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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LING1500 Key Skills in Linguistics

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Chris Norton

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This is an introductory module for new undergraduates who are embarking on a programme that involves linguistic study. The module introduces students to over-arching ideas in academic study and to specific study skills and critical approaches they will need during their undergraduate programmes.


This module aims to:
(1) introduce students to conventions of academic discussion and writing
(2) show students how to use sources effectively and acknowledge them appropriately
(3) guide students in reading academic texts and understanding statistical representation of findings
(4) explore a variety of methodological approaches in linguistics, including data collection
(5) show students how to find linguistic data in everyday situations
(6) help students think critically
(7) help students to focus research ideas

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
(1) undertake reading, note-taking and academic writing in linguistics and phonetics
(2) locate and summarise research level material in academic journals
(3) assess relevant materials using a critical approach
(4) use the standard referencing conventions in linguistics and phonetics
(5) gather and present linguistic data
(6) have experience of working with a language informant
(7) understand basic research methods in linguistics and phonetics


Topics covered in this module include thinking critically, writing and reading in academic study, referencing others' work, gathering data for linguistic research, and basic research methods in linguistics and phonetics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours190.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are expected to devote 190 hours of private study time to this module, with the following suggested breakdown:
- Reading in preparation for lectures: (10x4=) 40 hours
- Working with online resources and completing exercises for lectures: (10x5=) 50 hours
- Preparation for written assignments: (2x35=) 70 hours
- Additional background reading: 40 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Throughout the module students are encouraged to contribute their ideas in class discussions and to ask questions about the academic
environment they have joined; at this stage they are all new to this level of study. There is extensive small group work, where students explore new ideas together, then share with the rest of the cohort; misunderstandings can be addressed as they arise. Students also receive full written feedback on the assessed assignments.
The first assessed task is linked to introductory work in quantitative methodologies and analytical skills development, giving students an
opportunity to work with data and practise conventions of data presentation, including the use of examples for clarity. Students receive full written feedback.
The second assessed piece then focuses on key critical thinking skills and on the conventions of presenting an argument in academic writing.
This includes correct use and formatting of citations and reference lists. Students are assessed for appropriate use of academic voice and for presentation of others' ideas in their own work. Written feedback is also provided on this assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Source Analysis-40.00
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: 29/04/2022 15:25:35


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