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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Publishing and English (2015 entry)

Academic Year: 2015/16

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


Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:40:40 GMT

1. Programme Aims

The programme seeks 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;

  • foster the ability to conduct independent research using appropriate methodologies and to present the results appropriately;

  • provide an intellectually stimulating experience of learning and studying;

  • encourage in its students a strong sense of enthusiasm for the subject and a full understanding of its social and cultural significance;

  • foster engagement with a wide and varied spectrum of reading, writing and visual sources, through a broad and diverse curriculum;

  • encourage students to reflect critically upon the acts of reading and writing and on the history of textual production and reception;

  • educate its students to think independently, reason critically, analyse different forms of discourse, and to weigh the importance of alternative arguments and perspectives;

  • promote the understanding of verbal creativity and aesthetic features in literary and non-literary texts;

  • instil in its students advanced competence in oral and written communication;

develop a range of subject specific and generic skills of value in graduate employment, including highly developed critical, analytical and research skills.

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

  • QAA Subject Statement for Communication, media, film and cultural studies


  • QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of…

 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 position of the publishing industry within the overall structure of the media industries world-wide;

the roles of information, information technology and information products in the 21st century.

the distinctive characteristics of the different literary genres offiction,poetry,drama and other kinds of writing and communication;

a range of authors and texts from different periods of history,including those before 1800;

the relationship between literature and other forms of cultural production;

the role of critical traditions in shaping literary history,and thei mportance of the linguistic,literary,cultural and socio-historical contexts in which literature is written and read;

the appropriate and precise use of critical,linguistic and stylistic terminology;

the range and variety of contemporary approaches to literary study which may include creative practice and its theorisation;

how literaturea nd language produce and reflect cultural change;

the structure and functions of theEnglish language and of its regional and global varieties.


3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to.


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;

demonstrate an awareness of legal, ethical and professional issues as they relate to the publishing industry;

 use critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts;

 show sensitivity to generic conventions and the shaping effects on communication of circumstances,authorship,textual production and intended audience;

understand how different social and cultural contexts affect judgments about the nature of language and literature;

understand the critical and theoretical models that apply to their studies;

appreciate the central role of language in the creation of meaning;

use rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to.

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 copy-editing 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 written and oral form;

critically evaluate the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral and written communications;

demonstrate advanced and effective research skills,including the ability to access,work with and evaluate digital sources;

demonstrate the capacity for independent thought and judgement through critical or creative practice;

deploy a broad range of critical vocabulary and appropriate theoretical terminology;

demonstrate bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline,and expertise in accurately citing sources and using scholarly conventions in the presentation of work.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to.

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;

demonstrate advanced analytical skills and be able to handle complex information in a structured and systematic way;

understand and be able to interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical and interpretive positions and be able to weigh the importance of alternative perspectives;

adapt and transfer the critical methods of their studies to a variety of working environments.

4. Programme structure

  • Module availability is subject to timetabling constraints. 
  • Students must choose 120 credits across the year, with no more than 60 credits per semester, where possible.
  • Students may, by following appropriate academic advice, pursue specialist areas of interest through their degree programme.
  • Students may select modules (with a total weighting of 20 credits) from those listed in the School Catalogue or the University’s Module Catalogue subject to approval by the School.


Part A

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 100 credits)

Semester One (40 Credits)


Semester Two (60 Credits)

EAA700 (20)

Narrative Forms and Fiction

EAA701 (20)

Literary and Critical Theories

EAA809 (20)

Web Design, Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing

EAA810 (20)

Introduction to Publishing and Bookselling


EAA811 (20)

Communications Law and Ethics


Optional Modules (In addition, students must choose a 20 credit optional module in semester one. The modules below are indicative of the optional modules typically offered on the programme)

Semester One


EAA104 (20)

Introduction to Poetry

EAA102 (20)

Introduction to Language


Part B

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 100 credits)

Students must choose at least one module from each semester from the four modules listed below.  One of these must be a pre-1800 module and one must be a post-1800 module.

Semester One (Min. 20 Credits)

Semester Two (Min. 20 Credits)


EAB710 (20)

Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)

EAB711 (20)

Eighteenth-Century Literature  (pre-1800)

EAB008 (20)

Victorian Literature      (post-1800)                          

EAB712 (20)

Modernisms                          (post-1800)     


Compulsory Publishing Modules (Students will also be registered for the compulsory modules below)

Semester One

Semester Two

EAB801 (20)

Text and Editing

EAB805 (20)

Children’s and Young Adult Reading


EAB807 (20)

Communicating Knowledge



Optional Modules (In addition, students must choose an additional 20 credit optional module in semester one. The following are indicative of the optional modules typically offered on the programme)

Semester One



EAB710 (20)

Renaissance Writings (if not a chosen compulsory)

EAB008 (20)

Victorian Literature (if not a chosen compulsory)    

EAB113 (20)

Introduction to Linguistics

EAB713 (20)

A Certain Glory: How to Write Poetry Now                                                              

EAB039 (20)

Nineteenth-Century American Writing                        

EAB154 (20)                                        

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

EAB020 (20)

Diverse Voices

EAB102 (20)      

American Adaptations

EAB040 (20)

New Woman Writing of the Fin de Siecle

EAB715 (20)

Modern Irish Literature







School-Wide Module Options

Semester One

Semester Two

 EAB918 (20)

Revolt Against Fate

SAB933 (20)

Textile Futures


SAB934 (20)

Fashion Theory

SAB935 (20)

Art, Activism and Society

SAB936 (20)

Urban Visual Culture

SAB937 (20)

Wearable words, artefacts and new technologies

SAB938 (20)

Arts Management 

EAB033 (20)


EAB904 (20)

Playwriting and Dramaturgy


Part I

Four year Sandwich Programme (DPS) route

Candidates will undertake an approved placement leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies. 

Semesters 1 and 2


Industrial Training Placement

120 credits


Part C

*This will be available to those students entering Part C in the academic session 2018/19

Compulsory Modules (Students must choose EITHER Dissertation OR Publishing Research Project. Total modular weight 60 credits)

Semester One


Semester Two

EAC009 (40)

Dissertation (year-long, 40 credit module)

EAC809 (40)

Publishing Research Project (year-long, 40 credit module)

EAC801 (20)

Marketing and the Magazine Business


Optional Modules

If students choose Dissertation then they must choose 20 credits of English modules in EITHER semester one or semester two. If students choose to take these credits in semester one they must choose 40 credits of Publishing modules in semester 2. If they choose to take these credits in semester two, they must choose 20 Publishing credits in semester one and 20 credits in semester two.

If students choose Publishing Research Project they must also choose 60 credits of English modules. They must choose 20 credits in semester one and 40 credits in semester two.

The following are indicative of the optional modules typically offered on the programme (This will include ‘Analysing Work Experience’, which is limited to work placements and recruits approx. 6 students per semester).

English Optional Modules

Semester One

Semester Two


EAC900 (20)

Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries

EAC900 (20)

Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries

EAC042 (20)

Dimensions of Texts: Intro to Systemic Functional Linguistics

EAC024 (20)

Writings of Intimacy

EAC214 (20)

Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio * Pre-Requisite: Writing Poetry and/or Writing Fiction

EAC300 (20)

Rare Shakespeare

EAC229 (20)


EAC104 (20)

Aphra Behn and Her Contemporaries

EAC034 (20)

Narratives of American Sport

EAC016 (20)

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture

EAC227 (20)

Myth and History: Milton’s Paradise Lost

EAC109 (20)

Romantic Writings 1815-1832

EAC012 (20)

America at War

EAC701 (20)

Global America

EAC022 (20)


EAC301 (20)

T.S. Eliot


Publishing Optional Modules

Semester One

Semester Two


EAC803 (20)

Web Culture, Culture, Society and Technology

EAC806 (20)

The Child and the Book


EAC808 (20)

Publishers, Authors and Agents


School-Wide Module Options

Semester One          

Semester Two

EAC912 (20)

Costume Design

EAC008 (20)

Putting Women Centre Stage

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

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 40% in all compulsory English modules and successfully complete and pass the 10% assessment component in Academic Guidance and Professional Development in the modules EAA700 and EAA701.

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. 

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

4.   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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