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SPTH8838 – Language and Communication Analysis

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Notice

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Scott Barnes
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(SPTH8836 or SPHL836) and (SPTH8837 or SPHL837)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In this unit, students will analyse aspects of language and communication in everyday social activities involving children and adults who have communication disorders. It will focus on methods of analysis derived from Linguistics and Sociology that directly and empirically document language and communication. Students will then use the outcomes of these analyses to inform speech pathology assessment of, and intervention for, communication disability.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Apply theories of language and communication to sampling and measurement in speech pathology practice. (CBOS 1 3, 2 1).
  • ULO2: Conduct and interpret analyses of language and communication to determine the presence, nature, and extent of communication disability. (CBOS 1 4, 2 1, 2 2, 2 3).
  • ULO3: Integrate analyses of language and communication with information about client impairments, personal factors, and environmental factors to support speech pathology assessment and intervention. (CBOS 3 1, 3 2, 3 5).
  • ULO4: Integrate theories of language and communication with models of health, disability, and professional speech pathology practice. (CBOS 1 1, 1 2, 2 3, 2 5, 3 1, 3 3, 5 6).

General Assessment Information

Word limits

Assessment submissions with excessive word counts will receive a penalty commensurate with the amount the submission has exceeded the word limit stated in the assessment description. Excessive word counts will result in the following penalties:

  • From 11 to 20% over the word limit = reduction by one grading band.
  • More than 20% over the word limit = reduction by at least two grading bands, with further penalties applied at the discretion of the unit convenor.

For example: Word limit = 2000 words; Submission word count = 2240, i.e., 12% over the limit, and therefore a penalty is applied as follows:

  • Initial grade = D
  • Penalty = reduction of one grading band
  • Final grade = C 

Penalty for late submission

Late submission of assessments will result in the following penalties:

  • 1 day late = reduction by no more than one grading band, at the discretion of the unit convenor
  • 2 days late = reduction by no more than two grading bands, at the discretion of the unit convenor
  • 3 or more days late = reduction by at least two grading bands, with further reductions at the discretion of the unit convenor

For example: A submission is two days late, and therefore a penalty is applied as follows:

  • Initial grade = HD
  • Maximum penalty = reduction of two grading bands
  • Final grade = C 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Analysis task - communication disability 40% No Week 8
Case based assessment - communication disability 60% Yes Week 14

Analysis task - communication disability

Assessment Type 1: Qualitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 40%

In this assessment, students will analyse and interpret authentic samples of communication from people who have communication disabilities. Analyses will focus on action and sequence, turn-taking, and repair. Students will use these analyses to inform choices relating to speech pathology assessment and intervention for communication. 1000 words.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply theories of language and communication to sampling and measurement in speech pathology practice. (CBOS 1 3, 2 1).
  • Conduct and interpret analyses of language and communication to determine the presence, nature, and extent of communication disability. (CBOS 1 4, 2 1, 2 2, 2 3).

Case based assessment - communication disability

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 47 hours
Due: Week 14
Weighting: 60%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

In this assessment, students will collect audio and/or video samples of client communication. Students will document and present the motivations for sampling practices. Students will then analyse the samples collected using techniques studied in this unit and report on their findings. Students will reach comprehensive interpretations of the client’s communication disability, and use this to inform intervention planning. 2500 words.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply theories of language and communication to sampling and measurement in speech pathology practice. (CBOS 1 3, 2 1).
  • Conduct and interpret analyses of language and communication to determine the presence, nature, and extent of communication disability. (CBOS 1 4, 2 1, 2 2, 2 3).
  • Integrate analyses of language and communication with information about client impairments, personal factors, and environmental factors to support speech pathology assessment and intervention. (CBOS 3 1, 3 2, 3 5).
  • Integrate theories of language and communication with models of health, disability, and professional speech pathology practice. (CBOS 1 1, 1 2, 2 3, 2 5, 3 1, 3 3, 5 6).

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Students will participate in 2 hour seminar classes blending teacher-fronted delivery with small group activities. Students will be expected to engage with learning materials before attending and participating in weekly classes, and then to complete learning activities following class. All learning and teaching activities will occur over the standard 13 teaching weeks of the session.

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Results

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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