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Bachelor of Arts - Psychology with the degree of Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences


Faculty of Human Sciences
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology with the degree of Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences (BA-PsychBSpHLSc)
English Language Proficiency:
Academic 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: 4 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (25 February 2019)
North Ryde — Session 2 (29 July 2019)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 4 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 96
Of your 96 credit points, complete a maximum of 36 credit points at 100 level
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 60
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 30
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

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)
Social and Personality Psychology (3)
Developmental Psychology (3)
Biopsychology and Learning (3)
Cognitive Processes I (3)
Perception (3)
Design and Statistics II (3)
Speech Acoustics (3)
Grammar and Meaning (3)
Syntax (3)
Introduction to Psycholinguistics (3)
Introduction to Psycholinguistics (3)
6cp from
Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
Making Communication Accessible (3)
Introduction to Audiology (3)

300 level

Language as Evidence (3)
Psychological Science: Putting Theory into Practice (3)
Principles of Psychological Assessment (3)
6cp from
PSY units at 300 level
PSYC units at 300 level
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)
Current Issues in Phonology (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)

Balance of credit points required:




Eligible students may meet the requirements for transfer to the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with the degree of Bachelor of Human Sciences program subject to meeting transfer criteria.

Continuation with the honours year is subject to meeting honours admission requirements. Should a student not meet the requirements, they will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts - Psychology with the degree of Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences.

Admission to the honours years will require a weighted average SNG (Standard Numerical Grade) of 70 over all Psychology units and a weighted average SNG of 75 over all 300 level Psychology units and a minimum of 72 credit points.

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

AQF Level Level 7 Bachelor degree
CRICOS Code 096860F
Overview and Aims of the Program This award is an interdisciplinary double degree and is ideal for those who wish to work in the community and allied health sectors with a substantial background in both speech, hearing and general linguistics studies and psychology and who want to keep their future options of a career/further studies open as they enter their bachelor studies.

The four years of the double degree combines undergraduate study in psychology with studies in the fields of speech, hearing and language. This degree allows students to complete an accredited 3 year sequence of study in Psychology, with the option to complete an additional fourth year of honours in Psychology, conditional on meeting the entry requirements.

Throughout the program students are engaged in an exploration of evidence-based practice in the both psychology and their extensive studies in linguistics. During this degree students develop a scientific understanding in the psychological processes that underlie behaviour including perception, cognition, learning, motivation, neuroscience, psychopathology, personality, emotion, developmental psychology and social relationships, as well as training in the analysis of data and research methodologies. There is the opportunity to choose some psychology elective units at 300 level that will complement the qualifying major. They will also learn how to analyse languages, to understand what differentiates the worlds' languages and what they have in common. From both technical (eg phonetics and syntax) and sociocultural perspectives, they will learn how human speech works and how we produce, perceive and understand spoken language. They will also learn about speech and language and their disorders, or hearing and its disorders.

The Psychology sequence with psychology honours is the required pathway to further studies in Psychology – Professional, Clinical, Clinical Neuropsychology or Organisational Psychology. The studies in speech, hearing and language are a pathway into clinical masters programs in Speech Pathology (MSLP) and Audiology (MCAUD) or as a pathway to further training in the teaching of English to adults. This combination will provide a new range of future postgraduate studies and/or career choices for students who either may not be eligible or do not wish to enter professional training programs either in Psychology or Speech Pathology and Audiology, but who still want to be employed in allied health and community based careers. A key feature of this degree are the capstone units, which aim to provide students with skills to facilitate their transfer into the workplace, and the opportunity to gain limited but relevant experience working in the field.
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 knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the core subject areas of psychology (K, P, J).
2. Identify relevant psychological theory and appropriate research methodologies to solve problems related to a range of behavioural, mental and language-related issues (K, T, P, I, J, E)
3. Apply critical thinking in analysing and evaluating scientific research evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions (K, T, P, I, J).
4. Communicate concepts and scientific findings clearly and effectively both in writing and orally to a range of audiences (T, P, C)
5. Identify the key assessment tools for a range of applied psychology disciplines and show a thorough understanding of psychometric principles of assessment (K, T, P, J)
6. Demonstrate well-developed judgment, skills and responsibility in the ethical conduct of scientific research practices (K, T, P, C, E, J, L)
7. Demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the structure of language and apply this knowledge to specific contexts in higher levels of study or in the workplace (K, P, I, L).
8. 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).
9. Apply knowledge of speech, hearing and language to problem solving in the areas of typical and disordered communication (K, T, P, I, A, L)
10. Critically appraise and/or conduct effective analyses of human communication (T, P, C, E, A)
Learning and Teaching Methods Psychology is a broad discipline, and the range of units offered in this program reflects that breadth. Over the three years of the program students will be exposed to all the major areas of psychological study, from the most fundamental brain research through to social issues such as the causes of intergroup conflict. The learning and teaching methods employed throughout the program also reflect this breadth, from laboratory-based practical work through to sophisticated, reflective field-work, as represented in our 3rd-year PACE unit. The overarching pedagogical approach throughout the program is student-centred learning, with an emphasis, not simply on the acquisition of discipline knowledge, but also on the development of higher-order critical thinking and problem-solving approaches to a range of psychological processes and issues. Although units differ with respect to formal or recorded lecture offerings, there is a focus in every unit on small-group learning through laboratory practicals and/or tutorial exercises and discussions. Small group activities consolidate materials presented in more formal settings and encourage further independent and collaborative exploration of concepts and ideas. Students are also encouraged to engage with iLearn discussions of lecture and tutorial material, and to test the development of their own understanding via online tests and quizzes. First-year psychology students are also required to participate in Departmental research projects in order to learn how research is conducted and to encourage interaction with more senior scholars in the field.
Throughout the Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences program students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of independent and collaborative learning experiences and activities designed to help them 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.
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 tasks are designed to provide students with opportunities to monitor their intellectual and discipline-specific progress in the units of study and to measure the extent to which they can demonstrate their acquisition of the program learning outcomes. In particular, students are assessed on their abilities to research, analyse and critique discipline-specific writings and initiatives and on their ability to apply this learning to specific issues or challenges in their discipline. Students also actively participate in research projects as a component of their first year Linguistics and Psychology units.
All units in the double degree involve summative assessment from which final grades are obtained, but students also participate in extensive formative assessment – receiving written and verbal feedback from staff (and frequently, peers) that will help them to identify areas of strength and weakness, and provide opportunities to improve their performance in subsequent tasks.
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. Students are provided with suggested readings or other materials and the specific learning outcomes to which each assessment task relate. Assistance with study, writing and presentation tasks are available to the students either in the program or through campus wide initiatives.
Across the four years of the program, assessment methods will usually include:
- Web-based quizzes
- Essays, critical reviews and research reports of various lengths and complexity
- Class presentations, both group and individual
- Conducting laboratory language data analysis
- Describing language data using established theory-driven techniques
- Literature reviews and critical analysis of issues in their discipline of specialisation
- Designing and/or conducting independent or collaborative research projects using language
data to explore, designing experiments or health initiatives
- Multiple-choice tests and exams
- Essay and short-answer-based exams
- Conducting individual and group-based psychological research projects
- Evaluating and/or applying policy or health -based initiatives
- Posting blogs or participating in other kinds of online activities
- Placement and reflective project report (PACE unit)
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.

Information can be found at:

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.

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 psychology component of this degree prepares students for employment in professional areas such as allied health and social welfare, social policy, market research, and various functions associated with human resources and services. It is also the basis for further studies where students are able to gain specialised vocational training in the professional practice of psychology such as generalist psychology, clinical, organisational or forensic psychology, counselling, clinical neuropsychology, health and community psychology and research.
The Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences component of this double degree can provide students with a pathway into clinical speech pathology or audiology masters programs in order to become clinicians in those fields, or as a pathway to further training in the teaching of English to adults.
The advantage of the double degree is that it keeps student options open and equips them for careers in either psychology or speech pathology or audiology, or in a variety of other health -related occupations such as community development, health advocacy, language/health/NDIS policy and planning, and health promotion.

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 Psychology or Linguistics.

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

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.

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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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2019 Unit Information

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