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ENGX120 – Approaches to English Literature

2017 – S2 OUA

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor, Lecturer, Tutor
Geoffrey Payne
Dept of English, Second floor North, Australian Hearing Hub
2-3pm Tuesday
Gai Ramesh
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. All enrolment queries should be directed to Open Universities Australia (OUA): see www.open.edu.au

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.open.edu.au/student-admin-and-support/key-dates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrated critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies
  2. Understanding 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
Participation 20% Ongoing
Assignment 1 5% Week 3
Assignment 2 10% Week 6
Research Essay 25% Week 10
End-of-Unit Quiz 40% Week 13

Participation

Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 20%

Participation in weekly discussion forums of set texts and concepts.


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 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 1

Due: Week 3
Weighting: 5%

Textual Analysis Exercise - 300 words


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 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: Week 6
Weighting: 10%

Textual Analysis and Critical Citation Exercise - 500 words.


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 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: Week 10
Weighting: 25%

Research Essay of 1500 words. See the ENGX120 iLearn site for additional information.


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 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

End-of-Unit Quiz

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 40%

End-of-Unit Quiz. 3 hours. A non-invigilated quiz testing knowledge of the unit content. Further details about the quiz are provided on the ENGX120 iLearn site and in lectures.


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 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

Unit Requirements and Expectations

It is expected that students will listen to two audio lectures each week, read set primary texts, participate thoroughly in online discussion (making at least 2 informed and engaged discussion forum posts) and submit all items of assessment (two assignments, a research essay and, in week 13, the end-of-unit quiz).

Unit Webpage and Technology Used and Required Online units can be accessed at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au. PC and internet access are required. basic computer skills (e.g., internet browsing) and skills in word processing are also a requirement. Please contact teaching staff for any further, more specific requirements. Consult the OUA website for more detailed information on technology requires: https://www.open.edu.au/getting-started/studying-through-oua/computer-requirements.

Required Reading

1. William Shakespeare, Macbeth. All students are urged to acquire/use the recommended Norton Critical Edition, ed. Robert S. Miola. 2nd edition. New York and London, 2014, which contains useful additional resources. The first edition will serve just as well if that is more readily available. If you cannot access the Norton Critical edition, please ensure that you use a reputable scholarly edition of the text.

2. David Malouf, Ransom (Sydney: Knopf, 2009).

All other weekly readings have been digitised and are available to download from Macquarie University library's eReserve. Links for all reading can be accessed from the ENGX120 iLearn site.

 

Recommended Reading

H. Porter Abbott, The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative, 2ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

A list of additional suggestions for critical readings can be found in the Topic 14: Essential Course Resources area of the unit's iLearn site.

Policies and Procedures

Late Submission

Unless otherwise stated, late submission of written work will result in a deduction of 10% of the mark awarded for each week or part of a week beyond the due date, or date to which an extension has been granted.

Extension Request

Disruption to Studies Procedure (http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/procedure.html)

The University recognises that students may experience disruptions that adversely affect their academic performance in assessment activities.

The disruption to studies policy (http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html) applies only to serious and unavoidable disruptions that arise after a study period has commenced.

Serious and unavoidable disruption

The University classifies a disruption as serious and unavoidable if it:

  • could not have reasonably been anticipated, avoided or guarded against by the student; and
  • was beyond the student's control; and
  • caused substantial disruption to the student's capacity for effective study and/or completion of required work; and
  • occurred during an event critical study period and was at least three (3) consecutive days duration, and/or
  • prevented completion of a final examination.

If you feel that you've been impacted by a serious and unavoidable disruption to study situation, submit an application as follows:

  1. Visit Ask MQ (https://ask.mq.edu.au) and use your OneID to log in via 'Current student domestic and international'
  2. Under 'Forms' select 'disruptions' and fill in your relevant details.
  3. Attach supporting documents by clicking 'Add a reply', click 'browse' and navigating to the files you want to attach, then click 'submit form' to send your notification and supporting documents
  4. Please keep copies of your original documents, as they may be requested in the future as part of the assessment process

Review

Once your submission is assessed, recommendations are sent to your unit convenor to ensure an appropriate solution for affected assessment(s) is organised.

OUA Specific Policies and Procedures

OUA Special Circumstances Process

Special Circumstances refers to late withdrawal from a unit and your request to have your circumstances taken into account for a possible refund of fees and removal of a "fail" result.

Applications for Special Circumstances are to be submitted to Open Universities Australia directly:

https://www.open.edu.au/public/student-admin-and-support/student-support-services/special-circumstances

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.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

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

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

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 outcomes

  • 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

  • Participation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • End-of-Unit Quiz

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 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

  • Participation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • End-of-Unit Quiz

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 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

  • Participation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • End-of-Unit Quiz

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 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

  • Participation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • End-of-Unit Quiz

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 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

  • Participation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • End-of-Unit Quiz

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

  • 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

  • Participation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • End-of-Unit Quiz

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

  • 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

  • Participation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • End-of-Unit Quiz

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 outcomes

  • 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

  • Participation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • End-of-Unit Quiz

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 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

  • Participation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Research Essay
  • End-of-Unit Quiz