PL3LPR-Language Processing

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Ian Cunnings


Summary module description:
This module addresses the nature of language processing in children and adults and considers evidence from both typical and atypical populations.

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of how children and adults with typical and atypical language development process language in real-time, and with an appreciation of language processing theories.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the students will be able to:
- appreciate core issues in language processing research;
- critically discuss and evaluate processing theories;
- understand the main open questions, and limits in the field;
- discuss the importance of language processing for the understanding of language impairment.

Additional outcomes:
This module will also encourage the development of autonomous learning through critical reading of research articles in academic journals, their numeracy by examination of the statistical treatments used in empirical measures of language processing papers, and their note-taking skills.

Outline content:
This module is organised around core issues of language processing research, such as lexical access, the mental lexicon, ambiguity resolution, the use of syntactic, lexical and prosodic information in sentence processing, complexity, and memory. These issues will be discussed on the basis of research papers on language processing by children and adults with typical and atypical language development, and in the light of current processing theories.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Weekly two-hour lecture sessions, plus weekly 1 hour tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Class test administered by School 75

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by September.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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