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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Publishing with English (2007 to 2011 entry)

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/BA + DPS
Programme title Publishing with English
Programme code ISUB03
Length of programme The programme is available by full-time study. 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, 02 Sep 2014 11:56:13 BST

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 

COMPULSORY MODULE operating across both semesters (weight 20)

 

Title

Credit Value

ISA004

Introduction to Publishing

20

Semester 1
COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 40)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAA101

Critical Studies 1

10

ISA301

Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing

10

ISA303

Management Problem Solving

10

ISA309

Studying Information Science

10

OPTIONAL MODULES (weight 10-20)
Modules to total 10 or 20 weight from the following:

           

Title

Credit Value

EAA002

Women’s Voices

10

EAA003

Introduction to Short Story

20

EAA006

Introduction to American Literature

20

EAA010

Writing Women

20

EAA015

Introduction to Short Narrative

10

EAA016

The Essay

10

EAA108

The Search for Identity

20

EAA023

Oral Communication

20

EAA102

Introduction to Language

10

EAA104

Introduction to Poetry 1

10

EAA503

Performance 1

10

Semester 2
COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 40)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAA201

Critical Studies 2

10

ISA025

Organisational Theory

10

ISA307

Website Design

10

ISA310

The Information Society

10

OPTIONAL MODULES (weight 10-20)

Modules to give a total for the year of 120 credit weight from the following:

           

Title

Credit Value

EAA001

Introduction to Film Studies

20

EAA002

Women’s Voices

10

EAA010

Writing Women

20

EAA011

Writing in History

20

EAA015

Introduction to the Short Narrative

10

EAA016

The Essay

10

EAA003

Introduction to the Short Story

20

EAA004

Language in Context

20

EAA023

Oral Communication

20

EAA108

The Search for Identity

20

EAA204

Introduction to Poetry 2

10

EAA504

Performance 2

10

 

 4.2 Part B


COMPULSORY MODULES

Modules operating across both semesters (weight 40)

 

Title

Credit Value

ISB026

Editing and Marketing

20

ISB027

Publishing Design and Production

20

 

Students must also take ONE of the following:

Semester One:

 

Title

Credit Value

EAB001

British Drama 1576-1737

20

Semester Two:

 

Title

Credit Value

EAB008

Victorian Literature

20

EAB114

Elephants and Engines: an Introduction to Creative Writing

20

 
Semester One:
OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 10-40)
Students may take modules from the following to give a total minimum weight of 50 and a maximum weight of 70 for the Semester Modules from the Department of English and Drama must not exceed a total weight of 40 for Part B. 
 

           

Title

Credit Value

EAB158

The Good Life?

20

EAB001

British Drama 1576-1737

20

EAB060

American Nightmare 2: Horror Film

20

EAB002

Writing of the 1790s: The Gothic and Revolution

20

EAB102

American Adaptations

10

EAB026

Slavery and Empire 1750 - 1850

10

EAB039

Nineteenth Century American Writing

20

EAB109

Contemporary Poetry

10

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

20

EAB154

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20

EAB203

Renaissance Lyric Poetry

10

EAB027

Shakespeare: Page to Stage

20

ISB006

Subject Analysis and Indexing

10

ISB200

Advanced Web Design and Web Analytics

20

ISB301

Informatics and Systems

10

ISB304

Information and Knowledge Management 1

10

ISB404

People-Centred Information Service Design

10

 

Semester 2
COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 20) 

 

Title

Credit Value

ISB010

Research Methods

10

ISB306

Human Resource Management

10

 
OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 0-30)

Modules from the following, to give a total weight of 120 for Part B. Modules from the Department of English and Drama must not exceed a total weight of 40 for Part B.

           

Title

Credit Value

EAB008

Victorian Literature

20

EAB012

African American Culture

20

EAB016

Language in Society - (pre-requisite EAB113)

20

EAB018

Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century

20

EAB020

Diverse Voices

10

EAB009

Theatre, Nation and Trauma

20

EAB033

Puppetry

20

EAB035

The Weird Tale

20

EAB040

New Woman Writing of the Fin de Siècle

10

EAB050

Philosophy, Literature and the Arts

20

EAB062

Moby Dick

10

EAB110

Introduction to Multimodality

20

EAB111

19th Century Novel

20

EAB114

Elephants and Engines: an Introduction to Creative Writing

20

EAB153

British Renaissance Drama

20

EAB704

Modern and Contemporary British Drama

10

ISB025

Information Retrieval

10

ISB302

Systems Modelling

10 

ISB303

Database Design

10

 
4.3 Part C 
 
COMPULSORY MODULE operating across both semesters: (weight 30)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAC809

Project

30

or (by arrangement with the Programme Tutor only)

EAC009

Dissertation

30

 
The modular weight of EAC809 may be split between semesters in the ratio of either 20:10 or 10:20 depending on the balance of other modular weights chosen. The modular weight of EAC009 is split between semesters in the ratio 10:20.
 
Semester 1
 
COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 20)

 

Title

Credit Value

EAC804

Legal and Professional Issues

10

EAC805

The Book Trade

10

 
OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 10-30)
Modules from the following to give a minimum weight of 50 and a maximum weight of 70 for the Semester, including a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 50 credits from English and Drama for Part C. Students taking EAC009 may take further modules from English and Drama with a maximum total weight of 20 only for Part C.
 

           

Title

Credit Value

EAC012

America at War

20

EAC016

Cruel and Unusual

10

EAC003

Decadence

20

EAC023

Libertines and Libertinism

20

EAC103

Modernisms

20

EAC214

Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio

20

EAC228

Modern Subjects: Hardy, Conrad, Woolf

20

EAC042

Introduction to Systematic Functional Linguistics

20

EAC227

Myth and History: Milton's Paradise Lost

20

EAC035

Poetics and Politics of Contemporary Literature

10

EAB203

Renaissance Lyric Poetry

10

EAC222

Writing for Performance

20

EAC024

Writings of Intimacy

20

EAC806

The Child and the Book

20

EAC803

Web Culture

10

EAC002

Ulysses

10

 

Semester 2
COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 20)

 

Title

Credit Value

ISC315

Electronic Information Use and Management

10

EAC807

The Magazine Business

10

 
 
OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 20-40)
Modules from the following to give a total weight of 120, including a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 50 credits from English and Drama for Part C. Students taking EAC009 may take further modules from English and Drama with a maximum total weight for the Part of 20 only.
 

           

Title

Credit Value

EAC013

Postmodern America

20

EAC516

Bollywood Bollywood

10

EAC026

The American West

10

EAC014

Contemporary Irish Texts

20

EAC703

Myths of America

20

EAC109

Romantic Writings 1815-1832

20

EAC027

Unexpected Light: Writing Afghanistan

20

EAC018

Women and Theatre

10

EAC041

W B Yeats

10

ISC318

Information and Knowledge Management 2

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 obtain at least 30% in all modules.
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 including a minimum of 20 credits from modules coded EA, and also obtain at least 30% in all 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 and also obtain a minimum of 30% in all modules.

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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