PLMLPSLT-Language Processing for Speech and Language Therapy

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Ian Cunnings


Type of module:

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 demonstrate how an understanding of language processing theories can inform our understanding of different language disorders.

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 language processing theories;
- Understand the main open questions, and limits in the field;
- Understand the importance of language processing for our understanding of language impairment.

Additional outcomes:
This module will also encourage student 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 in language processing research. Topics examined will include language production and comprehension, lexical access, the mental lexicon, ambiguity resolution, and the use of syntactic, lexical and prosodic information during sentence processing. 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 theories of language processing.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Weekly two-hour lecture sessions, plus a one-hour seminar in the second week of term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 1
Guided independent study 89
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

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Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Assignment to be resubmitted before 1 September.

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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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