Research Project


This course extends students' experience with research methodology in a branch of the discipline of Linguistics. Building upon their previous development of a proposal for research (in LING6950), in this course students develop a research project. Where appropriate, and with clearance from the Faculty of Arts & Social Science Research Ethics Committee, some students will be involved in data collection to support their thesis. Students present their completed work in the form of a research thesis, and seminar presentation. The major modes of delivery are individual and small group research supervision and tutorials.


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  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Comprehensively critique, at an advanced level, theoretical and methodological aspects of a particular area of linguistic research presented in the literature.

2. Define an answerable research question in a particular area of linguistic research.

3. Develop a valid and feasible research design and methdology to address the question.

4. Anticipate and plan ways to manage any ethical issues which would arise in implementing the methodology.

5. Produce an organised and coherent written and verbal presentation of the research which conforms to the stylistic standards of published research in the discipline.


Individual consultations with supervisors to develop further understanding of particular theoretical background and research methodology
Seminars for small group problem-solving and discussion
Seminar presentations of students' projects

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Ethics Application

Written Assignment: Discussion of Results

Presentation: Seminar Presentation

Thesis: Research Thesis

Contact Hours

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Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Research component. Hours to be negotiated between student and lecturer