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SPHL3312 – Speech Perception and Hearing Science

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Titia Benders
Margaret Wood
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
50cp at 2000 level or above including LING2217 or LING217
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit is a detailed examination of speech perception and hearing, and provides training in the scientific methods required to expand knowledge in both domains. This unit is based around interactive lectures that present the theoretical content, and practical workshops that support students in completing research projects and proposals. Essential topics in speech perception include the (categorical) perception of segments and the perception and processing of prosody. These are introduced from the perspective of monolingual adults, and further explored in a range of other populations, including bilinguals and listeners with hearing loss. The discussion of hearing covers the structure of the outer, middle and inner ear, the auditory nerve, the auditory brainstem and the auditory cortex, as well as the mechanisms of hearing and the physiology of the auditory system. A final focus of this unit is the psychoacoustics of hearing and speech perception.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Evaluate, make informed decisions regarding, and report on the methods, data, and results from speech perception experiments.
  • ULO2: Communicate on phenomena and theories of speech perception in a range of populations
  • ULO3: Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the ear to the cortex as they relate to hearing
  • ULO4: Analyse, interpret and report on clinical auditory data to engage with theoretical issues relating to clinical assessment techniques.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Hearing Science Exam 30% No Final exam period
Discrimination and Categorization Quiz 20% No Week 5
Experiment Proposal 30% No Recess week 2
DPOAE Practicum and Report 20% No Week 12

Hearing Science Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Final exam period
Weighting: 30%

 

The aim of the final exam is to assess the learning outcomes related to hearing science. Duration: 2 hours _=(+ 10 minutes reading time)

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the ear to the cortex as they relate to hearing
  • Analyse, interpret and report on clinical auditory data to engage with theoretical issues relating to clinical assessment techniques.

Discrimination and Categorization Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 18 hours
Due: Week 5
Weighting: 20%

 

Discrimination and Categorization of speech sounds are benchmark abilities and paradigms in the study of speech perception. This practicum will introduce you to the experimental procedures involved in measuring speech sound discrimination and categorization. You will also learn how to process and interpret raw datasets and use findings to answer research questions. These abilities are assessed in an online quiz. Submission of this assignment is compulsory.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate, make informed decisions regarding, and report on the methods, data, and results from speech perception experiments.
  • Communicate on phenomena and theories of speech perception in a range of populations

Experiment Proposal

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 27.5 hours
Due: Recess week 2
Weighting: 30%

 

Speech perception research, like all science, is an incremental process. This assessment invites you to formulate a follow-up experiment on a speech perception study published in an international scientific journal in recent years (to be specified each offering). You will be asked to write a concise experiment proposal, in which you 1) critically evaluate the original paper; 2) formulate a question and hypothesis; 3) outline appropriate methods and predicted results; 4) discuss implications of predicted outcomes.

Speech perception research is also a collaborative process, which requires participants to critically reflect on the work of others and integrate feedback into their own work. In the process of writing the experiment proposal you will thus be asked to submit preliminary versions and review and provide constructive feedback to the preliminary versions from your peers.

Submission of this assignment as well as submission of preliminary versions and of constructive feedback to peers is compulsory. Word count: 2500 words (excluding title page and references).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate, make informed decisions regarding, and report on the methods, data, and results from speech perception experiments.
  • Communicate on phenomena and theories of speech perception in a range of populations

DPOAE Practicum and Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 20%

 

In this practicum, you will develop an understanding of the clinical use of distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs), the clinical equipment used to measure them and the procedure undertaken for this. You will also develop an appreciation for physiological and nonphysiological factors that could result in an absent evoked emission. Submission of this assignment is compulsory. Word count: 2500 words (excluding title page and references)

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the ear to the cortex as they relate to hearing
  • Analyse, interpret and report on clinical auditory data to engage with theoretical issues relating to clinical assessment techniques.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Students have access to weekly pre-recorded lectures, weekly required readings, weekly lecture/reading Q&A sessions, weekly tutorial instructions and tutorial sessions (some weeks excepted), and assignment-specific resources.

All required readings and lecture materials provide the necessary content knowledge for successful completion of the exam and provide the basis for successful completion of the assignments. Tutorials are specifically designed to develop the skills required for the successful completion of the assignments. During the student-driven Q&A sessions you can seek all answers you need to prepare for the exam.

We are here to support your learning and can only successfully guide you through the concepts and techniques if you regularly engage with the materials, your peers, and the teaching staff. It is therefore expected that you engage with the readings and pre-recorded lectures on a weekly basis, prepare for and attend lecture/reading Q&A sessions, and prepare for and attend all scheduled tutorials.

We welcome all your questions during the Q&A sessions and tutorials. You can also pose written questions on the iLearn discussion fora, for your peers, tutor, or lecturer to answer. Questions asked via the personal iLearn messages may be (anonymously) re-posted in the discussion fora, to ensure all students have access to the same information. Questions of a personal nature are of course excluded from this procedure - please contact the unit convener directly if you have any personal questions or concerns.

Unit Schedule

Details of all topics, readings, class schedules, and assessment tasks are provided on iLearn, and may be updated each week.

It is your responsibility to consult iLearn regularly, and make sure you are prepared for each class.

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Results

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Assessments and Results

Late submissions without an extension will receive a penalty of 3% of the total mark available for the assessment task per day including weekend days (i.e. this is 3% of the total marks possible for the task – NOT 3% of the marks the student received. For example, if the assessment task is worth 100 marks and the student is two days late their mark for the task is reduced by 6 marks.)

Late submission of an assessment task without an extension will not be accepted at all after the date on which marked assessment tasks have been released to the rest of the class. Any student with unsubmitted work at this date will receive a mark of 0 for the assessment task.

Extensions will only be given in special circumstances, and can be requested by completing the Special Consideration request at ask.mq.edu.au and providing the requisite supporting documentation.

Extensions that will result in submissions after the assessment task has been returned to the class will require a separate assessment task to be completed at the unit convenor's discretion.

For more information on Special Consideration, see the university website https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration\

If a student fails the unit due to non-submission of an assignment or non-attendance at an exam, an FA grade will be applied in accordance with the University's Assessment Policy.

Unit convenors have the discretion to determine whether or not students should fail a unit on the basis of lateness penalties alone if other learning outcomes of the unit have been met.

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