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LINGUIST 4EL3 Experimental Linguistics Lab

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Elisabet Service

Email: eservic@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 505

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 21352

Website:

Office Hours: By appointment



Course Objectives:

The objective is to develop skills for asking experimental questions about language cognition based on research literature and conducting experiments to answer them.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

There is no textbook.


Method of Assessment:

Grading of all evaluation components will be on a scale of 0 to 12, corresponding to letter marks. Students will be acquainted with experimental software. They will then work in small groups using literature to develop research proposals for an oral presentation in class. Individually written proposals based on the group work are weighted 20% of the class grade. The proposed experiments will be run and the results presented in individually written reports, contributing 40%, and at a poster session with group posters (group mark contributes 20%). Discussion of posters will contribute a final 20% to the mark. All evaluations are on a 12-point scale (equivalent to letter marks). A bonus of one grade point (e.g. A– becomes A) is available for research participation of 2 hours (1 hour will not change the final mark).


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Being late less than 48 hours on an assignment results in a reduction of one point on the 12-point scale of the assignment grade (e.g. A+ becomes A). Being late more than 48 hours results in a grade of zero for the assignment.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Aided by the instructor, students will collaborate to form groups to plan, carry out, statistically analyze and present an experiment addressing a cognitive aspect of language processing. Individual written reports will be required. The class will meet for a seminar or group-wise tutorials and students will plan and carry out experimental work, including the testing of each other and other human participants. The results will be presented as group posters in class and for a departmental audience on Student Research Day in April 2016.