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Unit Overview

Description

Over the two dissertation units a student conducts a research project in Linguistics that results in a dissertation of 12,000 to 18,000 words. The topic is chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff. The dissertation includes a literature review, a description of relevant research methods and an account of the findings. It demonstrates appropriate use of the discourse conventions of research in Linguistics. The student also prepares a formal research proposal in the first dissertation unit and gives a presentation on their thesis topic in the second dissertation unit. The research is carried out under the supervision of a staff member who discusses issues relating to the research with the student, reads and comments on drafts, and provides overall guidance.

Credit
12 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) identify, synthesise and critically evaluate existing knowledge/theories in Linguistics; (2) construct and refine good research questions in relation to existing knowledge; (3) design and implement appropriate research methods; (4) produce formal research proposals; (5) implement the requirements of ethical research; and (6) produce research communication appropriate to the discipline, including oral and written presentations.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) dissertation and (2) research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Marie-Eve Ritz
Unit rules
Prerequisites
LING4140 Dissertation (Linguistics) 1
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