CSD 223 01: Phonetics

CSD 223 - Phonetics

2023 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 2535

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

This syllabus describes the requirements and procedures for CSD 223 Phonetics. Assignments and exams will be completed on Blackboard. Students are responsible for knowing changes, which will be announced through Blackboard Announcements; check the announcements regularly as they will contain important information about assignments and other class matters. Enrollment in this course is students’ implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location

TR 2pm-3:15pm in Columbia Hall, 1550

Instructor Information

Jessica Foley

Email: jessica.l.foley@UND.edu

Office: Columbia Hall 1001

2023 Fall Office Hours:
By appointment, or during virtual office hours via Zoom link on Blackboard.

Office Phone: 701-777-3312

If you need to contact me outside of office hours, e-mail and I will respond within 48 hours or leave a voicemail and I will respond by the next business day.

Course Description

This course provides knowledge and skills in English phonetics. Students learn to produce, recognize, and transcribe English speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Topics include anatomical mechanisms for producing speech, classification of vowels and consonants, suprasegmental features, and phonetic variations. Course will also include practice of broad and narrow transcription (normal and disordered speech) and steps for clinical speech sampling.

Course Overview & Objectives

Course Objectives:
  • Describe four major speech processes: respiration, phonation, resonation (including velopharyngeal functioning), and articulation
  • Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism
  • Apply IPA transcription of all English consonants and vowels, including diacritics for narrow transcription and disordered speech
  • Identify syllable shapes (e.g. CV, VC, CVC, etc.) and syllable stress
  • Classify vowels according to the parameters of height, frontness, and roundness (the vowel quadrilateral)
  • Classify consonants according to the manner of production, place of articulation, and voicing
  • Describe suprasegmentals and prosody
  • Describe parameters of phonetic variation
  • Outline steps to conduct clinical speech sampling

The following teaching/learning methods will be used for this course:

  • Mandatory videos posted on Blackboard to be watched outside of class
  • Student-faculty discussion of required readings
  • Completion of transcription exercises and practical applications outside of and during class
  • Graded work including transcription exercises completed as homework and exams completed via Blackboard

Course Materials

Required Text

Shriberg, L. D., Kent, R. D., McAllister, T., & Preston, J. L. (2019). Clinical Phonetics (5th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson. ISBN: 9780134683256

*Must purchase version with access to e-text for the transcription exercises

Technical Requirements/Assistance

Minimum Technical Skills & Computer Requirements
  • Computer/tablet to access Blackboard to watch assigned videos, to listen to transcription exercises in the e-text, and to take exams via Blackboard
  • It will be necessary at times to use laptops/tablets or cell phones during our in-class meetings; contact the instructor if you are unsure if you have adequate technology. Devices are to be used for note-taking or assignment completion only.
  • Ability to download and print assignments from Blackboard
  • Ability to scan and upload completed assignments to Blackboard
Log-in Information & Assistance

Blackboard will be used to facilitate student learning and student/instructor interaction. Blackboard includes sections for announcements, course information (syllabus, instructor information, etc.) course documents (handouts, assignments, readings, etc.), links to websites, and portals to upload assignments and take exams. The URL for Blackboard is: https://blackboard.und.edu. If you need help using Blackboard, please contact the instructor.

Students will use Microsoft Word to complete assignments. Students must use their official UND email in the course. Visit the Office 365 Email webpage for information on your UND email and how to download/install a free version of Microsoft Office. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for hours, help documents, and other resources.

Course Logistics

The course content is organized into 6 units. Each unit contains links to resources selected to enhance your learning, homework assignments, and an exam. Homework assignments and exams will be used to assess your comprehension and application of the materials.

What Should Students Do First?

Watch the Welcome Video and Course Introduction Video. Review the syllabus and take the Syllabus Quiz under the “Quizzes/Exam” tab on Blackboard.

Course Schedule

Due dates for assignments and quizzes/exams are listed in the course schedule located in Blackboard under the Syllabus and Schedule tab. Any changes to the schedule will be announced approximately one week prior to the new date. The Blackboard site will be updated regularly, and will contain important course announcements, so it must be checked often.


Many services are available to students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center and free online tutoring. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements & Expectations

  • Completion of text readings outside of class
  • Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions and in-class activities
  • Completion of E-Text Transcription Practice: Practice of transcription exercises outside of class is CRITICAL to success with this class. Exercises are embedded throughout each chapter and are accessible through the e-text. Answers are provided in the text so that students may check their learning. These exercises should be completed as students work through each chapter; they will prepare students for the homework and in-class listening activities. Students who are struggling with these exercises are encouraged to contact the instructor.
  • Participation in class: There are many in-class exercises and activities scheduled, and success depends on willing and active participation. In-class activities will be assigned points. Please come to class prepared to discuss all reading material and to make significant verbal contributions. Participation is defined by verbal and nonverbal engagement, active verbal outputs, mindful listening, high level of preparedness, and responsible attendance. Should you be unable to attend class due to illness or an emergency, you must contact the instructor before class.
  • Completion of graded assignments and exams listed in Blackboard. The final examination will be written from 3:15-5:15 pm on Thursday December 14, 2023.


Attendance is expected for this course. If illness or an emergency will prevent you from attending, you are expected to contact the instructor before the class meets that day.

Assessment & Grading

This course is made up of a series of assignments and assessments to assist you in achieving the learning objectives. Final grades will be based on percentage of total points earned, using the following scale:

90.0 – 100%                       A

80.0 – 89.99%                    B

70.0 – 79.99%                    C

60.0 – 69.99%                    D

<59.99%                              F

Note: grades will not be rounded up. In order to receive an "A" in the class, students need to score at least a 90.00%; a score of 89.99% will receive a "B." There will be no opportunities for extra credit.

Grade weighting will be as follows:

Exams and Quizzes = 50%

Homework = 40%

In-Class Activities = 10%

Total = 100%


In this course your learning will be assessed in the following ways:


All homework assignments will be submitted via Blackboard. The homework exercises are designed specifically to prepare you for exams and for future coursework.

In-Class Activities

Points will be awarded for participation in in-class activities.


To prepare for the exams, make sure to have read all of the assigned readings, attended the lectures, completed the ungraded transcription exercises from the text, and reviewed the feedback on your homework. Exams will be taken on Blackboard and will be open book/open note; you are encouraged to use your resources, but you must work alone.

Course Policies

The goal of the following course policies is to both provide a friendly and supportive learning environment, and to facilitate the growth of professional behaviors. These are your responsibilities as a student.

E-mail Etiquette
  1. In the Subject Line include the course number and a few words the reason for your message. For example, “CSD 223 Assignment 1.”
  2. Address your instructors appropriately. “Professor Smith” and “Dr. Smith” are appropriate ways to address your instructors. NEVER use “Hey” or other informal language.
  3. If you need a response, politely ask for one.
  4. Express your gratitude. After “Regards,” or “Sincerely,” or “Best Regards,” sign your name.
  5. Never click on “Send” before proofreading your message. Make sure you have complete sentences and that you use punctuation correctly. Check for spelling mistakes. Do not use texting abbreviations. Whenever possible, use paragraph breaks to organize your message.
  6. Allow adequate time for a reply. Your 2:00 am question will need to wait until morning for an answer. Do not assume that instructors check their emails several times a day; most instructors check their email only twice a day. A growing number of instructors check their email only once a day (professors generally receive an average of 50 messages a day).
  7. Respond to thank your instructor for answering. This is not only polite but it serves as confirmation that you received their reply.
  8. Before you send out an email to your instructor, make sure to check the syllabus and all other material you have been provided with at the beginning of the semester to see if you can answer your own question. When you miss class, contact one of your classmates before you contact your instructor to learn about homework assignments.
  9. Do not use email for concerns, complaints, grade inquiries, or date conflicts. Instead, visit your professors during office hours or make an appointment.
Assignment Policy/Late Work
  • You are responsible for all class materials. If you miss class, it is your responsibility to acquire any assignments, notes, etc.
  • All assignments are due by the dates/times posted on Blackboard. Late assignments will be docked points on the following basis:

20% 1 day late

50% 2 days late

75% 3 days late

100% beyond 3 days (i.e., will not be accepted after 3 days)

  • You will not be permitted to make-up exams, unless there are significant, unforeseen events. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible if such an emergency situation emergency arises. A written memo from a physician or other appropriate individual may be requested. Leaving early for a weekend or holiday break is not an excusable reason.

It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.


Course Evaluation

Near the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete an online course evaluation form (SELFI). Your feedback on the course is extremely valuable. Instructors read students’ comments carefully and use them to improve the course.

  • When the time comes, please note which aspects of the course helped you learn—and which aspects might be modified to help future students learn more effectively. 
  • Please note that the course evaluations are anonymous and that instructors will not see the results until after the grades for the course are submitted, allowing you to provide honest and constructive feedback. 
  • If you have feedback throughout the course, please let your instructor know.

Tips for Success

Plan ahead so that you will have time to seek assistance in order to achieve your best possible quality of work, as no extra credit is available. Skipping class or last-minute completion of readings and assignments is not a good idea. Consider working with a study group as you can work to support each other’s learning. Review the readings and any posted notes prior to class. Spend some time reviewing past material before tackling new information and relate new information as much as possible to something you’ve already learned. Schedule an appointment if you need further explanations or help with any class assignments. 

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email UND.dss@UND.edu or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

UND Cares Program

How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).