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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Publishing and English (2012 entry onwards)

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of English and Drama - pre 2017
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA/ BA + DPS
Programme title Publishing and English
Programme code ISUB03
Length of programme The duration of the programme is normally either 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if students undertake a placement leading to the award of a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) which occurs between Part B and Part C.
UCAS code P4Q3 (3-year); P4QH (4-year)
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:53:00 GMT

1. Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  • advance students’ understanding of the professional, managerial and technical dimensions of work in the publishing industry;
  • equip students with a sufficiently advanced command of the English language to enable them to undertake editorial work professionally in any English-speaking country;
  • provide the core skills needed to obtain an entry-level professional position in the publishing industry;
  • equip students with an awareness of legal, ethical and professional issues as they relate to the publishing industry;
  • promote an understanding of the information needs of individuals and organisations and knowledge of the systems and technologies by which information is handled;
  • provide an environment in which students are encouraged to think, read and reason critically, creatively and independently, and to weigh the importance of alternative arguments and perspectives;
  • enhance students’ ability to analyse critically different forms of discourse;
  • foster the ability to conduct independent research using appropriate methodologies and to present the results appropriately.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Librarianship and Information Management (2007)

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/benchmark/statements/librarianship07.pdf

  • Loughborough University Department of Information Science, Learning and Teaching Strategy

https://internal.lboro.ac.uk/sci/ls/dept/L&T%20documents/Learning%20and%20Teaching%20Strategy%20revised%20Feb02.doc

  • QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

  • design principles and production technologies as applied to printed and electronic publications;
  • editorial and marketing roles as applicable to various categories of books and periodical publications;
  • financial, human resources and general management principles and methods as applied in the publishing industry;
  • the concepts and principles underlying the storage, retrieval and use of information held in both printed and electronic forms;
  • the position of the publishing industry within the overall structure of the media industries world-wide;
  • the structure and functions of the English language;
  • the distinctive characteristics of different literary genres;
  • a range and variety of contemporary approaches to literary study;
  • the roles of information, information technology and information products in the 21st century.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:
  • critically analyse developments in the publishing industry;
  • evaluate different information technology applications and their use;
  • discuss the principles of management as applied to publishing in a variety of environments and institutional contexts;
  • analyse data and synthesise information into value-added formats;
  • evaluate publishers’ customers’ needs in a variety of contexts and in relation to a range of printed and electronic information products;
  • plan metadata and other retrieval tools to be assigned to publications;
  • apply critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:
  • demonstrate IT competence with a range of computer applications;
  • use desktop publishing and computer graphics software;
  • design publications (print and electronic) that will be marketable;
  • undertake copyediting tasks confidently and with accuracy;
  • apply legal and ethical procedures within the publishing industry;
  • use financial and other management techniques appropriate to the publishing industry;
  • present cogent and persuasive arguments both in oral and written form;
  • critically assess the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral and written communications.
c. Key transferable skills:
  • plan and undertake independent research for a project in a defined project area;
  • manage a range of information and data and present them effectively in a suitable format;
  • communicate effectively the results of their studies and research in writing (reports and essays) and by means of oral presentation;
  • work effectively in teams;
  • utilise time management skills in planning work;
  • use the English language both orally and in writing to present a persuasive argument;
  • understand and apply a variety of theoretical and interpretive positions;
  • use a variety of IT packages and applications confidently.

4. Programme structure

Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 in each Part, with a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules.  

4.1 Part A - Introductory Modules

COMPULSORY MODULE Semester 1 and 2, Year-long module (10 credits in each semester)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAA802

Introduction to Publishing and Bookselling

20

Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 50)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAA101

Critical Studies 1

10

EAA102

An Introduction to Language

10

EAA104

Introduction to Poetry 1

10

EAA801

Communicating  Knowledge

10

EAA806

Web Design

10

 OPTIONAL MODULES - NONE 

 

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 30)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAA201

Critical Studies 2

10

EAA804

Publishing Law

10

EAA805

Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing

10

OPTIONAL MODULES (weight 20) 

           

Title

Credit Value

EAA001

Introduction to Film Studies   

20

EAA204

Introduction to Poetry 2

10

EAA015

Introduction to the Short Narrative

10

EAA003

Introduction to the Short Story           

20

EAA004

Language in Context  

20

EAA016

The Essay      

10

EAA108

The Search for Identity

20

EAA002

Women’s Voices

10

EAA011

Writing in History

20

EAA806

Writing Women

20

 

4.2 Part B 

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits in total over the year)

*Students have to take either EAB001 or EAB008 in Part B as a compulsory module. They can though choose to take both modules – one as compulsory, one as an option.

Semester 1 and 2   Year long module (Calculated at 10 credits each semester)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAB803

Publishing Design and Production

20

Semester 1 (30 or 50 credits)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAB001

British Drama 1576-1737 [OR EAB008*]

20

EAB801

Marketing and Editing

20

OPTIONAL MODULES (10-40 credits)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAB154

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20

EAB109

Contemporary Poetry

10

EAB006

Diverse Voices

10

EAB046

Dwelling in the Novel

20

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

20

EAC039

19th Century American Writing

20

EAB203

Renaissance Lyric Poetry

10

EAB918

Revolt Against Fate

10

EAB038

Satire

20

EAB032

Sensation Fiction

20

EAB003

Theatre, Nation and Trauma

20

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 30-50)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAB008

Victorian Literature [OR EAB001*]

20

SBE code

Research Methods    

10

EAB401 

Culture, Society and Technology

10

OPTIONAL MODULES (weight 0-30) 

           

Title

Credit Value

EAB012

African American Culture

20

EAB153

British Renaissance Drama

20

EAB114

Elephants and Engines

20

EAB110

Introduction to Multimodality

20

EAB016

Language in Society

20

EAB062

Moby Dick

10

EAB040

New Woman Writing

10

EAB050

Philosophy, Literature and the Arts

20

EAB026

Slavery and Empire

10

EAB008

Victorian Literature

20

EAB018

Women’s Writing in the 17th Century

20

EAB002

Writing of the 1790s

20

 

4.3       Part C 

COMPULSORY MODULE operating across both semesters(weight 30)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAC809

Project

30

or

EAC009

Dissertation

30

The modular weight for both EAC809 and EAC009 is split between semesters in the ratio 10:20.  If EAC809 is chosen, candidates will be required to take a further 10 credits with the prefix EAC8 in the course of Part C.  If EAC009 is taken, candidates will be required to take a further 30 credits with the prefix EAC during Part C. In either case, students will take a total of 60 credits in Publishing modules and 60 credits in English modules. A module cannot be taken in Part C if previously taken in Part B.

Semester 1 

COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 10)   

 

Title

Credit Value

EAC805

The  Book Trade                                            

10

OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 40) 

           

Title

Credit Value

EAC012

America at War

20

EAC016

Cruel and Unusual

10

EAC003

Decadence

20

EAC042

Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics

20

EAC023

Libertines and Libertinism

20

EAC214

Maps and Motors

20

EAC103

Modernisms

20

EAC228

Modern Subjects

20

EAC227

Myth and History: Milton's Paradise Lost

20

EAC035

Poetics and Politics of Contemporary Literature

10

EAB203

Renaissance Lyric Poetry

10

EAC002

Ulysses

10

EAC222

Writing for Performance

20

EAC024 Writings of Intimacy 20

EAC806

The Child and the Book

20

EAC803

Web Culture

20

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 10)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAC807

The Magazine Business

10

OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 30) 

           

Title

Credit Value

EAC026

The American West

10

EAC516

Bollywood Bollywood

10

EAC014

Contemporary Irish Texts

20

EAB703

Myths of America

20

EAC013

Postmodern America

20

EAC109

Romantic Writing 1815-1832

20

EAC027

Unexpected Light: Writing Afghanistan

20

EAC018

Women and Theatre

20

EAC041

W B Yeats

10

 

Human Information Processing ** new for 2014/15

10

 

Graphic Communication **new for 2014/15

10

EAC808

Publishers, Authors and Agents ** new for 2014/15

10

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1.1    In order to progress from Part A to Part B, candidates must satisfy the minimum requirements as set out in Regulation XX, and also obtainat least 40% in all compulsory English modules and obtain a mark of 80% in the citation/bibliometric test in EAA803, Studying Publishing. 

5.1.2    In order to progress from Part B to Part C, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX and at least 40% in all compulsory English modules. 

5.1.3    To be eligible for the award of the Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

5.2 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for eligible candidates in any part of the programme to undergo re-assessment within the University’s special assessment period, except where fewer than 60 credits have been achieved.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C, in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX. The average mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B: 40%, Part C: 60% to determine the Programme Mark. 

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