ENG-10030 - Composition
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

Composition provides first-year students with the fundamentals of scholarly research and writing which underpin a literature degree. The module is divided into three sub-units: research skills, modes of writing, and developing an academic essay. Through a portfolio of weekly assignments, students learn to write with confidence in a range of modes, including academic writing, creative writing, and journalistic writing, in preparation for the variety of exciting careers to which a degree in literature can lead. By the end of the module, students will have developed transferable skills essential to their futures, including the ability to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of communication, the capacity for independent thought and judgment, and competency in organizing and developing complex ideas.

To impart research skills (use of library, electronic resources, note-taking, etc.)
To ensure competence in grammar and the mechanics of writing.
To introduce students to essential techniques and conventions of presenting ideas in writing.
To introduce students to different modes of writing and their application.
To develop essay-writing skills, including producing a thesis and sustaining an argument.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate an ability to interact critically, constructively and collaboratively with other students and their work; will be achieved by assessments:: 1,2
Assess, organise, and engage with a wide variety of sources (including electronic ones) as part of the practice of research; will be achieved by assessments:: 1,2
Identify common grammatical errors and understand the principles of sentence structure; will be achieved by assessments:: 1,2
Develop and sustain critical arguments using academic language and scholarly citation; will be achieved by assessments:: 1,2
Identify differences in modes of writing. Demonstrate competence in some modes of writing in short written assignments; will be achieved by assessments: 1: 1,2
Demonstrate use of electronic resources, skills of note-taking, proof-reading, and bibliographic conventions; will be achieved by assessments:: 1,2


Study hours

Seminars (12 hours)
Lectures/Workshops (12 hours)
Seminar preparation and private study (75 hours)
Essay writing and preparation (50 hours)
Feedback (1 hour)

School Rules

'A' Level English or equivalent
'ENG-10026 Reading Literature' (semester I core module)
'ENG-10028 Telling Tales' (semester I programme elective module)
'ENG-10022 Poetry Through Practice' (semester I programme elective)
'ENG-10025 Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature'

Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 40%
Circa 2000-word cumulative writing portfolio and reflective essay
A portfolio of writing produced throughout the course of the semester with an essay reflecting on the portfolio as a whole.

2: Essay weighted 60%
2,000 word essay. A list of questions will be provided.