LING 5023 - Linguistics Research Seminar II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

In this course the students develop their knowledge and skills for carrying out research in Linguistics/Applied Linguistics. The course is set up to complement the core subjects for postgraduate coursework students. It is designed to function as a precursor to dissertation projects that many coursework students will enrol at the final stage of their program. Specific focus will be on extending the students' understanding on some of the important methods that are being used in the field. Students will be required to develop their research proposal with clear idea on methodology. The course is to be run in conjunction with existing Linguistics graduate/Honours seminar series, in which research students present their works each week. The coursework students will have regular exposure to authentic research projects and familiarise themselves with research processes.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LING 5023
    Course Linguistics Research Seminar II
    Coordinating Unit Linguistics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites LING 5022
    Restrictions Available to GradCertAppLing, GradDipAppLing & MA(AppLing) students only
    Course Description In this course the students develop their knowledge and skills for carrying out research in Linguistics/Applied Linguistics. The course is set up to complement the core subjects for postgraduate coursework students. It is designed to function as a precursor to dissertation projects that many coursework students will enrol at the final stage of their program. Specific focus will be on extending the students' understanding on some of the important methods that are being used in the field. Students will be required to develop their research proposal with clear idea on methodology. The course is to be run in conjunction with existing Linguistics graduate/Honours seminar series, in which research students present their works each week. The coursework students will have regular exposure to authentic research projects and familiarise themselves with research processes.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge of influential theories applied in linguistics
    2 Demonstrate knowledge of current, research and research methods relevant to questions concerning language use and experience
    3 Develop practical procedures for the investigation of specific language experiences
    4 Achieve skills in the management of small-scale investigations into applied linguistics
    5 Develop understanding of applications of applied linguistics research to professional social practices
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught in seminars where students learn about current postgraduate students’ work through their research reports and the discussions. The seminars include formal research presentations, discussions, small group work, students’ planning individual and group investigations.

    Students will join a research group of doctoral and masters students who are conducting studies in applied linguistics. Students have access to recommended research and to forums in MyUni.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    3 contact hours per week 36 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction
    Week 2 Researching children’s language use
    Week 3 Research in early childhood education
    Week 4 A multilingual society and growing up bilingually
    Week 5 Literacy and numeracy education in schooling
    Week 6 Researching the use of language in different domains: the management of language used for
    specific purposes
    Week 7 Research on literacies in higher education
    Week 8 Workplace communication
    Week 9 Second language acquisition and text-based language instruction
    Week 10 Heritage language documentation, maintenance and revival
    Week 11 Assessment and standards
    Week 12 Reporting investigations into postgraduate applied linguistics
  • Assessment

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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Seminar attendance and project presentation Formative and Summative 20% 1-5
    2500 word critical review Formative and Summative 20% 1-5
    4000 word major assignment Formative and Summative 60% 1-5
    Assessment Detail
    Seminar attendance and project presentation (20%): students must attend and participate in seminars. Students will also submit a short presentation on a chosen topic.

    2500 word critical research review (20%): students submit a critical review of research related to a chosen topic

    4000 word major assignment (60%): students prepare a structured plan for a small-scale investigation involving documentation on a specific applied linguistics topic, discuss the plan, conduct the investigation with progress reports and write a formal research report on the project and present the report in course and postgraduate seminars.
    Submission
    Information available on enrolment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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