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Module Code: LNG406
Module Title: Research Methods
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Department of Applied Linguistics
Pre-requisites: N/A
• To enhance student understanding of the principles of research and their application;

• To equip students with the principles concerning research design, data collection, data analysis, and research ethics in applied linguistics and related fields

• To prepare students for the design and writing of a 15000-word dissertation.
Learning outcomes 
A. Adopt for use research methods common in applied linguistics and related fields

B. Apply techniques of research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation ethically

C. Show an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the use of techniques

D. Develop methodologically sound research proposals

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components: lectures and tutorials/workshops.
Topics will typically include:

PART I: Research Skills:

• Fundamentals of research

• Qualitative research

• Establishing research problems and questions

• Research design

PART II: Data Collection and Analytical Skills:

• Quantitative research: statistical concepts and applications (e.g. t-test, correlations, analysis of variance)

• Classroom research: field research considerations and techniques

• Computer-assisted research: issues and possibilities

• Combining different types of research

• Data collection, analysis, interpretation and triangulation

PART III: Research Reporting Skills:

• Writing a literature review

• Writing a methodology chapter

• Writing a results or analysis chapter

• Writing abstracts, introductions, and conclusions

• Research proposal writing

• Ethics
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Qualitative Data Analysis Exercise 30.00
2 Quantitative Data Analysis Exercise 15.00
3 Review Of Research Findings 15.00
4 Research Proposal 40.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 9/20/2020 12:25:09 AM