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In this course students learn the methods of observation, data recording and data interpretation before applying these methods in a variety of clinical and community contexts. By the end of the course students will have observed and assisted in the clinical management of a range of communication and swallowing disorders in a variety of settings. Students will develop skills in using electronic resources as related to professional development and clinical practice. A workshop series on professional studies as applied to speech-language pathology accompanies fieldwork.
Whakamahuki/DescriptionIn this course students learn the methods of observation, data recording and data interpretation before applying these methods in a variety of clinical and community contexts. By the end of the course students will have observed and assisted in the clinical management of a range of communication disorders in a variety of settings. Students will also develop an understanding of working as an effective team member with teachers, parents and whānau in different cultural contexts. A workshop series on professional studies as applied to speech-language pathology accompanies fieldwork.
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 intended learning outcomes of this course, along with associated learning method(s) and intended 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. Illustrate the use of methods of evidence-based practice in clinical practice.3. Show professionalism in all settings.4. Demonstrate professional interpersonal skills.5. Identify professional issues as they pertain to speech-language pathology.6. Demonstrate and understanding of Māori and Pasifika and multicultural concepts and effective practices.I will learn this by:Engaging in class workshopsEngaging in clinical observation.Participating in clinical practice.Reading the textbooks.Using student resources.Engaging in class lectures and debates.Applying data collection methods to clinical observation.Applying evidence-based practice during clinical practice.Engaging in class workshops and role play.Engaging in clinical observation.Participating in clinical practice.Using student resources.My learning will be assessed through:Completion of class assignments (Preschool/School and Conversation Partner/Kōwhai)ExaminationAttendance at Clinical Placements.
Entry subject to approval by the Head of School.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Wātaka/TimetableLabsTwo 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 E16Clinical PlacementsUp 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 21 MarchPlacement 2: Conversation partner (x1 visit per week for 9 weeks) and Kōwhai Experience (x 5 visits spread across 10 weeksAll students Term 1 and 2. – Commencing week of 7 MarchPlacement 3: Campus Clinic & Simucase Video Observation(x2 campus clinic observations x4 Simucase observations)All students Term 2 – Commencing week of 2 MayBetween terms: students will continue placement 1 and 2 during this period.See placement descriptions and expectations on Learn for more information
Kairuruku Akoranga/Course Co-ordinatorGina TillardDirector of Clinical Education, School of Psychology, Speech and HearingTari/Office: Level 3, Room 327Waea/Phone: 03 369 2051Īmēra/E-mail: email@example.com
Aromatawai/AssessmentPlease 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 –5% 24th March 10pmThis 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 Nijhof2. Preschool/ School Assignment– 30% 19th May 10pmThis 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 Ramsay3. Conversation Partner and Kōwhai Experience Workbook – 25% 2nd June 10pmThis assessment requires students to complete tasks in a workbook on their conversation partner and Kōwhai experience. See the workbook on Learn for more detail.Assessment contact: Ellen Nijhof4. Foundations in Cultural Competency online module – pass/fail 5th June 10pmYou will complete the free online course and submit the certificate for this module on learn.https://members.mauriora.co.nz/mauriora-courses/Please contact Kate Cook if the link does not work for youAssessment contact: Kate Cook5. Direct Contact (DC) Hours – daily/semester summary form Hurdle 5th June 10pmThroughout the semester students will maintain a record of their clinical contact using the daily/semester summary form. It is compulsory for all students to collect DC hours. The Clinical Education team will review and audit this document. No feedback will be given unless a discrepancy is queried. Please see DC hours form on learn.Assessment contact: Kate Cook6. Final Exam – 40% Examination PeriodThis will examine the content from labs including the required readings/websites/handbooks set as part of the lab – termed “preparation for lab”. This examination will prepare students for future clinical placements by allowing students to demonstrate their basic knowledge of clinical skills; working in the Aotearoa/New Zealand context; and knowledge of the Speech and Hearing Clinic requirements. See assessment briefing on Learn for more detail of content and labs included in the examination.Assessment contact: Kate CookConfidentialityBreaches of client confidentiality are viewed seriously by the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing and will result in a reduction of your grade for this paper. Serious or repeated breaches may result in failure of the paper. Client confidentiality applies to past and current clients and to any information included in interactive and/or written assignments. Please refer to the Clinic Handbook for guidelines regarding the recording of client information.
Meyer, Susan Moon;
Survival guide for the beginning speech-language clinician
Introduction to clinical methods in communication disorders / edited by Rhea Paul, Ph.D
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company, 2014.
Clinical Handbook – available on Learn siteAdditional selected readings will be posted on the Course Learn website as described below.Recommended textbook:Moon Meyer, Susan (2004) Survival Guide for the Beginning Speech-Language Clinician (2nd Edition), Pro-Ed: Austin
Clinical practice requirementsStudents are required to have access a digital voice recorder and wired head phones for clinical practice. Minimum specifications for the voice recorder are available on the Learn site. The school has suitable voice recorders available for purchase for $105 in the UC Speech and Hearing Clinic reception. Please see Marie Sutton (Clinic Administrator) to purchase one.
Domestic fee $1,127.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
Maximum enrolment is 32
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