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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

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

Academic Year: 2014/15

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 (Hons) / BA (Hons) + DPS
Programme title Publishing and English
Programme code EAUB03
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 or 8 semesters. Candidates following the four year programme are required to spend an approved placement in professional industry leading to the award of Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS). The sandwich year (part I) must be taken after satisfactory completion of Part B and before the commencement of 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 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:47:58 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

Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 600)

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAA101

Critical Studies 1

10 credits

EAA102

An Introduction to Language

10 credits

EAA104

Introduction to Poetry 1

10 credits

EAA801

Communicating  Knowledge

10 credits

EAA806

Web Design

10 credits

 EAA807

 History of Publishing

 10 credits

 OPTIONAL MODULES - NONE 

 

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 40)

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAA201

Critical Studies 2

10 credits

EAA804

Publishing Law

10 credits

EAA805

Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing

10 credits

 EAA808

 Contemporary Publishing and Bookselling

10 credits 

OPTIONAL MODULES (weight 10) 

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAA204

Introduction to Poetry 2

10

EAA015

Introduction to the Short Narrative

10

EAA016

The Essay      

10

EAA002

Women’s Voices

10

 

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 (30 or 50 credits)

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAB001

British Drama 1576-1737 [OR EAB008*]

20 credits

EAB801

Editing and Publishing

10 credits

 EAB804

 Marketing

10 credits 

 EAB803

 Publishing Design

10 credits 

OPTIONAL MODULES (10-40 credits)

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAB154

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20 credtis

 EAB300

 Interdisciplinary Perspectives

 20 credits

 EAB113

 Introduction to Linguistics

20 credits 

 EAB039

 Nineteenth-Century American Writing

20 credits 

 EAB032

 Sensation Fiction

20 credits 

 EAB009

 Theatre, Nation and Trauma: Contemporary Irish Drama

20 credits 

 EAB002

 Writing of the 1790s: The Gothic and Revolution

20 credits 

 EAB102

 American Adaptations

10 credits 

EAB006

Diverse Voices

10 credits

EAB918

Revolt Against Fate

10 credits

EAB026

Slavery and Empire 1750-1850

10 credits

EAB019

W B Yeats

10 credits

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 30-50)

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAB008

Victorian Literature [OR EAB001*]

20 credits

EAB805

Children's Reading

10 credits

EAB401 

Culture, Society and Technology

10 credits

 EAB806

 The Magazine Business

 10 credits

OPTIONAL MODULES (weight 10-30) 

  Code

Title

Credit Value

EAB012

African American Culture

20 credits

 EAB061

 American Nightmare II: Horror Film

 20 credits

EAB114

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

20 credits

EAB110

Introduction to Multimodality

20 credits

EAB016

Language in Society (pre-requisite EAB113)

20 credits

 EAB050

Philosophy, Literature and the Arts 

 20 credits

EAB018 

Women's Writing in the 17th Century 

20 credits 

EAB062

Moby Dick

10 credits

 EAB203

Renaissance Lyric Poetry (also available at Part C)

10 credits 

 4.3       Part C 

COMPULSORY MODULE operating across both semesters(weight 30)

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAC809

Project

30 credits

or

EAC009

Dissertation

30 credits

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)   

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAC805

The Book Trade                                            

10 credits

OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 30 or 50) 

   Code        

Title

Credit Value

EAC012

America at War

20 credits

EAC003

Decadence

20 credits

EAC042

Dimensions of Texts: An Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics

20 credits

EAC023

Libertines and Libertinism

20 credits

EAC214

Maps and Motors

20 credits

EAC103

Modernisms

20 credits

EAC227

Myth and History: Milton's Paradise Lost

20 credits

 EAC034

Narratives of American Sport 

20 credits 

 EAC300

Rare Shakespeare 

20 credits 

EAC024

The Writings of Intimacy

20 credits 

 EAC104

Aphra Behn 

10 credits 

 EAC206

Clarissa 

10 credits 

 EAC301

T S Eliot 

10 credits 

 EAC035

Poetics and Politics of Contemporary  Literature 

10 credits 

EAC803

Web Culture

20 credits

Semester 2

 

OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 30 or 50) 

  Code   

Title

Credit Value

 EAC808

 Publishers, Authors and Agents

10 credits 

 EAC810

Publishing Practical Project

10 credits 

 EAC811

Graphic Communication 

10 credits 

 EAC806

The Child and the Book 

20 credits 

EAC014

Contemporary Irish Texts

20 credits

 EAC228

Modern Subjects 

20 credits 

EAB703

Myths of America: Ideology and American Drama

20 credits

 EAC229

Neo-Victorianism 

20 credits 

EAC013

Postmodern America

20 credits

EAC109

Romantic Writing 1815-1832

20 credits

EAC008

Women's Drama

20 credits

 EAC302

Emily Dickinson

10 credits

 EAB203

Renaissance Lyric Poetry (cannot be taken if completed at Part B)

10 credits

EAC022

Ulysses

10 credits

 

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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