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Listening and the Learning Environment (EDUC90505)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90505
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces the topic of brain function, the way language is processed in the brain, and the impact of sensory and/or language impairment on development. It will consider models of information processing and speech perception and the impact of deafness on how we hear and process sound. The impact of otitis media and auditory processing disorders on language development, learning and implications for classroom management will be explored. Indigenous ear health and hearing loss will also be considered. Students will learn to interpret audiological test results and understand the fitting and use of sensory aids and other assistive listening devices. Students will learn about auditory development and how to develop children’s listening skills. Students will learn to evaluate the listening environment.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of information processing theory, models of speech perception and their relationship to language development;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cognitive, neurological and physiological functions of the brain during auditory perception and language processing;
  • Display an understanding of contemporary research in auditory plasticity, and the developmental sequence of audition;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of otitis media on language development, including in the Australian indigenous population;
  • Comprehend the functions and components of assistive listening devices;
  • Interpret the acoustical properties and representations of speech;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of room acoustics on the learning environment to optimize inclusive educational opportunities.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to

  • Identify how a sensory and/or language impairment impacts on the ability to process information
  • Apply an understanding of the cognitive, neurological and physiological basis of spoken language to models of teaching practice
  • Interpret audiometric information
  • Evaluate the function of a range of assistive devices
  • Evaluate the acoustic environment of the classroom

Last updated: 15 August 2019