The objectives of the study programme
The objective of the basic studies is that the student acquires an understanding of speech as the medium of linguistic communication and of phonetics as a discipline that investigates this medium, and that the student learns the basic skills required to do phonetic research. The objective of intermediate and advanced studies is to widen the knowledge and skills obtained in the basic studies, and they make it possible for the students to concentrate on phonetic topics of personal interest.
Taught courses may vary from one academic year to the next. Information about the timetables of taught courses is available on Oodi. Eventual changes in course timetables are announced on the Phonetics notice board (see Shortcuts link).
The Phonetics study programme is also co-ordinated with General linguistics, and when the students so wish, they can combine courses in the two subjects to fulfill the requirements of basic studies or intermediate studies in either subject.
At the end of each lecture course, a final examination is arranged which requires no preregistration. Registrations for examinations consisting of literature and/or written study materials can be negotiated with the responsible teacher of each course.
The student acquires an understanding of the significance and nature of speech and of Phonetics as a special field of linguistics focusing on speech and its phenomena. A more practical learning outcome is that the student acquires knowledge and skills necessary in planning and conducting phonetic research: he/ she is able to gather scientifically valid speech samples and is able to choose the proper analyses and measurements in order to achieve the goals and objectives of a particular research theme or project.