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ENL1000 Introduction to Literature

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Introduction to Literature
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091523 - Literature
Grading basis : Graded


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 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. demonstrate the capacity for interpersonal communication in classroom or discussion board activities.


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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Bronte, E 2019, Wuthering Heights, Norton Critical Edition (edited by Lewis, A) edn, Norton, New York.
James, H 1999, The turn of the screw, Norton Critical Edition (edited by Esch, D & Warren, J), 2nd edn, Norton, New York.
Wells, HG 2008, The time machine, Norton Critical Edition (edited by Arata, S) edn, Norton, New York.

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
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 1 (1000 WORDS) 100 20 01 Apr 2021
ESSAY 2 (2000 WORDS) 100 40 31 May 2021
PARTICIPATION 100 10 04 Jun 2021 (see note 1)
MOODLE QUIZ 100 30 11 Jun 2021

  1. Participation is graded on the basis of class and forum contributions during 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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or 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

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.

Date printed 18 June 2021