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ENL1000 Introduction to Literature

Semester 3, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Staffing

Examiner: Sharon Bickle
Moderator: Lawrence Johnson

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

Rationale

Introduction to Literature offers students content and skills that are valued in many fields. It is the first course in the English Literature Major and is offered in the Interdisciplinary Majors for Popular Culture and Writing & Society. The course is also regularly recommended to students in Education programs. The skills in reading, interpretation, research, and essay writing taught in this course remain useful throughout a student’s program of study and beyond, as attributes in postgraduate study, general employability, and lifelong learning.

Synopsis

Introduction to Literature is designed as a foundation course in literary and cultural studies. It introduces students to basic skills of reading, interpretation, research and essay writing. Through studies of literary forms, the course develops self-directed learning skills and a familiarity with the tools of critical analysis.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate academic literacy skills by competently using a vocabulary of critical terms to apply to the reading of texts and their relevant textual features;
  2. utilise learned discipline-based information literacy in identifying appropriate secondary sources for use in researching a response to an essay task;
  3. explain the importance of specific cultural and historical circumstances for the production and reading of literary forms;
  4. communicate clearly in writing for different purposes by planning and submitting two essays and maintaining a learning diary;
  5. demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by comprehending and applying norms and practices of academic integrity;
  6. provide evidence of self-reflection through maintenance of a learning diary and by using feedback on the first essay to make improvements to the second

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Research and Analysis 20.00
2. Narrative Forms 50.00
3. Poetry 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2014&sem=03&subject1=ENL1000)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Bronte, E 2002, Wuthering Heights, Norton Critical Edition (edited by Dunn, R) edn, Norton, New York.
  • Murfin, R & Ray, SM 2009, The Bedford glossary of critical and literary terms, 3rd edn, Bedford/St Martins, Boston.
  • Poe, EA 2008, The Selected Writings of Edgar Allen Poe, Norton Critical Edition (edited by Thompson, GR) edn.
  • Wells, HG 2005, The Time Machine, Penguin Classics edn.
  • Sherlock (BBC television series; selected episode from season 1).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bennet, A & Royle, N 2005, An introduction to literature, criticism and theory: key critical concepts, 3rd edn, Pearson Longman, New York.
  • Whitla, W 2010, The English handbook: a guide to literary studies, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 1 (1000 WORDS) 100 20 12 Dec 2014
CMA TEST 1 5 5 15 Dec 2014
CMA TEST 2 5 5 05 Jan 2015
CMA TEST 3 5 5 12 Jan 2015
CMA TEST 4 5 5 19 Jan 2015
ESSAY 2 (2000 WORDS) 100 40 23 Jan 2015
CMA TEST 5 5 5 27 Jan 2015
LEARNING DIARY 100 10 30 Jan 2015 (see note 1)
CMA TEST 6 5 5 09 Feb 2015

NOTES
  1. Learning Diary is graded on the basis of extracts submitted at the end of the semester

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There are no examinations in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there are no deferred/supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an “Incomplete” grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded “I” can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

  11. All students are to submit nominated assignments through Turnitin. Non-compliance with this request could result in assignment marks being withheld. Students should refer to the USQ instructions on how to set up a Turnitin account and submit assignments into Turnitin.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Assignments should be typed and must be double spaced. The new MLA style must be used in documenting all assessment items. See Introductory Book for details

  3. Tape recording of tutorials and lectures is prohibited except in special cases at the discretion of the examiner.