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Quantitative Methods in Language Studies (LING90005)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Online and On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLING90005
Semester 1 - Online
Semester 1 - On Campus
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This is an introductory subject designed to enable students to acquire the basic tools necessary for critically READING about and carrying out quantitative empirical research in applied linguistics. Students will be given practice in the application of statistics in the analysis of data obtained from research and will be introduced to the use of computers with statistical packages to analyse data. Throughout, there will be a focus on the practicality and usefulness of the skills developed for the tasks of understanding research literature in Applied Linguistics, and of carrying out research in settings relevant to students. No prior knowledge of mathematics or of statistical procedures will be assumed.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to read research in applied linguistics critically and with understanding, including research which involves quantitative analysis of data;
  • be able to design, conduct and analyse data from a small scale research project relevant to their professional interests;
  • have developed skills in the use of statistical packages on the computer.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • have developed their research skills;
  • have develop their critical thinking and analytic skills;
  • be able to communicate ideas through writing.

Last updated: 9 November 2018