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EDR8005 Discourse Analysis

Semester 2, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ

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Examiner: Ann Dashwood
Moderator: Gavin Austin


A sound understanding of how to apply principles and practices of research design and analysis to spoken and written discourse is expected of professionals in a range of fields within applied linguistics and education. Further, systematic study of the nature of language communication requires access to and implementation of appropriate procedures for effective and ethical standards of research. This course is intended to provide those involved in communities of second language use with the foundations needed to generate, analyse, and evaluate data through the development of contemporary discourse analysis research.


This course introduces students to methodological approaches to the analysis of language. Social and cultural contexts in which written and spoken texts occur provide the focus of the study. The means of analysing discourse structure and markers of coherent written texts will be examined. Naturally occurring language among first language speakers or between native and non-native speakers in classroom and community contexts will be analysed. In planning a discourse analysis project, students will select and apply research schema and techniques to a specific cultural setting or language community.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of principles underlying coherent interaction in discourse (Analysis: Transcription and Annotated Text)
  2. articulate critical elements in the conduct of spoken and written research (Analysis: Transcription and Annotated Text)
  3. generate a conceptually based viewpoint using critical discourse analysis approach and contemporary approaches to analysing discourse (Critical Essay)
  4. formulate and develop a research approach appropriate to a particular discourse problem or question (Analysis: Transcription and Annotated Text and Critical Essay)
  5. explicate appropriate techniques for data collection and analysis (Analysis: Transcription and Annotated Text and Critical Essay)
  6. demonstrate competence in the use of scholarly language and literacy appropriate to the postgraduate level (Analysis: Transcription and Annotated Text and Critical Essay).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theoretical challenge of contrastive views on discourse in social and cultural research 20.00
2. Means of analysing spoken and written texts in context 40.00
3. Principles of discourse analysis research 20.00
4. Justification of research tools 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Paldridge, B 2012, Discourse analysis, 2nd edn, Continuum, London.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Blommaert, J 2006, Discourse, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Fairclough, N 2003, Analysing discourse: textual analysis for social research, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London.
  • Georgakopoulou, A & Goutsos, D 2005, Discourse analysis: an introduction, 2nd edn, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Johnstone, B 2008, Discourse analysis, 2nd edn, Blackwell Publishing, Malden, Massachusetts.
  • Rapley, T 2007, Doing conversation, discourse and document analysis, Sage, Los Angeles.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TRANSCRIPTION & ANNOTATED TEXT 60 60 16 Sep 2015 (see note 1)
CRITICAL ESSAY (2000) WORDS 40 40 28 Oct 2015

  1. 3000 Words (1,500 transcription analysis; 1,500 words written text analysis).

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities including discussion at times scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete an individual assessment item satisfactorily, a student must achieve a grade of at least C. Assessments are to be submitted with coversheet declaration.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grade for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. The research proposal will necessitate a literature review that will require students to be able to access libraries or online articles/books.

  3. Assignments to be submitted with cover sheet declaration.