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LINGUIST 3F03 Anatomy/Physiol:Speech&Hearing

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Daniel Pape


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 511

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23761

Office Hours: Monday 3-4 p.m. TSH-511

Course Objectives:

This course is a foundational course whose aim is to ensure that students are familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the speech production system (consisting of respiration, phonation and articulation), the speech perception system (human auditory system: hearing and further processing in the brain). The speech production part of this course will focus on the anatomy and physiology of vocal tract and larynx/glottis, the speech perception part will focus on the human ear and the speech processing areas in the brain. With the aim to model human speech production, comprehensive practice sessions will introduce the work with parametric and articulatory synthesizers, using a variety of glottal models, tongue muscle models and vocal tract parameters.


All these objectives will be met by lectures and practical sessions concerning all topics mentioned above. The structure of the course will be two 50 minutes lectures, plus a 50 minutes demo/application/comprehension section each week.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

  • iClicker response device
  • There is no required textbook four this course, but I highly recommend (and my teaching relies on) the textbook “Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing, 5th edition” by J. Anthony Seikel, David G. Drumright & Douglas W. King. Other readings might include other anatomy/physiology tutorials.

Method of Assessment:

The final grade is a weighted average of these grades:

  • One final examination (The final exam includes material from the entire course) is weighted 35% of the final grade. The exam is scheduled by the Registrar during the Final Exam Period.
  • Two midterm examinations is weighted 55% of the final grade (each exam is worth 27.5%). The two exams have a duration of 45 minutes.
  • Participation in class using iClicker is weighted 10%. If you click a response to 80% of clicker questions you receive 10/10. If you respond to fewer than 80% then your clicker score is pro-rated accordingly.


Individual percentages of each task completion are carried into the weighting procedure. The final grade is then the weighted equivalent percentages of each task completion.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Excused Midterm examination: Tests for which the instructor receives an MSAF or other approved document have their value added to the value of the final exam if not arranged otherwise with Dr. Pape.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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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

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

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

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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 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:

Tentative Weekly Syllabus (to be revised and updated)


The syllabus describes the themes for each week. The syllabus below is only a rough outline and will be constantly updated on Avenue when needed.





1: January 8

Basic elements of anatomy

2: January 15

Basic elements of anatomy/

3: January 22

Anatomy of respiration

4: January 29

Physiology of respiration

5: February 5

Anatomy of phonation


First mid-term exam: Wednesday February 7

6: February 12

Physiology of phonation

February 19

Recess week

7: February 26

Anatomy of articulation and resonation

8: March 5

Physiology of articulation and resonation


Second mid-term exam: Monday March 5

9: March 12

Anatomy of hearing

10: March 19

Auditory physiology

11: March 26


12: April 2



Final exam