AUSLAN and Visual Communication

Subject EDUC20076 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 5 hours of lectures and 25 hours of workshops
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours.

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

In this subject, students will explore visual communication and be introduced to Auslan, the language of the Australian signing Deaf community. In doing this, students will delve into the linguistic and cultural aspects of Auslan and develop skills in communicating using this visual language.

This subject has an enrolment quota of 175 students and therefore places are limited. Places will be allocated until the quota is reached. Anyone enrolling after the quota has been reached will be notified by the MGSE Student Centre at least one week prior to the start of teaching.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate and apply new knowledge
  • Show an understanding of a range of visual communication strategies and their use in communication with both Deaf and hearing individuals
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the linguistic structure of Auslan
  • Show an ability to communicate with others using Auslan
  • Display cultural sensitivity, understanding and problem solving when communicating with members of the Deaf community
  • Periodic communication assessments (equivalent to 2000 words) due throughout the intensive teaching period, 50%
  • Practical Project (2000 words) two weeks after the conclusion of the teaching period, 50%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Reflect on the differing aspects of visual communication and how they are used within both verbal and non-verbal languages
  • Apply analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills when communicating with others who communicate using visual languages such as Auslan
  • Demonstrate a capacity to communicate using visual modes
  • Experience the implications of deafness for communication
Links to further information:
Related Breadth Track(s): Deafness and Communication

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