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Postgraduate Course: Psychology of Language 1 (PSYL11109)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will cover the core mechanisms of human language processing, topics will range from perceptual and articulatory aspects of speech processing to discourse processing and dialogue (divided across this course and Psychology of Language 2). Students will also be presented with major methodological approaches in psycholinguistic research and will develop skills to critically evaluate this research as well as scientific communication skills.
Course description This course will cover core areas of psychology of language, including (in conjunction with Psychology of Language 2) word meaning and conceptual knowledge, speech perception and articulation, comprehension and production of complex expressions including grammatical structure and narrative speech, dialogue, processing language in written and signed modalities, and bilingualism. The course material will be delivered through lectures and assigned readings, as well as class discussion to foster critical thinking and evaluation of the methods and theoretical claims. Critical thinking, independent research, and written communication will be further cultivated in the students┬┐ written assignments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Presentation 30% (Weeks 5 to 7)

Essay 70% (1600 words) (Weeks 9 to 11)
Feedback Formative feedback is given by both the lecturer and fellow students throughout the course, in particular in relation to students presentations and essays. For both, students are encouraged to discuss the topic and draft/outline with the instructor ahead of the deadline (weeks 3-5 for presentations, weeks 7-9 for the essays) and to implement their feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the key components of human language processing, including different modalities of language (spoken, written, signed) and the methods used to study them
  2. Critically evaluate the methods and theories of human language processing
  3. Apply models or theories of language processes to other topics within the psychology of language, for example, language impairments like dyslexia and aphasia
  4. Communicate and critique contemporary research on the psychology of language.
Reading List
To be confirmed
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Analytical thinking: analyse, synthesise, critically and methodically appraise thoughts to break down complex problems into manageable components.

Critical thinking: capability to evaluate information thoroughly; identifying assumptions, detecting false logic or reasoning and defining terms accurately in order to make an informed judgement.

Independent research: conduct research and enquiry into relevant issues through research design

Written communications: communicate complex ideas and arguments in writing,
produce clear structured written work
Course organiserDr Patrick Sturt
Tel: (0131 6)51 1712
Course secretaryMs Pilar Rodriguez Couceiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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