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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Enables allied health students to engage with and contribute to the assessment, differential diagnostic and recommendation process for adult and child clients. Students learn to draw on profession specific and inter-professional skills to deal with a variety of health issues and problems.

Unit content

  • Overview of investigation processes (observation, case history collection, behaviour sampling, documentation)
  • Review of learning to date and literature regarding principles related to assessment, interpretation, intervention and recommendations

Supervised clinical practice of:

  • Assessment of clients over several weeks
  • Analysis and interpretation of findings from client assessments
  • Case presentation of findings on client assessments to clinical educators and student group and discussion of plans for clients
  • Writing diagnostic reports on clients
  • Providing informative counselling, including inter-professional learning and practice, regarding findings pertaining to clinical data to clients and families
  • Self-evaluation of clinical performance during a mid-placement formative assessment (e.g. COMPASS for Speech Pathology students or DOCPS assessments for podiatry)
  • Second cycle of conducting assessments on clients and reporting to clients on findings of assessment and recommendations during clinic sessions
  • Reflection on learning in relation to range indicators, related disorders, scope of practice broadly for adults and children
  • Reflection on issues in investigation, documentation, analysis, interpretation and planning evidence based practices, as well as engaging with the supervision and feedback process.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 use appraisal and diagnostic processes that contribute to a thorough investigation of a client's condition Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
2 provide information and demonstrate affective counselling techniques and be responsive to clients' and significant others' needs and concerns Communication and social skills
3 analyse, integrate and interpret clinical data Knowledge of a discipline
4 use evidence-based practice and inter-professional consultation to further inform clinical decisions around differential diagnosis and recommendations Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
5 professionally present verbal and written information regarding outcomes of assessments and proposed management alternatives tailored to individual needs Communication and social skills
6 translate knowledge and skills into inter-professional learning and practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
7 demonstrate advanced problem solving, communication and presentation skills. Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. use appraisal and diagnostic processes that contribute to a thorough investigation of a client's condition
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. provide information and demonstrate affective counselling techniques and be responsive to clients' and significant others' needs and concerns
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. analyse, integrate and interpret clinical data
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. use evidence-based practice and inter-professional consultation to further inform clinical decisions around differential diagnosis and recommendations
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. professionally present verbal and written information regarding outcomes of assessments and proposed management alternatives tailored to individual needs
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. translate knowledge and skills into inter-professional learning and practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  7. demonstrate advanced problem solving, communication and presentation skills.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • It is your choice which edition you choose to purchase. This 5th edition is the latest, but all earlier editions are satisfactory for this class: Shipley, KG, & McAfee, JG, 2015, Assessment in speech-language pathology : a resource manual, 5th edn, Delmar Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY. ISBN: 1285198050.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.