Postgraduate Course: Discourse Comprehension (PSYL11002)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will cover a range of issues concerned with how humans interpret multi-sentence text. The course will cover a range of current theories, and will discuss how these theories can be tested using modern experimental techniques.
Students will be exposed to a range of current theoretical debates covering issues such as (a) the interpretation of pronouns and other referential expressions; (b) the role of inference in discourse comprehension; (c) the mental representation of discourse structure. Students will also be exposed to a number of experimental techniques, and will learn how these methods can be used to adjudicate between different theoretical claims.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework 100% (2500 word essay)
||Some of the time in each lecture will be devoted to discussion of a recently published paper. Students will be encouraged to offer critical opinions on the paper, and the lecturer will provide comments. Students will be offered a choice of whether these discussions will follow a seminar style with class discussion, or alternatively, small group presentations followed by questions and answers.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate an advanced understanding of the core theoretical issues in current research on discourse comprehension
- demonstrate an understanding of some of the key experimental findings, and evaluate the theories in the light of these findings
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The course will encourage the development of skills required of PhD students in the psychology of language. These skills include critical thinking, understanding of experimental design, and academic writing.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled
|Course organiser||Dr Patrick Sturt
Tel: (0131 6)51 1712
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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