Course Outline

LNG210 Languages and Lingustics: Understanding human communication

Course Coordinator:Levi Durbidge ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course we will explore the role of human language and how it affects the way we see the world and communicate in it. In this course you will explore the relationships between language, culture and identity; how and why language changes over space and time; how language works online; factors affecting language learning, endangerment and growth in our communities and why knowledge of language is crucial for those wishing to make positive social change.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1.5hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops. 2hrs Week 1 10 times

Course Topics

  1. What is language / What is linguistics?
  2. Language as social action
  3. Multilingualism and linguistic landscapes
  4. Identity and language
  5. Language online
  6. Language variation and change
  7. Language learning and teaching
  8. Language and power
  9. Ecolinguistics
  10. Intercultural communication
  11. Language endangerment and revival
  12. English(es) as an international language

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Education for Sustainable Development Goals
1 Demonstrate how language affects the way we understand our world and our place in it. Knowledgeable
4, 5, 10, 16
2 Apply linguistic concepts to understand their own learning and use of language Creative and critical thinker

3 Discuss the importance of language to way our communities and society thinks, understands and communicates. Creative and critical thinker
4, 5, 10, 16
4 Analyse how linguistic knowledge can be applied to address social issues and/or enhance future professional practice. Empowered

* Competencies by Professional Body

Education for Sustainable Development Goals
4 Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5 Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
10 Reduced Inequalities: Reduce inequality within and among countries
16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17 Partnerships for the Goals: Strengthen the implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Formative feedback will come through online quizzes on weekly readings.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Report Individual 30%
800 words +/- 10%
Week 7 Online Submission
All 2 Oral Group 30%
In a groups you will produce an edited video presentation of up to 6 mins on one of the topics in the course. You will also include an activity or discussion prompt which your peers can engage with in tutorials/online which relates to the video.
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 3 Essay Individual 40%
1500 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Linguistic Landscape Report
Photograph instances of language in the urban environment visible to the public, including things like shop signs, street signs, posters, graffiti, notices, ect. Then, reflecting on the images you have captured, and the topics covered in the unit, identify the ways that language use both influences and is influenced by the surrounding social and cultural environment.
Product: Report
A multimodal word document that may include images, video, hyperlinks or other media along with your written reflections.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates understanding relevant linguistic concepts.
Can identify appropriate examples of language use in the public sphere
1 3
Identify and describe links between public language use and wider social and cultural norms
2 3 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Topic presentation video
You will develop your presentation and editing skills by producing a scholarly and engaging video presentation on one of the topics for this course. The aim is to provide a student-led exploration of questions related to the topic which can be shared with and discussed by fellow classmates.
Product: Oral
Videos and discussion prompts will be presented in workshops for the relevant week of that topic. Presentations will begin from week 6 of semester A reference list formatted in APA 7th style to be submitted with the video.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Description and application of linguistic concepts
Presentation- oral (communication features, organisation of ideas, using the oral genre)
Reflexivity – (quality and quantity of contributions to creating a collaborative community of learning and scholarship)
Application of linguistic theory to social, cultural and intercultural communication issues.
All - Assessment Task 3:Essay
The goal of this task is to produce a reflective essay on your own experiences with and knowledge of language and how this knowledge can be applied to address social issues and/or enhance your future professional practice.
Product: Essay
Academic Format 

The final essay should be a 1500-word critical reflective essay using formal academic language and structure. The essay should be well researched and reference academic sources.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate an understanding of concepts introduced in the course.
Relate linguistic concepts to to social, cultural and intercultural communication issues
Provide relevant examples of linguistic examples from everyday communicative settings
1 2
Demonstrate ability to support ideas with research from empirical scholarship.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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