University Handbook 2018

Master of Speech Pathology

Course code/s: HMSP, HMSPB

Course details
Location Bendigo Melbourne (Bundoora)
Course code HMSPB HMSP
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Dr Shane Erickson
Course advisor Dr Bernice Mathisen
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 073116F
Course duration 2 years full-time
Credit points 240 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available No
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes Students will undertake all years of the course at the campus they are offered/enrolled at.

Course description

The Master of Speech Pathology enables graduates with an undergraduate degree, other than speech pathology, to obtain a professional qualification in speech pathology at a postgraduate level of study.

Bridging course for graduate entry Master of Speech Pathology students

Those students offered a place in the Master of Speech Pathology should note that there is a bridging course offered in the summer semester. This bridging course is designed to enable students to develop foundation knowledge in Speech Pathology (including human bioscience (anatomy and physiology), linguistics (phonetics and grammar) and problem based learning) which will serve as a foundation for their future studies. Some students may be eligible for exemptions from part of the bridging course based on previous studies.

The cost of the bridging program is $400 (2018 fee, correct at time of publishing). All enrolments and payments can be submitted online. The bridging course will commence on 29 January 2018 and finish on 23 February 2018. For further details regarding this course, please refer to the bridging course details on the web.

The course requires full-time enrolment over four semesters. The first and second years of the program utilise both innovative Problem Based Learning (PBL) methods of teaching and learning, as well as more traditional formats, and rich clinical learning experiences. In this curriculum PBL utilises actual speech pathology cases presented in a variety of formats, e.g. printed case notes, online  examples, video or audio samples, simulated patients. Semester 1 of the first year is dedicated to the assessment of communication and swallowing disorders. In Semester 2, students further develop their diagnostic skills and begin to consider intervention planning. The second year of the course enables students to consolidate their understanding of therapeutic intervention and management for human communication disorders and swallowing

Clinical education

Clinical experience is a major component of the program and is gained at the La Trobe Communication Clinical (on the Melbourne Campus) and through external clinical placements in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, community health centres, early childhood centres and private practice, in metropolitan, rural and interstate settings. Clinical placements begin in the first semester of first year and continue throughout the two years of the program.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Apply all competency requirements according to the Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathologists (CBOS) for eligibility for membership to Speech Pathology Australia.
Apply professional knowledge and clinical skills autonomously or in a team, in a range of health, educational and other human service settings.
Communicate and collaborate professionally and comprehensively with professional and nonprofessional stakeholders using verbal, non-verbal and written communication.
Engage in life-long learning and continued professional development.
Analyse, critically reflect and evaluate speech pathology practice in global settings across diverse contexts and changing environments.
Plan and execute quality projects and/or large clinical research projects within the workplace.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 240 credit points over two years of full-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM* Academic Integrity Module 0
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

Second year

Second 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

Key:*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.


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