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.
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*
* 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.
Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
Year 1 - Semester 1
Evidence-Based Practice in Speech Pathology
Introduction to Psychology
Language Across the Lifespan
Anatomy and Physiology 1
Year 1 - Semester 2
Professional Standards and Competencies
Language Models and Analytical Frameworks
Anatomy and Physiology 2
Year 2 - Semester 1
Health Research Methodology
Analysis of Sensorimotor Systems
Impact of Communication and Swallowing Disorders
Psychology of Motivation and Emotion
Year 2 - Semester 2
Analysis of Speech and Language
Speech Pathology Assessment: Standard Tests
Indigenous Australians, Cultural Competence and Speech Pathology
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
Neurogenic Language and Cognitive-Communication Disorders
Management of Speech and Language Disorders
Clinical Practicum 1
Language Difference: Implications for Clinical Practice
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
Management of Sensorimotor Disorders
Assessment and Management of Swallowing Disorders
Clinical Practicum 2
Professional Issues in Speech Pathology
Year 4 - Semester 1
Disability and Communication
Clinical Practicum 3
Evidence-Based Decision Making in Speech Pathology
Year 4 - Semester 2
Innovation and Speech Pathology
Clinical Practicum 4
Professional Skills in Speech Pathology: Workplace Preparation
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.
Accredited by: Speech Pathology Australia (SPA)
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