SPSC281-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Observation and Clinical Practice 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


To prepare students for clinical practice through observations of communication in a range of community settings and facilitate student participation in clinic based activities.


This course will establish links between theory and practice through guided observation and clinical practice. Students will also develop an understanding of working as an effective team member with parents and whānau in different cultural contexts.

Learning Outcomes

Goal of the Course

To prepare students for clinical practice through observations of communication in a range of community settings and facilitate student participation in clinic based activities.

Hua Akoranga/Learning Outcomes (ILO)

Intended learning outcomes represent what you should know and/or be able to do as a result of active engagement in the learning process. Below is a table that represents the learning outcomes of this course, along with the associated learning method(s) and assessment task(s).

Upon successful completion of the course, I will be able to:

1. Describe the principles of observation and data collection and apply these to clinical practice.

2. Show professionalism in all settings.

3. Read selectively and apply important information gathered from digital resources to clinical contexts.

4. Identify the personal and environmental facilitators and barriers across the lifespan.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of Māori and Pasifika and multicultural concepts and effective practices.

I will learn this by:

Engaging in class labs
Engaging in clinical observation.
Participating in clinical practice.
Reading the textbooks.
Using student resources.
Attending preschool and school observations.
Working with adult with aphasia and hospital setting
Engage in clinical practice and labs.

My learning will be assessed through:

Attendance at Clinical Placements.
Completion of class assignments (Preschool/School and Conversation Partner)
Completion of preschool/school assessment. Examination.


Timetable Note


Two hours per week: Rāmere/Friday 1-3pm Engineering Core – E16* *Week 1 lab schedule is: Monday 22 February 3-5 pm, Jack Erskine 031, Tuesday 23 February 2-4pm Engineering Core E14, Friday 1-3pm Engineering Core E16

Clinical Placements

Up to eight hours of face to face clinical requirements per week.
Students will be engaged in four clinical placements across the semester. In general, students will be engaged in face to face clinical practice for no more than 8 hours per week. However, students should be available for all timetabled for clinical practice, until advised otherwise by the assigned Clinical Educator, to allow for the development of clinical competency in the preparation, engagement, evaluation and reflection of clinical activities as described by COMPASS®.

In general individual clinic time commitments should be finalised no later than week two of each term.

Students must complete a minimum of 90 percent of clinical placement opportunities for this paper. Those that do not reach this amount will be required to meet with the Director of Clinical Education.

Placement 1:
Preschool Observation (x 1 visit per week for 4 weeks)
All students to complete in Term 1 – Commencing week of 28 Feb

Placement 2:
Conversation partner Experience (x 1 visits per week for 8 weeks)
All students Term 1 and 2. – Commencing week of 7 March

Placement 3:
Campus Clinic and Simucase Observations
(x2 campus clinic observations, x3 Simucase observations)

All students Term 2 – Commencing week of 2 May
Between terms: no clinic commitments
See placement descriptions and expectations on Learn for more information.

Course Coordinator

Gina Tillard


Ruth Ramsay , Tika Ormond , Katrina McGarr , Kate Cook , Alex Weathersby , Ellen Nijhof and Charmain Moyle

Kairuruku Akoranga/Course Co-ordinator

Gina Tillard (She/Her)
Director of Clinical Education, School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing

Tari/Office: Level 3, Room 327
Waea/Phone: 03 369 2051
Īmēra/E-mail: gina.tillard@canterbury.ac.nz


Please contact the Clinical Educator allocated to each assessment or Gina Tillard should you have any questions. Marked scripts will only be returned once the whole class has completed an assignment.

All assessments will be submitted electronically via the SPSC Learn site. Students must seek advice regarding online submission of assignments well in advance of due dates of assessment. Assessment briefings will be posted on Learn. Where possible assessments will be marked blinded to student’s identification.

1. Conversation Partner Experience Video hand-in – 10% 24th March 10pm
This assessment requires students to record and submit a 2minute video of an interaction with their conversation partner. Students will also complete and submit written documentation including a reflection on this interaction. See the assessment briefing in the workbook for more detail.
Assessment contact: Ellen Nijhof

2. Preschool/School Assignment– 30% 19th May 10pm
This assessment requires students to compile a report on various features of the Te Whāriki (Early Childhood) and the NZ School Curriculum, as seen in the early childhood setting, from kaiako (teacher) interactions and tamariki (children) communication skills on the MoE website and video samples, as well as reflect on own readiness for professional interactions with Kaiako. See assessment briefing on Learn for more detail.
Assessment contact: Ruth Ramsay

3. Conversation Partner Experience Workbook – 20% 2nd June 10pm
This assessment requires students to complete tasks in a workbook on their conversation partner and Kowhāi experience. See the workbook on Learn for more detail.
Assessment contact: Ellen Nijhof

4. Direct Contact (DC) Hours – daily/semester summary form Hurdle 5th June 10pm

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Meyer, Susan Moon; Survival guide for the beginning speech-language clinician ; 2nd ed; Pro-Ed, 2004.

Paul, Rhea; Introduction to clinical methods in communication disorders / edited by Rhea Paul, Ph.D ; Third edition; Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company, 2014.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $995.00

International fee $5,063.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page .

All SPSC281 Occurrences

  • SPSC281-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022