Singapore University of Social Sciences

Capstone Project in English Language (ELG499)

Synopsis

This is a year-long research project course for Honours students in their last year of study in the programme. It offers students the opportunity to extend their knowledge about a particular topic in English Language. Students will learn to conceptualize, analyze, conduct research, collect data and present their findings in a final report at the end of the year.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: Every January
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

  • Requirements of the course
  • Selecting a topic; Research
  • Methodology; Literature Review
  • Evaluation of proposed topic and research framework
  • Feedback on revised proposal and on submitted outline of literature review and methodology
  • Feedback on Project Proposal01
  • Update on progress; approaches to data analysis
  • Feedback on interim report and data analysis
  • Feedback on results and presentation
  • Submission of the project paper; Preparing for the oral presentation

Learning Outcome

  • Examine issues and practices related to the chosen topic of investigation
  • Compare the different theories and approaches in the linguistic literature
  • Critique current linguistic approaches and theories in a thorough literature review
  • Hypothesize links in and explanations for observed trends in data collected as part of the project
  • Analyse data collected as part of the project
  • Compose a thorough literature review and academic paper to report findings and recommendations
  • Design a research project on a linguistics-related topic to be investigated
  • Recommend refinements to existing theories and/or improved practices
  • Defend ideas and recommendations in an oral presentation to other researchers
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