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Department of Linguistics

LING901: Phonetics and Phonology


A. Assignments (Semester 1, 2013)

There are five assessment tasks for LING901. Assessments can be reached by clicking on each topic name. Links will appear there as each assessment task becomes available.

  Topic Due Date Marks
Phonemic Transcription 5th April 2013 20%
General Articulatory Phonetics 19th April 2013 20%
Online IPA test 3rd May 2013 15%
Phonology Assignment 24th May 2013 25%
Phonetic Transcription 14th June 2013 20%

Completion of All Assessment Tasks

It is a requirement of this unit that students complete all assessment tasks. Failure to complete all assessment tasks may result in failure in the whole unit even if the marks on the completed tasks add up to more than 50%.

Resubmision of Assessment Tasks

Sometimes assignments are submitted that are not of a sufficient standard to receive a passing grade. If the assignment is way below a pass mark, I will invite the student to resubmit such an assignment after further reading of the notes. Please be aware that resubmitted assignments will only be given a maximun grade of 50% of the total marks for the assignment.

Assignment Submission

  • submit the assignment to ilearn in Word or PDF format.
  • fill in and include the cover sheet provided on the Linguistics web site:
  • add a footer to each page of the assignment, with page numbering, your name and student number, and “LING901” clearly marked
  • you MUST use the appropriate file name for the attachments (assignments and cover sheets):
    If Noam Chomsky is submitting assignment one, the file should be named:
    If Paulo Freire is submitting assignment two, the file should be named:
  • type double-spaced for transcription assignments
  • use at least 16 point font double line spaced for transcription assignments. Make sure that you use Charis SIL font.
  • Assignments will not be accepted unless they have both the cover sheet and the footer.
  • DO NOT copy out the question

Total Unit Marks and Standardised Numerical Grades (SNG)

Your final result will include a grade plus a standardised numerical grade (SNG).  The SNG reflects the extent to which student attainment matches the descriptors.
The following descriptions apply to assessment grades:

HD  High Distinction  85-100: denotes performance which provides consistent evidence of deep and critical understanding in relation to the learning outcomes. There is substantial originality and insight in identifying, generating and communicating competing arguments, perspectives or problem solving approaches; critical evaluation of problems, their solutions and their implications; creativity in application as appropriate to the discipline.

D  Distinction  75-84: denotes performance which provides evidence of integration and evaluation of critical ideas, principles and theories, distinctive insight and ability in applying relevant skills and concepts in relation to learning outcomes. There is demonstration of frequent originality in defining and analysing issues or problems and providing solutions; and the use of means of communication appropriate to the discipline and the audience.

Cr  Credit  65-74: denotes performance which provides evidence of learning that goes beyond replication of content knowledge or skills relevant to the learning outcomes. There is demonstration of substantial understanding of fundamental concepts in the field of study and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of contexts; convincing argumentation with appropriate coherent justification; communication of ideas fluently and clearly in terms of the conventions of the discipline.

P  Pass  50-64: denotes performance which provides sufficient evidence of the achievement of learning outcomes. There is demonstration of understanding and application of fundamental concepts of the field of study; routine argumentation with acceptable justification; communication of information and ideas adequately in terms of the conventions of the discipline. The learning attainment is considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the specified outcomes.

F  Fail  0-49: denotes that a candidate does not provide evidence of attainment of learning outcomes. There is missing or partial or superficial or faulty understanding and application of the fundamental concepts in the field of study; missing, undeveloped, inappropriate or confusing argumentation; incomplete, confusing or lacking communication of ideas in ways that give little attention to the conventions of the discipline.

Please note that

  1. The above grades and descriptions apply to undergraduate degrees, postgraduate coursework degrees, diploma and graduate certificate programs
  2. Marks assigned in assignments are raw marks. These are subsequently converted into Standard Numerical Grades (SNG) in order to determine letter grades for the unit.

On occasion the SNG which you receive may not be the same as the total of your marks for each assessment item. Results may be scaled to ensure that there is a degree of comparability across the various offerings of this unit.
The process of scaling does not change the order of marks among students.
For an explanation of the university-wide assessment policy see -

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is considered to be extremely serious by the Department of Linguistics and the University. Students who submit material that is not their own work will receive zero marks for the offending assessment task. All assignments are scanned on a database and compared with other assignments (past and present) and with content on the internet. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty may receive a fail for the unit in line with Serious breaches of academic dishonesty may result in failure of the unit or in extreme cases suspension or expulsion from the university.

Macquarie University’s policy on Academic Honestycan be found at

It is expected that you will be familiar with this policy before you begin work on the assignments.
Examples of dishonest academic behaviours are:

Plagiarism : Using the work or ideas of another person and presenting this as your own without clear acknowledgement of the source of the work or ideas. This includes, but is not limited to, any of the following acts:

  • copying out part(s) of any document or audio-visual material or computer code or website content without indicating their origins
  • using or extracting another person's concepts, experimental results, or conclusions
  • summarising another person's work
  • submitting substantially the same final version of any material as another student in an assignment where there was collaborative preparatory work
  • use of others (paid or otherwise) to conceive, research or write material submitted for assessment
  • submitting the same or substantially the same piece of work for two different tasks (self-plagiarism).

Deception: includes, but is not limited to, false indication of group contribution, false indication of assignment submission, collusion, submission of a work previously submitted, creating a new article out of an existing article by rewriting/reusing it, using the same data to form the same arguments and conclusion, presenting collaborative work as one's own without acknowledging others' contributions, cheating in an examination or using others to write material for examination.

Fabrication : includes, but is not limited to, creating fictitious clinical data, citation(s), or referee reports.

Sabotage: includes, but is not limited to, theft of work, destruction of library materials.

B. Sample Assessment Material

There is sample assessment material for the following topics. You are strongly advised to carefully examine that material before attempting the relevant assignments.

1. General Articulatory Phonetics

2. Phonemic and Phonetic Transcription of Australian English: Transcription Exercises in Text

3. Phonology Assignments: You can find sample questions for the phonology assignments in each of the relevant phonology topics.