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Undergraduate Programs

BCSC 152: Syllabus

Fall 2021

Time & Location

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:45pm
Bausch Lomb 109


Instructor: Dr. Chung-Lin Martin Yang
Office: Meliora Hall 322
Office Hours: 3 - 4pm Mon/Wed
please email me first if you need to meet me in person during or outside of my office hours.)

Graduate TA: Samantha Jenks ( )
Office hours: Tuesdays 11am-12pm at the BCS Cubicles Middle cubicle on the 3rd floor
Undergraduate TA: Megan Emery ( )
Office hours: Thursdays 2-3pm on Zoom
Undergraduate TA: Yiwen Zhou ( )
Office hours: Fridays 1-2pm at iZone (Floor G in Rush Rhees, next to the tech store)

Course Description

The goal of this course is to introduce you the psychological and neuropsychological processes involved in language comprehension, production and acquisition. This course will also provide a solid foundation for those who want to further investigate a wide range of topics in psycholinguistics. Topics to be covered in this course include cognitive mechanisms underlying language processing and acquisition, speech perception, production, word recognition, sentence processing, brain and language, language impairment, and so on.

This course follows the College credit hour policy for four-credit courses. This course meets twice weekly for 3 academic hours per week. The course also includes independent out-of-class assignments (complete the required readings) for at least 1 academic hour per week.

Required Readings

Harley, Trevor (2014). The Psychology of Language: from data to theory. Psychology Press.
Supplemental readings will be posted on Blackboard.

Course Requirements

  1. Participation (10%): Active participation in discussions is expected, some of which may require you to turn in a short summary or post something on Blackboard. The initial class survey is worth 1%. Each graded discussion is worth 2.25% of the course grade. There will be 4 graded (graded as S/F) discussions throughout the semester. (Instructions for the graded discussions will also be posted on Blackboard.)
    If you have any questions about the course materials or lecture, please do feel free to ask for clarification in class, ask us after class, email us, post your questions on Blackboard (under “Ask a question”), or come to our office hours. We are all friendly and eager to help!
  2. Homework Assignments (20%): Due dates can be found in the course schedule below. Late submission will NOT be accepted unless you have medical or family emergencies (documentation required).
  3. Quizzes (20%): Four closed-book quizzes, which include multiple-choice and true/false questions, will be administered on Blackboard. Please bring your laptop or tablet (no smartphones!) to take the quizzes only in our regular lecture hall. (Blackboard will record your IP address!) The purpose of these quizzes is to assess how much you understand the course topics and readings.
  4. Midterm (25%) and final (25%): A midterm and a final exam will be administered on Blackboard (closed-book), but you must be physically in our regular lecture hall to take the exams. The dates can be found in the class schedule below. Both exams will include multiple-choice and true/false questions. The final exam is NOT cumulative. Study guides will be posted on Blackboard.

Class Policies

  1. Academic misconduct All assignments, tests, and activities associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University of Rochester's Academic Honesty Policy. More information
    Plagiarism, cheating and any form of academic misconduct will be reported following the guidelines set by the University.
  2. Special accommodation: If you need special accommodation, please let the course instructor and TAs know. We will do our best to suit your needs
  3. Mobile devices: Please silence your mobile devices. Cellphone/smartphone use is only allowed for responding to the in-class polls/activities. Video games or any other entertainment devices are not permitted while class is in session.
  4. COVID-related policy:
    1. Per university policy, eating is NOT permitted, and mask must be properly worn (covering both nose and mouth) at all times in the classroom. Drinking, although allowed, should be kept to a minimum. These requirements help protect everyone in the class. A COVID-19 Concern Report will be filed for anyone who fails to comply with these requirements, which can result in disciplinary actions through the Student Code of Conduct
    2. If you are not feeling well (even just with some mild symptoms), are waiting for COVID test results, have been in close contact with COVID patients, or need to take care of someone, just let me know by sending me an email. We can discuss how to make up your missed work. If you suspect that you might have COVID, please carefully follow the instructions and procedures to report to the UHS