SPCHSCI 744 : Speech Language Therapy Clinical Practicum 4


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Clinical practice in a variety of settings with the student demonstrating independent practice and problem solving skills. Involves an individual e-portfolio which includes management session plans with clients as well as peer and supervisor feedback. Supervisory guidance will be given and the course will be supported by weekly tutorials.

Course Overview

This course provides MSLT students with opportunities to work with child and/or adult clients with communication disorders in external clinical settings such as Auckland City Hospital, or in an internal clinical setting; the UoA Teaching clinics. Some students may be in other external settings such as Special Education. Students are encouraged to actively look for opportunities to collaborate with other professionals and whanau/families regardless of their clinical setting.
Teaching and learning opportunities provided in all SPCHSCI courses to date and in SPCHSCI731 & 743 will have direct relevance to the clinical setting. Students are expected to engage in additional reading related to their clinical practice and to actively look for linkages between what they are exposed to in lectures, tutorials and labs and what they experience in clinic to enable them to demonstrate evidence-based practice.
By the end of this course the student is expected to have demonstrated Entry Level competency across at least ten of the eleven COMPASSTM Generic and Occupational competencies; the only exception may be CBOS 6. The student will receive a low-moderate degree of support to ensure their client management is clinically safe and to facilitate explicit linkages between relevant theory and current clinical practice.
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 progress steadily towards Entry Level competency on COMPASSTM Generic and Occupational Competencies during the placement 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 734

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. Demonstrate an evidence-based and client focused approach in clinic and in discussions with peer group. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  2. Demonstrate Demonstrate effective communication skills and professionalism in the clinical setting and with team and tutor/field supervisor (as evidenced through ‘Entry Level’ on COMPASS and VIVA pass). (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  3. Prepare and present Present clinical and reflective information verbally and in writing, following the guidelines of the clinical setting and at an accessible level for the audience. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  4. Demonstrate Demonstrate Entry Level clinical reasoning skills through practice, discussion and in written communication. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  5. Manage Manage caseload responsibilities effectively and responsibly with minimal support and monitoring from the clinical tutor. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  6. Demonstrate Demonstrate ethical behaviour through identifying potential and actual ethical dilemmas within your clinical management and use ethical decision-making principles and processes to manage any situations that arise. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Portfolio 50% Individual Coursework
Practical 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 timetable of tutorials on Canvas.

Special Requirements

Course assessment will comprise performance on both clinical exams, the eportfolio and on the clinical competency assessment COMPASSTM.
The student will be eligible to pass SPCHSCI744 if they achieve:
• A pass for their two clinical exams
• A pass for their Eporfolio
• ‘Entry level’ evaluation on their final block placement COMPASSTM

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 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 one day of clinic per week followed with a five week block placement at the end of the year, a two hours of tutorial content almost every week, weekly self directed reading, thinking and preparation for clinic and weekly self directed work on assignments and/or clinical exam preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials and clinics to complete components of the course.
Some tutorials will be available as recordings depending on content.
The course may include live online events including tutorials as required.
Attendance on campus is required or the final clinical exam (unless telepractice exams are required).

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.

Body, R. And McAllister, L. (2009). Ethics in Speech Pathology. London: Wiley & Sons.
Dathan D Rush M'Lisa L Shelden (2011) The early childhood coaching handbook.Baltimore, Md. : Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co. Available at EPSOM LIBRARY Main Collection (372.21 RUS )
McWilliam, R.A. (2010) Working with young children with special needs. New York : Guilford Press.
Available. View online or Find in Library.
Shipley, K.G. and Roseberry-McKibbin, C. (2006). Interviewing and Counselling in Communicative Disorders. 3rd ed. Texas: Pro-Ed.
Stagnitti, K., Schoo, A., & Welch, D. (Eds) (2013). Clinical and fieldwork placement in the health professions (2nd ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press.

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.

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 10:58 a.m.