Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Speech Pathology
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THERE IS NO NEW INTAKE INTO THIS PROGRAM. FROM 2013, THIS PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE FOR CONTINUING STUDENTS ONLY.
This combined degree program provides students with the opportunity to study in a wide range of Arts areas whilst also acquiring the knowledge, skills and theory necessary for work as a Speech Pathologist. Speech Pathologists are responsible for the assessment and treatment of children and adults with communication and related disorders, for example delayed speech and language development, cleft palate, voice disorders, and stuttering.
The APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited major sequence is not available to students who commence the program in 2012 or after. A Psychology Studies major is available in the program, however it is not accredited for students commencing study in 2012 onwards. Students who commence the program in 2012 or after, and who wish to complete an accredited Psychology program, are advised to apply for admission to the 4 year Bachelor of Psychology program.
A combined degree in Arts and Speech Pathology will allow you to broaden and extend your knowledge.
Studying the Arts can teach you how to think analytically, how to question and synthesise information and can be generalised or as specialised as you would like it to be. The Bachelor of Arts program currently has 15 majors to choose from (C-Callaghan, O-Ourimbah):
- Aboriginal Studies (C)
- Ancient History and Classical Languages (C) (Please note: we are one of the few universities still offering Greek and Latin as part of this major)
- Chinese (C) (Please note: the Chinese major is available to pre-2012 continuing students only)
- Creative and Performing Arts (C,O)
- English and Writing (C,O)
- Film, Media and Cultural Studies (C, Flexible Delivery)
- French Studies (C)
- German (C)
- History (C,O)
- Human Geography and the Environment (C)
- Japanese Studies (C)
- Linguistics (C)
- Philosophy and Religion (C)
- Politics and International Relations (C,O)
- Psychology Studies (C,O)
- Sociology and Anthropology (C,O).
The degree will also take you right inside the profession of speech pathology by offering you a substantial clinical experience. The program deals with all acquired and developmental human communication disorders including child language disorders, phonological and articulatory disorders, stuttering, voice disorders, communication disorders of neurological origin and audiology. Other courses include the study of linguistics, psychology, bioscience, anatomy and neuroscience.
Career opportunities are greatly enhanced by the successful completion of a combined degree program. Graduates may choose to work in an area specific to their arts major or as a professional speech pathologist. Employment can be found in hospitals or community health centres, school and private practice. The demand for speech pathology services is high, and will most likely remain so.
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology qualifies graduates for employment throughout Australia, and is recognised in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America.
Applicants must have successfully completed the first year of prescribed courses in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology program with credit grade average to apply for entry into the combined program.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Application is made direct to the University via the Direct Application form.
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First Year Speech Pathology
Mathematics for those intending to study psychology. English Advanced is recommended for all other majors.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.
In order to be considered for Honours, students must undertake 30 units of research courses, namely SPTH4210 (10 units) and SPTH4440 (20 units). Students are advised to undertake SPTH4210 Research Review in the third year of their program, and the SPTH4440 in the fourth year of their program. Students should also consider taking STAT2000 (Applied Statistics and Research Methods) and SPTH4211 (Research Development). See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Honours.
Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Arts degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may apply for a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. The Honours degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.
Students complete 28 weeks of clinical experience during the program. This clinical experience is spread over all four years and is organised to take place during semester and in the semester breaks. It occurs in metropolitan, local, regional and rural settings on a one day per week or block placement.
The Speech Pathology program is accredited by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia, the professional association of speech pathologists, and is recognised in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
Many course areas require students to successfully complete a prescribed sequence of courses. This means that students must enrol in courses in a particular order to satisfy the requirements. Such requirements are mandatory when they lead to professional accreditation or when they involve the progressive acquisition of knowledge and/or skills. Before enrolling, students must consult the School responsible for the course areas to ensure that they are satisfying its requirements. Failure to undertake courses in the required sequence may result in timetable clashes and / or the inability to complete the award in minimum time.
Psychology Studies Major
This major is for students with a general interest in Psychology, and for those who see Psychology as complementary to their other majors within the Bachelor of Arts. It is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts within the combined degree program, students must successfully complete at least 120 units of Approved Arts courses, which include two Approved Arts majors.
The first major must be either Psychology Studies or Linguistics. An 80 unit major in either Linguistics or Psychology Studies is completed with not more than 20 units at 1000 level and at least 40 units at 3000 level.
- If choosing Linguistics students will count 40 units of courses already completed within the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, and complete a further 40 units.
- If choosing Psychology Studies students will count 30 units of courses already completed within the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, and complete a further 50 units.
The second major should be chosen from the list of Approved Arts majors and consist of 80 units, with not more than 20 units at 1000 level and at least 40 units at 3000 level.
Students also complete 20 units of electives; however students wishing to be considered for Honours in Speech Pathology must successfully complete SPTH4440 in place of their electives.
To meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology Degree, students must successfully complete the approved core courses. This degree may be conferred with Honours where a student has studied the Honours Strand.
A maximum of 130 units is permitted at the 1000 level for courses undertaken in the combined degree program.
As combined degree programs can be complex, students are advised to consult their Program Officer (Shortland Student Hub) regarding their academic program.
The Bachelor of Arts program was externally reviewed in 2011 and as a result, a number of majors within the Bachelor of Arts component of this program have been modified. Some students who commenced this program in 2005-2011 (inclusive) will enter a newly named or combined major.
Students who commenced this program in 2005-2011 (inclusive) and are currently working towards the completion of a Bachelor of Arts Chinese major will be able to complete this major in full.
An APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited Psychology Major is not available to students who commenced the degree from 2012 or after.
Students who commenced the program prior to 2012, and who are undertaking a 120 unit APAC approved sequence of courses in Psychology followed by an accredited fourth year, will be able to complete the accredited sequence, but must successfully complete the program within a limited number of years. Students should seek independent advice from the School of Psychology and relevant Program Officer regarding their eligibility for accreditation.
As programs are regularly reviewed and updated some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements. Students affected by changes to the Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Speech Pathology program or experiencing transition problems are advised to refer to the Bachelor of Arts program handbook: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/10435.html , and the Bachelor of Speech Pathology program handbook: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/10776.html for further information.
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