Monash University Handbooks 2008

ALM4150 - Research design in applied linguistics

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Simon Musgrave


Clayton First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2008 (Day)


The 'what, how and why' of doing research in applied linguistics. Approaches to doing research in applied linguistics and to types and methods of research eg qualitative, quantitative, grounded research etc. Ways of data collection (eg interviewing, participant observation, questionnaires) and issues in data description, analysis and interpretation. Ethical concerns relating to research in applied linguistics.


Upon the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research in applied study of language (with a particular focus on English);
  2. articulate research questions for the purpose of developing a thesis or project;
  3. plan the elements of a thesis or research project, including literature review, methodology and data analysis;
  4. identify major types of data collection, and issues associated with analysis and interpretation of data;
  5. address ethical concerns in relation to language research.


Practical exercises (7000 words) : 70%
Take-home test (2000 words) : 30%

Contact hours

Off-campus: N/A On-campus: 2 hours lecture/seminar per week

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