinics and tutorials to complete components of the course.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Refer to course outline.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Full block tutorial teaching days received positive feedback from students and will continue.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 11/11/2021 10:54 a.m.