ALC8111 : Educational and Applied Linguistics Research Project

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


The Educational and Applied Linguistics Research Project helps the students prepare for the research phase of the IPhD programme and helps them apply the methodology and/or theory introduced in the taught modules to a novel research project. The project, with a guided size of 10,000 words, encourages students to investigate their proposed research topic and provides an opportunity to enhance analytical and writing skills.

Outline Of Syllabus

There is no formal teaching component, however, training and research skills are supported by ALC8110 and through the completion of the assignment in the other modules leading up to this. Students will meet with the allocated advisors for the project 3-5 times between June and August to discuss progress and seek advice on theoretical and methodological issues arising. The assessment to be completed for this project is research-based.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1197:00197:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1197:00197:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1197:00197:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The taught modules undertaken in Semesters 1 and 2 (and in particular the compulsory module ALT8110) equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake independent study and research. Supervision sessions provide students with direction and advice for research plans. These sessions are also opportunities for interim feedback prior to the submission of the research project.

Independent study enables students to undertake relevant reading, investigate relevant areas, execute independent research, and develop their methodology before writing up their projects

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10010,000 word (approx) dissertation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation should demonstrate the ability to

Develop research questions
Develop an appropriate research design
Identify and execute appropriate methods of data collection and analysis
Identify and account for relevant theoretical frameworks
Account for, evaluate, and synthesise relevant literature

The dissertation should also demonstrate the feasibility of research that will be undertaken in Year 2 of the IPhD programme.

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