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Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences


Faculty of Human Sciences
Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences (BSpHLSc)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 3 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 3 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 72
Of your 72 credit points, complete a maximum of 30 credit points at 100 level
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 42
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 18
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below
Students must complete one designated People unit and one designated Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different Faculties. Any unit which is listed below will not satisfy the People unit requirement or Planet unit requirement.

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

100 level

Language: Its Structure and Use (3)
Language Myths and Realities (3)
Introduction to Psychology I (3)
Introduction to Psychology II (3)

200 level

Introductory Phonetics and Phonology (3)
Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3)
Speech Acoustics (3)
Grammar and Meaning (3)
Syntax (3)
Introduction to Psycholinguistics (3)
Introduction to Psycholinguistics (3)
6cp from
Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
Australia's Indigenous Languages (3)
Developmental Psychology (3)
Biopsychology and Learning (3)
Cognitive Processes I (3)
Perception (3)
Design and Statistics II (3)
Introduction to Audiology (3)

300 level

Language as Evidence (3)
Current Issues in Phonology (3)
3cp from
Culture and Language (3)
The Science of Speech Production (3)
Speech Perception and Hearing Science (3)
12cp from
Disability and Multimodal Communication (3)
Bilingualism (3)
Second Language Teaching and Learning (3)
Culture and Language (3)
Child Language Acquisition (3)
Language in Interaction (3)
The Science of Speech Production (3)
Developmental Speech and Language Disorders (3)
Acquired Speech and Language Disorders (3)
Speech Perception and Hearing Science (3)


3cp from
Participation and Community Engagement in Human Sciences (3)
Communication Disorders Placement (3)
Seeing, Thinking and Doing PACE Internationally (3)

Balance of credit points required:



Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Units marked with a P are PACE units.

AQF Level Level 7 Bachelor Degree
CRICOS Code 027352J
Overview and Aims of the Program The Bachelor of Speech Hearing and Language Sciences provides students with an in-depth introduction to skills and knowledge in speech, hearing and linguistics that can form the basis for future studies in Speech and Language Pathology, Audiology, teaching English language to adult learners (TESOL) or editing and publishing, or to research in a wide range of speech, hearing and language sciences related fields. Students will study in an environment that provides access to one of the best equipped research and clinical environments in the world for speech, hearing, language and cognitive science. Subjects taken in this degree will provide students with subject specific knowledge in their chosen areas of specialisation.

Students will learn how to analyse the structure of language from a range of perspectives including how we produce, perceive and understand spoken language. They will learn the commonaities and differences between the world's languages from both technical (e.g. phonetics and syntax) and sociiocultural perspectives. Some aspects of this degree focus on how langugae is represented in the brain, the relationship between language and society, how it develops in children learning their first language, and in children and adults learning a second or other language. Students may also select subjects that involve learning about speech and language disorders, or hearing and its disorders.

Many students will use this degree as a gateway to specific clinical training in Speech and Language Pathology or in Audiology. Some students will use this degree as a pathway to further training in the teaching of English to adults or further study in areas or further study in areas such as forensic speech science or speech technology. Other students will be considering careers in speech, hearing or language research, possibly leading to academic or research careers.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the structure of language, as manifested in the phonetic/phonological, morphological and syntactic systems and be able to apply this knowledge to specific contexts in higher levels of study or in the workplace (K, P, I, L)
2. identify, critically evaluate and apply key knowledge within the linguistic sub-disciplines of sociolinguistics, language acquisition and psycholinguistics, as well as within the related disciplines of psychology and human biology (K, P, T, I, E, J)
3. apply knowledge of speech, hearing and language to problem solving in the areas of typical and disordered communication (K, T, P, I, A, J)
4. critically appraise and/or conduct effective analyses of human communication (T, P, C, E, A)
5. demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgment and responsibility in the ethical conduct of scientific research and practices in speech, hearing and language sciences (T, C, E, A, J)
6. communicate, through speaking or writing, knowledge, skills and ideas about speech, hearing and language sciences to a range of audiences including the wider community and in professional settings (T, C, E, J).
Learning and Teaching Methods Throughout the Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences program you will be encouraged to participate in a wide range of independent and collaborative learning experiences and activities designed to help you develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and techniques required for successful participation in employment or further study in speech, hearing and language sciences. Learning is developmentally structured to steadily encourage independence through activities that build on each other in the progression towards mature and accomplished ability and critical thought.

Learning activities are extensive and varied and include a range of formal and informal experiences. All learning activities are supported by an online presence that facilitates web-based group discussion/blogging, communication between staff and students, as well as easy access to multimedia resources and assessment materials.

Live and recorded lectures and presentations are complemented by smaller group tutorial and workshop sessions along with independent reading and engagement with learning materials. Lecture format may be used to present important concepts in a didactic way while still providing opportunities for students to interact with senior teaching staff in a large-group forum. Most lectures are recorded for student convenience and are structured with additional small-group activities and targeted self-study activities in mind.

Small group activities consolidate materials presented in more formal settings and encourage further independent and collaborative exploration of concepts and ideas. In small groups you will learn to critically appraise relevant literature, make evidence based arguments, give and receive feedback, communicate using a range of media, work as part of a team, conduct small research projects, analyse data, and behave ethically.

Acquisition of skills essential to speech, hearing and language sciences is fundamental to the program. Skill development occurs in a supportive and collaborative environment facilitated through the small group format by providing opportunities for group discussion, problem-based learning, focus on analysis techniques, and skills practice. Skill acquisition requires structured experiences with real-world language problems and data collected from a variety of sources. These include direct observations of language and text-based corpora through to physiological and acoustic data captured by state-of-the-art equipment. Laboratory analyses and experiences reinforce the importance of evidence-driven practice and help consolidate concept development through hands-on exploration of data.

The program has its foundations in research-based theory and practice and therefore research is integrated into every stage of the program. You will be involved in observing, collecting, analysing language data and presenting your findings using a variety of media. You will also be involved in the research-rich culture of the Linguistics Department through participation opportunities with research projects that are in progress in the Department. The program is supported throughout by highly experienced teaching staff who are expert researchers in their own field of endeavour.
Assessment Assessment strategies used in the Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences are structured with both formative and summative feedback in mind. Formative assessment allows you to check your development by identifying strengths and highlighting areas that need additional support. Summative assessment is used to evaluate your performance against a set of clearly defined standards.

All units in the degree involve summative assessment from which final grades are obtained, but many will also offer extensive formative assessment - that is you will receive feedback that should help you identify areas of strength and weakness thereby giving you the opportunity to improve your performance in subsequent tasks. For instance, formative feedback is often given by means of a short and comparatively risk free task such as a brief essay where your academic literacy skills are examined, a quiz to check your understanding of concepts, or a skill based task to identify areas that need extra practice. At second and third year levels, formative feedback may take the form of nested assessment tasks, peer reviewed activities, and skill practice which, in combination with a more substantial summative assessment such as a longer assignment or examination, provide a set of results that allow for your final grade to be calculated.

In each unit of study the Unit Guide will set out clearly what is assessed, how it will be assessed and the weighting of each task. The standards and criteria associated with each assessment task are advertised along with the detailed instructions for task completion.

Assessment tasks may involve:
o writing essays, critical reviews and research reports of various lengths and complexity
o posting blogs or participating in other kinds of online activities
o conducting laboratory language data analysis
o giving tutorial and seminar presentations (group and/or individual)
o participating in tutorial/seminar activities and in-class discussions
o describing language data using established theory-driven techniques
o conducting independent or collaborative research projects using language data to explore interesting theoretical questions
o participating in exams, class tests and online quizzes.
The Capstone unit, LING399 Language as Evidence, is the culmination of your study in the Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences degree program.

In this unit, the main assessment task will involve you designing and reporting on a small language research project in an area where your main interests and expertise lie. The task is developmentally scaffolded through a set of formative assessment tasks designed to inform your major project and a class presentation.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability The Bachelor of Speech Hearing and Language Sciences provides students with skills and knowledge that prepares them for further training or for a variety of language related career opportunities. Students interested in applying their speech and language knowledge to clinical practice can do so by completing our Master of Speech and Language Pathology. Students interested in expanding and applying their knowledge in hearing, and its disorders by pursuing a clinical career in Audiology can do so by completing our Master of Clinical Audiology. Students wishing to apply their Linguistic knowledge to a career may choose our Graduate Certificate of TESOL for training in the teaching of English to adult learners, or they might choose our Graduate Certificate of Editing and Electronic Publishing. Students who wish to pursue a research career, possibly leading to an academic career, may consider doing a Master of Research, and qualified students may follow this with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). There is a very wide range of possible research topics that can be undertaken in the Department of Linguistics. Some students may wish to undertake further study in Forensic Speech Science or Speech Technology.

In addition, this degree can lead to employment in:
o public service (at all levels including local, state and federal), especially in departments involved in dealing with migrant populations and bilingual issues
o non government organisations dealing with refugees, migrants and bilingual issues
o organisations involved in research, development, and/or marketing of speech, language and hearing related devices/services for augmentative or alternative communication
o organisations involved in computer mediated communication, for instance, natural language processing and other areas where linguistic knowledge is deemed essential in an increasingly electronic communicative world.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

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2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148