Course summary

This course offers the chance for a truly transformational career.

It will develop your competence in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of people across the lifespan with communication (speech, language, multimodal communication, voice, fluency) and swallowing disorders.

Topics covered include phonetics and linguistics, audiology and neurology, working alongside and interacting with students from other health disciplines. As well as taking advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities, you will receive hands-on experience via clinical placements in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and the Southern Cross University Health Clinic at our Gold Coast campus.

Career opportunities for speech pathologists continue to grow nationally and internationally throughout the health and wellbeing industry, both in private practice and in working with health and education organisations and with various specialists.

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology enables students to develop high-level communication skills (both written and oral) and to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical components of speech pathology, with a focus on both general and specialist knowledge and skills. The course shares components with other Southern Cross University degrees such as the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Podiatry and the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies).

Arts and science-based units are included in the course, for example phonetics and linguistics, audiology and neurology for speech pathology. Embedded throughout the course are principals of professionalism, evidence-based practice, cultural safety and responsiveness, person-centred care and holistic practice.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Apply critical analysis, prudent judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice

Creativity

Develop an entrepreneurial and sustainable approach to clinical/professional practice utilising appropriate leadership and management skills

Demonstrate knowledge, skill and empathy as ethical, innovative and creative professional eligible to enter clinical/professional practice

Ethical practice

Establish clinical/professional practice based on ethical decision-making and evidence-based practice

Demonstrate accountability and responsibility within clinical/professional practice

Knowledge of a discipline

Function in accordance with all relevant legislation, registration requirements, guidelines and standards affecting clinical/professional practice

Assess, plan, provide and evaluate safe and effective clinical practice with a range of client groups across the lifespan

Lifelong learning

Identify and reflect on the generalist and specialist skills of practice required for continuing professional development and professional practice

Communication and social skills

Work collaboratively in a range of health care teams with an understanding of best practice and the evidence base that supports it

Communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, families, significant others and professional colleagues in ways that are appropriate to the scholarly, professional and/or social setting

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural safety in clinical/professional practice and leadership

Demonstrate an understanding of health inequalities and indigenous health (worldwide)

Students can complete up to 1,000 hours of professional placement in various settings throughout the four years of study. These settings include, but are not limited to, the Southern Cross University Health Clinic on campus, public hospitals, private practice, community health, rehabilitation centres, aged care facilities, schools and regional and remote health locations.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are.

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), the national professional and accrediting body. Students and graduates of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology will be eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia.


Course overview

Course code

3007306

Course abbreviation

BSpPath

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Domestic duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

International duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 085520F

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • all core units (372) credit points); and
  • 1 elective unit (12 credit points) from University-wide offerings.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising any 16 core units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising any 8 core units.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Progression

Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) professional experience learning units.

Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular professional experience learning unit.

Students who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 18 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure clinical currency prior to continuation of the course.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note
Core Units
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
SPT10001 - Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession Introductory
BIO71002 - Human Physiology I Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
BIO71003 - Human Physiology II Introductory
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology Introductory
BIO20001 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Head and Neck Intermediate
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
SPT72002 - Communication Development Across the Lifespan Intermediate
SPT20002 - Child Speech: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT20003 - Appraising and Applying Research Findings Across Disciplines Intermediate
SPT20004 - Neurology for Speech Pathology Introductory
SPT20005 - Speech, Voice and Hearing Sciences Intermediate
SPT20006 - Child Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT20007 - Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts and in Rural and Remote Settings Intermediate
SPT72001 - Swallowing Across the Lifespan Intermediate
SPT30002 - Neurogenic Speech Disorders in Adults and Children Intermediate
SPT30003 - Language in Adults: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30004 - Fluency: Theory and Practice Intermediate
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1 Note 1
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
SPT40002 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Cases Advanced
SPT40001 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Placements Advanced Note 1 Note 1
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced
Elective
One elective unit from the University-wide electives

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 1, Session 1 and the second two units in Year 2, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO71002 - Human Physiology I Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
SPT10001 - Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 1, Session 2 and the second two units in Year 2, Session 2
BIO71003 - Human Physiology II Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 3, Session 1 and the second two units in Year 4, Session 1
BIO20001 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Head and Neck Intermediate
SPT72002 - Communication Development Across the Lifespan Intermediate
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
SPT20002 - Child Speech: Theory and Practice Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 3, Session 2 and the second two units in Year 4, Session 2
SPT20004 - Neurology for Speech Pathology Introductory
SPT20005 - Speech, Voice and Hearing Sciences Intermediate
SPT20006 - Child Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT20007 - Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts and in Rural and Remote Settings Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 5, Session 1 and the second two units in Year 6, Session 1
SPT20003 - Appraising and Applying Research Findings Across Disciplines Intermediate
SPT30003 - Language in Adults: Theory and Practice Intermediate
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
SPT30002 - Neurogenic Speech Disorders in Adults and Children Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 5, Session 2 and the second two units in Year 6, Session 2
SPT72001 - Swallowing Across the Lifespan Intermediate
SPT30004 - Fluency: Theory and Practice Intermediate
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
ELECTIVE UNIT
Year 4, Session 1
Part-time students: Select the first two units in Year 7, Session 1 and the last unit in Year 8, Session 1
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Session 2, Year 4
Part-time students: Select the first unit in Year 7, Session 2 and the second two units in Year 8, Session 2
SPT40001 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Placements Advanced Note 1 Note 1
SPT40002 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Cases Advanced
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
BIO71002 - Human Physiology I Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
BIO71003 - Human Physiology II Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
SPT10001 - Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
BIO20001 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Head and Neck Intermediate
SPT20002 - Child Speech: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT72002 - Communication Development Across the Lifespan Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
SPT20004 - Neurology for Speech Pathology Introductory
SPT20005 - Speech, Voice and Hearing Sciences Intermediate
SPT20006 - Child Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT20007 - Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts and in Rural and Remote Settings Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
SPT20003 - Appraising and Applying Research Findings Across Disciplines Intermediate
SPT30003 - Language in Adults: Theory and Practice Intermediate
SPT30002 - Neurogenic Speech Disorders in Adults and Children Intermediate
HLT30001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload Advanced
Year 4, Session 2
SPT30004 - Fluency: Theory and Practice Intermediate
HLT30002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal Advanced
SPT72001 - Swallowing Across the Lifespan Intermediate
Elective Unit
Year 5, Session 1
HLT83006 - Accountability and Clinical Reasoning Advanced
HLT83005 - Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal) Advanced
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 5, Session 2
SPT40001 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Placements Advanced Note 1 Note 1
SPT40002 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Cases Advanced
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Complete one or both the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement less the completed unit/s.
Session 3
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit