SPCH12006 - Linguistics and Phonetics 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will introduce students to the core linguistic components of English speakers' communication, including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics and supra-segmentals. Students will be able to understand and use this linguistic terminology when describing communication within a speech pathology context. Students will also learn how to phonetically transcribe written and spoken words using the International Phonetic Association (IPA) and Australian-English vowel symbols, as this is a fundamental skill that is required when working with people with communication disorders.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

  • SPCH11001 Introduction to Speech Pathology.

Co-requisites:

  • SPCH12002 Communication Development and Disorders in Early Childhood
  • SPCH12004 Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 1

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%
4. On-campus Activity Pass/Fail

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students reported that the tutorials were not long enough and that some tutorials were also missed, without being made up at a different time. Moodle course student feedback - Have Your Say survey Increase weekly tutorial time from 2 to 3 hours, to ensure that students have enough time to consolidate what they have learnt through the online recorded lectures. Also ensure that make-up tutorials are provided in the instance of any scheduled classes being missed due to the tutor’s absence.
Students reported that the assessment tasks matched the course material well. Moodle course student feedback - Have Your Say survey Continue to ensure that the assessment tasks match the course content and that they are relevant to Speech Pathology students.
Students were complimentary of the interactive nature of the tutorials and the effort that was put in by the tutor to make these classes engaging and fun. Moodle course student feedback - Have Your Say survey Continue to provide interactive face-to-face tutorials that encourage students to be engaged in an enjoyable learning experience.
Students were also complimentary of the opportunities that the tutorials gave them to ask questions, to practise their skills and to apply their knowledge gained through the online recorded lectures. Moodle course student feedback - Have Your Say survey Continue to provide tutorials that allow students to ask questions and to consolidate what they have learnt through the online recorded lectures.
Students felt that the online lectures should have been posted earlier in the week rather than the day before the scheduled tutorials. Moodle course student feedback - Have Your Say survey Ensure that lectures are uploaded to Moodle well in advance of the weekly tutorials, either early in the week or prior to the commencement of each week.
Students wanted more time in the tutorials to cover certain topics, including aspects of the assessment tasks as well as specific topics covered in the online lectures. Moodle course student feedback - Have Your Say survey Increase the weekly tutorial time to ensure that the content of each lecture and the assessment tasks are addressed by the tutor in detail.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Use basic phonetic transcription skills to transcribe written and spoken words using the International Phonetic Association (IPA) and Australian-English vowel symbols.
  2. Analyse the core linguistic components of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and supra-segmentals.
  3. Apply an introductory level of linguistic knowledge about communication using linguistic terminology within a speech pathology context.

Speech Pathology Range of Practice:

This is a foundation unit which will be particularly important for the Range of Practice areas of:

Child - Speech and Language

Adult - Speech and Language

The learning outcomes for this unit provide foundation knowledge required for the evaluation of the individual's functional ability in communication and as such relates to the below standards:

Competency-based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathology (CBOS 2011):

Unit 1 Assessment - Elements 1.1 and 1.2 to Novice standard

Unit 2 Analysis and interpretation - Elements 2.1, 2.4 and 2.5 to Novice standard

Unit 7 Lifelong learning and reflective practice - Elements 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 to Novice standard

Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology (COMPASS®) Generic Professional Competencies:

Unit 1 Reasoning - Elements 1.1 and 1.2 to Novice standard

Unit 2 Communication - Elements 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 to Novice standard

Unit 3 Learning - Elements 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 to Novice standard

Unit 4 Professionalism - Elements 4.1, 4.2, 4.4 and 4.5 to Novice standard

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - On-campus Activity

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment  
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - On-campus Activity

Prescribed Textbooks

Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription
Author/s: Cox, F Year: 2012
Edition: Publisher: Cambridge University Press
City: Melbourne State: Vic
Country: Australia
Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English
Author/s: Douglas Biber, Susan Conrad & Geoffrey Leech Year: 2002
Edition: Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
City: Harlow State: Essex
Country: England
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLeisa Skinner (l.skinner@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

About language: Discourse perspective on grammar

Structures: Introduction to words, lexical classes and function word classes

Sounds: Vowels and consonants

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapters 1 and 2)

Week 2 13-03-2017

About language: Nature of language, World languages

Structures: Introduction to phrases and clauses

Sounds: Consonants: Manner and Place

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapter 3)

Week 3 20-03-2017

About language: Language contact and shift

Structures: Nouns and determiners

Sounds: Vowels

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapter 4.1 - 4.7)

Week 4 27-03-2017

About language: Variation in languages

Structures: More on nouns and pronouns

Sounds: Study of sounds, phonemes

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapter 4.8 - 4.16)

Week 5 03-04-2017

About language: L2 learning and multilingualism

Structures: Verb functions, single word lexical verbs and structures

Sounds: Broad and narrow transcription

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapter 5.1 - 5.7)

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No classes this week

No readings

Week 6 17-04-2017

About language: Language and identity

Structures: Multi-word verbs: structures and meanings

Sounds: Syllable structure

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapter 5.8 - 5.17)

Week 7 24-04-2017

About language: Languages in Australia

Structures: Verb variables: tense and aspect

Sounds: Stress and intonation

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapter 6.1 - 6.5)

Week 8 01-05-2017

About language: Indigenous Australian languages

Structures: Verb variables: active and passive voice

Sounds: Phonotactics, voicing and voice onset time

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapter 6.6 - 6.8)

(20%) Test of Practical Skills Due Friday (05 May 17) 01:00 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

About language: Indigenous contact languages

Structures: Verb variables: modals

Sounds: Allophones

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapter 6.9 - 6.13)

Week 10 15-05-2017

About language: Dialects in Australia

Structures: Adjectives and adverbs

Sounds: Airstream mechanisms, phonation

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapter 7.1 - 7.9)

Week 11 22-05-2017

About language: Multimodal communication and sign languages

Structures: More on adverbs: comparative and superlative

Sounds: Using transcriptions

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK. (Chapter 7.10 - 7.14)

Week 12 29-05-2017

About language: Review

Structures: Review

Sounds: Review

Cox, F. (2012). Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press: New York.

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Leech, G. (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Pearson Education: Harlow, UK.

(40%) Written project Due Monday (29 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
(40%) Test of Linguistics & Phonetics Knowledge Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 01:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

No classes

No readings

Exam Week 12-06-2017

No classes

No readings

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title (20%) Test of Practical Skills
Task Description

You will be tested in real time on two of the primary skills taught in the unit - transcription and grammatical analysis.

Part 1: Transcription - you will be asked to transcribe a short passage in English phonemically, and then transcribe ten nonsense words phonetically.

Part 2: Grammatical Analysis - you will be expected to assign the correct word classes on each word in a short passage, and to identify specific syntactic phenomena (e.g. noun phrases) in the text. You will also be asked to provide reasoning for your choices when identifying some items.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 01:00 PM AEST
This assessment will be taken in class on Friday in Week 8.
Return Date to Students Week 10 Thursday (18-May-2017)
All assessment tasks will normally be returned within 10 working days of submission.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

You will be marked for each part according to a rubric, which will be available on Moodle before the test.

For transcription, you will be assessed on the accuracy of vowel, consonant and stress transcription, accuracy of nonsense word transcription, the influence of spelling, and symbol accuracy.

For grammatical analysis, you will be assessed on the accuracy of your identification of word classes, your ability to identify syntactic phenomena, and the reasoning for your choices.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must achieve a minimum mark of 50% to pass this assessment, and must pass all pieces of assessment to successfully complete this unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Submit in class after the test is completed.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use basic phonetic transcription skills to transcribe written and spoken words using the International Phonetic Association (IPA) and Australian-English vowel symbols.

2. Analyse the core linguistic components of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and supra-segmentals.

3. Apply an introductory level of linguistic knowledge about communication using linguistic terminology within a speech pathology context.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title (40%) Written project
Task Description

The purpose of this project is to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate a variety of skills that you will need as practising Speech Pathologists. You will be required to answer a range of questions abut the structures and sounds of the English language and to also explore the use of language within different communities. These tasks will be set out in three different sections:

Part One - this section will focus on speech sound production. This will include making a recording of a short piece of spoken English and then transcribing parts of it using phonemic and phonetic transcription. You will also need to provide a narrative description of the articulation of a given word within the passage, paying close attention to the way that each sound is made and the events that occur during the transition between each speech sound.

Part Two - using the same written passage, you will be required to analyse the structure of language. This will include identifying the word classes that different words belong to and providing a rationale for your choices. You will also be required to identify individual morphemes within the passage, and to produce sentences containing different syntactic structures, such as noun and verb phrases. In addition, you will need to demonstrate an understanding of certain elements within a sentence, such as subjects, verbs and objects.

Part Three - you will be asked to conduct research into the languages spoken in two different Queensland locations. You will need to document your findings, analyse the quality of the data you have found, and identify any gaps or contradictions in this data. You will be asked to explain why health professionals, including speech pathologists, need to be aware of local 'language ecologies', and to describe the kinds of adjustments that can be made by health professionals in order to work more effectively with communities and clients from non-English speaking backgrounds.

You will need to submit all three parts in a single document and also submit the recording that you make for Part 1. Both must be submitted through Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Monday (12-Jun-2017)
All assessment tasks will normally be returned within 10 working days of submission
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Specific instructions for this project will be posted on Moodle, including a detailed breakdown of the marks that may be awarded for each component of this assessment task. The following however provides a general guideline as to how the different parts of this assessment task are weighted:

  • Part 1 - 'The Sounds of Language' (30 points)
  • Part 2 - 'The Structure of Language' (30 points)
  • Part 3 - 'The Use of Language' (30 points)
  • Overall - The standard of writing (including spelling and syntax), use of APA referencing and overall presentation (10 points)

Within each of the three main parts of this assessment task, you will be awarded marks based upon the accuracy of your answers, your ability to conduct appropriate research, and your demonstrated understanding of the assessed concepts.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must achieve a minimum mark of 50% to pass this assessment, and must pass all pieces of assessment to successfully complete this unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

The assignment is to be submitted online through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use basic phonetic transcription skills to transcribe written and spoken words using the International Phonetic Association (IPA) and Australian-English vowel symbols.

2. Analyse the core linguistic components of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and supra-segmentals.

3. Apply an introductory level of linguistic knowledge about communication using linguistic terminology within a speech pathology context.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title (40%) Test of Linguistics & Phonetics Knowledge
Task Description

This written assessment will be conducted in the form of an in-class written test during the Week 12 tutorial timeslot. It will assess your knowledge of the content that is covered in both the lectures and the tutorials provided throughout the term, including topics related to both linguistics and phonetics. There will be three types of questions included in this test:

  1. Linguistic and/or phonetic exercises similar to those completed during the tutorials
  2. Questions that require you to discuss and reason around a linguistic topic discussed in class
  3. Factual questions about the topics covered during the lectures
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 01:00 PM AEST
This assessment will be completed during the usual tutorial timeslot in week 12 of the term.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Test papers will be available for students to review 10 working days after completion.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on your ability to reproduce the skills and knowledge learned in class.

The assessment paper will include a weighting for each question, so that you can decide how much time to dedicate to each question.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must achieve a minimum mark of 50% to pass this assessment, and must pass all pieces of assessment to successfully complete this unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Students must submit their test papers in person at the end of the time allotted.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use basic phonetic transcription skills to transcribe written and spoken words using the International Phonetic Association (IPA) and Australian-English vowel symbols.

2. Analyse the core linguistic components of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and supra-segmentals.

3. Apply an introductory level of linguistic knowledge about communication using linguistic terminology within a speech pathology context.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title (P/F) On-campus Activity
Task Description

As the tutorials for this unit are designed to be highly interactive and practical in nature, you will be required to attend these tutorials, contribute to class discussions and participate in the exercises that occur as part of these classes, including in-class quizzes. The tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to clarify your understanding of the lecture content each week and to apply theory to practice in a classroom setting.

Assessment Due Date There is no due date for this assessment requirement, as it refers to regular class attendance and participation as required.
Return Date to Students There are no items for return, as this assessment task refers to regular class attendance and participation as required.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

You will be required to attend 80% of the weekly tutorials. The Unit Coordinator must be informed as early as possible of any anticipated absences and a medical certificate may be requested. This is a pass/fail requirement task, as a high level of class attendance and participation is considered to be a key requirement of this course, particularly as the lectures will be delivered on-line.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

No specific documents need to be submitted for this assessment piece, although students will be required to complete a sign-in sheet for each class they attend.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use basic phonetic transcription skills to transcribe written and spoken words using the International Phonetic Association (IPA) and Australian-English vowel symbols.

2. Analyse the core linguistic components of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and supra-segmentals.

3. Apply an introductory level of linguistic knowledge about communication using linguistic terminology within a speech pathology context.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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