SPCH12006 - Linguistics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the core linguistic components of English speakers' communication, including morphology, syntax, phonology, semantics and pragmatics. You will learn about the basic units and normal grammatical patterns of English speakers, including how people process language, encode meaning and communicate on a day to day basis. You will develop an understanding of the acquisition of language, its role in communication, and how the social or cultural environment interacts with language. You will then apply this knowledge to identify people with communication disorders versus people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 12.50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
The recorded lectures need to be improved in materials (e.g., powerpoint slides) and structure.
It is recommended that the structure and content for the lecture materials for this course be reviewed and updated.
Action Taken
The content and structure of this unit were completely re-designed for 2022, including assessment tasks.
Source: Have Your Say
Having the recorded lectures split into smaller sections according to topic was useful.
It is recommended that recorded lectures continue to be presented in smaller, topic focused segments.
Action Taken
A hybrid model of teaching was used in 2022 which included a combination of recorded 'mini' lectures, supported by online interactive activities and weekly activity-focused tutorials.
Source: Instructor reflection and student comments.
Some of the quiz questions were ambiguous.
It is recommended that quiz questions be reviewed for ambiguity and updated to increase clarity.
Action Taken
Source: Academic Learning Centre Workshop.
More guidance is needed in understanding assessment requirements.
It is recommended that an assessment video be created that guides students through the process of analysing and interpreting assessment requirements.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and analyse the core linguistic components of morphology, syntax, phonology, semantics, and pragmatics within a speech pathology context
  2. Identify and analyse simple and complex English words and sentences using basic syntactic and morphological analysis skills
  3. Analyse communication skills with regard to language content, comprehension, processing and use
  4. Apply an introductory level of linguistic knowledge to describe communication across culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

The learning outcomes in this unit contribute to the development of clinical and professional competencies as outlined by Speech Pathology Australia's Professional standards.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10