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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 normative data on communication development from conception to old age in cultures relevant to Australia including Australia‚Äôs indigenous population
  • LO2. apply population-based statistical information to interpret normal communication behaviour and development (normal curve, standard deviation, percentile rank)
  • LO3. collect and analyse a conversational sample in relation to normative data
  • LO4. demonstrate the ability to present information visually and orally to professionals and peers
  • LO5. demonstrate the ability to write clear and concise reports for communicating information to non-professional care givers
  • LO6. use information technology for professional tasks (e.g. creating and/or critiquing health information such as blogs, YouTube videos and flyers)
  • LO7. understand advanced syntax, keyword and subject heading search terms to find appropriate learning resources
  • LO8. critically appraise journal articles and information resources with regard to peer- review and content
  • LO9. identify and analyse the roles of communication specialists in a variety of settings
  • LO10. demonstrate awareness of cultural and linguistic difference in communication development in cultures relevant to the Australian context
  • LO11. accommodate personal, cultural and linguistic difference in professional communication with a range of health professionals, carers and consumers in cultures relevant to Australia
  • LO12. exercise critical judgement in the interpretation of communication development including selecting appropriate norms and health information from credible sources.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.