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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Publishing and English (2017 entry)

Academic Year: 2017/18

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 School of the Arts, English and Drama
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, 17 Aug 2017 10:49:42 BST

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

(http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/Subject-benchmark-statement-Communication-media-film-and-cultural-studies.pdf)

  • 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

Part A

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 100 credits)

Semester One (40 Credits)

 

Credit Weight

Semester Two (60 Credits)

Credit Weight

EAA700

Narrative Forms and Fiction

20 credits

EAA701

Literary and Critical Theories

20 credits

EAA809

Web Design, Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing

20 credits

EAA810

Introduction to Publishing and Bookselling

20 credits

 

 

EAA811

Communications Law and Ethics

20 credits

 Optional Modules (In addition, students must choose a 20 credit optional module in semester one.)

Semester One

Credit Weight

 

EAA104

Introduction to Poetry

20 credits

EAA102

Introduction to Language

20 credits

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)

Credit weight

Semester Two (Min. 20 Credits)

 

Credit Weight

EAB710

Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)

20 credits

EAB711

Eighteenth-Century Literature  (pre-1800)

20 credits

EAB008

Victorian Literature (post 1800)                       

20 credits

EAB712

Modernisms  (post-1800)     

20 credits

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

Semester One

Credit Weight

Semester Two

Credit Weight

EAB801

Text, Editing and Design

20 credits

EAB805

Children’s Reading

20 credits

 

 

EAB807

Communicating Knowledge

20 credits

           

Optional Modules (In addition, students must choose an additional 20 credit optional module in semester one.

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 2017-2018 academic year the available modules will be:

Semester One

 

Credit Weight

 

EAB039

Nineteenth Century American Literature and Culture

20 credits

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

20 credits

EAB154

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20 credits

EAB035      

Weird Tale

20 credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

EAI001

Industrial Training Placement

120 credits

Part C

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

Semester One 

Credit Weight

Semester Two

Credit Weight

EAC009

Dissertation

(year-long, 40 credit module)

EAC809

Publishing Research Project

(year-long, 40 credit module)

 

 

 

 

 

EAC801

Marketing and the Magazine Business

20 credits

 

 

Optional Modules

If students choose EAC009 then they must choose a minimum of 20 credits with the prefix module code EAC8.

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:
  • Publishing Histories

  • Publishing Industries

  • Literature from 1350 to the present

  • Creative Writing

  • American Literature

In the 2017-2018 academic year the available modules will be:

Semester One

Credit Weight

Semester Two

 

Credit Weight

EAC002

The Return of the King, Literature 1689 - 1714

20 credits

EAC024

Writings of Intimacy

20 credits

EAC314

Maps and Motors

20 credits

EAC300

Rare Shakespeare

20 credits

EAC016

Cruel and Unusual

20 credits

EAC109

Romantic Writings 1815 - 1832

20 credits

 

 

 

20 credits

EAC701

Global America

20 credits

EAC440

 

The Modern Poet

20 credits

EAC001

 

Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s

20 credits

EAC806

The Child and the Book

20 credits

 

 

 

EAC808

Publishers, Authors and Agents

       

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 modules.

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 modules. 

3.    To be eligible for the award of the Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX and achieve at least 40% in all compulsory modules.

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 accumulated.

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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