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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Publishing and English (2012 - 2014 entry)

Academic Year: 2016/17

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 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:51:50 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

4.1 Part A - Introductory Modules

Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 60)

 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 20) 

 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 (40 or 60 credits)

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAB001

British Drama 1576-1737 [OR EAB008*]

20 credits

EAB801

Text and Editing

20 credits

 EAB804

 Marketing in the Publishing Industry

20 credits 

OPTIONAL MODULES (0 or 20 credits)

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAB154

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20 credits

 EAB113

 Introduction to Linguistics

20 credits 

 EAB039

 Nineteenth-Century American Writing

20 credits 

 EAB102

 American Adaptations

20 credits 

EAB020

Diverse Voices

20 credits

EAB154

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20 credits

EAB040

New Women’s Writing

20 credis

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (weight 20 or40)

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAB008

Victorian Literature [OR EAB001*]

20 credits

EAB805

Children's Reading

20 credits

OPTIONAL MODULES (weight 20 or 40) 

  Code

Title

Credit Value

EAB012

African American Culture

20 credits

 EAB060

 American Nightmare

 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

EAB018 

Women's Writing in the 17th Century 

20 credits 

EAB711

Eighteenth-Century Literature

20 credits

EAB035

Weird Tale

20 credits

 4.3       Part C 

COMPULSORY MODULE operating across both semesters(weight 40 credits) split 20 credits across each semester.

 Code

Title

Credit Value

EAC809

Project

40 credits

or

EAC009

Dissertation

40 credits

The modular weight for both EAC809 and EAC009 is split between semesters in the ratio 20:20.  If EAC009 is taken, candidates will be required to take a minimum of 40 credits with the prefix EAC8 during Part C.

Semester 1 

OPTIONAL MODULES (40 credits) 

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:

  • Publishing Histories

  • Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing

  • Publishing Industries

  • Literature from 1350 to the present

  • Language, Linguistics and Creative Writing

  • American Literature

 

In the 2016-2017 academic year the available modules will be:

   Code        

Title

Credit Value

EAC034

Narratives of American Sport

20 credits

EAC227

Myth and History: Milton’s Paradise Lost

20 credits

EAC012

America at War

20 credits

EAC016

Cruel and Unusual

20 credits 

EAC713

A Certain Glory: How to Write Poetry Now

20 credits

EAC440

The Modern Poet

20 credits

EAC042

Dimensions of Texts

20 credits

EAC024

Writings of Intimacy

20 credits

EAC900

Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries

20 credits

EAC806

The Child and the Book

20 credits

EAC808

Publishers, Authors and Agents

20 credits

Semester 2

 OPTIONAL MODULES (40 credits) 

  Code   

Title

Credit Value

EAC103

Modernisms

20 credits

EAC229

Neo-Victorianism

20 credits

EAC300

Rare Shakespeare

20 credits

EAC022

Ulysses

20 credits

EAC701

Global America

20 credits

EAC714

One True Sentence: Writing Fiction

20 credits

EAC104

Aphra Behn and her Contemporaries

20 credits

EAC900

Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries

20 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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