Speech pathologists work with many different people and a variety of different communication challenges, for example giving feeding advice to a mother whose baby has a cleft palate, helping a child with a stutter to speak more fluently or assisting an adult who has had a stroke or a brain injury to regain their communication skills.
This course gives you the skills you need to work in this field, developing your understanding of typical and acquired communication development, swallowing disorders and clinical practice in speech pathology.
Your first year is interprofessional and taken with other health sciences students. Your studies will then focus on the science and anatomy of speech and language, and ways to assess, manage and prevent functional impairment.
You will develop practical skills and apply your learning by completing supervised placements in Curtin’s on-campus clinics and in a range of community settings. You’ll manage a research project in your final year and graduate with an honours degree.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
What jobs can the Speech Pathology lead to?
- Speech pathologist.
- Education and training
- Health care
- Public administration and safety
- Social assistance.
What you'll learn
- apply knowledge of human communication science to the delivery of speech pathology services and research in diverse and changing settings
- critically analyse information to plan, implement and evaluate speech pathology services and research
- locate, extract and critically appraise evidence and information from a range of resources to solve theoretical and applied problems in human communication science
- demonstrate excellence in written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills appropriate to the discipline within a legal and ethical framework
- use technologies relevant to the human communication sciences to inform clinical practice and research
- understand and implement varied learning strategies, and take responsibility for ongoing professional and personal development
- incorporate and demonstrate awareness of global or international perspectives in health care to clinical practice and research in speech pathology
- demonstrate awareness of and respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
- independently and collaboratively apply professional skills in an ethical manner across a range of professional settings