Research Methods

Course Information
TitleΜέθοδοι έρευνας / Research Methods
CodeΓλ 593
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600016478


Registered students: 12
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
GLŌSSOLOGIACompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
  • Maria Kaltsa
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students develop skills in critically reading and evaluating published research in experimental linguistics. During the course students are familiarized with research methodology, while the course also includes work on statistics. By the end of the course, students will have developed the skills necessary to design and implement research in the field of applied linguistics.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course offers a comprehensive overview of research methodology in applied linguistics. Various research methods (questionnaire, observation, interview, experiment a.o.) and types of research (qualitative-quantitative) are examined and analysed while advantages and disadvantages are discussed. During the course, all the steps involved in executing research projects are described, from planning and collecting resources to conducting the research, analyzing the data and reporting/ discussing the results.
ualitative research, experimental study, statistical analysis, data processing
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Access to teaching materials (books, research papers, notes via elearning), use of SPSS statistical software for analysis.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Student Assessment
Evaluation will be based on three assignments: (a) questionnaire for qualitative research (20% of overall course evaluation), (b) statistical problem solving (20% of overall course evaluation) and (c) a research paper on a small-scale study (60% of overall course evaluation).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Hinton, P. R., McMurray, I., & Brownlow, C. (2004). SPSS explained. Routledge.
Additional bibliography for study
enzin, N.K. & Y.S. Lincoln (2005). The Sage handbook of qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage. Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Eddington, D. (2016). Statistics for linguists: A step-by-step guide for novices. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Heigham, J. & R.A. Croker (2009). Qualitative research in applied linguistics: A practical introduction. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Mackey, A. & Gass, S. (2012). Research Methods in SLA: A Practical Guide. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. Podesva, R. J. & D. Sharma (2013). Research methods in linguistics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
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