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Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
16 May 2020


Requisites for this module



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Module description

This module covers topics in phonetics, building on skills acquired in LG110 (Sounds). Students are expected to have a general familiarity with the sounds of English and systems used to describe sounds (place of articulation, manner of articulation, and voicing). In this module, students will further their knowledge of articulation phonetics by looking at non-English sounds. The module will also cover the basics of acoustic phonetics, including the analysis of spectrograms, and audition.

Module aims

This module aims to:

• Introduce students to sounds found in languages outside of English
• Provide students with an understanding of auditory phonetics and the basics of hearing
• Allow students ample time for hands-on exploration of acoustic phonetics and introduce the basic handling of digital audio files

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should have a clear understanding of articulatory phonetics for English and non-English sounds. You should be familiar with acoustic phonetics and demonstrate knowledge of the details of sound wave structure and know how different aspects of sound waves such as frequency, speed of sound and wavelength are related. You will be able to read information off spectrograms in order to identify different sounds. You will be able to conduct acoustic speech analysis using e.g. Praat and produce documents to display your findings. At the end of the module you will be well equipped for independent phonetic analysis and advanced study.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

2 hours per week. Confirmed details will be announced at the start of the academic year.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   In-class laboratory exercises    20% 
Coursework   Assignment 1   12/03/2021  40% 
Coursework   Assignment 2   07/04/2021  40% 
Exam  Main exam: 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Faith Chiu, email: f.chiu@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Faith Chiu
Dr Faith Chiu, 4.209, +44 (0) 1206 872082, f.chiu@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Lynne Julie Cahill
University of Sussex
Available via Moodle
Of 975 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
975 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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