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Human Communication Development - CSCD2070

Year - 2020

Human Communication Development includes knowledge and skills related to typical communication development in English across the lifespan and in cultures relevant to the Australian context. Students will learn about the sequence of normal communication development from pre-linguistic communication development in infants through to aging processes affecting adult language; the significance of context and function in the development of language; the universality of communication development, and the effect of gender and culture in communication development. Students will learn relevant theories and knowledge regarding the development of communication including phonetics, phonology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics and non-verbal communication and be introduced to literacy. This unit prepares students to undertake observation and analysis of communication skills and uses cases to apply knowledge across the lifespan. Students will also begin accumulating knowledge about professional communication skills needed by health professionals to work with clients, carers and colleagues with practical application including small group assessment tasks.

2 hours per week lectures, 1 hour per week tutorial

30% in class presentation (in small groups of 3-4 students) due week 7 40% child observation report (in pairs) due week 13 30% final exam (individual) in weeks 15-16

McLeod, S. and McCormack, J. (Eds.). (2015). Introduction to Speech, Language and Literacy. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Assumed knowledge
CSCD1034 Linguistics and Phonetics or equivalent




Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Speech Pathology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
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