SPH510 Communication Development Across The Lifespan (8)

In this subject, students explore the development of communication across the lifespan. Students gain an understanding of the role of language and cognition, as well as sensory-motor skill development in the development of communicative competence focusing on oral language and literacy development. Students develop skills in the analysis of communication data and apply this to describe communication skills of infants, children and adolescents. Students reflect on their personal experiences and knowledge of communication across the lifespan and extend this knowledge through critical reflection on linguistic and developmental theories, as well as cultural/social beliefs. Throughout this subject, students will engage with different types of evidence as used in evidence-based speech pathology practice.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH510. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Assumed Knowledge

Students will have knowledge of linguistics and head and neck anatomy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of typical communication development including milestones of language, cognition and sensory-motor skill development
  • be able to critique theory of communication development based on individual variation and the role of individual, social and cultural contexts and knowledges
  • be able to synthesise and interpret knowledge of developmental milestones, cultural/social beliefs and critique of theory to identify and justify strategies to support and promote communication development
  • be able to engage in, and contribute to, group learning and feedback processes and reflect on your experiences of group work
  • be able to observe and evaluate a local communicative environment and the barriers and facilitators to communication within that environment
  • be able to use creative, technical and communication skills, including a range of written and digital literacy skills, to communicate with non-specialist audiences


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Knowledges in Speech Pathology: models of communication and language, evidence-based practice
  • Communication Development in Infancy
  • Development of social communication across childhood and adolescence
  • Development of oral language across childhood and adolescence
  • Pre literacy and literacy development and the relationship between oral language and literacy development
  • Typical speech sound development in early childhood
  • Social, cultural and individual variation in typical' development
  • Analysis of language and speech data
  • Observation and analysis of everyday communication contexts (ethnography)

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH510 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Observing and assessing contexts
Communication development in childhood
Case studies: online test

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.