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SEL8531 : Research methods for IPhD students

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The Research Methods for IPhD Students module equips students with the methodological skills set as well as the analytical and critical abilities required to conduct PG level research. Moreover, it trains their written and oral presentation skills to help their professional development as PG researchers. The module is taken over semesters 1 and 2 of the first year of the IPhD programme. More specifically, the module will:
•       equip students with a wide range of tools required to carry out research in linguistics, including their chosen subfield
•       enable students to critically appraise published research
•       hone students' writing skills, with particular focus on argumentation
•       develop students' oral skills in presenting their own work

Outline Of Syllabus

The first semester of this module will cover the following:
•       Implications of research methods
•       Constructing a literature review
•       Framing an inquiry: induction, deduction, hypotheses
•       Collecting data: psycholinguistic techniques
•       Collecting data: semi-structured interviews and other data elicitation techniques
•       Collecting data: digital resources
•       Interpreting data: the role of statistics
•       Reading research papers
•       Writing research papers
•       Library skills

The second semester of this module will cover the following:
•       Writing a research proposal
•       Writing a conference abstract
•       Preparing conference presentations
•       Presenting at conferences
•       Library skills
•       One-to-one meetings with supervisors to start developing a project for SEL8530: Research project for IPhD students (to be completed in Semester 3, after successful completion of SEL8531 and an average mark of 60 in the taught modules taken in semesters 1 and 2)

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1148:00148:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops291:0029:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:001-2-1 student-supervisor meetings (Sem 2) to start shaping research-phase project
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8500Research Methods in Language and Linguistics
SEL8512Research Methods in Language and Linguistics II
SEL8511Research Methods in Language and Linguistics I
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used primarily to impart information and provide an overall coherence for the module.
Small group teaching and workshops will focus on developing students’ research and transferable skills. They also aim to enhance interpretation of divergent approaches to linguistic data analysis, improve oral and writing skills, and build team work in a specific area.
One-to-one student-supervisors meetings will provide students with the opportunity to regularly meet with their supervisor to start shaping the research project to be carried out in the research-phase of the programme.
Independent study enables students to undertake relevant reading, investigate relevant areas, execute independent research, and develop their methodology.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A20Critical evaluation of research methods (1,500 words)
Written exercise1M20Reflective evaluation (1,000 words) of research talks
Research proposal2A40Summative 2,000 word essay detailing research proposal
Practical/lab report2M20Lab report using R to analyse and visualise a data set
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative 500 word diagnostic essay
Essay1MFormative 1,000 word diagnostic essay
Oral Presentation2MShort oral presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The critical evaluation of research methods will demonstrate students’ ability to:
•       identify methods relevant to their proposed research-phase thesis project
•       evaluate the strengths and limitations of these methods
•       assess how past research practices could be improved upon in the project proposed for the research-phase thesis project

The critical evaluation of a recently published research paper will demonstrate students’ ability to:
•       identify recently published research relevant to their proposed research-phase thesis project
•       evaluate the quality of the paper, with a special emphasis on issues of validity and reliability
•       assess what contribution the project proposed for the research-phase thesis project could make to the topic discussed in the chosen article

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