Singapore University of Social Sciences

Research Project (TSL699)

Synopsis

TSL 699 Research Project offers students the opportunity to conduct empirically-driven independent research in TESOL or other areas of Applied Linguistics. The Research Project must report original research of a substantial and rigorous nature consistent with work at the MA-level. The maximum length of the Research Project is 10,000 words, excluding references and appendices, if any. The actual research topic will be negotiated between the student and advisor, and must be approved by the advisor and University. The advisor may be a faculty member or an associate to be determined and appointed by the University.

Level: 6
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.

Topics

  • Proposing the topic and scope of study; choosing the research methodology
  • Composing the literature review
  • Analysing and organising data
  • Discussing and defending findings

Learning Outcome

  • Propose a viable research plan with realistic goals and timeline
  • Compose a literature review that examines relevant research critically, with an eye on formulating appropriate research questions and identifying suitable research methods and data collection procedures
  • Choose appropriate academic writing conventions to use
  • Analyse and organise data, using appropriate methodology and conventions
  • Discuss findings cogently and convincingly
  • Defend the Research Project by conducting an appropriate oral presentation
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