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Foundations of Communication Science PG (10266.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Speech Pathology


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This unit explores the relevant theoretical knowledge bases and frameworks of practice related to speech, language and interaction, including language acquisition and language diversity in Australia. Students will review the cognitive and sensory-motor processes that underpin speech and language development, and be introduced to the scope and prevalence of communication disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Key areas of focus will include the description and analysis of components of language, the phonetic transcription of connected speech, cultural awareness, and analysis of patterns of real-time interaction from audio-visual recordings.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain speech, language and communication disorders according to domains of practice and in relation to elements of the ICF and interprofessional practice;

2. Describe and analyse of components of language, including form (syntax, morphology, phonology), content (vocabulary) and use (pragmatics) in relation to different stages of the lifespan;

3. Identify and transcribe speech sounds in connected speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA);

4. Reflect on different perspectives on cultural competence and second language acquisition; and

5. Analyse patterns of interaction and discuss language as social action.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

4 hours per week, consisting of lectures/interactive workshops.




Must be enrolled in 371JA Master of Speech Pathology. Must be enrolled in 9594 Epidemiology and Principles of Research PG.

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