BIOS1163: Speech Science (2013 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BIOS1163: Speech Science (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Discipline of Biomedical Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Ritchie, Helen
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to provide an understanding of the anatomy, physiology and physics of speech. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is required.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Ackermann, Bronwen
A/Prof Huq, Fazlul
Dr Willis, Catherine
Dr Polson , Jaimie
Dr Knight, Peter
Dr Ritchie, Helen
Timetable: BIOS1163 Timetable
T&L Activities: four 1hr lectures/week, 2hr practicals/week
Assessment Description: mid semester and (30%) end of semester exam (65%) worksheets (5%)


The aim of our teaching is to support your learning. The various assessment tools have been developed over many years as a result of our experience of teaching and previous students’ learning. We have also learned much from surveys of learning that previous students have completed.

As a result we have learnt that students with little or no background in the topics covered in this unit need to work steadily at understanding, because so much of the later semester work is building on material covered in the early weeks. It takes some time for all the pieces to come together. Because of this, there are a number of online quizzes. While these are contribute 5% to your final mark, their greatest value lies in encouraging consistent work throughout the semester. Assessments carrying marks (summative assessment) follow in Weeks 9 and 15/16 when there has been more time for the “bigger picture” to have been painted and understood.

The online practice quizzes also give students who have some background the opportunity to assess what they do already know, and the areas where they need to focus more strongly.

Online summative quizzes and written MCQ exam questions are designed to test both factual knowledge of relevant material and critical analysis.

A word of general advice…

You will find it very difficult to reach a satisfactory standard if you leave your study until the last minute. Only if you learn your work as it is presented will you be able to use the simple early material to assist in understanding the more complex later material. Data gathered and analysed in this subject over many years clearly indicate a significantly poor performance for students who do not study in an organised, regular manner

SUMMATIVE assessment consists of a mid-semester and (30%), an end of semester exam (65%) and worksheets (5%).

Mid-semester exam: 30%

Head & Neck Anatomy: Introduction to Oral Cavity (Lectures & Practicals)

Speech Physics: Introduction to Standing Waves, Tutorial 1

Respiration: Gases
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD (High Distinction), D (Distinction), CR (Credit), P (Pass) and F (Fail) as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: An e-Learning site has been created for this unit of study and contains:

• Lecture notes for each topic

• Additional resources for each topic (providing more detail than lecture notes)

• Worksheets

• Practical/Tutorial notes

• Practice questions for end semester examinations

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Hearing and Speech second major 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Unit has not been assigned any attributes yet.

These goals are selected from Curriculum Framework: Leadership in People-Oriented Healthcare which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Curriculum Framework: Leadership in People-Oriented Healthcare for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.