PSYCH 313 : Psychology of Communication Disorders
2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)
This course studies the links between psychological processes and communication disorders. The nature of hearing, speech and language will be discussed, along with aspects of their normal development. A range of communication disorders will be introduced. There will be a focus on the psychosocial aspects of communication disorders including the impact on self-esteem, health-related quality of life, peer/interpersonal relationships, and the educational and behavioural consequences of communication disorders in children. This course is recommended for all psychology students interested in typical and disordered communication, and is particularly relevant to students who are applying to the Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice programme.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Explain the complexity of human communication at a beginning level. (Capability 1)
- Identify the breadth of disorders which have an impact on communication skills. (Capability 1)
- Recognise the impact of communication disorders, in both children and adults, and apply this understanding to a case example. (Capability 2 and 3)
- Acquire practical skills in the transcription and analysis of speech and language, and the measurement of hearing and auditory processes. (Capability 1)
- Recognise significance of communication to human social, emotional and cognitive well-being. (Capability 6)
- Explain how communication disorders have an impact in the context of the whole person, and those around them. (Capability 6)
|Final Exam||40%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
For this course, you can expect 3 hours of lectures, a 1 hour tutorial, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 3 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.
Following University workload guidelines, a standard 15 point course represents approximately 150 hours of study.During the semester there will be twelve weeks of lectures (3 hours) and eight weeks of tutorials (1 hour). This totals to 44 hours of instruction across the semester. Since the course as a whole represents approximately 150 hours of study, that leaves a total of 106 hours across the entire semester for independent study, e.g. reading, reflection, preparing for assessments/exams, etc.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
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During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.
At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.
Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.
Feedback from previous PSYCH 313 cohorts indicate that students find the range of topics in this course stimulating and interesting. Changes that have been made include the fine tuning of coursework assessment and the turnaround times for returning assessments to students.
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