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RESM6102 Research Design and Practice

Module Overview

Research Design and Practice involves training and preliminary work for researching in applied linguistics. This module deals with the practical challenges of designing and conducting research such as defining research questions, identifying appropriate methods, research management and problem solving, writing up research, ethical issues, presenting research and thinking reflexively about research.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Written communication
  • Independent working
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral communication
  • Team work
  • Interpersonal skills
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Define and formulate research problems and questions
  • Design a research project recognising philosophical, methodological and practical demands
  • Identify key principles of research ethics
  • Reflect on the origins, practices and impact of research

Syllabus

This module deals with the practical challenges of research. In will equip students to design and undertake a research project. Indicative content includes defining research questions, identifying appropriate methods, research management and problem solving, writing up research, ethical issues, presenting research and thinking reflexively about research.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

- Integrated lecture-seminars - Demonstrating in practical classes - Work based learning - Independent study

TypeHours
Teaching10
Independent Study90
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Creswell, J. W. (2013). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing among five approaches . 

Duff, P. A (2008). Case Study Research in Applied Linguistics. 

Cohen, L., Manion, L., and Morrison, K. (2007). Research Methods in Education . 

Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics. 

Richards, K; S. Ross and P. Seedhouse (2011). Research Methods for Applied Language Studies: An Advanced Resource Book for Students. 

Bitchener, J. (2010). Writing an Applied Linguistics thesis or dissertation: A guide to presenting empirical research. 

Creswell, J. W. (2012). Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research. 

Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches . 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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