Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Simon Musgrave


The unit introduces students to important techniques relevant to research in applied linguistics and the research traditions in which those techniques can be located. Students will be introduced to qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches to research in general, as well as to specific data collection techniques in each tradition, including surveys, interviews, observation and ethnography, transcription of discourse data, and classrooms observation. Students will have the opportunity to gain direct experience with several of the data collection procedures, and will also read and discuss published studies utilising the entire of techniques mentioned.


On completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research in linguistics and 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;
  6. present results of their work to colleagues.


Transcription: 10%
Critical review: 20%
Analysis of data collection procedure: 30%
Class presentation of 3: 10%
Pilot procedure: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements


  1. 5-hour lecture + One
  2. 5-hour seminar + Twenty one hours of self directed study


APR5021, APG4347, APG5347, ALMX415 (Open Universities Australia)