LG575-7-SP-CO:
Research Methods

The details
2020/21
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
15
14 May 2020

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MRESQ14512 Analysing Language Use,
MA Q11012 Applied Linguistics,
MRESQ10412 Experimental Linguistics,
MA Q14012 Language in Society,
MA QX1312 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),
MLINQA15 English Language and Lingistics (Including Placement Year),
MLINQA16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
MLINQQ14 English Language and Linguistics

Module description

This module will introduce students to research methods in language and linguistics and will cover a range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method tools and approaches. It will introduce students to different data collection techniques and analysis. It will help them plan and conduct their MA dissertation projects and perhaps other research projects later on. The module will first explain what research methods are and which methods (qualitative, quantitative or mixed) are appropriate for various types of research questions. The rest of the sessions will provide examples of research work within and across the different areas of linguistics and provide you with hands-on experience of handling and analysing data.

Module aims

This module will introduce you to some of the main ways in which research is conducted with language and linguistics. The module will help you to understand the differences between quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method tools and approaches and will help you to critically evaluate approaches taken in your own research as well as others’. The module will introduce you to some of the different techniques for collecting and analysing data. The module aims to give you practical experiences of working with different ideas and techniques and to enable you to understand more about the work done by colleagues within the different fields of linguistics.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this modules students will be able to:
A. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the research processresearch methods, including the use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method tools
B. Critically evaluate and decide on whichdetermine which method(s) would be most appropriate for specific research questions
C. Analyse and discuss methodology and research findings of published studies
D. use terminology related to research methods.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be made up of 10 2-hour lectures and 10 1-hour seminar slots. Weekly, this will mean 3 hours of classes. The lectures are designed to cover the different content for each week with the seminar designed to be more practical sessions. These practical sessions will give students the opportunity to explore and work with the approaches/methods/tools covered in the lectures. They may be lab-based and students will be required to work with data and analytical tools in some of these seminars. All classroom materials will be available on Moodle.

Bibliography*

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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tracey Costley, email: tcostley@essex.ac.uk.
To be confirmed.
Office 4.127 Ext. 2227 Email: tcostley@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
Language and Linguistics

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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