Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology

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Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology

Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Honours)
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CSU's Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology students develop an understanding of both the theoretical and practical components of speech pathology, with an emphasis on both general and specialist knowledge and skills.

The first qualification in speech pathology in Australia to be offered outside a metropolitan area, CSU's Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology equips graduates with the skills to work in either rural or urban practice.

  • Why study this course?

    What will I learn?

    This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and management of human communication disorders, such as speech, hearing, voice, language, and fluency as well as swallowing disorders. Linguistics and biomedical science subjects provide a base on which to build the knowledge of normal and impaired communication and swallowing. Theoretical and clinical subjects build knowledge and skills for speech pathology practice in a variety of contexts. This knowledge is then applied to diagnostics, treatment planning and intervention for individuals of all ages with communication and swallowing disorders.

    The course has a strong focus on developing students’ awareness and skills in working with other health and education professionals, with communities and families. It is also committed to rural and remote health, social justice, cultural safety and issues of access and equity.

    Learning facilities

    CSU provides many opportunities to develop practical clinical skills through facilities such as:

    • rooms with the technology to allow unobtrusive observation of therapy sessions with clients
    • a speech pathology and audiology laboratory
    • state-of-the-art anatomy and physiology laboratories.
    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Pass and Honours) has received National Accreditation by Speech Pathology Australia from 2011- 2015

    Graduating with Honours

    If you achieve a Grade Point Average of 5 or above across your first and second year subjects, you will be eligible to apply to transfer into the Honours stream. This stream is embedded into years three and four of your course. If selected, you will complete specific Honours subjects that replace standard subjects and develop your organisational, research and writing skills. Selection into the Honours stream will depend on your academic merit, the extent to which you have considered a potential project topic, and the availability of appropriate supervisors. Applications to transfer into the Honours stream must be submitted to the School Honours Coordinator in early November. Second-year students who meet the academic merit eligibility requirements will receive an email invitation to apply in August. Instructions about how to apply are included in that email.

     

  • Career opportunities

    With the current shortage of speech pathologists in Australia, graduates’ job prospects are strong, especially in regional areas.

    Graduates work as speech pathologists in a wide variety of fields, both nationally and internationally, including schools, community health centres, hospitals, rehabilitation units, nursing homes, private practice and specialist disability services. It is also possible to take on academic and research roles.

    Speech pathologists work with a wide variety of clients including:

    • children with speech, language and literacy difficulties
    • people with sensory or physical disabilities who may require the use of alternative modes of communication
    • people who stutter
    • adults who have acquired communication or swallowing difficulties following strokes or head injuries
    • singers and actors who need help using their voices
    • adults who have progressive conditions such as dementia.
  • Workplace learning

    Students are required to study theoretical subjects and participate in clinical training with clients. The opportunity to gain real life experience begins in the first year of the course through participation in a community engagement project and parent tutor program, and continues through each year of the course in a variety of settings and with both paediatric and adult populations. You will have the opportunity to work and study with other allied health students such as those in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry.

    Immunisation

    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.


    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.


    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.

     

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    SPH413 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4b
    SPH403 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4a
    SPH214 Therapeutic Communication Practice 2
    SPH405 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4a (Honours)
    SPH314 Therapeutic Communication Practice 3
    SPH415 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4b (Honours)
    HIP100 Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation
    SPH106 Foundations of Therapeutic Communication B
    SPH315 Therapeutic Communication Practice 3 (Honours)

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

     The course consists of 256 points. At the end of 2nd year students can choose, dependent upon satisfying minimum requirements, to complete the honours stream or remain in the pass degree.

    Common Stream

    BMS126 Foundations of Human Physiology
    BMS224 Head and Neck Anatomy
    BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice
    HIP100 Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation
    HIP202 Research for Health Practice
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
    SPH101 Speech, Language, Learning and Culture
    SPH105 Foundations of Therapeutic Communication A
    SPH106 Foundations of Therapeutic Communication B
    SPH201 Speech Impairments in Children
    SPH202 Managing Auditory Impairments
    SPH204 Communication and Disability
    SPH211 Language Impairments in Children and Adolescents
    SPH214 Therapeutic Communication Practice 2

    Pass Stream

    SPH306 Evidence Based Management of Stuttering
    SPH308 Communication, Disability and Neurological Impairment
    SPH309 Analyzing Language in Interaction
    SPH312 Swallowing
    SPH314 Therapeutic Communication Practice 3
    SPH421 Management and Reflexive Practice
    SPH403 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4a
    SPH423 : Advanced Topics in Communication and Swallowing
    SPH413 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4b
    Elective

    Auslan 1 and Auslan 2 (Riverina TAFE or equivalent) = credit for one unspecified elective

    Honours Stream

    HLT333 Community Health Research Preparation
    HLT441 Community Health Research Project/Dissertation
    SPH306 Evidence Based Management of Stuttering
    SPH308 Communication, Disability and Neurological Impairment
    SPH312 Swallowing
    SPH315 Therapeutic Communication Practice 3 (Honours)
    SPH401 Management and Reflexive Practice
    SPH405 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4a (Honours)
    SPH411 Advanced Topics in Communication and Swallowing
    SPH415 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4b (Honours)

    Enrolment pattern

     The course consists of 256 points. At the end of 2nd year students can choose, dependent upon satisfying minimum requirements, to complete the honours stream or remain in the pass degree.

    Common Stream

    Session 1 (30)
    BMS126 Foundations of Human Physiology
    HIP100 Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation
    SPH101 Speech, Language, Learning and Culture
    SPH105 Foundations of Therapeutic Communication A

    Session 2 (60)
    BMS224 Head and Neck Anatomy
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
    SPH105 1b: Foundations of Therapeutic Communication B

    Session 3 (30)
    HIP202 Research for Health Practice
    SPH201 Speech Impairments in Children
    SPH211 Language Impairments in Children and Adolescents
    SPH214 Therapeutic Communication Practice 2 commenced

    Session 4 (60)
    BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice
    SPH202 Managing Auditory Impairments
    SPH204 Communication and Disability
    SPH214 Therapeutic Communication Practice 2 (completed)

    Pass Stream
    Session 5 (30)

    SPH308 Communication, Disability and Neurological Impairment (commenced)
    SPH309 Analyzing Language Interaction
    SPH312 Swallowing
    SPH314 Therapeutic Communication Practice 3 commence

    Session 6 (60)
    [ ] Elective
    SPH306 Evidence Based Management of Stuttering
    SPH308 Communication, Disability and Neurological Impairment (completed)
    SPH314 Therapeutic Communication Practice 3 (completed)

    Session 7 (30)
    SPH403 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4a
    SPH413 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4b

    Session 8 (60)
    SPH401 Management and Reflexive Practice in Speech and Language Pathology
    SPH411 Advanced Topics in Communication and Swallowing
     

    Honours Stream
    Session 5 (30)

    HLT333 Community Health Research Preparation commenced (commenced)
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    SPH308 Communication, Disability and Neurological Impairment (commenced)
    SPH312 Swallowing

    Session 6 (60)
    HLT333 Community Health Research Preparation completed (completed)
    SPH306 Evidence Based Management of Stuttering
    SPH308 Communication, Disability and Neurological Impairment completed (completed)
    SPH315 Therapeutic Communication Practice 3 (Honours)

    Session 7 (30)
    SPH405 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4a (Hons)
    SPH415 Therapeutic Communication Practice 4b (Hons)
    HLT441 Community Health Research Project/Dissertation (commenced)

    Session 8 (60)
    HLT441 Community Health Research Project/Dissertation completed (completed)
    SPH 422 Advanced Topics in Communication and Swallowing
    SPH 421 Management and Reflexive Practice in Speech and Language Pathology;

  • Residential schools

    This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

    BMS224 Head and Neck Anatomy

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7500

    While there are no HSC subjects specified as a prerequisite for admission, school leavers who are intending applicants are advised to include 2 unit English as well as 2 unit Biology in their HSC studies. Assumed knowledge for Victorian VCE students will be Units 3 and 4 English as well as Units 3 and 4 Biology.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    7960*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2990*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol Type Mode Campus Fee type Session1 Session2 Session3 Admission Code
    UAC On Campus Albury-Wodonga CGS Y N N 214501
    VTAC On Campus Albury-Wodonga CGS Y N N 1300113531
    Direct On Campus Albury-Wodonga FPOS Y N N ISSP

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points. Students wishing to complete a non-professional degree after only 3 years in the B.Health Science (Speech Pathology; ie, 192 points) may exit at this point and graduate with B. Speech and Hearing Science.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    039052M (Albury-Wodonga)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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