SPCH13005 - Acoustics and Phonetics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will focus on acoustic phonetics and phonetic transcription of speech. You will apply this theoretical knowledge to practice in a speech pathology context across culturally and linguistically diverse settings. You will be introduced to basic acoustics related to speech, including the analysis of sound waves and speech samples. You will form an understanding of the relationship between the vocal tract and speech sounds produced, as well as the interface between phonetics, phonology and supra-segmentals. The assessment tasks will require you to demonstrate knowledge and skills in listening to and transcribing both normal and disordered speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and Australian-English vowel symbols, a fundamental skill required when assessing, diagnosing and treating people with speech disorders.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton

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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Practical Assessment 40%

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 Policy 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.

Source: 'Have Your Say' student satisfaction survey
Feedback
Students reported that they thoroughly enjoyed the interactive and practical nature of the classes and that the range of activities used in class assisted them with their learning.
Recommendation
In order to support student learning and encourage student engagement, classes will continue to be highly interactive and will include a wide range of relevant, practical activities.
Action Taken
Students continued to be provided with a range of interactive, relevant and practical activities during classes, to encourage their participation, engagement and retention.
Source: 'Have Your Say' student satisfaction survey
Feedback
Students felt that the unit coordinator was supportive, approachable, punctual and prepared, and that she communicated well with students.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will continue to contribute to students' positive learning experiences by placing ongoing importance on communicating well with students, being approachable, supportive, punctual and prepared for classes.
Action Taken
Whilst the lecturer for this unit was new in 2019, the unit coordinator ensured that this new staff member understood the importance of communicating clearly with students, being approachable, supportive and well organised. The unit coordinator and lecturer worked closely together to ensure that the students' experiences continued to be positive.
Source: 'Have Your Say' student satisfaction survey
Feedback
Feedback provided regarding assessment tasks was variable. Some students commented that the assessment requirements were clearly explained whilst others felt that further explanation was needed. Some students also felt that the assessment tasks contained too many sub-tasks.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will carefully review each of the assessment items and consider the number of tasks contained within each of these items. A focus will also be placed on improving the clarity of the instructions that are provided in relation to the assessment items. In addition, students will be strongly encouraged to ask questions and clarify instructions, both in class and through the Moodle Q&A discussion forums.
Action Taken
The assessment tasks for this unit were carefully reviewed by the unit coordinator and task instructions were modified to ensure that the expectations were clear. Students were strongly encouraged to ask questions about the assessment tasks both in class and via the Moodle Q&A forum, and these recommendations were successfully adopted by students.
Source: Have Your Say student satisfaction survey
Feedback
Students provided extremely positive reports regarding the lecturer's overall teaching style and the clear and organised manner in which she delivered the unit content. They felt that they were given many opportunities to ask questions and to clarify their understanding of different topics.
Recommendation
The lecturer will endeavour to continue teaching students in a highly engaging and supportive manner, and to encourage them to ask questions and seek feedback as required.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say student satisfaction survey
Feedback
Students would have appreciated the opportunity to submit draft assignments and/or to further develop specific skills in class prior to being assessed, particularly in areas relating directly to the acoustics content (e.g., spectrographic analyses).
Recommendation
In future planning, the unit coordinator and lecturer will carefully consider the opportunities that students are given to develop the skills and knowledge required to successfully complete the assessment tasks and achieve the expected learning outcomes for this unit, particularly in relation to the acoustics-related content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say student satisfaction survey
Feedback
Students reported that copies of the lecture slides should have been made available earlier and that the classes should have been recorded, to allow students to review the content again in their own time.
Recommendation
The lecturer will endeavour to upload presentation slides and learning materials to Moodle in a timely manner, to ensure that students have sufficient time to download, print and/or review the content prior to weekly classes. As this is an on-campus unit (not distance), lectures are typically not recorded, however this will be discussed with students and they will be encouraged to take notes and to ask the lecturer to clarify any areas of knowledge that may be unclear.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Transcribe Australian English connected speech using International Phonetic Association symbols and Australian vowel symbols
  2. Use anatomical knowledge of the shape and formation of the vocal tract to describe and acoustically analyse speech
  3. Identify and describe acoustic principles and properties related to speech.

Competency in acoustic and phonetic analysis of communication samples is a foundation skill that is necessary for success as a practising speech pathologist. The following information describes the range of practice areas and competencies that are linked to this unit's learning outcomes, content and/or assessments:

  • Speech Pathology Range of Practice Areas: Speech and Voice (Child and Adult)
  • Competencies: The learning outcomes in this unit contribute to the development of clinical and professional competencies as outlined by Speech Pathology Australia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
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 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment