Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



Course handbook


This course will introduce students to basic linguistic concepts while engaging in a study of how the language works within society. The basic elements of grammar will allow the students to have a working knowledge of the English language. This will enable them to continue with the subject in undergraduate teaching and language related courses, while providing a sound base for understanding some of the social elements of language and how they are utilized within society.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual similarities of language

2. demonstrate an understanding of linguistic and grammatical terminology

3. demonstrate an understanding of basic theoretical and applied aspects of linguistics

4. demonstrate an awareness of interpersonal and social aspects of language

5. demonstrate an awareness of differences in language variety, functions, and social contexts in written and oral mediums.


  1. The nature of human language – What is language?
  2. Grammatical aspects of language - Morphology; Syntax; Semantics; Phonology
  3. Language and society - Language in society; Language change
  4. The psychology of language – The brain and language; Language acquisition; Language processing


You can only enrol in this course if you are active in the Newstep Program. If you are enrolled or have successfully completed EPHUMA311, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Written Assignment: Research Assignment- Part 1

Written Assignment: Research Assignment- Part 2

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.