Course module - Academic Development
Code : ENGL10171 Credit rating: 20 Semester : 1
- To provide training in the necessary skills of the discipline (e.g. Use of library, methods of essay-writing, oral skills for seminar presentations)
- To provide guidance for learning and self-development
- To provide a forum where students can focus and reflect on their learning and development
- To foster an environment in which students take responsibility for their own learning
- To provide an enhanced personal tutor system to support students throughout their course
- To begin the process of creating a progress file as 'a means by which students can monitor, build and reflect upon their personal development' (Dearing Report, recommendation 20).
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
At the end of the course unit the successful student will have demonstrated:
- An ability to record and monitor their academic and personal progress
- An ability to record their acquisition and development of skills which are both discipline-related and transferable;
- An ability to monitor their capacity to reflect upon their development
- An ability to monitor the degree to which they take responsibility for their own learning and to assess their progress throughout the course.
By (i) satisfactory completion of an essay-writing project, and (ii) passing a one-hour exam at the end of the course. There is no numerical mark for this course unit: assessment is Pass or Fail.
THIS COURSE IS COMPULSORY FOR STUDENTS ON BA (HONS) ENGLISH LITERATURE AND BA (HONS) ENGLISH LITERATURE & AMERICAN STUDIES.
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS ON JOINT HONOURS ENGLISH LITERATURE PROGRAMMES, AND BA (HONS) COMBINED STUDIES STUDENTS FOLLOWING PATHWAYS INVOLVING LITERARY STUDIES, ATTEND THE LECTURES FOR THIS COURSE, SHOULD THEIR TIMETABLE PERMIT. THIS COURSE IS NON-CREDIT BEARING FOR STUDENTS ON THOSE PROGRAMMES.
THIS COURSE IS NOT AVAILABLE AS FREE-CHOICE.
Close reading of literary texts (provided by seminar leaders), along with progressive development of an understanding of argumentation in essays and the effective use of secondary criticism. Students will learn about the formal presentation of an essay, with particular emphasis placed on correct bibliographical citation and its relation to the accurate use of criticism. This last element will be tested in the final exam.
Knight, Dr Peter
PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE FOR 2013-2014
Lecture: Thursday 1.00-2.00
Seminars: T B A
One 1-hour lecture plus one 2-hour seminar per week.