Macquarie University Preapproved Courses

These courses have been pre-approved for UC San Diego Linguistics major and minor undergraduate students. 

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LING111: Language: Its Structure and Use

This course examines how languages are structured and how people use language. Aspects of linguistic theory covered include study of sounds and sound systems (phonetics and phonology), the structure of words (morphology), and sentence patterns (syntax). Linguistic theory is presented with a focus on English, but students analyse data from a range of the world's languages. Other areas of linguistic study that are introduced include language in the brain, psycholinguistics and child language acquisition. Language use in everyday conversation is examined, along with issues such as language change, standardisation of language, concepts of linguistic 'correctness', and how different groups use language to express social and cultural identity. The course provides a thorough grounding for students wishing to further their knowledge of linguistics in higher-level courses.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses: 

In place of LIGN 101 (core)

LING214: Introduction to Psycholinguistics

This course introduces a psychological perspective into the study of language. In particular, it is concerned with the way in which people's knowledge of language is represented in the brain, and the psychological processes that are involved in acquiring and using that knowledge. Topics include: word recognition; skilled reading and reading development; acquired and developmental reading disorders; acquired spelling disorders; sentence comprehension; semantic memory and the neuropsychology of semantic memory; language production; aphasia; and first language acquisition, both typical and disordered.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses: 

• Counts towards the Language and Development Disorders requirement for Speech and Language Sciences Major
• Elective for other linguistics majors (in place of LIGN 170)

LIGN217: Introductory Phonetics and Phonology

This course forms the essential background to all aspects of speech and hearing science, and to all of the speech and hearing-based research projects in the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS). This course focuses on key areas in phonetics and phonology. It aims to develop fundamental concepts relating to the articulation of the sounds of the world’s languages including vowels and consonants, complex articulations, airstream mechanisms and laryngeal features, and their use in languages. Students are also introduced to the important concepts of phonology through an examination of phonemes and allophones, syllables, word stress and some important aspects of prosody. Concept development is complemented and enhanced by skill-based training in phonemic and phonetic transcription of spoken English and basic ear training of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• In place of LIGN 110 (core)

LIGN219: Introduction to Sociolinguistics

 

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• In place of LIGN 175 (elective)

LIGN220: Syntax

The course introduces students to Chomsky's theory of Universal Grammar as the basis for the structure of all languages. The focus is to investigate the structure of English sentences using the scientific method, but data from other languages is also introduced. The course covers parts of speech, tests for dividing sentences into phrases, drawing 'tree' structures for sentences, the structural relations within sentences, and movement transformations.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• In place of LIGN 121 (core)

LING288: Making Communication Accessible (PACE)

This course examines the impact of complex communication needs on a person's participation and inclusion in society. It explores theoretical models of disability, strategies to improve the communication outcomes of people with communication disorder, and the facilitative role of communication partners. Students will engage in an off-campus, work-integrated learning experience in the disability sector. This experience will allow for theoretical and practical consideration of communication disorder and strategies that facilitate successful communication for people with complex needs in a variety of real-world situations. Placements may be undertaken across a range of sectors (e.g., government, not-for-profit, community-based organisations) and in a range of settings (e.g., disability policy, service planning or development, health promotion, advocacy, education). Students will complete approximately 70 hours on placement and attend lectures on campus, which will provide theoretical knowledge and background information relevant to the PACE experience.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Recommended elective for Speech and Language Sciences Major (NB: the placement for this course will likely NOT count towards the ASHA shadowing hours requirement, which is required for entry to some postgraduate programs but can also be obtained in other Master’s programs)

LING290: Language, Globalisation and World Englishes

This course explores the ways in which globalising forces are shaping the way that language is used in today's world, and examines in detail the shifts in language dominance and patterns of use that continue to occur in the coming decades. Against this broad context, we examine critically the social, cultural, political and ethical dimensions of the spread of English as a global language, and the emergence of a range of Englishes. From their studies in this course, students gain a deep understanding of the strategic adjustments necessary for effective intercultural communication in both professional and social domains. They also develop a balanced awareness of the risks of linguistic marginalisation and prejudice, as well as the wealth of opportunities for communicative interaction and engagement that accompany the processes of globalisation.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• In place of LIGN 175 (elective)

LING293: Australia's Indigenous languages

This course aims to give students knowledge of the structure and use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages within contemporary settings, as well as prior to European colonization. Students will study several specific Aboriginal languages in depth, as well as gaining a general knowledge of the linguistic prehistory of Australia, kinship and social organization, language and the land, multilingualism, language maintenance, language contact. Other topics to be covered include Aboriginal sign languages, Aboriginal song, Aboriginal conversation and narrative, language and the law, Aboriginal languages in Education and first language acquisition. Important ethical practices for conducting research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities will be a key focus throughout the course.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Elective

LING324: Bilingualism

This course focuses on many issues concerning bilingualism including: patterns of acquiring and losing bilingualism; language maintenance and shift over time; Australian language policies and planning; the bilingual in the classroom; and societal patterns of bi/multilingualism. The focus is on discussion of current controversies - for example, the critical age theory; input theories and 'competency'; and literacy and cross-cultural issues - based on readings and participants' experiences. It also includes workshopping of bilingual data. This course is useful for students familiar with bilingual or multilingual situations, or who have experience or plans to be involved in teaching, learning or using a second language, or working in a multicultural workplace.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Elective

LING339: Morpho-syntax: The Meaningful Components of Words

This unit examines the internal structure of words, taking a typological perspective on the world's languages. It considers the interface between morphology, syntax and phonological structure. Alternative theories of word formation will be critically compared and contrasted, especially in the light of the typological diversity vs. uniformity revealed by the world's 7000 languages.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• In place of LIGN 120 (core)

LING325: Second Language Teaching and Learning

This course is intended as a general introduction to major issues in second language teaching and learning with particular reference to the Australian context. It deals with the theory and practice of learning and teaching second languages. Authentic language data and teaching materials are used in order to present the second language learning experience from both the learner's and the teacher's perspective. Issues covered include: processes in second language acquisition; individual differences in second language learning; and principles of second language teaching, including course planning, methodology and materials design.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Elective

LING334: Child Language Acquisition

This course introduces students to current theories of language acquisition, and studies children's acquisition of word learning, morphology, syntax and pragmatics. Other topics include child bilingualism and child second language acquisition. Tutorials focus on working with data, including transcript data from children's spontaneous speech, and discussions of appropriate experimental methodologies for evaluating children's knowledge of language.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Counts towards the Language and Development Disorders requirement for Speech and Language Sciences Major
• Elective for other linguistics majors (In place of LIGN 119 or LIGN 171)

LING390: Current Issues in Phonology

Phonology is the study of sound patterns in language - which sounds are used by different languages, how they are organized, and how sounds are represented in the mind. In this course we will examine phonological theory, phonological organisation of speech, acquisition of phonology and issues relevant to phonological disorders. Topics to be addressed include: variation in sound structure between languages (e.g., English and Indigenous Australian languages), the phonology of tone languages (such as Chinese), sound change, and prosody (stress and rhythm in language).

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• In place of LIGN 111 (core)

LING399: Language as Evidence

Through an understanding of corpus use (or corpus building), language samples, and other forms of empirical linguistic data, this course integrates the material covered in previous courses, helping students as they approach graduation understand how their program of study fits together. For instance, computer corpora (written, spoken and signed language) provide a rich resource for investigating any aspect of language: as small as the phoneme or as large as whole texts. In this project-based course, students will prepare themselves either for postgraduate studies in linguistics or for professions in which collecting language data, and its analysis and investigation, are relevant. The course also shows how language data can complement other forms of linguistic description. This course will also cover general research principles, the research process, ethical issues in research, defining research questions, data gathering, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data, disseminating research, organising reports, presenting results, and effects on practice.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Elective

SPH308: The Science of Speech Production

The objectives of this course are to foster a detailed understanding of the anatomy of the speech production mechanism and the complexities of speech physiology. Examination of research techniques used in physiological investigation form an integral part of the content and assessment. The course consists of a combination of lectures and practical sessions. Topics covered in the lectures include: respiratory physiology and anatomy; laryngeal anatomy; phonation; articulatory anatomy and physiology; articulatory investigative techniques; the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of speech and language, embryology and development. Practical topics may include: speech breathing; electroglottography; kinematic investigations; electropalatography; ultrasonic investigation, and nasality.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Recommended elective for Speech and Language Sciences Major (may satisfy speech anatomy prerequisite for some SLP Master’s programs)

SPH309: Introduction to Audiology (changing to 200 level from 2018)

This course aims to provide a broad overview of audiological theory and practice, and is directed particularly at students interested in postgraduate study in audiology. Background issues covered include: aural anatomy and physiology; and auditory disorders. Several areas of audiological practice are introduced, including basic hearing assessment; paediatric audiology; and rehabilitative issues and procedures.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Recommended elective for Speech and Language Sciences Major (may satisfy intro to audiology and audiometry prerequisite for some SLP Master’s programs)

SPH310: Developmental Speech and Language Disorders

This course examines developmental communication disorders in terms of their relevance to normal speech and language acquisition. Topics include: an overview of typical speech and language development; classification and causes of developmental speech and language disorders; and issues relating to speech and language disorders in children with hearing impairments, stuttering, and developmental disability, such as cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder. Links are made between theories of developmental disorders and clinical practice. The aim of the course is for students to gain an understanding of the nature of developmental speech and language disorders. Students will also learn how to analyse linguistic data from children with a communication disorder, and how to access and evaluate the literature related to communication disorders.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Counts towards the Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders requirement for the Speech and Language Sciences Major
• Recommended elective for the other majors (in place of LIGN 112)

SPH311: Acquired Speech and Language Disorders

This course deals with acquired communication disorders in terms of their relevance to normal language use. It commences with a general introduction to the structure of the human brain, particularly as it relates to language use. Throughout the course, we build on this basis in considering different types of brain damage that are associated with communication disorders (for example, stroke, head injury, dementia). Topics include: aphasia for spoken and sign language; acquired reading and spelling disorders; closed head injury; schizophrenia; and dementia. The aim of the course is for students to gain an understanding of the nature of acquired communication disorders, and also to learn how to interpret experimental and observational data obtained from patients in light of models of normal language and cognitive processing. Finally, students learn how to access and evaluate the literature related to communication disorders.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Counts towards the Neurobiology of Language requirement for the Speech and Language Sciences Major
• Recommended elective for the other majors (in place of LIGN 180)

SPH312: Speech Perception and Hearing Science

This course is a detailed examination of human auditory anatomy and physiology, and also of psychoacoustics and speech perception. The structure of the outer, middle and inner ear, the auditory nerve, the auditory brainstem and the auditory cortex are examined, as are the mechanisms of hearing and the physiology of the auditory system. Another major focus of this course is the psychoacoustics of hearing and speech perception, which are examined both in lectures and in practicals.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• Recommended elective (may satisfy the Anatomy of hearing requirement for some SLP Master’s programs)

SPH399: The Acoustics of Speech (changing to 200 level from 2018)

This course is based around lecture and practical laboratory workshops. Essential topics in speech acoustics are addressed commencing with general acoustic theory, focusing particularly on the phenomenon of resonance. This is followed by an examination of the acoustic theory of speech production, which describes the interaction between vocal sound sources and the resonant or filtering effects of different vocal articulations. The course examines in detail the acoustics of vowels and consonants, voice quality, prosody (intonation and stress) and coarticulation.

Related UC San Diego Linguistics courses:

• In place of LIGN 110

Last updated: 8-20-2018