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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.

Details

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
Rockhampton

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. Written Assessment 35%
2. In-class Test(s) 30%
3. Written Assessment 35%

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

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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' student satisfaction survey
Feedback
Students reported that the combination of tutorials and lectures was excellent, as they complemented one another nicely. The teaching staff were helpful and approachable, students were provided with lots of practical exercises to complete, and the textbook was also a valuable resource.
Recommendation
The overall structure of this unit will remain the same for 2020, whereby interactive tutorials will be provided to students with the intention of facilitating the learning achieved through recorded lectures. Teaching staff will continue to encourage students to ask questions and seek clarification as required, as well as to access their prescribed textbook and use this effectively as a valuable learning resource.
Action Taken
The unit included recorded lectures with weekly interactive tutorials.
Source: 'Have Your Say' student satisfaction survey
Feedback
Students reported that the assessment feedback they received was useful, detailed and encouraging, and that it assisted their learning.
Recommendation
Markers of assessment items will continue to place great importance on the provision of detailed, practical and constructive feedback designed to assist students to understand their results, to learn from their experiences and to make improvements when completing assessment tasks in the future.
Action Taken
Grading included constructive feedback and a detailed rubric to assist students in understanding their results.
Source: 'Have Your Say' student satisfaction survey
Feedback
Students reported that there was too much contact time each week for this unit and that the assessment tasks were too large, with some instructions being vague and needing clarification in tutorials.
Recommendation
Students will continue to be provided with a combination of both tutorials and lectures that are designed to complement one another and facilitate student learning. Assessment task instructions will be reviewed to ensure that they are as clear as possible, however students will also continue to be encouraged to approach the teaching staff, either in person or via the SPCH12006 Moodle page, and to ask questions and clarify their understanding of the unit content as well as the assessment tasks as required.
Action Taken
The weekly interactive tutorials were reduced from four hours per week to two hours per week. Assessment tasks and requirements were reviewed via recorded video and students were able to ask additional questions during their interactive tutorial sessions.
Source: 2019 Have Your Say
Feedback
Students reported that there was too much contact time each week for this unit and that the assessment tasks were too large, with some instructions being vague and needing clarification in tutorials.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the assessment tasks in this unit be reviewed and length reduced where possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Informal Discussion.
Feedback
Students weren't consistently accessing the recorded lectures for this unit. Comments provided in discussion suggest it was due to their length and density.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the recorded lectures be reviewed and posted in smaller segments where possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
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.

Competency in linguistic analysis of communication samples is a foundation skill that is necessary for success as a practising speech pathologist. The following information describes the range of practice areas and competencies that are linked to this unit's learning outcomes, content and/or and assessments:

  • Speech Pathology Range of Practice Areas: Language and Multi-Modal Communication (Child and Adult)

  • Competencies: The learning outcomes in this unit contribute to the development of clinical and professional competencies as outlined by Speech Pathology Australia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - 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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Written Assessment