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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2043541, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method distance e-learning

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of general psychology
Target skills and knowledge: To provide the conceptual notions of Language and Communication processes. Language is approached as the cognitive capacity of humans to acquire and use the language of the community to which they belong. The main processes related to language comprehension and production will be considered. In relation to Communication, communication in the animal kingdom will be considered first and then non-verbal communication.

At the end of the course the student will be able to understand the main research questions related to the field of Language and Communication. Moreover, the student will be able to reason in critical terms about the results of the research and the theories proposed on this research field.
Examination methods: The exam will be a written multiple choice response (with 4 options). The exam will last 45 minutes.
There will be also a distinction between attending and non-attending students. For attending students, the active participation in some of the activities proposed during the course will be taken into consideration in the final evaluation.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on the verification of the understanding of the main topics. Students of this course are expected to demonstrate critical thinking. They are also expected to demonstrate knowledge of major psychological concepts, theories, and empirical findings.
Course unit contents: Basic topics of the psychology of language will be considered: processes involved in understanding what is heard, or read, and the way in which people express their thoughts in words and sentences. Finally animal communication and non-verbal communication will be studied (e.g., gestures).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Presentation of the main topics of the course will be upload, together with video, documents or any other materials for further discussion. The attending students are required to complete the assignments that will average with the written exam.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Di Giovanni, Parisio, Psicologia della comunicazione. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Problem solving
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • 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)

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