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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LING3010 Linguistics Research Exercise

20 creditsClass Size: 12

Module manager: Chris Norton

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory completion of Year 2 of a BA Linguistics programme

This module is mutually exclusive with

LING3200Linguistics Dissertation

This module is not approved as a discovery module


In this module, you will learn how to carry out independent research (under supervision) within the field of linguistics. You will gain in-depth knowledge of a specific topic within linguistics, chosen by you. Every student will have a supervisor, who will offer guidance in the choice, development, execution and presentation of the project.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
‒ Design and execute a linguistics research project, using appropriate methodology
‒ Show awareness of ethical issues in research
‒ Construct a coherent argument
‒ Summarise and synthesise complex information
‒ Critically evaluate literature, evidence and/or data
‒ Develop and test hypotheses (where appropriate)
‒ Demonstrate awareness of how the outcomes of their research contribute to the extension of current knowledge
‒ Write up the project using appropriate academic style and conventions for presenting information.
‒ Plan and organise their time
‒ Apply academic knowledge to a real-world environment

Skills outcomes
Students will have developed:
- Specialist knowledge and/or skills in their chosen topic area
- The capacity to analyse, systematise and examine critically linguistic data (whether collected by the student, or collected by other linguists)
- Research skills, including: finding and retrieving information, organising material and judging its worth to the project
- The ability to manage quantities of complex information in a structured and systematic way
- The capacity to work independently, and reason critically
- The ability to use an appropriate academic style
- Good time management and organisational skills


Students will have access to a range of relevant taught sessions on linguistics research methodology, designing and planning projects, using supporting software like SPSS and Praat and how to write up a dissertation. These sessions will not be obligatory after weeks 1 and 2 but students will be recommended to attend those most supportive to their work; the sessions will also be made available via the VLE.
Initial support for projects will be provided by the module leader, who will meet with each student and provide advice on how to develop their project ideas. Supervisors will be assigned in Week 5, Semester 1 and students are advised to have regular, short meetings with their supervisors beyond this point.
Various ‘milestones’ are scheduled throughout the year to keep students on track with their projects.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours198.00
Total Contact hours2.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will develop and carry out a project supported by their supervisor. This will include finding and understanding the relevant literature, developing an appropriate methodology, collecting data (where necessary), analysis of materials and the writing up of the project.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored in a number of ways, firstly by meeting with the module leader in semester 1 and individual meetings with the assigned supervisor in semesters 1 & 2. Secondly, there are a number of targets that students need to meet throughout the year: this enables monitoring of their organisation and also offers opportunities for focused feedback. These milestones are the submission of: an initial project statement (Week 3), a formative project proposal (Week 10), a dissertation plan (compulsory) and an extract of the dissertation for feedback (advised, but optional).

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation7,000-word dissertation100.00
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: 10/08/2020 08:41:34


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