LG699-7-SP-CO:
Graduate Research Assignment

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

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MA Q16012 English Language and Linguistics,
MA Q10012 Linguistics

Module description

The aim of this module is to allow you to undertake an independent research assignment under the guidance of a supervisor. The assignment you will undertake consists of an in-depth review of the research literature on a specific topic that you have agreed on with your supervisor. You will be expected to read widely on the topic, consulting both theoretical work and empirical studies, as appropriate. You will synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate existing work and identify a relevant research question/relevant research questions that is/are as yet unanswered. As such, the assignment will serve as practice and preparation for subsequent reviewing of literature, e.g. in the context of your MA dissertation. This is particularly useful if you wish to explore a topic that is of interest to you, but that is not covered in any taught module.
The topic of the research assignment can be in any area of linguistics. However, please note that prior to undertaking this module, you will need to (1) identify a suitable topic, (2) find a supervisor who is willing to direct your work on this topic, and (3) complete a proposal form that needs to be submitted to the departmental postgraduate student administrator by the end of Week 10 (penultimate week of the Autumn Term). The proposal will need to be formally approved by the LG 699 module director before you can enrol on the module.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to allow you to undertake an independent research assignment under the guidance of a supervisor. The assignment you will undertake consists of an in-depth review of the research literature on a specific topic that you have agreed on with your supervisor. You will be expected to read widely on the topic, consulting both theoretical work and empirical studies, as appropriate. You will synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate existing work and identify a relevant research question/relevant research questions that is/are as yet unanswered. As such, the assignment will serve as practice and preparation for subsequent reviewing of literature, e.g. in the context of your MA dissertation. This is particularly useful if you wish to explore a topic that is of interest to you, but that is not covered in any taught module.

Module learning outcomes

You will develop in-depth subject knowledge of the topic area of your choice through reading a wide range of research literature. When preparing your assignment, you will hone your critical thinking ability and academic writing skills. You will perfect appropriate referencing conventions and the ability to present work professionally. As the assignment is self-directed, you will have the opportunity to improve your organisational and time management skills in preparation for subsequent independent work, e.g. your MA project.

Module information

LG699 is not available to students undertaking the MA/PG Dip Translation courses.

Learning and teaching methods

There are no lectures or seminars associated with this module. The module consists of self-directed work under the guidance of a supervisor. You should allow the same amount of time as for a taught module, i.e. about 50 hours of work in total.

Bibliography*

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Research Assignment    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Karen Roehr-Brackin, email: kroehr@essex.ac.uk.
Various
Dr Karen Roehr-Brackin email: kroehr@essex.ac.uk room: 3.306 tel: ext 2189

 

Availability
No
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External examiner

Prof Ianthi Maria Tsimpli
The University of Cambridge
Chair of English and Applied Linguistics
Dr Sarah Ann Liszka
University of Greenwich
Senior Lecturer
Dr Louise Jane Mycock
University of Oxford
Associate Professor in Linguistics
Dr Maciej Baranowski
University of Manchester
Senior Lecturer in English Sociolinguistics
Dr Petra Schoofs
University of Birmingham
Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
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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