• Class Number 7581
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Current issues in forensic voice/text comparison
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Shunichi Ishihara
    • AsPr Shunichi Ishihara
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

Intensive study of one or more topics in linguistics, through a combination of lectures, prescribed readings, and written analysis. The topics may be studied in conjunction with the Australian Linguistic Institute organised by the Australian Linguistic Society.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate a mastery of concepts associated with the topics studied, as negotiated by the course convener and the student;
  2. demonstrate an ability to read and respond to literature on the selected topics;
  3. undertake writing tasks related to the literature on the selected topics; and
  4. complete a research project involving independent analysis.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in one of the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction and orientation
2 Overview of forensic voice and text comparison I
3 Overview of forensic voice and text comparison II
4 Paradigm shift in forensic science I Bibliography assignment
5 Paradigm shift in forensic science II
6 Protocols for forensic voice and text comparison I
7 Protocols for forensic voice and text comparison II
8 Selected topics I
9 Selected topics II
10 Presentation I Presentation 1
11 Current issues in forensic voice and text comparison
12 Presentation II Presentation 2

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment
Bibliography assignment 20 % 19/08/2022 26/09/2022
Presentation 1 20 % 14/10/2022 21/10/2022
Presentation 2 20 % 28/10/2022 04/11/2022
Research proposal 40 % 04/11/2022 *

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 19/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 26/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 

Bibliography assignment

Students are required to compile a bibliography of a topic agreed with the convener (more than 10 references). Select 5 references from the bibliography, and write a summary of 200 words and a critical comment of 100 words for each selected paper; that is 5 summaries and 5 critical comments altogether. More detailed instructions and a marking criteria will be given in class.

Week 40, 20%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 14/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 21/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 

Presentation 1

Students are required to identify one journal paper related to their interests, and give a presentation about the paper. The presentation should be 15-20 minutes. Students need to concisely explain the content of the paper, focusing on the main findings of the paper. The presentation should include some critical comments about the paper; how could you have done the same research in a better way. More detailed instructions and a marking criteria will be given in class.

Week 10, 20%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 28/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 04/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 

Presentation 2

It is the same as Presentation 1, but students need to work on a different paper of a different topic from Presentation 1.

Week 12, 20%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 04/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 

Research proposal

Is there a linguistics research question that has been on your mind for a long time in the context of forensic voice or text comparison? This is your chance to address it through the design of a research proposal. This research proposal should include a short literature review, research questions, method, and anticipated results of the research. The research proposal should not exceed more than 3000 words. More detailed instructions and a marking criteria will be given in class.

End of semester, 40%

Academic Integrity

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Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

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Distribution of grades policy

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Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
AsPr Shunichi Ishihara

Research Interests

Forensic voice/text comparison, computational linguistics, speech processing

AsPr Shunichi Ishihara

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AsPr Shunichi Ishihara

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AsPr Shunichi Ishihara

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