Research Skills - LL837

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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This course will equip students with the necessary training in a broad range of research skills, with the express aim of preparing them for postgraduate level writing and research, and ultimately for their dissertation. Key topics will include: academic writing in linguistics; bibliographical search; hypothesis formation; falsifiability; ethical procedures; introduction to quantitative and qualitative methodologies.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20


This module is compulsory for students studying on the MA in Linguistics.

Method of assessment

Abstract (300 words) - 30%;
Annotated bibliography (1800 words) - 50%;
Presentation (10 minutes) - 20%

Indicative reading

Becker, Howard S. (2007). Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article (Second Edition). Chicago: University of Chicago Press;
Gastel, B. & Day, R. A. (2016). How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. 8th edition Westport, CT: Greenwood Press;
Good, P.I. & Hardin. J.W. (2012). Common Errors in Statistics (and how to avoid them). New Jersey: Wiley-Interscience;
Harris, P. (2008). Designing and Reporting Experiments in Psychology. Berkshire: Open University Press;
Johnson, K. (2008). Quantitative Methods in Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing;
Litosseliti, L. (2010). Research Methods in Linguistics. London: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd;
Oliver, P. (2010). The Student's Guide to Research Ethics. Berkshire: Open University Press;
Rasinger, S.M. (2013). Quantitative Research in Linguistics. 2nd edition. London: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of hypothesis formation and the ability to choose an appropriate research design for a given research question;
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the main methods of academic enquiry within linguistics, including an ability to employ discernment in bibliographical search and precision in the description and evaluation of a broad range of linguistic concepts, both orally and in writing;
Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of ethical considerations which need addressing prior to the undertaking of any study involving human subjects;
Students will be able to demonstrate practical linguistic research skills by critiquing existing research, undertaking independent study, analysing and discussing their findings according to scientific protocol and reflecting critically upon the processes involved.

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