Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Introduces students to foundational knowledge of physical, cognitive, and communication development in typically-developing Australian-English speaking children. The unit will further introduce students to the notion of communication development as part of healthy aging. The unit explores principles and practices for conducting and recording observations of people and environments and also the elicitation and transcription of speech/language samples as relevant for both children and adult interactions.

Unit content

This unit covers content in three main areas:

  1. Communication development from childhood through to healthy aging
  2. Observation in speech pathology
  3. Speech/language sampling and analysis in speech pathology.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Note that an eBook version is also available: Peterson, C, 2013, Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology, 6th edn, Pearson Australia. ISBN: 9781442556508.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Report with observation record30%
Report with annotated transcript40%

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