Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

Research Placement

Module summary

Module code: RESE1144
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Maria Arche


Pre and co requisites

Approval by course coordinator and member of staff to act as a supervisor


• To provide undergraduates with opportunities to participate in research design and execution.
• To reinforce inquiry-based and active learning.
• To stimulate reflection and a better understanding of the intellectual process of inquiry and research.
• To engage students in the production and advancement of knowledge.
• To stimulate students’ research dispositions and skills.
• To facilitate the acquisition of data-gathering and laboratory techniques.
• To provide students with opportunities to explore the frontiers of the fields of Linguistics and Language Teaching.
• To promote students’ analytical skills.
• To promote students’ scholarship, autonomy, creativity and enterprise
• To help students grow personally and professionally.
• To amplify students’ career opportunities and strengthen their employment profile.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Be familiar with research methodologies as active users.
2 Have developed analytical and creative thinking further.
3 Have gained a deeper insight of the connection between theoretical and empirical knowledge.
4 Know how to face real-world questions and experiment with possible answers.
5 Have developed and demonstrated a range of ‘graduate attributes’: working collaboratively; thinking clearly, creatively and reflectively; applying intellectual insights and problem- solving; and communication and personal/inter-personal skills appropriate for a professional environment.
6 Have reflected on their knowledge and skills from an employability perspective.

Indicative content

Will be provided by the faculty mentor according to the project.

Teaching and learning activity

• The student will be made participant of the aims, research questions, hypotheses and rationale of the experiments by the faculty member acting as a mentor.
• Specific activities will vary according to the research project.
• Some typical examples are: collection, transcription and classification of data from primary sources; search of information from secondary sources (e.g. linguistic corpora).


Report - 30%
LO - 1-4
Pass mark - 40%
2,000 words
Mid year report including a description of the issue under investigation, research questions and design of the experimental study.

Essay - 50%
LO - 1-6
Pass mark - 40%
4,000 words
Essay including a full description of the issue under investigation, research questions, design of the experimental study, results, conclusions for the study and reflection of what has been learnt.

Presentation - 20%
LO - 1-6
Pass mark - 40%
Poster or oral presentation about the findings at an appropriate forum –e.g., postgraduate conference; in-house seminar series.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Mid year report