Human Communication (CSCD1032)

UNIT OF STUDY

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.

Further unit of study information

Classes

1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr lecture/week (weeks 3-13) 4x1hr tutorials/semester

Assessment

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

Textbooks

McLaughlin, S. (2006) Introduction to Language Development. Clifton Park,NY: Thompson Delmar; Bentzen, W.R. (2009) Seeing Young Children. A Guide to observing and recording behaviour. Clifton Park, NY: Thompson Delmar. (5th ed)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

BACH1165 or PSYC1001 or PSYC1002 or HSBH1003

Assumed knowledge: CSCD1034

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.