Bachelor of Speech Pathology

General

Read more about this program on the institution's website

Program Description

Provides students with the skills necessary to assess, plan and treat people with communication and swallowing disorders in a range of different contexts.

The course is closely aligned with areas such as speech science, psychology, audiology, education, linguistics and allied healthcare.

Students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 per cent or higher after the third year of study may be invited to complete an Honours programme within the fourth year. Those students will transfer to the Bachelor of Speech Pathology Honours for the fourth and final year.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 4)

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Diploma or equivalent;
  • Successfully completed 0.5 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course; or*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 5)

International students are required to provide an English language test approved by ECU with a score equivalent to an IELTS Academic overall minimum score of 7.5 (no individual band less than 7.0). Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; or
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE1100 Evidence-Based Practice in Speech Pathology 15
PSY1101 Introduction to Psychology 15
SPE1102 Language Across the Lifespan 15
MHS1101 Anatomy and Physiology 1 15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAT1114 Introductory Statistics 15
SPE1101 Professional Standards and Competencies 15
SPE1103 Language Models and Analytical Frameworks 15
MHS1102 Anatomy and Physiology 2 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST2122 Health Research Methodology 15
SPE2104 Analysis of Sensorimotor Systems 15
SPE2210 Impact of Communication and Swallowing Disorders 15
PSY1115 Psychology of Motivation and Emotion 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE2103 Analysis of Speech and Language 15
SPE2205 Speech Pathology Assessment: Standard Tests 15
IAS3110 Indigenous Australians, Cultural Competence and Speech Pathology 15
SPE2106 Treatment Principles 15

Note: SPE2103 should be completed concurrently with SPE2205. If the units are undertaken in different semesters, SPE2103 should be completed before enrolling into SPE2205.

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE3128 Neurogenic Language and Cognitive-Communication Disorders 15
SPE3106 Management of Speech and Language Disorders 15
SPE3107 Clinical Practicum 1 15
SPE3112 Language Difference: Implications for Clinical Practice 15

Note: SPE3128 and SPE3106 should be completed concurrently with SPE3107. If units are undertaken in different semesters, SPE3128 and/or SPE3106 should be completed before enrolling into SPE3107.

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE3105 Management of Sensorimotor Disorders 15
SPE3125 Assessment and Management of Swallowing Disorders 15
SPE3108 Clinical Practicum 2 15
SPE3110 Professional Issues in Speech Pathology 15

Year 4 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE4244 Disability and Communication 15
SPE4110 Clinical Practicum 3 30
SPE4155 Evidence-Based Decision Making in Speech Pathology 15

Year 4 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPE4200 Innovation and Speech Pathology 15
SPE4111 Clinical Practicum 4 30
SPE4109 Professional Skills in Speech Pathology: Workplace Preparation 15

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad discipline knowledge and theory to a range of speech pathology contexts.
  • Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including developing capabilities in delivering culturally secure services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and self-awareness for own learning.
  • Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions in complex speech pathology contexts.
  • Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex communication and swallowing conditions.
  • Use digital technologies to access and evaluate information and to enhance speech pathology practice.
  • Work collaboratively to initiate social, sustainable and ethical practices to achieve positive client outcomes.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Speech Pathology Australia (SPA)

Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Speech Pathologist.

Last updated Oct 2020

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