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ENGL120 – Approaches to English Literature

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Antonina Harbus
Contact via antonina.harbus@mq.edu.au
Stephanie Russo
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit develops skills at university level in critical reading, textual analysis and writing about literary texts. It equips students with a range of key terms, concepts and practices for further studies in English literature or for any text-based discipline. Short literary texts and weekly critical studies provide focal points for developing detailed and informed ways of interpreting different kinds of narratives. Readings and online discussions treat themes such as identity and memory, and explore narrative concepts such as genre, characterisation and representing the imaginary in literary texts.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  2. Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  3. Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  4. Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Assignment 1 5% 17 March 2017
Assignment 2 10% 7 April 2017
Research Essay 25% 19 May 2017
Tutorial 20% every week of session
Examination 40% During Exam period

Assignment 1

Due: 17 March 2017
Weighting: 5%

See details on iLearn site.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Assignment 2

Due: 7 April 2017
Weighting: 10%

See details on iLearn site.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Research Essay

Due: 19 May 2017
Weighting: 25%

See details on iLearn site.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Tutorial

Due: every week of session
Weighting: 20%

Tutorial attendance, preparation & participation. See Details on iLearn site


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Examination

Due: During Exam period
Weighting: 40%

See details on iLearn site.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Delivery and Resources

Online units can be accessed at: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/

Students must consult the unit's iLearn site for details of required and recommended texts.

Students are expected to attend two lectures each week and one tutorial (see the schedule and explanation on the iLearn site). Student must attend tutorials and lectures, or attend tutorials and listen to the recorded lectures every week (available through the Echo 360 system).

For further details, see the details on iLearn.

Please note that tutorials and lectures start in week 1.

 

 

Unit Schedule

Tutorial and Lecture Schedule

 See details on iLearn.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

For further details, see the iLearn site for ENGL120.

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Student Enquiry Service

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial
  • Examination

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial
  • Examination

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial
  • Examination

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial
  • Examination

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial
  • Examination

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial
  • Examination

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial
  • Examination

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial
  • Examination

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies.
  • Understanding of, and ability to describe, sites of meaning in various narrative modes.
  • Ability to apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations.
  • Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, entertain others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • Tutorial
  • Examination

Changes from Previous Offering

Reconfiguration of assessment, including new low-risk assessment task.