Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE CMT1101

 
TITLE Introduction to Semantics for Communication Therapy (CT) Students

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Communication Therapy

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit explores the relevance of semantics, or the study of meaning in language, to the speech-language pathology profession. Besides highlighting the essential role that semantics plays in child language acquisition and adult language use, it makes students aware of semantic impairments addressed by the speech-language pathologist and relevant assessment methods.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to familiarise students with fundamental concepts in the study of semantics, linking these to the clinical context.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Identify key terms in the field of semantics.
2. Appreciate the process of semantic development.
3. Demonstrate awareness of semantic impairments that may manifest themselves in children and adults.
4. Appreciate basic methods and tools relevant to the assessment of semantics.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Distinguish between key concepts in the study of semantics.
2. Identify stages in the development of semantic skills.
3. Recognise characteristics of semantic impairments.
4. Identify basic procedures employed in semantic assessment.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Crystal D. and Varley, R. (1998) Introduction to Language Pathology (4th ed.) London: Whurr.

Grundy, K. (1995) Linguistics in Clinical Practice (2nd ed.) London: Whurr.

Hoff, E. (2012) Research Methods in Child Language: A practical guide. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hoff, E. and Shatz, M. (2009) (eds.) Blackwell Handbook of Language Development. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

Saeed, J. (2003) Semantics. Oxford: Blackwell.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS While TAKING THIS UNIT YOU MUST TAKE CMT1102

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Daniela R. Gatt

 
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