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Module code:PALS0004 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Conversation Analysis
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Suzanne Beeke
Organiser's location:209 Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:An interest in analysing naturally occurring everyday conversations. A background in linguistics, psychology, sociology or similar would be highly beneficial. You need to have the English language skills to understand colloquial English conversations on video. 
Module outline:Have you ever: • Wondered how a politician replies without answering the question? • Noticed how often football pundits say ‘at the end of the day’? • Marvelled at how children learn the rules of conversation? • Felt uncomfortable when talking to someone and later wondered why? Humans are social animals; on a daily basis we use language as a tool for interacting, and conversation is the result. This module will help you to understand the mechanics of conversation from a scientific viewpoint. It will teach you how to analyse the verbal and non-verbal aspects of everyday conversation, using the method and findings of Conversation Analysis (CA). CA is not a method for understanding WHY people speak the way they do - it does not consider underlying psychological processes. Instead it allows researchers to explore HOW people speak in their everyday lives. How they take turns in a conversation, how they fix problems of speaking and understanding (called repair), in sum how they interact with each other to achieve mutual understanding. A key part of the learning experience of this module involves watching and analysing audiovisual recordings of interactions (in English). CA not only provides a method for understanding ‘typical’ interaction, such as peer conversation, child-parent interactions, and interviews, it also extends our knowledge of communication disorders and professional interactions in healthcare and educational settings (e.g. doctor-patient, and teacher-pupil talk). Sessions will cover key findings in these areas, and discuss current CA research at UCL into child language development and acquired communication disorders such as aphasia and dysarthria.  
Module aims:The module aims to: • explain key conversation analysis (CA) concepts such as turns, sequences, repair; • make students aware of the body of CA literature and how to access it; • support students to apply CA to audiovisual data of both typical and disordered communication; • give students the knowledge and skills to transcribe audiovisual conversation data. 
Module objectives:By the end of the module you will be able to: • explain key CA concepts such as turns, sequences, repair; • apply these concepts to the analysis of audiovisual data; • identify and access key CA literature on typical and atypical talk; • collect, transcribe and analyse your own audiovisual data according to CA conventions; • use your CA knowledge and analysis skills to inform your research.  
Key skills provided by module:Specify and illustrate the core analytical concepts relevant to an area of analysis; Apply, under guidance, techniques, such as the analysis of spoken interaction; Demonstrate an understanding of the issues involved in the basic techniques of data analysis such as the use of video and audio material in the analysis of spoken interaction; Search out and synthesise information stored on paper, electronically (computerised databases or recordings) or visually (videos); Present a discussion based on information collected from various sources and synthesised into a coherent and cohesive whole, with appropriate acknowledgments and lists of sources; Under guidance undertake self-directed study and learning, with appropriate time management; Specify, illustrate and apply appropriately to new data the core analytical concepts relevant to an area of analysis. 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:

UG FHEQ Level 6

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Unseen two-hour written examination 50.00%
    • Coursework (2000 words) 50.00%
  • Alternative assessment pattern for affiliate students unable to sit the standard assessments:
    • Essay (2,000 words) 100.00%

PG FHEQ Level 7

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • One essay (3000 words) 100.00%

UG FHEQ Level 7

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Essay (3000 words) 100.00%
Taking this module as an option?:Yes 
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Last updated:2017-07-21 15:57:52 by sslysub