Communication for Learning (EDPD5005)


Communication is key to learning and functioning as humans. This unit examines the range of evidence and issues in this critical aspect of human learning, with a particular focus on the factors influencing a range of communicative actions and intent. Key theories, research and skills in communication assessment and interventions are introduced and critically evaluated. Interventions including those using alternate communication strategies will be reviewed and critically evaluated in light evidence-based practice. The implications for individuals with autism and complex education needs are given specific consideration.

Further unit of study information


1x2hr seminar/week


1x poster presentation (20%); 1x critical review of literature (40%); 1x design project (40%)


Johnston, S., Reichle, J., Feeley, K., & Jones, E. (2012). AAC strategies for individuals with moderate and severe disabilities. Baltimore, MD: Brookes.

Faculty/department permission required?


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.