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Gold Coast Session 1 Session 1

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Enables students to appraise evidence and apply it to speech pathology assessment and intervention practices, using principles of evidence-based practice. The application of these principles to the range indicators of paediatric speech and language will enable students to develop the foundational skills to apply these skills to the remaining indicators later in the course. Students will gain skills in the use of speech pathology management tools. They will also develop the life-long skills of accessing relevant research, appraising its practical value and methodological rigour, and applying research findings to practice.

Unit content

Topic 1: Evidence-based practice
Topic 2: Generating a clinical question
Topic 3: Locating evidence
Topic 4: Systematic evaluation of published research developed from a range of quantitative and qualitative research designs
Topic 5: Systematic evaluation of internal evidence - the client perspective
Topic 6: Systematic evaluation of internal evidence - the clinician perspective
Topic 7: Validity and reliability of measurement tools of paediatric speech and language
Topic 8: Validity as it pertains to intervention studies of paediatric speech and language
Topic 9: Integrating evidence
Topic 10: Applying research findings
 

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 apply evidence-based principles to select and justify the most suitable assessment and intervention procedures for paediatric speech and language
2 evaluate the evidence regarding the validity of paediatric speech assessments
3 paraphrase paediatric speech and language interventions
4 evaluate the evidence regarding the effectiveness and efficacy of paediatric speech and language interventions
5 integrate the evidence and present the conclusions in oral and written formats
6 develop an independent learning approach, taking responsibility for professional development

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

  1. apply evidence-based principles to select and justify the most suitable assessment and intervention procedures for paediatric speech and language
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. evaluate the evidence regarding the validity of paediatric speech assessments
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. paraphrase paediatric speech and language interventions
    • GA4:
  4. evaluate the evidence regarding the effectiveness and efficacy of paediatric speech and language interventions
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. integrate the evidence and present the conclusions in oral and written formats
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  6. develop an independent learning approach, taking responsibility for professional development
    • GA3:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Baker, E & McLeod, S, 2011, Evidence-based practice for children with speech sound disorders: Part 1 Narrative review. Language, Speech & Hearing Services in Schools.
  • Baker, E & McLeod, S, 2011, Evidence-based practice for children with speech sound disorders: Part 2 Application to Clinical Practice .
  • Foundations of Clinical Research: Pearson New International Edition: Portney, LG & Watkins, MP , 2014, Foundations of Clinical Research : Applications to Practice , 3rd international edn, Pearson Education, London. ISBN: 9781292020365.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.