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CSCD2070: Human Communication Development

Students will acquire knowledge about 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 prelinguistic communication development through to adult language; the significance of context and function in the development of language; the universality of communication development, and the effect of gender 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 gain an introduction into literacy development. This unit of study prepares students to undertake observation of communication and to demonstrate understanding of the theories and facts in the normal acquisition of communication skills and apply this knowledge across the lifespan. Students will also begin accumulating knowledge about professional communication, reciprocal learning and reflective practice.

Code CSCD2070
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CSCD1034 Linguistics and Phonetics or equivalent

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe developmental milestones for communication development across the lifespan in cultures relevant to Australia including Australia‚Äôs First Nations people.
  • LO2. apply population-based statistical information to interpret normal communication behaviour and development (normal curve, standard deviation, percentile rank)
  • LO3. Collect, analyse, and interpret a conversational sample on a typically developing preschool aged child.
  • LO4. demonstrate the ability to present health promotion information to individuals, communities, and peers, and evaluate health promotion resources.
  • LO5. demonstrate the ability to write clear and concise reports for communicating information to individuals, families, and professionals.
  • LO6. use information technology for health promotion tasks (e.g. creating and/or critiquing health information such as blogs, YouTube videos and flyers)
  • LO7. demonstrate advanced syntax, keyword, and subject heading search terms to find appropriate learning resources and demonstrate how to appraise journal articles and information resources with regard to peer- review and content.
  • LO8. discuss cultural and linguistic differences in communication and accommodate personal, cultural, and linguistic difference in professional communication with individuals, families, and communities across cultures relevant to the Australian context.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.