Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) [Embedded]

Course code

71409

Version

8

Professional Accreditation Status

This course is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia. Graduates of this course will be eligible for Practicing Membership of Speech Pathology Australia. The Association is concerned with the maintenance of professional standards through the accreditation of speech pathology degree programs in Australia.

Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Course Structure

Candidature

Progression

Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Students must have obtained a GPA of not less than 5.0, calculated over the subjects completed for levels 1 and 2 of the program.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

An overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 6.0; speaking score of 8.0; reading and listening score of 7.0.

For registration with Speech Pathology Australia where English is not your first language applicants must submit results of the Occupational English Test (OET) taken within the last 12 months with grades of at least 3 As and 1B on the OET test.

Additional selection requirements

The College Dean will invite applications for honours at the start of level 3.

Special admission requirements

A quota may be imposed on the number of students accepted for entry to the honours course depending on the availability of supervisors.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Blue Card Services

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Students must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that students hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Some placement agencies may require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Nil

Additional completion requirements

Nil

Course learning outcomes

The James Cook University Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) will prepare graduates to meet the Competency-Based Occupational Standards (CBOS: 2011) for speech pathology, as defined by Speech Pathology Australia.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and adapt a coherent and advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in diverse contexts as an entry level speech pathologist

  • Review professional and ethical frameworks, including the Speech Pathology Australia Code of Ethics, and underlying principles and concepts, to inform responsible and accountable professional behaviours

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence in speech pathology and inter-professional practice and theory building

  • Assess children and adults with communication and swallowing disorders, and formulate, implement and evaluate management plans, in consultation with clients, families and other professionals

  • Provide diverse services to support client needs including supervision and training of non-speech pathology personnel working directly with clients, and preventative, educational and/or promotional programs in collaboration with client groups and other professionals

  • Provide sensitive and effective speech pathology services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations, including Indigenous Australian, tropical, rural and remote communities

  • Communicate clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, appropriate for entry into the speech pathology workforce

  • Reflect on current knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices, and plan continuing professional development to ensure the capacity to deliver current best practice

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan, execute and disseminate project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BM1051:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 1

BM1052:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 2

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

RH1004:03 Allied Health Professionals in the Health Environment

SL1001:03 Introduction to Speech Pathology

SL1002:03 Introductory Linguistics and Phonetics

SL1004:03 Linguistics and Phonetics 2

Level 2

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

RH2002:03 Clinical Medicine for Therapy

SL2002:03 Language Development and Impairment

SL2003:03 Acquired Speech Impairments

SL2006:03 Speech Development and Impairment

SL2011:03 Speech Pathology Processes A

SL2012:03 Speech Pathology Processes B

Level 3

HS3401:03 Health Professional Research 2

SL3001:03 Stuttering Across the Lifespan

SL3002:03 Swallowing Disabilities Across the Lifespan

SL3004:03 Acquired Language Impairments

SL3005:03 Voice Impairment

SL3103:03 Speech Pathology Practice 2 (Honours)

SL3106:03 Speech Pathology Practice 3 (Honours)

Level 4

SL4001:03 Professional Competencies for Speech Pathology 1

SL4002:06 Speech Pathology Practice 4

SL4003:03 Professional Competencies for Speech Pathology 2

SL4004:06 Speech Pathology Practice 5

SL4101:03 Honours Study in Speech Pathology 1

SL4103:03 Honours Study in Speech Pathology 2

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or 7 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all level 1 and level 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject.

Must successfully complete all level 3 subjects before attempting any level 4 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 18 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF SPEECH PATHOLOGY (HONOURS)

Approved abbreviation

BSpPath(Hons)

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable