Module Details

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Code ENGL699
Coordinator Dr U Kania
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15


•    Equip MRes students with the necessary research skills to make their own high-quality contribution to the field of English Language/Linguistics. •    Provide students with solid background knowledge of the main qualitative and quantitative methods used in linguistic research.  •    Equip MRes students with the ability to discuss and critically assess the research methods used in the literature, identifying strengths and weaknesses and their impact on data interpretation/analysis. •    Raise awareness of ethical issues in data collection and equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to address ethical issues within their own research.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of a range of relevant literature.

(LO2) Demonstrate critical thinking skills in reviewing existing research.

(LO3) Present and defend a plausible and feasible research plan that also takes into account ethical issues.

(LO4) Identify appropriate research questions (to be addressed in the dissertation/future work).

(LO5) Choose appropriate research methods.

(LO6) Analyse data and offer valid interpretations.

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services

(S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S4) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

(S5) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

(S6) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S7) Ethical awareness



Topics covered will typically include (in 1-2 sessions each):  1. Introduction to Research Methods in English Language and Linguistics 2. Qualitative Research Methods (such as critical discourse analysis, focus groups, interviews) 3. Quantitative Research Methods (such as questionnaires, corpus analyses) 4. Ethics 5. PhD (funding) applications 6. How to write a review article/annotated bibliography/research proposal (incl. a discussion of work in progress) Library resources will be accessible through the module reading list, other key learning resources will be made available through Canvas. In some cases, students will be expected to identify their own supplementary resources.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Synchronous whole-cohort sessions
Description: The 2-hour sessions are bi-weekly reading/discussion group exploring a range of topics related to academic research in English Language.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           24

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 126


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Recommended Texts

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