Module Catalogue 2024/25

SEL1032 : Dealing with Data

SEL1032 : Dealing with Data

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr William van der Wurff
  • Lecturer: Dr Christine Cuskley, Dr Niamh Kelly, Dr Heike Pichler, Dr Sujeewa Hettiarachchi, Dr Gabriel Martinez Vera
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
SEL1027Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Phonetics, Phonology & Morphology
Pre Requisite Comment

For incoming exchange students: basic introductory course(s) in syntax and phonetics/phonology.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



The module aims to:
- Introduce basic terms, concepts and premises underlying the main areas in the study of language.
- Provide an understanding of key techniques used in collecting and examining linguistic data of different types
- Introduce and develop the skills required for the analysis, visualization and interpretation of linguistic data
- Apply and extend phonological and morphological theory from SEL1027 in examining language data.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following:
1. Key terms and concepts in working with data in different subfields of language study
2. Practical techniques involved in conducting empirical research in these subfields
3. The nature of linguistic data itself, with particular reference to the material studied in SEL1027.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:
1. be able to define and use correctly key terms and concepts associated with linguistic data of different types
2. be able to describe and apply techniques used in collecting an analysing linguistic data of different types
3. be able to locate and correctly reference reliable digital and non-digital resources relevant to different subfields of linguistics
4. be able to produce effective and convincing academic writing

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will have developed transferable skills in the following areas:
1. problem-solving skills (formulating appropriate and feasible research questions; identifying methods suitable for addressing a variety of research questions relating to linguistic data)
2. analytical and numerical skills (identifying and interpreting quantitative and qualitative patterns of in linguistic data; evaluating the results of earlier data-focused studies)
3. communication and writing skills (summarizing and paraphrasing secondary sources; writing effectively and coherently to develop convincing arguments)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice135:0035:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

LECTURES: Will be used, primarily, to introduce the key concepts and techniques associated with research focused on data in various subfields of linguistics, and to provide overall coherence for the module.

SMALL GROUP SESSIONS: Will be used, primarily, to introduce and build skills related to research with language data, focusing in particular on: (a) methods and techniques; (b) issues in and approaches to data collection and preparation and visualization of linguistic data; (c) the analysis and interpretation of linguistic data. They also aim to enhance general presentation skills and build team-work.

Guided independent study will involve: (a) following up on reading and other resources identified in the lecture materials; and (b) practising the skills introduced in the small group sessions using materials provided.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M30Approx. 1250 words
Essay2A70Approx. 2500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The mid-module essay assesses the students' practical abilities to present and interpret data, as well as giving them the opportunity to practise and get feedback on their academic writing. The end-of-semester essay focuses on the students' ability to integrate data into an analytical framework and to discuss its implications.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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