2023-2024 / YSTG9017-1

Observation practices and principles of prevention


40h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy2 crédits 


Dominique Morsomme, Martine Poncelet


Dominique Morsomme

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is part of the real-world professional integration activities.

Students will complete 2 distinct but complementary activities, taking part in creating a prevention system and practising their observation skills in spoken (D. Morsomme) and written (M. Poncelet) language.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After completing this course, students will:

  • be aware of prevention techniques;
  • have designed and implemented a prevention system in the field of speech therapy;
  • be familiar with data collection;
  • be able to structure and plan this collection in the long term, taking into account material and organisational contingencies
  • be able to evaluate adults voice
  • create appropriate observation conditions
  • record sound tracks using the appropriate software
  • store and archive the recorded samples
  • complete an observation report
  • be familiar with the learning methods in early primary school for written language, from a theoretical and practical perspective
  • reflect upon these various learning methods for written language
  • be familiar with preparatory activities leading up to learning how to read
  • observe the evolution of the acquisition of written language with ordinary children and possibly with children with difficulties
  • complete a report combining description, theoretical analysis and critical perspective of the methods observed
As the demographics and topics studied vary from one year to the next, the items above may be slightly different.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Corequisites: PSYC0086-1: General deontology of the speech and language therapist

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Information Session - to be planned

Written work by two students (modalities available on e-campus)

For the "observation skills in the field of voice" chapter (D. Morsomme)

General procedure on e-campus

  • Individual work
  • Questions/Answers (1 session/year if necessary)
  • Second session: cf. session 1
For the "observation skills in written language acquisition" (M. Poncelet)

Individual written work

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

VOICE PART: Pedagogical process on E-campus, the different steps will take place at a rate of approximately one per month in September, October, November, February, March and April.

Recommended or required readings

They will be provided during the information session for each chapter, depending on the ongoing projects and the instruments used.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

The evaluation criteria are reminded during the presentation sessions, for each chapter. They include criteria such as attendance at the information session, the adequacy of the participants tested, the accuracy of the data obtained, the quality of the recordings, the students' ability to work as a team, compliance with the guidelines (layout of documents and data), clarity of the presentation, relevance of the answers to the issues tackled, and originality of the work.

 As language is an important part of the speech and language therapist's professional skills, spelling will be included in the evaluation criteria. In addition, all language errors (usage, grammar or syntax) will be sanctioned.

As a general rule, only 10 errors will be tolerated. If more errors are made in the first-session report, it will be graded 5/20 and must be presented again during the second session of exams. During the second session, excessive errors will result in the final grade being lowered by 2 points. 

In order to pass this course, students must complete each of the three independent chapters. If one of the chapters is not completed, the overal mark for the course is 7/20; this mark may not be higher than the average of all chapters, nor lower than the mark for the incomplete chapter.

Success criteria are:

  • Realize the 6 steps of the pedagogical process
  • Get a rating of min. 10/20 to the certification evaluation (E-Campus / in class training)
  • Any student who has not realized and validated the different steps of the pedagogical process at the latest for the day before the beginning of the 1st session will not be allowed to take the exam. In this case, its certification evaluation will automatically be postponed to the second session, with the obligation of pre-finalizing the entire pedagogical process.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

VOICE PART The different steps of the pedagogical process will be sequencely opened during the academic year, according to a defined schedule which will be communicated to you at the beginning of the year. In order to promote regular work, each open step must be finalized before the opening of the next one.


Voice :


Written language :



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