Human Communication (CSCD1032)


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 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. 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 to people of different ages. Students will also begin accumulating knowledge about professional communication skills needed by health professionals to work with clients, carers and colleagues.

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1x2hr lectures/week,1x1hr lecture/week, 5x1hr tutorials/semester


mid semester exam (20%), assignment (40%) and final exam (40%) and oral reflection task (0% barrier task) and elearning participation (0% barrier task)


Bentzen WR, Seeing young children: a guide to observing and recording behaviour (5th ed), Delmar, Albany; McLaughlin S, Introduction to Language Development, Singular, San Diego

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

BACH1165 or PSYC1001 or PSYC1002

Assumed knowledge: CSCD1034

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