LING1000 – Introduction to Linguistics: Structure and Meaning of Words and Sentences78.3
This is a good introductory course to linguistics that has fairly simple assessments. Assessments include roughly weekly worksheets throughout semester, a mid-semester exam, and a final exam. The weekly worksheets are only marked on whether you hand them in, not on whether you get the questions right, so it's like a free couple of points for each of those, and they help you stay engaged with the content and make sure you understand concepts taught in the lecture. The only problem is that they are due only a few days after the lecture, which if you have a full couple of days after the lecture makes it hard to complete on time, but that's probably different for everyone. The mid-semester and final exam were similar in difficulty to me, and contain a mixture of different question types, so it's not just a simple multiple choice and you do need to apply some more thought to them.
The lectures are recorded which is great for people who work or have a timetable clash, but because the content is a little dry, I found it better to just go to class and listen in person, rather than try and fail to focus later at home.
Tutorial participation is not marked, and I didn't find tutes to be very helpful personally so ended up not going, but for people who struggle with the content it would be a good idea to go as I know that the tutors cover each of the worksheets and even gave back exam papers so you can tell where you are going wrong.
There is a textbook that is optional, but my advice is to buy it, especially as there are heaps of secondhand ones floating around - it gave me an edge and a way to check that I had the right idea about something if I didn't quite understand the lecture example.
Because the textbook is optional, so are readings, so this course really doesn't have a lot of week-to-week work aside from the worksheets, but this makes it easy to fall behind and get lazy, so I'd recommend getting the textbook and staying up to date.
Semester 1 - 2015
Bachelor of Arts/Anthropology
Is lecture attendance necessary?
No - recorded online
Is the textbook necessary?
No - optional, but very useful
Heaps of Blackboard content to help with revision, always up to date & lectures uploaded quickly
Weekly worksheets help you understand content and are basically free points toward your grade
Easy to slack off & fall behind as the readings & textbook are optional