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Module

SEL2211 : Contexts: Cognition and Computation

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Joel Wallenberg
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to provide a conceptual context for the other modules studied in year 2 of the various Linguistics and English Language degrees by outlining the history and methodology of the study of language and describing its connections with other sciences and with language technology and engineering disciplines.

Outline Of Syllabus

Science
1. Introduction
2. History of Science
3. Philosophy of Science
4. Philosophy of Mind
5. Cognitive Science
6. Neuroscience

Language Science
7. History of Language Science
8. Language and Computation
9. Language as a Cognitive Faculty
10. Fundamental Principles of Generative Linguistics
11. Language Change
12. Language and Society

Language Technology
13. Literacy and its Implications
14. The Development of Language Technology
15. Digital Electronic Language Technology
16. The Internet
17. Information Science
18. Artificial Intelligence

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture191:0019:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading701:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical171:0017:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures present the module content.

The practical in any given week examine one of more particular aspects of that week's lectures in detail.

The student-led group activity consists of the organization and presentation of the group project.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M703000 words
Practical/lab report2A3025 minute oral presentation and submitted code
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay enables the students to demonstrate their engagement with the subjects presented during the course of the module.

The end-of-term group reports will present computer programming projects they have completed in the post-Easter period. Students will present their code and other students will test it. Students will also discuss issues raised by their projects, e.g. feasibility of weak/strong AI, the effect of language-related technologies on the human organism.

Reading Lists

Timetable