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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070144, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LUCIA COLOMBO M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of psychological and cognitive psychology concepts.
Target skills and knowledge: Students of this course are expected to demonstrate
-the ability to communicate effectively (in writing and/or orally) the results of a project;
-the ability to effectively extract central points and summarize psychological research literature and to write in the format of psychological research.
-demonstrate the ability to apply psychological concepts and theories to research and real life situations.
Examination methods: The exam is written with short essays to questions. There will be four questions, and the response to at least three questions must be evaluated as sufficient in order for the student to pass the exam. The final mark will be given by the average of the marks in each of the three responses. One hour will be given for the exam.

Students who will attend lectures regularly will have the opportunity to submit to a partial examination at the end of the first half of the course. The content will be the first part of the course and its mark will be averaged to that of the final exam at the end of the course. Modality will be the same.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on the verification of the understanding of the main topics presented and discussed during the course and in the textbook. Students of this course are expected to demonstrate critical thinking in the analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of information in the scientific literature. They are also expected to demonstrate knowledge of major psychological concepts, theories, and empirical findings and mastery of language.
Course unit contents: Foundations of language. Levels of analysis of language, from phonemes to sentences. The units of language and the disciplines that investigate them. The main characteristics of speech perception and the models to explain how it occurs. Language acquisition. The process of reading. Visual word recognition. Speech production. Concepts and the representation of semantic memory.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: There will be standard lectures and training lectures in which concepts exposed by the teacher will be repeated and tested.
Students who attend regularly will be required to study research articles and present them in class with the help of slides. Also simulations of the exam condition will be carried out.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students who attend regularly will have to study the following parts of the text book: chapters 3-7, 9, 11, 13 and in addition scientific articles proposed by the teacher. Scientific articles and slides will be available in Moodle to attendees.
Students who will not attend the lectures will have to study the following parts of the textbook: chapters 1-9, 11-13, 15.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Harley, Trevor, Psychology of language. New York: Psychology Press, 2013. Third Edition Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Camtasia (video editing)

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