• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Catherine Travis
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course offers invaluable training for those interested in pursuing advanced level research in the fields of languages and linguistics, and will appeal to Honours and HDR students with a focus on literature, cultural studies, language teaching, and linguistics. The course will provide hands-on experience in essential components of research: writing up a sustained piece of research; reviewing relevant literature; applying for funding; disseminating research though conference presentations and publishing. By working on one project for the different pieces of assessment throughout the course, students will complete the course with a well developed research project. Specific topics covered will vary from year to year.

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. understand how to structure a written piece of research (such as a thesis) to develop an argument in a coherent way;
  2. critically assess and report on literature in their field;
  3. prepare an application for funding or for ethics approval, relevant to their research;
  4. use technology to enhance their research and the presentation of their research
  5. understand the process of disseminating their work.

Indicative Assessment

Funding or ethics application (1,000 words) - 20% [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4]

Article review (1,000 words) - 20% [Learning Outcomes 2, 5]

In-class presentation: Powerpoint or Poster (15 mins) - 20% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]
Presentation or poster will be submitted to the Convenor.

Final paper (2,000 words) - 40% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]

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2.5 weekly contact hours, plus 7.5 hours of regular work per week outside class.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed reading will appear on the Wattle page for the course.

Assumed Knowledge

This course introduces graduate students to research in the areas of linguistics and language & culture. 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.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
8631 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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