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Undergraduate Course: Linguistics and English Language 1B (LASC08023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course follows on from LEL1A, developing the tools and knowledge needed to investigate in a systematic way the different subsystems of language┬┐dealing with sound, meaning, word and sentence structure already introduced in that course, and how these subsystems are subject to variation and change.
Course description Building on the understanding of how language works developed in LEL1A, LEL1B focuses on acquiring the skills and knowledge to investigate further some central aspects of language. The course discusses the structure of human language, the ways in which languages can vary and change, and the ways in which language is put to use. Topics include the study of meaning and the influence of context on meaning, word and sentence structure, sounds and sound systems, language variation and change, and how the history of languages can be investigated.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should not register for LEL1B without taking LEL1A. A student who has been registered for LEL1B but does not pass LEL1A in the 1st semester must contact the Course Organiser for their approval before continuing with LEL1B.

Priority will be given to Year 1 students, in particular those who need to take this course as a requirement of their degree programme.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have completed an introductory course in linguistics equivalent to Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022) but are strongly advised to contact the Course Organiser to check whether their previous study gives them the necessary background for the course.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  300
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 45 %, Coursework 55 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Quizzes worth 10%
Coursework worth 45%
Exam worth 45%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Linguistics and English Language 1B (LASC08023)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the principles for the systematic study of word and sentence meaning. Examples may come from different languages but illustration is primarily through the medium of English.
  2. Understand aspects of how context affects meaning. Examples may come from different languages but illustration is primarily through the medium of English.
  3. Understand the principles for the description of grammatical structure and the structure of words, phrases and sentences, and how they can be applied to describe English and other languages.
  4. Understand the principles for the description of the sounds and sound systems used in languages around the world, and how they can be applied to describe English.
  5. Understand how languages vary and change over time and what basic phenomena are exhibited by language variation and change in general. Discuss in these terms the history of English, with insight into how English varies around the English-speaking world.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course and the lectures aim to build on the knowledge from LEL1A and introduces more detailed concepts. In class discussion, readings and tutorials students will learn how to read critically, analyse arguments and consider their strengths and weaknesses whilst considering wider contexts and perspectives. In tutorials, students will develop their problem solving and group work skills to analyse puzzles and data sets and construct their own. During the assessments, students will start developing their research and critical analysis skills, learning how to write academically and clearly communicate their argument. In the exam, students will learn how to plan their time well to complete the assessment.

Core skills gained on this course:
Preparation, planning, workload management, time management, clear written communication, writing concisely, adapting writing style and tone to audience, confidence to give own opinion, teamwork, discussing/debating respectfully, problem solving, note taking, research skills, formulating questions, considering alternative perspectives, critical analysis, formulating arguments.
Course organiserDr Dan Lassiter
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMiss Kayla Johnson-McCraw
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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