Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

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Description (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

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 may be eligible.


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Milestone:
  • National Police Certificate
Additional Selection Criteria:
  • NSW Health Adult Vaccination Record

    NSW Health Placement Requirements


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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’.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


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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.


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities 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 reasonably 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.


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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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.


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The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is an AQF Level 8 Bachelor Honours qualification.

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 Back to top

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 "Further Information".

Students should consult with the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information re transition arrangements.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS1403Biomedical Science Part 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1404Biomedical Science Part 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
LING1111Introduction to Linguistics (1)Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPTH1001Child Speech and Language 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SPTH1002Child Speech and Language 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SPTH1080Introduction to Clinical PracticeSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS1107Neuroscience and Head and Neck AnatomySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the SciencesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPTH2001Fluency Across the LifespanSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SPTH2002Child Language 3 and Hearing across the Life SpanSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SPTH2003Complex Communication Needs 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SPTH2080Clinical PracticeSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
LING3006PhoneticsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LING3008Introduction to Phonology and MorphologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
PSYC2300Cognitive PsychologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPTH2004Complex Communication Needs 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LING3310Language and MeaningSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LING3350Structure of EnglishSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPTH3001Adult Speech and LanguageSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SPTH3002Swallowing Across the LifespanSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SPTH3004Voice across the lifespanSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SPTH3080Clinical PracticeSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
SPTH4030Professional Issues 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)10 units
SPTH4035Professional Issues 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)10 units
SPTH4080Clinical Practice

Successful completion of all 1000, 2000 and 3000 level core courses are required prior to enrolment. Students need to consult with the Program Convenor if at risk of not meeting this requirement.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
SPTH4090Clinical PracticeSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
SPTH4210Research ReviewSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from Graded Honours Courses - eligible students only.
SPTH4440Speech Pathology Honours Thesis

SPTH4440 is taken in place of 20 units of electives.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.20 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)