Research Skills - LL837

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
(version 2)
Autumn 7 15 (7.5) MRS V Kogan checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 13
Total Study Hours: 150


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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

• Dataset (300 words) – 30%
• Critique of a published article (1,800 words) – 20%
• Problem set - 50%

Reassessment methods
• Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

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

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of hypothesis formation and the ability to choose an appropriate research design for a given research question;
2 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;
3 Demonstrate understanding of ethical considerations which need addressing prior to the undertaking of any study involving human subjects;
4 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.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate the results of their work accurately, with well-structured and coherent arguments in an effective and fluent manner both orally and in writing;
2 Demonstrate that they have mastered the intricacies of advanced academic writing;
3 Demonstrate their ability to work cooperatively with others, exercising personal responsibility and sensitivity.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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