Communication Across the Lifespan

Subject AUDI90025 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Ruth Nicholls

Subject Overview:

This subject will provide an overview of the multiple determinants of communication skill development across the lifespan. The many facets of communication will be addressed including; what is communication, how do we communicate, what distinguishes human communication and the origins of communication. The unit will also introduce the idea that communication changes across the lifespan and address how communication competency develops from infancy through to old age. The factors/determinants that can impact on or change communication skills will be highlighted. Maintenance across the life course will also be introduced within this context. The unit will introduce factors which impact on communication breakdown. Students will apply knowledge from this unit to analyse examples of human communication interaction.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students will:

  • be able to define human communication
  • understand the impact of communication breakdown on development (infancy), academic (school aged) vocational (adult) and social (family) life.
  • apply knowledge from this unit to analyse examples of human communication interaction
  • A 1000 word report assignment to be submitted at the end of week 5, Semester 1 - 20%
  • A 2000 word essay to be submitted at the end of week 10, in Semester 1 - 40%
  • A two hour written examination at the end of Semester 1 - 40%

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the written exam in order to pass the subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should show:

  • an ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
  • a capacity to articulate their knowledge in both oral and written formats
Related Course(s): Master of Speech Pathology

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