Courses Handbook 2010

174499 v.7 Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology)

BSc(Curtin) OR BSc(Hons)(Curtin)

Course CRICOS Code: 032949D
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


Human communication science practitioners (speech pathologists) work with people with communication, swallowing or feeding difficulties to reduce the impact of these problems on their lives. This course attracts students of the highest calibre. Graduates are recognised for their expertise in all facets of communication, innovative approach to professional practice, use of technology, and ability to conduct research in a variety of health science disciplines.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

At least one TEE science subject. TEE mathematics is desirable.

Specific Requirements

The STAT is not accepted for entry to this course. Evidence of the successful completion of a Senior First Aid Certificate is required before students begin clinical placements in third year. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This course is four years full-time or equivalent part-time study with the exception of the final year, which is full-time only.

Course Organisation

An honours stream is available to selected students and runs parallel to the standard fourth year. Students are required to undertake clinical placements outside the normal study periods, including a country placement.

Professional Recognition

Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Further Information

Contact staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences on telephone (08) 9266 4583, email: or website:

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
13019 v.2   Psychology 123 3.0 25.0
13549 v.3   Clinical Science 171 3.0 12.5
1643 v.7   Human Biology 133 4.0 25.0
1916 v.6   Research Methods 111 1.5 12.5
311262 v.2   Human Communication Science - Introduction 171 3.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
13550 v.3   Clinical Science 172 3.0 25.0
1441 v.4   Psychology 114 2.0 12.5
1644 v.7   Human Biology 134 4.0 25.0
1917 v.6   Research Methods 112 1.8 12.5
311261 v.2   Human Communication Science - Language Development 172 3.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 1
2498 v.7   Research Methods 215 4.0 25.0
2929 v.10   Clinical Science 271 4.0 25.0
301315 v.3   Cognitive Neuroscience 271 8.0 25.0
311268 v.2   Human Communication Science - Speech and Hearing Science 271 4.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
2939 v.9   Clinical Science 272 4.0 25.0
301317 v.3   Human Communication Science 272 8.0 25.0
311269 v.2   Human Communication Science - Speech and Hearing Science 272 4.0 25.0
6945 v.3   Speech Science and Data Analysis 272 4.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
301312 v.2   Counselling 371 3.0 25.0
301318 v.3   Human Communication Science 371 3.0 25.0
311559 v.1   Human Communication Science - Clinical Science 373 3.0 25.0
311560 v.1   Speech Pathology Practice 371 14.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
301320 v.3 #   Research Preparation 372 3.0 25.0
311264 v.2   Human Communication Science - Professional Issues 372 2.0 25.0
311561 v.1   Human Communication Science - Clinical Science 374 3.0 25.0
311562 v.1   Speech Pathology Practice 372 14.0 25.0
Year 4
300107 v.5   Speech Pathology Fourth Year Stream 200.0
303115 v.3   Honours Speech Pathology Stream 200.0
#      This unit can be replaced by an elective unit, subject to approval of Course Coordinator.


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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