Brain and Language

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Language is a uniquely human trait that defines our cultures and sets mankind apart from the animal kingdom. This unit provides insight into how language is formed and understood by the human brain.

Offered by Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia, the Brain and Language unit investigates the link between language and human cognition, familiarising you with theories about the nature of language and its evolution.

You will learn about the mechanisms for the production and interpretation of language in the brain; how language acquisition is developed from infancy; and the impacts that brain injury can have on our capacity for language.

Prevailing theories on the nature language will be introduced and explored through this online unit, as well as how language relates to other aspects of cognition and culture.

Eligibility

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

Areas of study

In this Brain and Language unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Language in the brain
  • Language Acquisition
  • Elements of language: syntax, phonology, semantics and pragmatics
  • Disorders of language
  • Bilingualism
  • Computational linguistics

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of the nature of language and the role it plays in human development and cognition.

Touching on cultural theory, semantics, linguistics and neurology, the Brain and Language unit can be used as a springboard for further study or undertaken for personal interest and enrichment.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Brain and Language from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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