Brain and Language - 2016

Unit summary

COGX202

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (45%) , Non-Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Human language is evolutionarily unique and culturally ubiquitous. It is central to human culture and humanity's place in nature. In this unit, you will gain a basic knowledge of the brain mechanisms responsible for language. You will learn about how the brain develops the capacity for language in infancy; brain mechanisms of language production and understanding; and the nature of language breakdown due to brain injury. You will gain an understanding of theories about the nature of language and the relationship of language to other aspects of human cognition. You will learn about neuroimaging techniques and experimental methods for studying the language networks of the brain.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the brain mechanism responsible for language production and understanding
  2. demonstrate familiarity with how the brain develops the capacity for language in infancy
  3. demonstrate familiarity with the nature of language breakdown due to brain injury
  4. demonstrate awareness of theories about the nature of language, its evolution, and its relationship to other aspects of human cognition
  5. demonstrate awareness of the role of language in humanity's place in nature
  6. demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills in analysing neuroimaging techniques and experimental methods for studying the language networks of the brain.
  • Essay (45%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Quiz (15%)

You must have completed any four units before enrolling in this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Language in the brain
2Language acquisition
3Elements of langauge: syntax, phonology, semantics and pragmatics
4Disorders of language
5Bilingualism
6Computational linguistics

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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