FON1131 - Introduction to Phonetics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Portfolio assessment 1/2
Oral examination 1/2

Course content

This course covers fundamental aspects of the so-called ’speech chain’: production, acoustic transmission and perception of speech. In addition, phonetic and phonological classification of speech sounds is dealt with. Students will develop their articulatory and auditory skills using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Through a number of laboratory exercises, they will have their first encounter with both the content and method of experimental work in this field of study.

Learning outcome

After the course the participants:
- are able to transcribe speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
- have developed articulatory skills using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
- have acquired basic knowledge about the production, acoustics and perception of speech
- are able to perform simple phonetic investigations of speech production and perception under supervision
- are able to present phonetic research questions and convey the results of simple phonetic investigations

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group instructions and laboratory exercises with supervision. The course may be taught in English or Norwegian, depending on who is teaching it.

Mandatory assignments and exercises must be approved before the final grade is given.

Compulsory assignments

  • 3 of the exercises are included in the portfolio
  • 7-10 assignments and 3-5 laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

Assessment: Oral test and a portfolio consisting of three written papers. The 3 written exercises in the portfolio must be between 3-7 typed A4-pages each (line spacing 1.5), depending on type of assignment. Each of the portfolio papers will be considered individually, but the grade given is based on an overall assessment. The portfolio and the oral test is weighted 50-50. Both the oral test and the portfolio need to be approved in order to pass the course. If the course is not passed, the student must retake the part(s) which he/she failed. If the candidate does not pass the exam there is no need to deliver new assignments in order to qualify for another first retry.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be announced at the beginning of term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FON1101 15.0 2014-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Oral examination and Work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 1/2
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 1/2


Spring ORD Oral examination 1/2
Spring ORD Portfolio assessment 1/2


  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.