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LING5480M Research Methods in Linguistics

15 creditsClass Size: 36

Module manager: Clare Wright

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Module replaces

LING5370M Research Methods in Language Study 1

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- show an appreciation of issues surrounding the collection, transcription and analysis of various types of language data;
- interpret statistical/quantitative information presented in research papers/articles on language-related topics;
- demonstrate awareness of the need to design research projects in terms of research questions that can be systematically 'operationalised'.
- understand how research is undertaken in the main sub-disciplines of linguistics

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students should have a broad understanding of research methodologies in the social sciences as well as an understanding of specific approaches to research in a range of linguistic topics. On completion of the module students will be ready to undertake their own piece of original research.


The topics to be covered include:
- research methods in language acquisition and English language teaching.
- the collection and transcription of spoken data;
- the design and analysis of questionnaires and interviews;
- basic statistical skills;
- preparation for dissertation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours95.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent online learning
2 hrs per week using the VLE 2x10=20
2 hours per week self-study using the MALPH website 2x10= 20

Private study
4 hrs reading for each lecture 4x10 =40
40 hrs on the essay
15 hrs preparation for formative presentation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via student participation in activities during lectures. These may include student presentations, supervised group work, class discussion etc.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words100.00
PresentationPresenting Dissertation Plan0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/03/2018 17:22:53


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