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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PSYC3453 Joint Hons/Intercalated Programme: Memory and Language

10 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Tiina Eilola

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 1 & 2 Medicine or Dentistry MChD or BChD

This module is mutually exclusive with

PSYC2553Memory and Language

Module replaces

PSYC3409 (this module is half of the previous 20 credit module)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The historical and epistemological background to memory research will be introduced, before moving on to explore how different types of information are held in memory, what processes operate during learning and remembering, and how failures of memory can often occur. Representations and processes underlying speech perception, reading, and speech production will be examined. In each case, classic and cutting edge theories and research methods will be critically considered, and links to neuropsychology highlighted. A key feature of the module will be an emphasis on how memory and language representations and processes may be interrelated.


The module aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of research in the fields of memory and language, developing the students' critical understanding of key theoretical and empirical work in these areas.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of classic and recent work in memory and language.
2. Show critical understanding of work on structure, function, and developmental changes in each of these areas.
3. Describe and evaluate key models and research methods in memory and language.
4. Understand how memory and language processes may interact.
5. Be able to explain relevant research in a clear and coherent way that would be accessible to a layperson.

Skills outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical analysis of published research, and in literature searching.


Long term memory
Working memory
Autobiographical memory
Reading processes
Speech perception
Speech production
Language comprehension

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Student-led discussion100.505.00
Drop-in Session12.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Private study hours77.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

4 hours preparation for each lecture: 40 hours
Researching and writing coursework assignments: 21 hours
Preparation for end of semester exam: 16 hours

Successful exam performance and essay performance will require study of lecture notes, slides, and additional reading materials as determined by the module contributors. Demonstration of further independent readings in the coursework essay will be rewarded, provided it is appropriate.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A mid-module MCQ test will provide feedback to the students on their knowledge and understanding of the topic areas.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment1000-word critical review50.00
In-course MCQFormative test to support exam preparation0.00
Assignment500 words science blog post20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

As writing a science blog will be a novel task for most students, they will be given examples of good science blogs for guidance.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:59:39


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