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  • Objectives
    The Master of Speech Pathology course aims to educate professional speech pathologists using best practice educational methods to develop graduates who are competent, reflective and innovative practitioners in the field of speech pathology. A problem based learning curriculum has been adopted in order to achieve this goal, with emphasis on group processes and the key competency of being able to operate as part of a team.Learning outcomesAt the completion of the course, students are expected to be able to: * understand the content, context and breakdown of communication and swallowing to make informed professional judgements; access and interpret current resources pertinent to the field; explain the impact of social determinants of health within Australia and globally; explain the implications of taking a primary health care approach to practice; and recognise their own strengths, weaknesses and learning style; * meet the Competency Based Occupational Standards set by the professional association; obtain and present information in a variety of ways; reflect on practice and learning to strive for excellence and creativity; frame research questions; integrate health promotion into their work in keeping with the WHO Ottawa Charter; and work in teams to create multi-disciplinary links; * relate to others with trust, concern and openness; and, advocate for and empower others individually and within a public health framework.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and typically have achieved a minimum of a credit average. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. There are no topic prerequisites and status will not normally be granted for prior learning.Applicants will be short-listed for a structured interview on the basis of their degree qualifications. After interview, scores for each component of the admissions process will contribute to an Entry Score upon which Selection for offers of admission is based.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Speech Pathology
  • Course description
    The Master of Speech Pathology is a 72-unit program offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences on a fee-paying basis. It requires two years of full-time study and is not offered external on a part-time basis.

    This course is an accredited program and graduates will be eligible for membership of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Master of Speech Pathology, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

    Year 1


    Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 1



    Professional Studies and Communication Sciences 1



    Professional Studies and Communication Sciences 2



    Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 2



    Professional Studies and Communication Sciences 3



    Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 3


    Year 2





    Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 4



    Professional Studies and Communication Sciences 4



    Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 5



    Approaches to Research



    Research Practice


    Normally a student may not proceed to the next semester unless they have satisfactorily completed the previous semester's topics.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

        * the program must be completed within 4 consecutive years;
        * no topic may be attempted more than twice.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 12 or more units will constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

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