Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLinguistics
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Melanie Burns (Semester 1); Dr Louisa Willoughby (Semester 2)


This unit introduces students to fundamental concepts in linguistics and the properties that distinguish language from other communication systems. In essence, this unit provides a technical foundation for later work in applied areas of the discipline. It explores areas such as the sounds of speech (phonetics and phonology), what makes a sentence grammatically correct (morphology and syntax) and how we derive meaning from utterances (semantics and pragmatics). The unit enhances students' knowledge of the workings of English and also introduces students to data from a range of other languages for the purposes of comparison.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe the fundamental concepts and tools of analysis used in linguistics and applied linguistics;
  2. apply linguistic analysis techniques to a range of data sets;
  3. understand and appropriately use discipline-specific technical terms and notation conventions introduced in the unit;
  4. apply linguistic insights to everyday experience.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

Dr Melanie Burns (Semester 1); Dr Louisa Willoughby (Semester 2)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study