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SL1004 - Linguistic Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject introduces advanced linguistics concepts as a basis for studies in speech pathology including semantics, syntax and pragmatics, and the transcription of variation in speech. This subject introduces how these various aspects of language are acquired and presents an integrated overview of speech and language development.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the normal development of speech and language;
  • transcribe and analyse grammatical forms;
  • describe how semantics and pragmatics are used to convey meanings and to achieve speakers' purposes;
  • integrate and apply knowledge of phonetics, phonology, semantics, prosody, morphology, syntax and pragmatics to speech pathology practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Must pass hurdle requirement: Participation-observation; written-reflection/reflective task - (%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; pass every assessment item; participate in at least 80% of scheduled classes and all professional experience activities.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Mr Gareth Lloyd, Ms Frances Cochrane
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Mr Gareth Lloyd.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours tutorials
  • 26 hours seminars
  • 4 hours professional Experience
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.