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 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. 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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Further unit of study information


1x3hr lecture/wk, 4x1hr tutorials/sem


mid semester exam (20%), assignment (40%) final exam (35%) and oral reflection task (5% barrier task)


McLeod, Sharynne. (2015) Introduction to speech, language and literacy. edited by Sharynne McLeod and Jane McCormack, South Melbourne, Vic. : Oxford University Press

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Unit of study rules


BACH1165 or PSYC1001 or PSYC1002 or HSBH1003

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Additional Information

Speech Pathology students must pass this unit in order to enrol in clinical units in Year 2

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.