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ENL1000 Introduction to Literature

Semester 3, 2016 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091523 - Literature

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Examiner: Laurie Johnson

Other requisites

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


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.


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.


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.


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). (

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  • Adams, D 2014, Dirk Gently's holistic detective agency, Gallery Books, New York.
  • 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 2004, The selected writings of Edgar Allen Poe, Norton, New York.
    (Norton Critical Edition, edited by Thompson, GR.)
  • Wells, HG 2005, The time machine, Penguin classics edn, Penguin, Harmondsworth, UK.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 26.00
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 1 (1000 WORDS) 100 20 19 Dec 2016
LEARNING DIARY 100 10 23 Jan 2017 (see note 1)
ESSAY 2 (2000 WORDS) 100 40 25 Jan 2017
MOODLE QUIZ 100 30 25 Jan 2017

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

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    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.

    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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.

  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 (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:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. 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.