SPCHSCI 734 : Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 3


2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Clinical practice in a variety of settings with students taking responsibility for the assessment and management of cases with supervisor guidance. The management plan and decision-making process for the client and their family are outlined and the project outcomes after analysis are presented, in a substantial report. Weekly tutorials support the course.

Course Overview

This clinical paper includes one day per week clinics at the Grafton Teaching Clinic or external clinics and a block placement anywhere across New Zealand.  Clinical tutorials are also held throughout the week while on campus.  Clinic and the clinical tutorials are compulsory to attend.  Please notify the Director of Clinical Education if you are unable to attend.  Please inform your clinical educator and clinic partner if you are unable to attend a clinic day.

This course provides you with opportunities to work in a team environment with child and/or adult clients with communication disorders in external clinical setting settings such as DHB and MOE settings. The block placement provides an excellent opportunity to discover the interface between theory, the workplace or context and organisational structures, processes and policies.
On completion of this course the student is expected to perform at a level moving off the midway point between Intermediate competency level, and Entry Level competency, across all COMPASSTM Generic and Occupational competencies. Some students may achieve Entry Level competence on some of the COMPASSTM Generic and Occupational competencies e.g. GPC 4.
Supervision support from the clinical educators is expected to be largely collaborative as students should be working more independently at this stage of their clinical learning. Students will be supervised approximately 50% time during this placement. Direct supervision (provision of a high level of support) is available for students who need it to ensure clinical safety for both students and clients and to facilitate explicit linkages between relevant theory and current clinical practice. It is expected that this high level of support would gradually reduce and that the student would work more independently after 3-4 weeks in the clinical placement.
The progress of students who continue to require direct supervision or who do not move beyond the Intermediate competency level on COMPASSTM Generic and Occupational Competencies would be viewed as marginal. These students may need more time to develop clinical competency and may be advised to repeat this course.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: SPCHSCI 724

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. Present and discuss the interface between theory and service delivery models in relation to an authentic workplace. (Capability 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)
  2. Plan a preventative, educational or promotional project in a workplace discussing the benefits for the client, service and themselves and reflect on the project outcomes following feedback. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  3. Critically evaluate and reflect on your clinical decision-making process for a client and their family/whanau. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Demonstrate therapy skills, techniques and practice principles effectively to implement SLT sessions. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Practical 40% Individual Coursework
Assignments 30% Individual Coursework
Assignments 30% Individual Coursework
Practical Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4


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 timetable on Canvas for tutorial topics.

Special Requirements

 20th April – 20th May Block placement

Workload Expectations

This course is a 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect a mixture of clinical practicum and tutorials.  You will have one day per week at either our onsite clinics or in an external UoA clinic followed with a block placement.  You are expected to complete self directed reading around your clinical placements with guidance from  your clinical educator.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including clinics and tutorials to complete components of the course.
Tutorials will be available as recordings as able given content.
The course may include live online events including tutorials and discussions as required.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a weekly timetable.

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.

Essential Reading:
MSLT Prac Clinical Handbook (on Canvas)
The Clinical Record website: https://www.coursebuilder.cad.auckland.ac.nz/flexicourses/1981/publish/1/
COMPASS Assessment Booklet and Manual (on Canvas)
Speech Pathology Australia Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS 2011)
NZSTA Principles and Rules of Ethics (on NZSTA Website)
MSLTPrac Field Supervisor Manual (on Google Drive)
NZ Disability Strategy (2001). On internet.
Health and Disability Commissioner – Code of Rights (2009). On internet.
The Privacy Act (1993). On internet.
Evidence based practice maps ASHA http://ncepmaps.org/
Useful Texts and Websites:
Body, R. And McAllister, L. (2009). Ethics in Speech Pathology. London: Wiley & Sons.
Refer to Resources section of the Clinical Handbook and to references in relevant SPCHSCI courses. Teaching and learning opportunities provided in all SPCHSCI courses to date and in SPCHSCI733 & 736 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.
Reflective Writing https://learn.solent.ac.uk/mod/book/view.php?id=2732&chapterid=1110

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.

Changes made to clinical exam format.
Change in timing of block placement.

Other Information

Clinic Time & Location:
Clinic/ Practicum sessions will be offered externally for most of the year in clinical settings such as: Auckland City Hospital and Counties Manukau DHB. Some clinics will also be available within The University of Auckland Teaching Clinics.
Semester: Tuesdays or Thursdays from 21st February-14th April
Block Placement: 20th April – 20th May
Clinics during Easter weeks and mid-semester breaks must be decided in consultation with your clinical tutor and the client. Please do not book any time off/flights until your clinic commitments have been finalised.

Assignment guidelines:
1. Formatting. Assignments are to use 1.5 line spacing, A4 page specification, 18 pt before paragraph spacing, 11 point font and ‘NZ English’ spelling (‘Language’). It is strongly recommended that you use “Styles”, with these details as part of the “normal” style definition (go into ‘Format’, then ‘Styles and Formatting’ to find where to alter the specifications). You should not use repeated ‘enter’ strokes to create spacings. Headings and subheadings (which should also be specified for their style) should be used to organise assignment content.
2. Please use both sides of the page. All pages must be numbered. Please use 2cm margins on all but the left (2.5cm). Use APA style for references (author and date in the text, alphabeticised full reference list at the end. Do not use bibliographies unless specifically asked for).
3. Put your name and your student ID number on assignments. All assignments must have a signed Post Graduate Assignment Cover Sheet.
4. Assignments to be handed in to Adeline Fung (721.321) by 4pm the day the assignment is due. Adeline will date stamp the assignment.
5. Please retain an electronic copy of all coursework; this may be requested at anytime until the end of the exam period. Please also retain marked versions.

Extensions are normally only given when circumstances arise beyond the student’s control that could not be foreseen, such as new illness or major changes to personal circumstances. Where possible extensions must be requested at least two working days in advance e.g. if the deadline is 4pm Monday, you should request an extension before Thursday 4pm. Proof, such as a medical certificate, may be required to support a request for an extension or explain a late assignment. Assignments that are handed in after the due date and time will receive a late penalty (deducting 5% per day from the mark given), unless you obtained an extension from the course co-ordinator prior to the due date.

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.

Academic honesty:
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 his or her learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the world-wide web. A student’s assessed work may be reviewed against electronic source material using computerised detection mechanisms. Upon reasonable request, students may be required to provide an electronic version of their work for computerised review.

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 10:56 a.m.