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PS4532: MEMORY AND LANGUAGE PROCESSES (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


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.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

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.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 32 - 33

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Tutorial Participation 10%

MCQs 20%

Essay 60%

Alternative Resit Arrangement

Coursework Resubmission

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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