Course handbook

Description

Humankind would not be possible without language. This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of language, known as linguistics.

Most of us are not aware of the complexity of the language we use every day and this course will give students insight into. It investigates universal features that all languages have in common, how we construct the components of language into meaningful utterances, how children acquire language, and how our brains organise and interpret language.

Although English is the main focus, examples from other languages may be used with the intention of providing an understanding of the fundamental 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.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Online

  • 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

Online

Tutorial

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Workshop

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

Face2Face Day x 2