COMMS101-23A (HAM)

Communication Competencies

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts

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What this paper is about

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Communication Competencies is an essential paper for students of a broad range of disciplines where language and communication are a focus. Using the tools of sociolinguistic analysis, we examine how human language reflects our histories, our social selves, and our immediate physical contexts. We observe how language is used to reinvent and to reinforce social positioning, to create and to replicate both real and virtual identities. A heightened awareness of the multifunctionality of language, whether spoken, written or texted, enhances our understanding of self and allows us to be more effective communicators.

In this paper, through the rich disciplinary context of sociolinguistics, students are initiated into participation in the tertiary environment, with an emphasis on developing academic research and writing strategies.
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How this paper will be taught

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COMMS101 is taught through online learning materials released each Monday of the trimester, followed by a one-hour workshop (in person or on Zoom) on Thursday or Friday, beginning in the first week of the trimester. Students are expected to work through the online learning materials, and complete all activities independently. During workshops, selected activities will be discussed, and students will prepare for assessment tasks. At the end of each week, the lecturer will record a summary video of the week's work, and she will also post videos with instructions for assessment tasks.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Actively participate in group learning and develop of collaborative responses which are presented to peers.
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  • Apply a number of different frameworks and tools to analyse language in context, including the autoethnographic analysis, visual semiotics and discourse analysis, and the ethnography of SPEAKING framework.
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  • Apply critical analysis skills to support their developing academic integrity towards becoming responsible researchers.
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  • Identify and critically evaluate assumptions that are commonly held about the way that people communicate in context, both in regards to their own language use, and the strategies used by speakers from other societies and cultures.
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  • Identify and interpret the role of social and contextual factors in language production.
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  • Locate and access information relevant to the course from a variety of sources and platforms, and for specific purposes.
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  • Produce a variety of traditional written forms, from guided note-taking in classes, to auto-ethnographic accounts to formal academic writing of varying lengths using appropriate technical vocabulary.
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  • Read academic texts effectively, including as appropriate the ability to read a single source closely, and to synthesise information from multiple sources and cite this using a specified referencing system.
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  • Read and interpret basic graphs and tables presenting quantitative sociolinguistic data, and understand the limitations of such data.
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How you will be assessed

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Quizzes (Fortnightly)
10 Mar 2023
No set time
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 1: Language & Place
31 Mar 2023
No set time
20
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3. Assignment 2: Language at work
12 May 2023
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 3: The social self
16 Jun 2023
No set time
30
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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