Syllabus Overview for HCD-551-DL Phonetic Transcription and Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics

3 Credits

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Materials

Please visit the Institute's online bookstore for information regarding required course materials.

Note:  Phonetic Transcription and Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics will run for 12 weeks.

Meets ASHA Knowledge and Skill Standards for:

•    Standard IV-B: Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication processes including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, physiological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.•    Standard IV-D for knowledge about the prevention, assessment, and intervention of communication and swallowing disorders
•    Standard IV-C: The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of communication disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic and cultural correlates in the following areas: Articulation; Voice and resonance, including respiration and phonation; Hearing
•    Standard IV-D: For each of the areas specified in Standard IV-C, the applicant must have demonstrated current knowledge of the methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates.

Topics you will study

•    International Phonetic Alphabet including diacritics to encode the details of speech with precision
•    Complete sound inventory of spoken English
•    Anatomy and Physiology of the articulators of speech
•    Parameters to characterize vowel phonemes
•    Place, Manner, and Voicing for the consonants of spoken English
•    How to transcribe typical, disordered, and accented speech
•    Features of connected speech like co-articulation, stress, intonation, and vowel reduction
•    Phonological processes children demonstrate while acquiring spoken language
•    Idiosyncratic processes affecting children with phonological disorders
•    Parameters of acoustic signals as they relate to language transmission
•    Comparison of the phonetics of spoken languages to signed and cued languages
•    Symbols that represent foreign sounds
•    Patterns that characterize various accents and dialects

General Course Activities/How to Plan Your Time

•   Work is organized and distributed over a 7-day instructional week
•   Nearly all activities are asynchronous—there are no required class meeting times. Opportunities for face-to-face meetings with your instructor will be available by appointment. This format allows flexibility so you can fit the following course learning activities into your schedule:
–    Readings
–    Video tutorials
–    Practice exercises
–    Self-assessment exercises
–    Weekly discussions applying the week’s major concepts
–    Transcription Assignments
–    Case Studies of disordered and accented speech
–    Quizzes and final exam
•   Most students dedicate 10-15 hours/week to the course.

Technology Requirements

This course uses the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L.)  D2L integrates text, video, and audio. Before enrolling in the course, review the D2L system recommendations.

Students will be required to perform tasks for assignments requiring the use of technology: downloading and installing fonts to your computer, converting a word file to a .pdf, etc.

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