• Class Number 4366
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Rosey Billington
    • Dr Rosey Billington
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course will provide key training for thesis writing and research communication in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Students will gain hands-on experience in essential components of the research writing process: planning a study and developing research questions; critically assessing and synthesising relevant literature; effectively structuring a thesis and organising content within sections; and using appropriate academic style and conventions. Students will also gain knowledge of research dissemination through presentations and publications for different audiences, and acquire practical skills in tools and techniques for research writing, such as advanced Word skills and the use of reference management software. By focusing on one topic area for the different pieces of assessment throughout the course, students will complete the course with a strong basis from which to build on for their thesis, and will have had experience presenting their ideas to scholars outside their research area. Material submitted in this course may be incorporated into a student’s thesis. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically assess and synthesise scholarship in their eld and engage with disciplinary debates in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics; 
  2. communicate research plans, motivations and findings for linguistics projects to academic, professional and general audiences; 
  3. structure a written piece of research to develop an argument in a coherent way and communicate using appropriate academic and disciplinary conventions; and
  4. use appropriate tools to enhance their research and the presentation of their research. 

Research-Led Teaching

This course will include guest lectures from staff across the linguistics discipline at ANU, offering students the opportunity to gain insights into a range of research areas and research processes.

Required Resources

Required weekly readings will be made available via Wattle.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to course and expectations of a thesis
2 Planning and introducing your study
3 Surveying the literature and situating your research
4 (No class due to public holiday; see Wattle for online tasks) Assessment 1: Annotated bibliography
5 Presenting your methods and approaches
6 Communicating your research findings in a thesis
7 Writing a discussion and conclusion Assessment 3: Preliminary thesis introduction and outline
8 Preparing abstracts for theses and conferences
9 Giving presentations to different audiences
10 Intro to academic publishing
11 Academic writing style
12 Formatting and editing tips Assessment 4: Draft thesis chapter

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Annotated bibliography 10 % 1,4
Critical reflections 15 % 1,2,4
Preliminary thesis introduction and outline 20 % 1,2,3,4
Draft thesis chapter 45 % 1,2,3,4
Participation 10 % 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation is part of Assessment 5.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,4

Annotated bibliography

Details of task and assessment: Provided on Wattle website.

For this assessment, you will identify key sources relevant to your own research project, organise them using reference management software, and produce an annotated bibliography summarising and evaluating each work.

Number of sources: 10

Value: 10%

Due: Week 4

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Critical reflections

Details of task and assessment: Provided on Wattle website.

For this assessment, you will submit critical reflections on selected scholarly works, focusing on how key components of the research have been organised and communicated and considering the effectiveness of different approaches in relation to your own plans for research writing.

2 x 250 words

Value: 15%

Due: During class in nominated weeks

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Preliminary thesis introduction and outline

Details of task and assessment: Provided on Wattle website.

For this assessment, you will draft a detailed outline of the introduction for your thesis, arranged into sections including key points and references. You will also draft a table of contents for the remainder of the thesis showing key sections within each chapter.

1000 words

Value: 20%

Due: Week 7

Assessment Task 4

Value: 45 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Draft thesis chapter

Details of task and assessment: Provided on Wattle website.

For this assessment, you will draft material for your background/literature review chapter, expanding on the sources identified for Assessment 1, carefully considering appropriate structure and style, and effectively situating your own project in relation to previous research.

2000 words

Value: 45%

Due: Week 12

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Details of task and assessment: Provided on Wattle website.

You will be assessed on your active contributions to in-class discussions, engagement with student-led activities complementing core course content, and constructive participation in peer feedback processes.

Value: 10%

Due: Assessed based on participation across Weeks 1-12

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Student work is returned on Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmission.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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