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APPL7020 – Designing and Conducting Language-related Research

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Mehdi Riazi
Margaret Wood
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Acquiring advanced research knowledge and developing research skills is integral to and a core element in master of research program. In this unit, students will be exposed to main research methodologies including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods; they will also be involved with research activities through learning and assessment tasks. By completing this unit, it is anticipated that students master critical concepts in research and be able to apply different research methods by preparing research proposals on topics of their interest.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Identify & communicate a research topic to a professional audience
  • ULO2: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of different approaches to research
  • ULO3: Conceive and formulate research questions/hypotheses relating to language study and language learning
  • ULO4: Develop your research and writing skills to write a research proposal
  • ULO5: Conduct and report a small-scale replication study to answer your research questions

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

Assessment Task 1: Annotated Bibliograph

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources and annotations (summary and evaluation) on a selected topic arranged in alphabetical order. Each annotation should have three parts. The first part is the bibliographic information of the source which should strictly follow APA style. The second part of each annotation includes a concise summary of the content and methodology of the study (what problem was investigated using which methods and with what results?). The third part of the annotation should include your reflection (critical evaluation of the study) and its relevance to the theme of the AB (your chosen topic or area of interest). Roughly, the summary and the evaluation of each stud should have a 70% to 30% proportion.

Assessment Task 2: Research Proposal

Assignment 2 is a proposal for a small-scale replication project. Choose the article you suggested for replication in assignment 1 and write your proposal for a small-scale replication study. You may reduce the scope of the replication in terms of research questions, data collection instruments, sample, data collection and analysis procedures, etc. to cope with the time constraints you have.

Outline of assignment 2

  1.  Introduction: Introduce your topic (area) and its importance (theoretically and practically). You can use Assignment 1 to prepare this section, however, you need to tweak it to fit into the scope of this assignment. Then identify the article you have chosen for replication.
  2.  Literature review: Provide a brief and relevant literature review (use your review paper from Assignment 1 to write this part).
  3. Purpose and research questions: State the general purpose of the proposed study, and formulate some (1-2) specific research questions and/or research hypotheses to be investigated.
  4.  Methods: Provide details of how the study will be conducted. Use the original article you are going to replicate, but change the design, sample, instruments, and procedures so that you can carry out a small-scale study within your time limit.
  • Research design and method (The design of your study and the specific research methods you will use to investigate the research problem and answer research questions)
  • Operationalization of key concepts/constructs & identification of variables (if relevant)
  • Participants (sampling procedure, numbers, characteristics)
  • Instruments of data collection, reliability and validity of the instruments (append examples if appropriate)
  • Procedures for data collection and analysis
  • Ethical issues to be considered in your study

A reference list must be provided at the end of the proposal in alphabetical order and according to APA writing style. There should be a one-to-one correspondence between the works cited in the body of your proposal and the ones in your reference list. Any appendix will be placed after references.

Assessment Task 3: Research Report

Assignment 3 is a research report of a small-scale study you’ll complete. Follow the structure of Introduction (including selective Literature Review), Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion (IMRDC) (See Chapter 3 of your Interactive Text). Since you have already submitted a literature review (Assignment 2), only a selective part of it (significant sources and arguments) should be included in the Introduction.

Late Assignment Submission

  • Late submissions without an extension will receive a penalty of 5% of the total mark available for the assignment per day
  • Late submission of an assignment without an extension will not be permitted after marks have been released to the rest of the class.
  • Extensions will only be given in special circumstances and can be requested by completing the Special Consideration request at ask.mq.edu.au and providing the required supporting documentation.
  • For more information on Special Consideration, see the university website https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration
  • Assignments submitted after the deadline, regardless of the reason, will be marked and returned at a date determined by the unit convenor.
  • Extensions cannot continue beyond the start of the following semester, and students should be aware that long extensions may impact graduation dates.

Delivery and Resources

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The learning and teaching strategies used in this Unit include individual study, in-class face to face lectures and in-class and online discussion Forums. Face-to-face weekly lectures include a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial.

The unit convenor will be monitoring the online discussion. If you have any general questions, concerns, and comments these may be posted on the Forum in iLearn. However, should you have any personal issues (e.g. requests for extensions etc.) then these should be addressed directly to the unit convenor at mehdi.riazi@mq.edu.au

The online discussion provides students (especially external students) the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with other classmates to consolidate their understanding of theoretical concepts. Both internal and external students are urged to take part in online discussions as relating to weekly topics.

For the recommended textbook and other resources refer to Unit Guide in iLearn. 

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Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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