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Undergraduate Course: Psychology of Language (LLLI07017)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled.

An examination of the psychological and neurobiological factors that enable humans to learn, use, and understand language. We will examine language development and acquisition, language comprehension and production, and language and cognition. Throughout, these topics will be illuminated through reference to their representation in the brain, various pathologies that impede normal language function, and comparative structures in other animals.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Open Studies 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%.

There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of various theories of how people are able to acquire, use, and understand language(s);
  2. Understand the experimental and other evidence that support these theories;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the major experimental techniques for investigating language processing;
  4. Apply their knowledge to wider discussion of how people use and understand language and what happens when the system breaks down.
Reading List
Harley, T., 2008. The Psychology of Language: from Data to theory. 5th ed. Hove; New York: Psychology Press.

Field, J., 2003. Psycholinguistics: A resource book for students. New York, NY: Routledge.
Forrester, M.A., 1996. Psychology of language: a critical introduction. London: Sage.

For Basic Linguistics:
Fromkin, V.A., Rodman, R. and Hyams, N., 2006. An Introduction to Language, London: Heinle.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Please contact Reception to arrange a confidential appointment with our Student Guidance Advisor if you feel you have specific study requirements to enable you to study an Open Studies course or complete assessments. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
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Course organiserMr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
Course secretaryMr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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