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Postgraduate Course: Disorders of language functions (PSYL11029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummarySince the very beginning of the scientific enquiry language disorders have played a crucial role in the study of human cognition and its representation in the brain.
Course description The course will begin with an introduction to the different medical, psychological and linguistic traditions and the way in which they have shaped the methods and models of aphasia research. The course will then examine the main types of aphasia and demonstrate how specific neuropathological mechanisms can influence the pattern of language breakdown observed in aphasic patients. It will draw on observation of different neurological conditions, including stroke as well as different forms of neurodegeneration such as progressive aphasia and semantic dementia. The insights won from the study of aphasia will be discussed in the context of current research in other areas of neuroscience.

The course will also address the issue of bi- and multilingualism and the question to what extent aphasic symptoms are shaped by specific features of different languages (cross-linguistic research).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should have a background either in neuroanatomy / neuropsychology or in linguistics / psycholinguistics. Due to the interdisciplinary character of the course students are also expected to be prepared to assimilate knowledge from outside their original speciality
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 4 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Attendance of the lectures is a pre-requisite for being admitted to the assessment, at least 3 out of 5 lectures to be attended.

The course will be assessed by a short powerpoint presentation with a strict time and slide limit in place: 7 minutes talk with 2 minutes discussion, 7 slides
Feedback General feedback is given in the last lecture, individual written feedback to students
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. recognise the main theoretical concepts underlying the study of aphasia and the way in which they influence the interpretation of aphasic phenomena
  2. familiarise themselves with the clinical picture of the main aphasic syndromes and their underlying pathology
  3. critically discuss the possible implications of aphasia research for our models of normal language function in the brain
Reading List
Alfonso Ardila - Aphasia Handbook, Florida International University

Free download:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
KeywordsAphasia,Language Disorders,Neuropsychology
Course organiserDr Thomas Bak
Tel: (0131 6)50 9861
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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