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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LING5470M Academic Skills in Linguistics

15 creditsClass Size: 36

Module manager: Diane Nelson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Module replaces

LING5370 Research Methods in Language Study 1

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- locate information on language-related topics and research papers/articles in the subject area of linguistics;
- recognise what constitutes an appropriate writing style in the main sub-disciplines of linguistics, and use this in their own work;
- represent linguistic data and refer to secondary sources according to current conventions in the subject area of linguistics;
- recognise that research can be approached in different ways, but that it should be reliable and informed by concrete research questions;
-understand ethical considerations inherent in linguistic research;
- critically evaluate research papers/articles on language-related topics.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students should be in command of core skills in linguistic research, including finding, analysing and reporting linguistic data; interpreting and critically evaluating research papers/articles on language-related topics; and understanding how to start planning an original research project.


The topics to be covered include:
- the nature of linguistic research;
- the roles and responsibilities of researchers in language studies;
- skills in locating linguistic data and secondary sources;
- skills in reading and writing research reports in linguistics
- skills in critically evaluating previous research findings;
- skills in the formulation of research questions in linguistics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours98.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

4 hrs reading for each lecture 4x7 =28
20 hrs on the glossary of terms
40 hrs on the essay
3.5 preparation for each tutorial 2x3.5 =7

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000-word essay60.00
Assignment1,000-word glossary of terms40.00
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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