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LINGUIST 4SL3 Slp Practicum

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Melanie Pothier


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 624A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 20886

Office Hours: TBD

Course Objectives:

This course is an experiential learning course where students are placed with a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) either in a hospital setting, with a school board, or with a private clinic. Students are selected for the course through an application process and an assessment by a Departmental Selection Committee.

Successful students will observe and work under the supervision of the therapist for 36 - 40 hours in a term. As a record of the placement experience and a reflection on their learning, students will also create Learning Portfolios. Here, students will define and refine individual learning goals, submit guided reflections on placement activities, and collect artefacts related to their experiences. The Learning Portfolios will also create a space for students to share their experiences with peers and to respond to their peers’ reflections. The class will meet during the last week of classes to share final portfolios, provide feedback, reflect on the term, and discuss next steps.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Not applicable

Method of Assessment:

Supervisor Evaluation:        75%   [based on the Departmental Evaluation Form]
Learning Portfolio:              25%

Learning Portfolios will be evaluated cumulatively with formal reflections due on Oct 2, Nov 2 and Dec 4. Please note that reflections must be submitted by these dates, unless an alternate date has been discussed previously. Timely contributions to the learning portfolios and responses to peers’ work are essential to successful participation in the course.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Missed or late work must be negotiated with instructor and may be subject to penalty.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.