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.
1x2hr lecture/wk, 13x1hr 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
Speech Pathology students must pass this unit in order to enrol in clinical units in Year 2