LING 5114 - Research Methodologies in Applied Linguistics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course introduces students to the range of research tools which are currently used in studies within the field of applied linguistics. The focus of the course is on the theoretical and empirical investigation of real-world problems in which language is central. Research is defined as a process of scientific investigation with the aim to create new knowledge. The process of research involves defining problems or issues which it may be useful to investigate more deeply or from an additional perspective or by using innovative resources. It involves collecting, organising, analysing and interpreting data, with the aim to contribute to an existing stock of knowledge. As part of the process of working with data students will be introduced to the broad field of research, differentiating between primary research, secondary research and the research paradigms of quantitative research and qualitative research. The course also introduces specific methodologies including observation, questionnaire, interview, focus group, ethnographic study, conversational analysis, text analysis and discourse analysis, all of which are currently used within Applied Linguistics.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LING 5114
    Course Research Methodologies in Applied Linguistics
    Coordinating Unit Linguistics
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) including minimum 24 units in Applied Linguistics
    Restrictions Available only to students enrolled in the Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)
    Course Description This course introduces students to the range of research tools which are currently used in studies within the field of applied linguistics. The focus of the course is on the theoretical and empirical investigation of real-world problems in which language is central. Research is defined as a process of scientific investigation with the aim to create new knowledge. The process of research involves defining problems or issues which it may be useful to investigate more deeply or from an additional perspective or by using innovative resources. It involves collecting, organising, analysing and interpreting data, with the aim to contribute to an existing stock of knowledge. As part of the process of working with data students will be introduced to the broad field of research, differentiating between primary research, secondary research and the research paradigms of quantitative research and qualitative research. The course also introduces specific methodologies including observation, questionnaire, interview, focus group, ethnographic study, conversational analysis, text analysis and discourse analysis, all of which are currently used within Applied Linguistics.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr John Walsh

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    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

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