• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yuko Kinoshita
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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Research Design in (Applied) Linguistics is important for anyone who wants to undertake research in applied linguistics or linguistics. It is an introductory course designed to enable students to acquire an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods used in linguistics and applied linguistics. It provides students with the basic skills for carrying out their research. Issues covered will include collecting, describing and interpreting data and reporting research findings. When discussing quantitative approaches (statistics), emphasis will be on the conceptual aspects of such procedures rather than on mechanical arithmetic aspects. Students will be given practical experience in the use of computers for statistical analysis.

This course is compulsory for graduate students who wish to undertake further research (thesis or sub-thesis) in any field of applied linguistics. It is recommended for graduate students who wish to undertake further research in linguistics. Students should consult with the convenor of Linguistics or Applied Linguistics or their potential supervisor as to whether or not they are required to take the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically compare and discriminate between different research methodologies in linguistics and / or applied linguistics.
  2. Critically assess the methodology of a research project within your own discipline area.
  3. Critically assess the appropriateness of various methodological approaches in published linguistics and / or applied linguistics articles.
  4. Carry out descriptive and statistical (quantitative) analysis of small data sets.
  5. Design, carry out and present (in both a written and oral format) a small project related to your own research interests.

Indicative Assessment

Critical analysis of article (2000 words) (35%) [LO 1,2,3]

Assignment I (descriptive statistics) (500 words) (10%) [LO 4]

Assignment II inferential statistics) (500 words) (10%) [LO 4]

Final project (3000 words) (45%) [LO 4, 5]

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Three hours of contact time, including 2 hour lectures and 1 hour practical laboratories over a 13 week period. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study each week over the semester (total workload 130 hours).

Prescribed Texts

Dörnyei, Z (2007) Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. Oxford Applied Linguistics: Oxford.

Preliminary Reading

Students will be given a full reading list at the beginning of the semester.

Assumed Knowledge

This course introduces graduate students to research methodologies in applied linguistics and linguistics. Students are not required to have completed any prior course before enrolling in this course. However, students will find the course most beneficial if they are currently engaged in their own research project.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8900 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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