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STUDY GUIDE FOR
Prof MJ Wenzel
Mrs M duPlessis-Hay
Prof. AJ van Rooy
FACULTY OF ARTS
Contents of study division A, editing and formatting by M duPlessis-Hay, Department of English.
Contents of study division B by MJ Wenzel. Department of English.
Contents of study division C by AJ van Rooy, Department of English.
Copyright © 2006 edition
North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus
All rights reserved. Except for the marking grid and assignment cover sheets provided, no part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher. This includes photocopying the whole or parts of this book.
WORD OF WELCOME
Welcome to the second half of your English studies! Having successfully completed the first year and a half of undergraduate study in the Department, you are doubtless familiar with the practices and methods used in the English programmes, so here are simply a few reminders of what is important.
Contact details for your lecturers will be supplied together with your lecture schedules once the semester has started.
You are always welcome to approach your lecturers if you need help. If you have a problem that they cannot help you with, or you feel that it would be inappropriate to approach them, you can speak to the Tutor for Second-Year Studies, or make an appointment with the Director of the School of Languages.
The secretaries for the School of Languages are in Frans du Toit 109, and should be approached if you can’t find a lecturer, or need to submit something. Marked assignments can also be collected from a box in the secretaries’ office.
As usual in a Department in the School of Languages, attendance at contact sessions is essential. Since you are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials, it will be assumed that you have heard any announcement made at a contact session. Preparation for contact sessions is also considered compulsory in the School of Languages. If you do not attend, or if you attend but have clearly not prepared for the session, you will receive a lower participation mark than otherwise, and may not qualify to write the exam.
The general teaching aim of the University is the inculcation and development of four sets of abilities or skills in a carefully graduated fashion over the three years of undergraduate studies. The English language and literature programmes strive towards the inculcation and development of these skills within the framework of the specific demands of the discipline.
This includes the retrieval of information from the library and other sources as well as the ability to turn the acquired material into active knowledge. It also includes the ability to read and to understand various kinds of texts, to identify viewpoints and to follow lines of argumentation.
This includes the definition of basic concepts, productive handling of existing knowledge, logical analysis of phenomena, viewpoints and theories, integration of viewpoints directed at a specific problem, the identification of problem areas and the formulation of a problem, the discovery of underlying philosophical points of departure.
This would include the comparison of viewpoints and sources of knowledge, the generation and integration of new information, the formulation and testing of hypotheses (in linguistics) or theses (in literary studies), the design of research proposals, criticism of schools of thought, views and trends, and the development of a personal viewpoint or theory.
This involves the correct representation of others' viewpoints, the logical formulation of a personal viewpoint, the management of the scholarly discourse, the writing of papers, research papers and dissertations. The management of source documentation is also part of this skill (see the section in this introduction on plagiarism).
By the end of second year, you ought to able to consolidate these skills at an intermediate level. You should be learning to structure a coherent, cohesive essay; perform close critical readings of poems and passages of prose; and be able to place texts into their social, historical and literary contexts. Your work should show that you can combine lower-order and intermediate/higher-order skills in roughly equal proportions.
THIS STUDY GUIDE
This study guide is divided into three study divisions, each divided into study units, each of which contains a number of study sections. You will be told which study sections to prepare for contact sessions.
At the beginning of each section there are learning outcomes. The outcomes are crucially important, as they indicate to you what it is that you are supposed to master in a given chunk of work. Make sure that you meet the requirement outlined in the outcomes, as this will help you decide whether you are up to speed with the requirements of the module. In the nature of outcomes-based education, what you meet in the outcomes you will meet again in the examination – we undertake to be very honest with you, and match examination questions to the outcomes as formulated for each sub-division of the work. You can thus regard the outcomes as markers on a map that will guide you to the final destination of the module.
Read the prescribed texts for each study section BEFORE you read any of the introductory or other material in the study guide. If you are not prepared to read and re-read the set texts, you should seriously reconsider registering for this module.
High-level outcomes are provided for each Study Division and Study Unit: these collectively form the module outcomes.
CREDITS AND NOTIONAL HOURS
This module is worth 24 credits and should take 240 notional hours to complete.
Study division A
The texts of the poems we shall study are provided in this study guide: prescribed poems will be found within study units 1-3 and additional poems in Appendices to study units 1-3.
Study division B
BRONTë, E. 1995. Wuthering Heights. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (ISBN 0 19 282350 7).
DICKENS, C. 1991. Great Expectations. London: Longman. (ISBN 0 582 07783 4).
HARDY, T. 1984. Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Harmondsworth: Penguin. (ISBN 0 14 0620206).
Study division C
BIBER, D, Conrad, S & Leech, G. 2002. Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. London : Longman.
This study guide contains all the material up to section 8.5. The remainder will be provided as handouts in class.
ROBERTS, E.V. 1999. Writing About Literature (9th edition) Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall. Referred to as 'Roberts' in the Study Guide.
ROGERS, P. (Ed.) 1998. The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (ISBN 0 19 2880780).
To make sure that you cite sources accurately.
The current edition of Quoting Sources, available from the library.
Study divisions A & B
You will also need a DICTIONARY not limited to current usage: in other words, NOT the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. A recent edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary is probably a good choice: although it is subtitled ‘A Dictionary of Current English’ it does record archaic usages too.
CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY of Current English. 8th ed. 1990. Oxford: Clarendon Press..
ROGET, P.M. 1987. Roget's Thesaurus. Ed. B. Kirkpatrick. London: Longman. (ISBN 0 140512489).
If you quote the BIBLE in a discussion of a literary text, you should always use the version the author you are discussing used (if known) or could have used: that is, you cannot quote a 20th-century version of the Bible when writing about a 19th-century author. You will need to use a copy of the Authorised Version of the English Bible (also known as the King James Version).
Study Division C
If you do not yet have a good English dictionary, it is essential that you buy one for this course. This is something you will (should!) use for the rest of your life in any case. Your lecturer will recommend one to buy and some to consult in the library and on the Internet. The same applies to an English thesaurus. Your lecturer will recommend one to buy and some to consult in the library and on the Internet.
There is no reading compendium attached to this study guide. A copy of the reading compendium can be consulted in the English Seminar Room (Frans du Toit 223). You will also be required to identify and use secondary sources in the library.
It is very important at second-year level that you begin to learn to integrate your own responses to the texts you read with your reading of other critics. SEE THE NOTE ON PLAGIARISM.
Remember that it is very important for your own development as a reader and critic to read your plays and poems BEFORE you look at the critics.
PROOF OF PARTICIPATION
You need to submit SIX assignments by their due dates (which will be provided by your lecturers). Details for some assignments are provided below: the others will be given to you during the semester.
Students may be absent, with valid excuses, from not more than one third of the scheduled number of facilitation or contact sessions for ENGL221. In all cases of absenteeism the student must provide a reason for his/her absence in writing either before the intended absence or as soon as possible thereafter to the Director of the School of Languages.
ALL assignments and class tests will be taken into account in the calculation of your participation mark. For full-time students, attendance at, and performance in, contact sessions may be taken into account in calculating your participation mark.
You need a participation mark of at least 40% to be permitted to write the examination.
The examination consists of a 3 hour paper.
Participation mark : examination mark : : 100 : 100.
To pass the module ENGL221 you need an average of 50%, and a sub-minimum of 45% in the examination.
You need to submit six assignments by their due dates: assignments submitted late, without prior arrangement with the lecturer concerned, will be penalised and may receive 0%.
In the section ‘To be attached when you submit assignments’, you will find three pages: a title page (which includes a declaration that you have not committed plagiarism, and which must be attached to ALL written work submitted); a general marking grid for literature papers; and a special journal marking grid for assignment 6.
ASSIGNMENTS 1 & 2
These will be literature assignments on the nineteenth-century novel (Study Division B).
ASSIGNMENTS 3 & 5
These will be language assignments (Study Division C).
This will be a literature assignment on nineteenth-century poetry (Study Division A).
This assignment will take the form of a reading journal, which you must keep as you work through the nineteenth-century poetry section of this module (Study Division A). This must be kept throughout the fourth term. Full instructions are provided in the introduction to Study Division C, and the marking grid for the journal is provided below.
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR LITERATURE ESSAYS
Assignments where these instructions have not been followed may be failed.
The School of Languages and the Department of English take plagiarism very seriously. The information and definitions below come from the School’s official hand-out on plagiarism.
At the beginning of the semester, you will receive a plagiarism declaration, which will include this information, and which you will sign to say that you have read and understood it, and that you undertake not to commit plagiarism. If you are not prepared to sign this, you are advised to reconsider your registration for ENGL221.
TO BE ATTACHED
WHEN YOU SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS
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