Course handbook

Description

Human society as it is today would not be possible without language. Institutions, relationships, and human achievements all rely on the trait that is unique to humans - language. This course provides an introduction to the study of human language, known as linguistics.

Most of us are not aware of the enormous number of language choices we make every day and this course will give students insight into some of these choices. It investigates technical features that all languages have in common, how we construct the components of language into meaningful words and utterances, how children acquire language, and how our brains organise and interpret language.

Although the main language of study is English, examples from other languages are given, with the intention of providing an understanding of the features that all languages share.

The course aims to engage students in a learning experience of language through various approaches catering for different learning styles. Students are encouraged to engage in objective analysis of various aspects of language, and they will be given the opportunity to develop skills necessary for undergraduate study through the embedded explicit teaching of academic literacies.


Availability2017 Course Timetables2018 Course Timetables

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply formal analysis to a variety of spoken and written language data

2. Demonstrate an understanding of language as human communication system

3. Critically analyse theories of language acquisition

4. Accurately utilise and demonstrate an understanding of linguistic terminology and concepts

5. Demonstrate an appropriate level of academic literacies for tertiary study


Content

  1. The classification, structure, and creation of words and sentences
  2. The sounds of language
  3. How children acquire language
  4. The brain's capacity for language
  5. Meaning in language

Requisite

This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.


Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

In Term Test: Mid-semester Exam

Formal Examination: Examination


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

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

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Online students will have a 1 hour tutorial each week.

Ourimbah

Lecture

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

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

On-Line from Callaghan

Tutorial

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Term

Face2Face Day x 2