|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject involves the study of the sound distinctions occurring in human languages, such as basic articulatory, acoustic and auditory phonetics. Students should develop skills in perceiving, articulating, and transcribing speech sounds. Students should also learn how to interpret sound spectrograms and how acoustic phonetic techniques can be used to supplement traditional phonetic transcription.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- understand and be able to identify the different sounds of the world’s languages;
- become familiar with phonetic transcription and basic acoustic phonetics;
- deepen their understanding of language and phonetic theory through exposure to a range of different speech sound contrasts used in a wide variety of languages;
- broaden and apply practical research skills utilizing a variety of speech resources and develop awareness of intellectual integrity and research ethics in phonetic research;
- further hone analytical skills through ear-training and transcription training;
- participate in individual and group-based data-related activities within and outside the classroom.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have acquired skill in observation and attention to detail through tutorial and assignment preparation, and examination revision.
- have strengthened their computer literacy through use of IT in acoustic and auditory analyses of spoken language.
- have improved their ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through tutorial preparation and participation and assignment preparation.
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Assignment 1: Phonetic Transcription (equivalent to 800 words) [20%], Due Thursday Week 6 of Semester
- Assignment 2: Phonetic Transcription 2 (equivalent to 800 words) [25%], Due Thursday Week 12 of semester
- Phonetic Transcription Test (equivalent to 800 words) [15%], Due during the examination period
- Final Examination (equivalent to 1600 words) [40%], Due during the examination period
Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Janet Fletcher Coordinator Debbie Loakes Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 34 hours: 2 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour practical class per week. There will be no practical in the first and last weeks of semester. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
It is recommended that students have some prior study in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (e.g. a first year LING subject) prior to enrolling into this subject.
“A course in phonetics” Peter Ladefoged and Keith Johnson 2015
- Related Handbook entries
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.