Handbook

Bachelor of Speech Pathology – Indigenous Health Careers Access Program

Course Code

107910

Version

1

Faculty

Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure

Candidature

Progression

Advanced Standing

Award Details

Honours

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, plus either Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education or Health Education

Additional selection requirements

Nil

Special admission requirements

Nominate with QTAC as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

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 University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards.

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:

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

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

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that candidates hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Candidates 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 will require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. 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

102 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 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, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and adapt a broad and coherent 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

  • 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

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

BM1051:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 1

BM1052:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 2

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness

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

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

RH2002:03 Clinical Medicine for Therapy

SL2001:03 Principles of Assessment and Therapy

SL2002:03 Language Development and Impairment

SL2003:03 Acquired Speech Impairments

SL2004:03 Speech Pathology Practice 1

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

SL3003:03 Speech Pathology Practice 2

SL3004:03 Acquired Language Impairments

SL3005:03 Voice Impairment

SL3006:03 Speech Pathology Practice 3

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

SL4005:03 Speech Pathology Professional Project A

SL4006:03 Speech Pathology Professional Project B

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4.5 years full-time or 7 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 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 University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards

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

Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 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 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

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

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available both as embedded honours and as a separate graduate entry course

Eligibility

Embedded honours

At the start of level 3, the Head of School will invite applications for honours.

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

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

Graduate entry honours

Successful completion of a pass degree in Speech Pathology

  • Normally candidates will have achieved a GPA of not less than 5.0 calculated over the four levels of the pass degree.

  • Candidates’ professional experience and continuing professional development will also be considered in their application.

Candidates may be required to undertake work additional to the pass degree before commencing honours.


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