Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Handbook

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Information correct as at

30th Aug 2015 3:56pm

Program Code

12318

AQF Level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 4 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 4 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan Campus81.1089.00

Recommended Studies

HSC Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Advanced English or equivalent.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

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.


Click on the headings to show/hide sections of content. Hidden information will not be printed. Hide all sections

Admission Information

Admission Requirements

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 at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0.


Credit Transfer

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.

Post-admission Requirements

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements

Professional Recognition

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

320 units

Program Duration

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.

Program Requirements

In order to qualify for the award, a student must pass 320 units comprising:

  • 300 units of CORE courses as set out in the list of Approved Courses and
  • 20 units of ELECTIVES selected from other available undergraduate courses across the University.

Students who are eligible and wish to undertake graded Honours will need to take SPTH4440 (20 units) in place of 20 units of electives.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.


Transition Arrangements

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.


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

HUBS1107Neuroscience and Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
HUBS1403Biomedical Science Part 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1404Biomedical Science Part 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
LING1111Introduction to Linguistics 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Distance)
10 units
PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPTH1001Child Speech and Language 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH1002Child Speech and Language 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH1080Introduction to Clinical Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT1020Statistical Reasoning and Literacy
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LING2006Phonetics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC2300Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPTH2001Fluency Across the Lifespan
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH2002Child Language 3 and Hearing across the Life Span
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH2003Complex Communication Needs 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH2004Complex Communication Needs 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH2080Clinical Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LING3008Introduction to Phonology and Morphology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LING3310Language and Meaning
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LING3350Structure of English
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH3001Adult Speech and Language
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH3002Swallowing Across the Lifespan
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH3004Voice across the lifespan
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH3080Clinical Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH4030Professional Issues 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SPTH4035Professional Issues 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SPTH4080Clinical Practice 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
SPTH4090Clinical Practice 2
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH4210Research Review
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units

Fourth year option

Choose either the Graded Honours Stream; the South East Asia Stream, or Electives.

Graded Honours

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses

SPTH4440Speech Pathology Honours Thesis
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
South East Asia Stream

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses

SPTH4420Speech Pathology in South East Asia
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
20 units
Electives

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. 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.

20 units

Honours

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 [000990] 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)

Additional Information

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.


International Students

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.


Special Needs

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.

Back to topClose