LING6950

Research Preparation

10 Units

This course introduces basic principles of research methodology in the various branches of the discipline of Linguistics. Students review the current theoretical and empirical research literature in order to argue for a specific research question or direction for further research. The major modes of delivery are individual and small group research supervision and tutorials.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Review and critique theoretical and methodological aspects of linguistic research presented in the literature.
  2. Identify and select a worthwhile area which relates to a significant line of enquiry in linguistic research.
  3. Define a valid research question or direction in a particular area of linguistic research.
  4. Produce an organised and coherent written argument for the proposed research which conforms to the stylistic standards of published research in the discipline.
Content

Review of the research methodologies in Linguistics:

  • Field methodologies (e.g. Phonology)
  • Theoretical argumentation (e.g. Formal syntax)
  • Corpus based methodology
  • Natural observation methods (e.g. Sociolinguistics)
  • Experimental methodology (e.g. Clinical & Applied Linguistics)


Review of the research process:

  • Defining and planning research problems
  • Critique
  • Interpreting data
  • Research ethics
  • Funding research
  • Documentation and publication of research
Assumed Knowledge LING6910 (or equivalent)
Assessment Items
  • Presentation: Oral Presentation
  • Written Assignment: Preliminary Literature Review
  • Written Assignment: Preliminary Research Proposal
  • Written Assignment: Final Proposal
Contact Hours
  • Individual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Research component Contact hours are established between lecturer and student)
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LING6950

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