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PS4532: MEMORY AND LANGUAGE PROCESSES (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:40


Course Overview

The memory component of this course aims to introduce students to the main theoretical components of memory (working and autobiographical memory).  Psychological theories of forgetting and eyewitness memory will also be discussed.

The second component of the course, language, will introduce students to the key issues in psycholinguistics.  This will include assessment of sentence processing, analysis of the processes underlying language production and factors that influence communication in different settings.

This course is intended for students completing joint honours degrees in Behavioural Studies or Psychology. 

Course Details

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

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The memory component of the course examines the cognitive study of human learning and memory; the modal and working memory models; the application of memory models to everyday cognition. The language component of the course examines cognitive mechanisms underlying sentence processing and production, and higher level processes of language comprehension.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Tutorial Participation 10%

MCQs 20%

Essay 35%

Exam 35%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will be able to describe memory theories and major findings from human memory research with respect to acquisition of knowledge, forgetting, self-evaluation of memory, and reconstruction.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to evaluate the evidence supporting different theoretical accounts of human memory and communicate this through coursework and written exams.
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe cognitive models of three key aspects of language processing (sentence comprehension, language production, and dialogue), and understand the historical context to their development.
ProceduralEvaluateCritically evaluate contrasting accounts of language processing and the empirical evidence that supports them.

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