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LING3391 – Forensic Linguistics

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Maria Herke
Margaret Wood
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
50cp at 2000 level or above including 10cp of LING units at 2000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
Forensic linguistics is a diverse, rapidly-growing field that applies linguistic knowledge and methods to the forensic context of law, language, crime investigation, and judicial procedure. This unit covers the various sub-fields and issues of forensic linguistics, such as, key theoretical and methodological approaches within the field, the work of the forensic linguist, the sub-field of forensic phonetics including speaker identification and voice comparison, authorship attribution of written texts, the linguistic investigation of plagiarism, and the linguist as an expert witness. Key outcomes of the unit are the ability to understand and describe basic concepts and theories in forensic linguistics, to demonstrate basic knowledge of a wide range of issues in forensic linguistics both in the national and international context. Students will have the opportunity to critically observe and linguistically describe relevant evidential data, as well as to analyse linguistic evidence in a scientific manner.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Describe key theoretical and methodological approaches within the field of forensic linguistics.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate basic knowledge of a wide range of issues in forensic linguistics in both the national and the international context.
  • ULO3: Critically observe relevant evidential data, and linguistically describe and characterise it.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to analyse linguistic evidence in a scientific manner.

General Assessment Information

Requesting an extension to assessment due date

On occasion, you may be in a situation when you aren't able to submit an assessment task on time. Extensions are only given in special circumstances, by completing a Special Consideration request. For more information on Special Consideration, see https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration  

Late submission of assessments

If you haven't been approved for an extension and you submit your assessment task late, penalties are applied. You should consult your unit convenor if you are in this position. Late submissions will receive a 5% per day penalty. If you submit the assessment task 10 days or more beyond the due date, without an approved extension, you will be awarded a maximum of 50% of the overall assessment marks. Weekends and public holidays are included.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Forensic linguistc case study 40% No Week 13
Proposal for Forensic Linguistic case study 25% No Week 7
Participation and engagement 35% No Week 2 - Week 13

Forensic linguistc case study

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 40%

 

Students will analyse the linguistic evidence using the methodology, both of which were outlined in their earlier proposal in Assessment 2. Drawing on evidence and theoretical approaches from the unit and literature, students will then write up their findings as a professional report for their proposed audience.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of a wide range of issues in forensic linguistics in both the national and the international context.
  • Critically observe relevant evidential data, and linguistically describe and characterise it.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to analyse linguistic evidence in a scientific manner.

Proposal for Forensic Linguistic case study

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 25%

 

Students present a written plan for a proposed Forensic Linguistic analysis case study. In this assessment, students will nominate a forensic linguistic issue/ problem from the national or international context and they will nominate a proposed professional organisation as their audience. Students will outline the linguistic evidence, either sourced or collected, and a relevant methodology that they propose to use to address this issue.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe key theoretical and methodological approaches within the field of forensic linguistics.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of a wide range of issues in forensic linguistics in both the national and the international context.
  • Critically observe relevant evidential data, and linguistically describe and characterise it.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to analyse linguistic evidence in a scientific manner.

Participation and engagement

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Week 2 - Week 13
Weighting: 35%

 

Students complete a sequence of reading reflections and online peer feedback tasks throughout the teaching session.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe key theoretical and methodological approaches within the field of forensic linguistics.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of a wide range of issues in forensic linguistics in both the national and the international context.

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

Seminar content will be delivered to you online via your ilearn site in the form of screencast videos (vlogs) and also via a weekly online 1 hour seminar There are no face to face classes for this unit, however if you wish to chat with myself (Maria), then do please email and we can organise a Zoom meeting.

Readings will be made available via Leganto which can be accessed via the unit ilearn page. 

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