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Undergraduate Course: Language Pathology (LASC10095)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryLinguistic characteristics of developmental and acquired language disorders.
Course description This course introduces students to developmental and acquired speech and language disorders in children and adults. We will be examining the phonological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic characteristics of developmental language disorders, such as Specific Language Impairment, dyslexia and autism. Students will also be familiarised with acquired language disorders in adults, such as aphasia, and will be introduced to the interplay between the breakdown of cognitive (memory/attention) and linguistic abilities due to brain damage. As part of this course, we will also be comparing children with developmental language disorders to monolingual and bilingual children with and without such disorders.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017) AND First Language Acquisition (Honours) (LASC10029)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Data analysis (1,500 words) (30%): In this task, students will be asked to analyse and interpret data from typically developing and language impaired children, to seek similarities and differences and explain the different patterns following theories of language acquisition and impairment.
One essay, 1,500 words (70%): Students will be asked to answer one question covering issues raised in lectures and tutorials.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify, explain and critically compare major types of speech and language impairments in adults and children
  2. Identify and evaluate the linguistic characteristics of each of these types and explain how these findings relate to linguistic theory
  3. Critically appraise the causes of these impairments and the conditions associated with them
  4. Describe, analyse and critically compare competing accounts and theories concerning atypical language acquisition and acquired language disorders
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Course organiserDr Vicky Chondrogianni
Tel: (0131 6)50 4020
Course secretaryMiss Samantha Bell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
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