Lifespan Development and Communication (HEASP1022)

This course introduces students to the concept of human development across the lifespan with a focus on communication and swallowing. Physical, cognitive and psychosocial development is examined in relation to major theorists and stages of human development from birth through to death. Sociocultural aspects in relation to multiculturalism and health and well-being are explored. This course will also enable students to gain a better understanding of the role of effective communication for health professionals in working with clients across the lifespan. It will identify enablers and barriers to effective communication and how these may affect our interaction with others. It will introduce students to a range of communication techniques and strategies essential for the development and maintenance of workplace relationships and teamwork. These will enable effective interpersonal and therapeutic communication, including clear expression of ideas and views; concise and confident oral and written communication skills; and tailoring communication styles for specific audiences. The course will be offered to students to promote inter-professional learning as required by the Health Professional¿s Accreditation Standards, Professional Standards for Speech Pathologist in Australia (2020), National Quality Safeguarding Framework (2018), National Safety, Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards and Aged Care Quality Standards (2019).

For further information regarding the course please refer to the Course Outline found at the following link (PDF, 184kB).

Credit point 15
EFTSL 0.125
Band 2

Commonwealth supported place

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2023 contribution amount - commencing student* $1,037
2023 contribution amount - grandfathered student* $1,037

* excluding students enrolled in a Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, Professional Pathway Psychology or Professional Pathway Social Work program. For accredited program and student contribution information please visit our CSP page.

Note: Due to the Job-ready Graduates Package new funding clusters and contribution amounts will take effect in the 2021 academic year. Grandfathering arrangements will be in place for students who would see an increase in their contribution amounts. Under these arrangements, students who commenced their course of study before 1 January 2021 facing increased student contribution amounts for a unit, will instead have their student contribution and Australian Government contribution amounts remain as they were under the previous arrangements (with existing rates being indexed by CPI each year). If continuing students are enrolled in units that will see their student contribution amount lowered, their student contributions will be the lowered amount

Domestic full fee paying

Domestic postgraduate tuition fees are program-based annual fees and the subject fee you pay will vary according to the degree you are studying. Please visit student fees website to find out more about domestic tuition fees and view the relevant fee schedule

International full fee paying

International tuition fees are program-based annual fees and the subject fee you pay will vary according to the degree you are studying. Please visit student fees website to find out more about international tuition fees and view the relevant fee schedule

Semester census dates

It is important to check course delivery details including location and census date, prior to making desicions about enrolment. Detailed semester, teaching locations and census date information can be found on HE Census Dates and Teaching Period page.
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer semester
Semesters Calendar
31 March 2023
15 August 2023
10 December 2023
Trimester Calendar
31 March 2023
15 August 2023
10 December 2023