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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - LIN7630

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Current Status: SCNS Liaison Notified of Graduate Council Approval - 2016-05-18
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Required for PhD in Ling and Applied lang Studies. To GC. Approved 5/12/16 To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5206 2015-03-17
    Department College Budget Account Number
    World Languages AS 124100000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Wei Zhu 8139743805

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    LIN 7630 Research and Writing in Applied Linguistics

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Research & Writing in AL
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    This advanced graduate-level course examines research methods and conventions of research-based writing in Applied Linguistics. Students develop an understanding of academic writing process and practice scholarly writing in a supportive environment.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    The proposed course will be required of all first-year students in the Ph.D Program in Applied Linguistics. It may be taken as an elective by interested students in the MA program in Applied Linguistics. It will be offered annually with a projected enrollment of about 10 students.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D in Applied Linguistics

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    In this course, students will

    A. Be introduced to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research in Applied Linguistics;

    B. Develop an ability to synthesize research information and evaluate research;

    C. Develop an understanding of writing conventions and practices in Applied Linguistics;

    D. Develop an ability to design empirical research projects on Applied Linguistics research topics, and

    E. Practice different genres of research-based writing and improve scholarly writing skills in a supportive environment.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the course, students will

    A. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches as well as writing conventions in the field of Applied Linguistics;

    B. Demonstrate an ability to synthesize research information and critique research in Applied Linguistics;

    C. Demonstrate an ability to design empirical research projects on Applied Linguistics research topics; and

    D. Demonstrate an ability to perform different genres of research-based writing and improved scholarly writing skills.

    C. Major Topics

    Overview of quantitative, qualitative, and mix-methods research

    Research ethics, quality and other issues

    Quantitative Data Collection

    Quantitative Data Analysis

    Writing a quantitative report

    Summarizing and Synthesizing Research

    Writing a conference proposal

    Qualitative Data Collection

    Qualitative Data Analysis

    Writing a qualitative report

    Writing Critiques

    Mixed Methods Research Design

    Data Analysis in Mixed Methods Research

    Rhetorical and linguistic issues in research writing

    D. Textbooks

    Dornyei, Z. (2007). Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Swales, J., & Feak, C.B. (2012). 3rd edition. Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

    Halleck, G., & Connor, U.M. (2006). Rhetorical moves in TESOL conference proposals. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 70-86.

    Thompson, G. (2001). Interaction in academic writing: Learning to argue with the reader. Applied Linguistics, 22, 58-78.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Course readings will include course textbooks, research articles to be selected by the instructor for class discussion and analysis, and additional materials as needed for individual student projects.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Studentsí course grades will be determined as follows:

    Participation (preparation, discussion, peer reviews )15%

    Data analysis assignments 25%

    Conference proposal 5%

    Research critique 15%

    Research proposal 40%

    Written proposal 35%

    Oral presentation 5%

    The plus and minus grading system will be used in this class.

    A 94-96 A- 90-93 B+ 87-89 B 84-86 B-80-83

    C+ 77-79 C 74-76 C- 70-73 F 69 and below

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Written Assignments

    Conference Proposal: This assignment is designed to provide an opportunity for you to practice writing a conference presentation proposal and to receive feedback on it. To begin the assignment, identify the conference you wish to submit the proposal to (e.g., TESOL, ACTFL, AAAL) and go to the professional organizationís website to find the Call for Proposals. The Call for Proposals contains information about different presentation types. Select the type of presentation most appropriate for the materials you want to present and write your proposal by following the specific instructions provided in the Call for Proposals.

    Article Critique: This is a group assignment (2-3 people). Students will select a research article and write an analysis and critique of the article. The article critique should include the following: 1. The bibliographical information of the article ( APA style); 2) A brief summary of the research, including the research problem, questions/hypotheses, methodology (the research design, the variables, research sample, data collection procedures, and data analysis), and findings; and 3) an evaluation of the research. The evaluation component is the most important part of the assignment. More information will be provided in a separate handout, which should be regarded as part of the course syllabus.

    Research Proposal. The written proposal provides you with an opportunity to design a research project addressing research questions in the field of Applied Linguistics. Your proposal should include 1) An introduction of the research purpose and a discussion of the research area and the research problem; 2) A review of existing literature relevant to your study; 3) A description of your research methodology; and 4) A summary in which you reiterate the importance of your proposed research. The written proposal will be 22-25 pages, typed, double-spaced and include a minimum of 15 relevant references. More information will be provided in a separate handout, which should be regarded as part of the course syllabus.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Be sure to arrive on time for all class meetings. Class attendance is important to student success and is expected. Unexcused absences will negatively affect a studentís grade.

    It is the studentís responsibility to notify the instructor of an absence as soon as possible. Employment schedules, athletic training and practice schedules, and personal appointments are not valid reasons for excused scheduled absences. Please note that documentation may be required to excuse an absence.

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Itís the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Oral and in-class assignments, when missed due to unexcused absences, cannot be made up. All assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates announced.

    It is expected that a studentís written work represents the studentís original thinking and effort. Academic dishonesty will be dealt with in accordance with the USF Academic Integrity of Students Policy (for more information, go to

    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. The instructor reserves the right to submit assignments to this detection system.

    Information on policies regarding student responsibility and conduct and other issues relevant to graduate studies can be found at

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Ph.D in Applied Linguistics

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    MA program in Applied Linguistics

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