Spring 2020 - LING 851 G100

Research Techniques and Experimental Design (3)

Class Number: 7866

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    RCB 7402, Burnaby

    Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    RCB 7402, Burnaby



Introduces the use of experimental methods and laboratory techniques for carrying out research in speech and language sciences. Topics include reading research literature, research design and hypothesis testing, statistical methods and data analysis, and research paper write-up.


LING 851 surveys issues faced by researchers as they design empirical studies, collect and analyze data, and disseminate their findings. Discussion material is drawn from the speech sciences and applied language studies. Course topics include conceptualization and design of quantative research studies, statistical concepts and  hands-on experience using statistical software. Each class member will carry out a small project in which a suitable research question is identified, numerical data are analyzed and results are reported in accordance with APA guidelines.


  • • Participation (including oral presentation) 20%
  • • Short assignments 30%
  • • Final project 50%


Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.  

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.  

All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.  

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



These will be announced in class.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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