Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
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4th Dec 2016 9:59pm
Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 4 years full time or part time equivalent.
International - 4 years full time.
HSC Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Advanced English or equivalent.
Relevant University rules and policies
Speech pathologists are responsible for the assessment and treatment of children and adults with communication and related disorders, for example delayed speech and language development, cleft palate, swallowing disorders and stuttering.
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students . Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0.
HSC Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Advanced English or equivalent.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Compulsory Program Requirements
Clinical placements commence in second year of the program. Clinical placements typically involve attendance from 8.30am to 5.00pm, and vary in intensity (e.g. one day a week for 20 weeks, two days a week for 10 weeks, and so on), and may occur during or between semesters (mid or end year). In order to obtain a wide range of experience, students can expect to relocate for up to 12 weeks during fourth year, e.g. Hunter area, Central Coast, Sydney, rural NSW.
NSW Health Verification Requirements
Compulsory Program Requirements - Review of Progress
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.
SPTH1080 - Introduction to Clinical Practice
SPTH2080 - Clinical Practice
SPTH3080 - Clinical Practice
SPTH4080 - Clinical Practice 1
SPTH4090 - Clinical Practice 2
Speech Pathology Association of Australia
The program is accredited by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia, the professional association of speech pathologists, and is recognised in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
4 years full time or part time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The program requires the successful completion of a total of (but not more than) 320 units, that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for eight semesters.
Students are required to complete:
Core Courses - 300 units
Compulsory Courses - 20 units (Graded Honours pathway, or South East Asia pathway only)
Electives – 20 units (Ungraded Honours pathway only).
Students must successfully complete all core 1000, 2000 and 3000 level courses in the program (SPTH, HUBS, LING, PSYC, STAT) prior to enrolling in SPTH4080 Clinical Practice.
Students must not exceed 120 units at 1000 level and must not exceed 100 units at 2000, 3000, or 4000 level. Please keep this in mind when choosing Electives.
Students may elect to undertake:
- a Speech Pathology specialisation and placement in South East Asia. Students must apply and have permission from the school to complete this pathway; or
- a Graded Honours project in Speech Pathology in place of their Electives. Graded Honours is only to those students who meet and maintain the eligible requirements. Students must apply and have permission from the school to complete this pathway.
As programs are regularly reviewed and updated some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, and which may require transition arrangements. Students affected by changes to the program or experiencing transition problems are advised to check existing arrangements at "Additional Information".
Students should consult with the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information re transition arrangements.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available at the top of this page.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|HUBS1107||Neuroscience and Head and Neck Anatomy||10 units|
|HUBS1403||Biomedical Science Part 1||10 units|
|HUBS1404||Biomedical Science Part 2||10 units|
|LING1111||Introduction to Linguistics 1||10 units|
|PSYC1010||Psychology Introduction 1||10 units|
|PSYC1020||Psychology Introduction 2||10 units|
|SPTH1001||Child Speech and Language 1||10 units|
|SPTH1002||Child Speech and Language 2||10 units|
|SPTH1080||Introduction to Clinical Practice||10 units|
|STAT1020||Statistical Reasoning and Literacy||10 units|
|PSYC2300||Cognitive Psychology||10 units|
|SPTH2001||Fluency Across the Lifespan||10 units|
|SPTH2002||Child Language 3 and Hearing across the Life Span||10 units|
|SPTH2003||Complex Communication Needs 1||10 units|
|SPTH2004||Complex Communication Needs 2||10 units|
|SPTH2080||Clinical Practice||10 units|
|LING3008||Introduction to Phonology and Morphology||10 units|
|LING3310||Language and Meaning||10 units|
|LING3350||Structure of English||10 units|
|SPTH3001||Adult Speech and Language||10 units|
|SPTH3002||Swallowing Across the Lifespan||10 units|
|SPTH3004||Voice across the lifespan||10 units|
|SPTH3080||Clinical Practice||10 units|
|SPTH4030||Professional Issues 1||10 units|
|SPTH4035||Professional Issues 2||10 units|
|SPTH4080||Clinical Practice 1||20 units|
|SPTH4090||Clinical Practice 2||10 units|
|SPTH4210||Research Review||10 units|
Fourth year option
Choose either the Graded Honours Stream; the South East Asia Stream, or Electives.
Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.
All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for ungraded Honours.
High performing students may be selected for admission into a graded Honours stream.
Students selected in the graded Honours stream are required to successfully complete 30 units of research courses by undertaking SPTH4210 Research Review (10 units) and SPTH4440 Speech Pathology Honours Thesis (20 units).
Students are advised to undertake SPTH4210 in the third year of their program, and the SPTH4440 in the fourth year of their program.
The criteria for the determination of class of Honours are detailed in the Bachelor Honours Policy  located in the University Policy Library.
See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.
Program Learning Outcomes
- The graduates from The University of Newcastle will be distinctive having experienced a unique program in Australia where links to education and the arts, humanities and the social sciences have exposed them and given them the opportunity to study non-professional courses. Having been based in a small metropolitan city with close community relationships, graduates will develop and maintain a holistic framework, which is reflected in their approach to professional practice. Graduates will have experienced flexible learning opportunities allowing students to choose electives based on personal interest
- Graduates will be competent to take on the full range of communication and swallowing disorders because of their comprehensive experience across all areas of professional practice (CBOS Units 1-5). They will seek out new experiences independently to develop their professional competence further (CBOS Unit 7). The program provides a wide variety of experiences for all graduates and subsequently ensures entry-level competence across all range indicators through a combination of the academic and clinical program assessment tasks
- Graduates will offer a high quality service to each individual because of their ability to understand, integrate and develop different theoretical models, incorporate evidence-based practice principles to understand how the nature of each individual's difficulties relate to general principles of communication, swallowing and learning (COMPASS® Generic Competencies Units 1 & 3, CBOS Units 1-5)
- Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills are required for building effective partnerships and establishing rapport with patients, care givers, health professionals, other sectors and stakeholders, and the media. In this regard, having the program located in the School of Humanities and Social Science is a distinct advantage. Graduates will have developed their verbal and written skills to a high standard and will be able to educate others about speech pathology, including those with communication and swallowing difficulties, their carers, colleagues in both speech pathology and allied professions, and the general community (COMPASS® Generic Competencies Units 2 & 4, CBOS Units 5, 6 & 7). Clinical placements provide students with opportunities to directly gain interdisciplinary team experience and to develop an understanding of the complementary roles of other professionals prior to graduation (CBOS Unit 6)
- Graduates will have the skills to meet the different challenges that arise across clinical contexts. They will have explored and reflected on their own values and those of the individuals they treat in a holistic way and reflected in their approach to professional practice. They will have gained experience in a wide range of settings and will be able to select and create innovative models of service delivery which best meet the needs of individuals, employing institutions, and the community (COMPASS® Generic Competencies Units 1 & 4, CBOS Units 3-7)
- Graduates will be able to deal with rapid change and with the challenges of the future. They will remain up-to-date in all professional areas, and on the cutting-edge of theoretical and professional innovation (all CBOS Units). They will contribute to the profession through engagement with research, teaching and service activities. They will be able to self-evaluate and reflect on their effectiveness with a forward-looking focus, and this ability will ensure their continuing development of competence throughout their professional lives (COMPASS® Generic Competencies Units 1 & 3, CBOS 7)
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.