University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology

Course code/s: HZHCSP, HZHCSW, HZHCSB, HZHCSM, HZHCSS

Course details
Location Bundoora Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Mildura Shepparton
Course code HZHCSP HZHCSW HZHCSB HZHCSM HZHCSS
Mid year intake available Yes - intake commencing in June at the Melbourne campus only, subject to available places, and to be confirmed in April 2018. Students taking this option study 3.5 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study).
Course coordinator Dr Robyn O'Halloran
Course advisor Assoc Prof Bernice Mathisen
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 083317C/073116F
Course duration

Commencing semester 1: 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.

Commencing June: 3.5 years full-time as accelerated non-standard first year (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.

Credit points 540 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes

Students enrolled at the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses will undertake the first year of the course at your respective campus and the second, third and fourth years at the Bendigo Campus.

The June intake is only available at the Bundoora campus and will only proceed if the course has available places.

Course description

This program provides prospective speech pathologists with a broad-based knowledge of normal development, the anatomy and function of the human body, causes and types of communication and swallowing disorders, and prevention and treatment strategies for communication and swallowing problems. The growth of the profession calls for speech pathologists with alert, critical minds and the ability to conduct systematic investigations into human communication and swallowing problems.

The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology is a four-year, full-time degree program but can be extended to four and a half years. Part-time studies can be undertaken in the first two years, thereafter full-time is required due to professional placements.

In first year, students will undertake an interdisciplinary core year in which students enrol in subjects with peers across health sciences courses. The focus of this year is on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health and on developing an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors.

The second year of study will see students begin to develop skills specific to the discipline of speech pathology and further explore the underpinning human biosciences and public health aspects. This provides a broad-based knowledge of normal development, the anatomy and function of the human body, and an introduction to causes and types of communication and swallowing disorders.

In third and fourth years, the program utilises both innovative Problem Based Learning (PBL) methods of teaching and learning as well as more traditional formats, and rich clinical learning experiences. PBL results from understanding and working towards the resolution of a problem. In this curriculum, PBL relies on the use of actual speech pathology cases, presented in a variety of formats e.g. printed case notes, computer-based examples, video or audio samples and simulated patients.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 540 credit points over four years of full-time study (for those commencing in semester 1) or three and a half years of study for those commencing in June.

First year (commencing semester 1)

First year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Can be taken from anywhere in the University. Students must satisfy any prerequisites. 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 HCS1CDH Communication Disorders-History, Attitudes & Innovations 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective Can be taken from anywhere in the University. Students must satisfy any prerequisites. 15
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

Key: * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

**LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

First year (commencing June)

First year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-2 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-2 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-W27-38 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-W27-38 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-W27-38 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-W42-05 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-W42-05 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-W42-05 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 HCS1CDH Communication Disorders-History, Attitudes & Innovations 15
TE-SEM-various Elective Can be taken from anywhere in the University. Students must satisfy any prerequisites. 30
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

Key: * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

**LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (165 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HCS2ACW Analysing and Combining Words 15
TE-SEM-1 HCS2CSL Communication and Swallowing across the Lifespan 30
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2ANS Anatomy & Neurophysiology for Speech and Swallowing 15
TE-SUMMMER or TE-WINTER Elective   15
TE-SEM-2 HCS3TAC Techniques for Analysing Communication 30
TE-SEM-2 HCS3SHS Speech and Hearing Sciences 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3MHP Mental Health Pharmacology 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective   15

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W09-26 HCS4ACS Assessment of Communication and Swallowing 30
TE-W09-26 HCS4ISP Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 HCS4EPS Evidence in Practice in Speech Pathology 15
TE-W29-46 HCS5AIA Assessment and Intervention A 30
TE-W29-48 HCS5AIB Assessment and Intervention in Speech Pathology Clinic 15
TE-SEM-2 HCS5CIE Critical Implementation of the Evidence 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W06-14 HCS5TIM Therapeutic Intervention and Management 15
TE-W16-35 HCS5ASP Advanced Seminars in Speech Pathology 15
TE-various HCS5SPA Speech Pathology Practice A 15
TE-various HCS5SPB Speech Pathology Practice B 15
TE-various HCS5SPD Speech Pathology Practice D 30
TE-various HCS5SPE Speech Pathology Practice E 30

 

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