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CB87 - Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Overview

Course Overview

Speech pathology is an exciting career that will enable you the opportunity to work with people across the lifespan. As a speech pathologist, you will work with other health professionals, in a variety of settings, to help children and adults who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Your role in assessing and managing these essential skills will promote positive well-being for the people with whom you work.

In this course, you will learn how communication and swallowing typically develop. You will assess these skills in children and adults to determine whether or not they are having difficulties. You will learn to analyse the results of these assessments within the context of a person's health and functioning so you can plan an evidenced-based intervention that best meets the person’s needs. You will undertake extensive Work-Integrated Learning opportunities at CQUniversity's Health Clinic, and off-campus at community and clinical sites, where you will observe and work directly with children and adults with communication and/or swallowing difficulties. This will allow you to consolidate the content and theory you are learning in class with your developing clinical skills. Throughout these experiences, you will exercise critical thinking and self-reflection, allowing you to develop lifelong learning skills. At the completion of this course, you will be qualified as an entry-level speech pathologist, ready to work with children and/or adults with a diverse range of communication and swallowing difficulties, in a variety of contexts.

Career Information

Speech pathologists can work in diverse settings in urban, rural and remote areas and may include hospitals (public & private), community centres, rehabilitation centres, kindergartens, schools, aged care facilities and private practice.

Course Details
Duration 4 years full-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 192
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BSpchPath(Hons)
AQF Level Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2020

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2014

Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold OP 12 | SR 75 | ATAR 74.2
Rank Cut-Off OP 12 | SR 75 | ATAR 74.2
Entry Requirements

English (4,SA)

English Requirements: If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 8.0 for Speaking and Listening, or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

Working with Children Check - Blue Card Services

National Criminal Record Check 

Health Requirements

Immunisations, Vaccines and Screening - Hepatitis B; Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); Varicella; Tuberculosis Screening

CPR and First Aid 

Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended that students have had at least one class in a biological science during high school.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL13 - Diploma of Health Science
Professional Accreditation This course is presently not accredited with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). A new application will be made for CQUniversity to achieve accreditation status.
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

SPCH11001 - Students will observe clinical sessions with children and adults at the Rockhampton Health Clinic.
SPCH12007 - Student observations and improving communication of adults in aged-care or disability settings.
SPCH12004 - Beginning observations and interactions with children in school and pre-school settings.
SPCH13006 - Up to 14 hours per week in a clinic setting for the duration of the term.
SPCH14006 - One block placement of 5 days/week for 6 weeks in either an adult or child setting.
SPCH14003 - Up to 14 hours per week in a clinic setting for the duration of the term.
SPCH13001 - 1 full day or 2 half days per week in a clinic setting for the duration of the term.
SPCH14007 - One block placement of 5 days/week for 6 weeks in either an adult or child setting.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 37
2018 38
2017 43
2016 33
2015 32
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Integrate advanced scientific, theoretical, and practical knowledge relevant to speech pathology within diverse contexts
  • 2. Communicate effectively to diverse audiences within an interprofessional environment
  • 3. Apply the principles of evidence-based practice when assessing, planning, and implementing client-centred, culturally-appropriate speech pathology services
  • 4. Apply speech pathology professional standards of ethical, social, and professional behaviour across a range of practice areas and contexts
  • 5. Exercise critical thinking and self-reflection within the context of speech pathology practice
  • 6. Investigate, analyse, and synthesise new information and evidence relevant to speech pathology to inform and improve ongoing clinical and professional practice
  • 7. Advance health promotion within the broader health care context through education activities that encompass multi-cultural and cross societal representation
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 29 Total credit points: 192




Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SPCH11001 Introduction to Communication and Swallowing Disorders
ALLH11001 Introduction to Allied Health Practice
PSYC11010 Fundamentals of Psychology
ALLH11006 Life Course Development for Health Professionals
SPCH12006 Linguistics
SPCH12002 Communication Development and Disorders in Early Childhood
SPCH12004 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 1
SPCH13005 Acoustics and Phonetics
ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
SPCH12003 Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Thorax
SPCH12007 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 2
SPCH13004 Communication Disorders across the School Years
SPCH13001 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 3
SPCH13003 Neurogenic Communication Disorders 1
SPCH13010 Dysphagia across the Lifespan
SPCH13009 Hearing and Multi-Modal Communication
SPCH13006 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 4
SPCH13008 Neurogenic Communication Disorders 2
SPCH14002 Honours Research Practicum 1
SPCH14001 Integrated Practice in Speech Pathology
SPCH14006 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 6
ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals
BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1
BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2
SPCH12005 Voice and Fluency
SPCH14008 Honours Research Practicum 2
SPCH14009 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 5
SPCH14007 Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 7

AND one 6-credit point elective in Year 3, Term 2, from any CQUniversity undergraduate unit, provided pre-requisite and co- requisite requirements are met.

More Details

On completion of this course, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) qualification. As part of the final year of study, students will be required to complete a research project on a topic relevant to speech pathology.