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Dissertation

Overview

  • Credit value: 60 credits at Level 7
  • Assessment: a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation (100%). You will work in groups and develop a feasible research proposal on a chosen topic. Each group will present their research proposal in the last session. Please note that the group presentation is not assessed.

Module description

A dissertation is the outcome of an extended piece of research on a specific topic within applied linguistics and communication. It should be clearly framed within the areas of specialism of the members of staff of the Department of Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics. An overview of staff research interests can be found on our department website.

When you embark on your dissertation, your immediate focus will be on your choice of topic, framing your research question and the process of carrying out the work, rather than the final report. Students undertaking the dissertation module will attend empirical research skills workshops.

The workshops aim to develop your empirical research skills in the area of applied linguistics and communication. The module complements the core module Research Methods and Design, taught in Term 1, by focusing on how to design a research project and how to choose a methodology suitable for your research questions.

Indicative module content

  • General introduction to doing a research project
  • Ethnography
  • Interactional analysis
  • Discourse analysis
  • Recording, transcribing and coding
  • Classroom observation and action research
  • Questionnaire and interview
  • Experimental designs
  • Quantitative analysis and statistics
  • Group presentation