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This course aims to develop students as learners, researchers, inquirers and knowledge creators in language studies and their related disciplines; and prepare them for conducting a research-based or an inquiry- based project in Honours Project II: Research Report. It consists of two parts: Part A “Generic Research Methods” (1.5 cps) introduces basic research knowledge and principles of research methods for students to use and/ or conduct research in language-related disciplines and ethical issues in the research process. It emphasises students’ roles as users of research as well as researchers themselves and the process of action research and/or action learning. Topics include recognising the value of research, understanding the process of research, the search and effective use of literature, identifying research topic and questions, features of research proposal and research report, ethical issues in research and reliability and validity of different research methods. Students study short online units and attend face-to-face tutorials in which they are guided to connect and consolidate online learning with in-class learning activities. The assessment tasks include online and in-class exercises on research methods. Part B “Methods for Specific Area in Preparation of Honours Project” (1.5 cps) prepares students to develop a proposal for conducting a research-based study in their chosen areas. Topics may include understanding the purposes and methods of sampling, quantitative research methods (e.g. survey research, experimental study, descriptive statistics and correlation, inferential statistics and data analysis), qualitative research methods (e.g., interview, observation, documents and artefacts, case study), mixed-methods research, and research based on philosophy and aesthetic judgement. Students will be guided to identify a topic, conduct a literature review, select appropriate methods of data collection and analysis/inquiry, and write a proposal.