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Course Overview

By the end of the course, students will have a greater understanding of two broad area of psycholinguistic research: developmental disorders of reading and language, and current topics in bilingualism research

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Sandie Cleland

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS4543 Advanced Topics in Language (Studied)

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Course Description

The first half of the course covers three developmental disorders of reading and language: Developmental dyslexia, reading comprehension impairment, and developmental language disorder (sometimes known as specific language impairment). The lectures will focus on research into the cognitive mechanisms that might underlie these disorders, as well as evaluating the success of evidence-based interventions.

The second half of the course covers three topics in bilingualism research: language comprehension, language production and memory in bilinguals. The lectures will cover key research in these domains and will ask students to critically evaluate the evidence reviewed in the lectures. 

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

2x 1200 word essays

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

100% Coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the typical trajectory of reading and language development in children and how it might best be supported.
ConceptualAnalyseCritically evaluate the evidence for underlying deficits that might lead to developmental disorders of reading and language.
ConceptualEvaluateCritically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for developmental disorders of reading and language.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand and evaluate research on differences in processing of online speech (language comprehension) between monolinguals and bilinguals
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand and critically evaluate research on differences in online language production in monolinguals and bilinguals
ConceptualAnalyseUnderstand and critically evaluate the implications of differences in linguistic proficiency between monolinguals and bilinguals for every-day memory

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