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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 90.91% response rate.

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 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
Despite having to move to the Zoom method of teaching, students reported that they enjoyed the classes and the learning opportunities provided by both the lecturer for phonetics and the lecturer for the acoustics section of this unit.
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
Both lecturers were cognisant of this feedback item and recommendation from 2019 and provided students with specific instruction on tasks such as spectrographic analysis tasks and phonetic transcription that directly related to their assessments. Students were also provided with opportunities to practice tasks in class and feedback provided to further support their learning of difficult concepts.
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
Due to COVID-19, classes were delivered via Zoom, but were delivered in a face-to-face mode. CB87 is an on-campus course and as such students are expected to attend classes according to the timetable. On-campus classes are not typically recorded and the speech pathology team remained committed to the face-to-face modality of teaching.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
Some students commented that the assessment tasks were too large and contained too much content.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator and co-lecturer revise and streamline the assessment tasks for 2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
Students indicated that weeks 11 to 12 are assessment heavy and they would appreciate the assessments for all units being dispersed more evenly across the term.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit coordinator continue to map the students' assessment tasks for this and other units across the term to achieve the best spread possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
The students provided positive feedback regarding the experience and commitment of both lecturers.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the teaching staff remain the same for 2021 to continue a high standard of learning and teaching in this unit.
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