Linguistics 375: [ALTlab research topic]

[term] [year]

Primary instructor:

[name]

[email]

Other instructor(s):

[name(s)]

[email(s)]

Office hours:

by appointment

Lab meetings:

[day and time]

[location]

Course Description

In this class you will engage in research in collaboration with members of the Alberta Language Technology Laboratory (ALTlab). Specific duties and tasks will be determined based on the research topic you agree with your primary Instructor.

Course Goals

In this course, you will:

  1. learn about the general area your topic touches on (speech technology, finite state transducers, digital lexicography, etc)
  2. learn about research ethics and practices as they relate to research with human subjects and aboriginal communities
  3. acquire skills applicable to the topic you work on
  4. learn to synthesize research findings and present your results to a scholarly audience

Calculation of Course Grade

Activity

Dates

Weight

Data collection and lab activities

Ongoing (5hr/wk)

40%

Attendance and participation in lab meetings

Ongoing (1hr/wk)

20%

Methodology paper

[1 month in]

10%

Research proposal

[2 months in]

10%

Research paper

[3 months in]

10%

Final presentation

[Last week of classes]

10%

Course Readings

Readings will be selected in consultation with your primary supervisor. There is no required textbook.

Course Grades for Undergraduate Students

Descriptor

Letter Grade

Grade Point Value

Excellent

A+

4.0

Excellent

A

4.0

Excellent

A-

3.7

Good

B+

3.3

Good

B

3.0

Good

B-

2.7

Satisfactory

C+

2.3

Satisfactory

C

2.0

Satisfactory

C-

1.7

Poor

D+

1.3

Minimal Pass

D

1.0

Failure

F or F4

0.0

Academic Integrity

“The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at http://www.governance.ualberta.ca/en/CodesofConductandResidenceCommunityStandards/CodeofStudentBehaviour.aspx) and avoid any behaviour that could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.”

Learning and working environment

The Faculty of Arts is committed to ensuring that all students, faculty and staff are able to work and study in an environment that is safe and free from discrimination and harassment. It does not tolerate behaviour that undermines that environment. The department urges anyone who feels that this policy is being violated to:

• Discuss the matter with the person whose behaviour is causing concern; or

• If that discussion is unsatisfactory, or there is concern that direct discussion is inappropriate or threatening, discuss it with the Chair of the Department. For additional advice or assistance regarding this policy you may contact the student ombudservice: http://www.ombudservice.ualberta.ca/. Information about the University of Alberta Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedures can be found in the GFC Policy Manual, section 44 available at http://gfcpolicymanual.ualberta.ca/.

Plagiarism and Cheating

All students should consult the “Truth-In-Education” handbook or Website (http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/TIE/) regarding the definitions of plagiarism and its consequences when detected.Students involved in language courses and translation courses should be aware that on- line “translation engines” produce very dubious and unreliable “translations.” Students in language courses should be aware that, while seeking the advice of native or expert speakers is often helpful, excessive editorial and creative help in assignments is considered a form of “cheating” that violates the code of student conduct with dire consequences. An instructor or coordinator who is convinced that a student has handed in work that he or she could not possibly reproduce without outside assistance is obliged, out of consideration of fairness to other students, to report the case to the Associate Dean of the Faculty. Before unpleasantness occurs consult http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/TIE/; also discuss this matter with any tutor(s) and with your instructor.

Recording of Lectures

Audio or video recording of lectures, labs, seminars or any other teaching environment by students is allowed only with the prior written consent of the instructor or as a part of an approved accommodation plan. Recorded material is to be used solely for personal study, and is not to be used or distributed for any other purpose without prior written consent from the instructor.

Attendance, Absences, and Missed Grade Components

Regular attendance is essential for optimal performance in any course. In cases of potentially excusable absences due to illness or domestic affliction, notify your instructor by e-mail within two days. Regarding absences that may be excusable and procedures for addressing course components missed as a result, consult sections 23.3(1) and 23.5.6 of the University Calendar. Be aware that unexcused absences will result in partial or total loss of the grade for the “attendance and participation” component(s) of a course, as well as for any assignments that are not handed-in or completed as a result.

Policy for Late Assignments

Late assignments will be docked one full letter grade for each two days that the assignment is late.

Specialized Support & Disability Services

If you have special needs that could affect your performance in this class, please let me know during the first week of the term so that appropriate arrangements can be made. If you are not already registered with Specialized Support & Disability Services, contact their office immediately ( 2-800 SUB; Email ssdsrec@ualberta.ca; Email; phone 780-492-3381; WEB www.ssds.ualberta.ca).