DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH STUDY GUIDE ENGLISH 1C

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH STUDY GUIDE ENGLISH 1C (ENG0C11, ENGEX1C, ENG0CA1 and ENG1C11) COURSE CO-ORDINATOR DR CD MPANZA 2018 COPYRIGHT RESERVED 2015 SYLLABUS AND CONTENTS 1. Introduction to the module Dr S Mngadi….3-4 2. Prescribed texts.5 3. Module outcomes description..5-6 4. Study process.5 5. Support……..6-7 5.1 Writing and Learning Centre 5.2 Lecturers 5.3 Tutors 5.4 The Library 5.5 Student Services Bureau 5.6 Campus Security 6. Timetable..8 7. Assessment……..9 7.1 Calculation of the Semester Mark 7.2 Examinations 7.3 Calculation of the Final Mark 8. Assessment opportunities9-10 8.1 Assessment due dates 8.2 Extensions for assessments 8.3 Collection of marked assessments 9. Writing Academic Essays..11-149.1 Quoting and referencing in an academic essay 9.1a Quoting in an assignment 9.2 An important points 9.3 Using secondary sources 9.4 Internet sources 9.5 Inverted commas 10. Plagiarism.14 11. Sample bibliography..15 1. INTRODUCTION Staff members in the Department of English STAFF MEMBERROOMTELE-MAILDr Sikhumbuzo Mngadi (Chairperson)B720(011) 559 [email protected] Nicole Moore (Administrator)B721(011) 559 [email protected] Choice MpanzaB724(011) 559 [email protected] Bridget GroganB717(011) 559 [email protected] Dalene LabuschagneB716(011) 559 [email protected] Delia LaytonB722(011) 559 [email protected] Joy Lwanga-LumuSWC(011) 559 [email protected] Craig MacKenzieB719(011) 559 [email protected] Delicia LangenhovenB721A(011) 559 [email protected] David Scott-MacnabB732(011) 559 3456dscott-macnab.uj.ac.zaDr Jane StarfieldB718(011) 559 [email protected] Thabo TsehloaneB716a(011) 559 [email protected] Nora-Lee WalesB722A(011) 559 [email protected] students Welcome to the Department of English The purpose of English Studies is to develop you as an intellectual, in two ways. One, we seek to make you critical thinkers. This means that we will help you to learn not to take ideas and opinions at face value, but to test them for coherence and validity, and to understand how meaning is made. Two we want to make you expert practitioners of the English language and, in particular, skillful writers of academic essays. Writing a good academic essay is a key task for all disciplines in the Humanities, so your English modules are central to your studies as a whole. I am often asked what makes a student successful. I think success depends on the mastery of a few simple, key behaviours. Please have a look at my list, and see how many of them you can put into practice in the course of this year. The successful student – attends all scheduled classes – meet all deadlines – respects the rights of others to learn – takes responsibility for his/her own learning – presents his/her work with pride and honesty – asks questions – reads – keeps an open mind. With every good wish for a rewarding, mind-opening year of study Dr Sikhumbuzo Mngadi Chair Department of English 2. PRESCRIBED TEXTS Felix, N., Layton, D.M, Lwanga-Lumu, J. Mpanza, C.D. (comp.). 2014. English 1C and 1D Workbook. Johannesburg Pearson. Our library also has a wide selection of textbooks on academic writing and on research skills. Please do take time and visit the library for more textbooks. 3. MODULE OUTCOMES This module has been designed to develop your English language skills (verbal and written) as well as vital research skills that will prepare you to write academically and conduct research in your second and third year of study. Upon completion of this module you should be able to Make (and take) notes efficiently. Develop and write cohesive paragraphs. Locate key points in a text and write a summary. Paraphrase academic texts using your own words to explain the ideas of others. Integrate the ideas of others with your own, and avoid plagiarism by correctly citing these using the Harvard referencing system. Find academic sources on the internet and in the library. Write critically. 3.1 Module description The module runs over 14 weeks. There is one double lecture period per week, and two tutorial sessions per week if you are in the extended degree programme, and one tutorial session per week if you are in the mainstream programme. The lecture in the first week of the semester will give an overview of the course while the lecture in the last week of the semester will be devoted to examination preparation. The other twelve weeks of lectures and tutorials are for the learning, developing and assessment of academic research and writing skills. The tutorial system plays a vital role at university level as it allows for small group discussions and debates. It provides a less formal environment than the lecture theatre for the student to voice opinions and share ideas with other students and with the tutor. Tutorials play a critical role in assisting you to successfully complete this module. 4. STUDY PROCESS Extended degree students Attend the lecture and the tutorials every week and make use of your tutors consultation times. Keep all lecture notes, tests and assignments filed neatly for examination purposes. Mainstream students Attend the lecture and the tutorial every week and make use of your tutors consultation times. Keep all lecture notes, tests and assignments filed neatly for examination purposes. Read this study guide and follow it. Make use of uLink. uLink is used for posting assignments and assessment criteria repeating announcements made in class making new urgent announcements posting study guidelines access to reading and tutorial activities access to reading and workshop activities and a week by week lecture outline. 5. SUPPORT Writing and learning centre The centre located at D Ring 3 offers free individual consultations on how to improve your writing skills. You will need to make an appointment with them. 5.2 Lecturers The lecturers are there to assist you with any English 1C-related queries. Your English 1C lecturers are Dr CD Mpanza (co-ordinator) Mrs Delicia Langenhoven Dr Delia Layton Dr Joy Lwanga-Lumu (Soweto campus) Please see any of the above lecturers in their consultation times only if you have any enquiries. Please see the notice board outside the department for their consultation times. 5.3 Tutors You will be allocated a tutor in the first week of term. Your tutors details and consultation times can be found on the notice board outside the department. Your tutor will be available for individual consultation during set consultation hours or by arrangement. Please note that these consultations form an essential aspect of your learning for this course. Please consult your tutor for submission of tutorial activity answers discussion about the tutorial activity answers assistance with work not understood advice about preparation for assignments discussions about planning your studies help in preparing for the examination and support with any other academic problems with this module. If your tutor cannot help you solve your problem, make an appointment with a lecturer or the module co-ordinator or see them during their consultation times. 5.4 The Library Please learn to make use of the vast amount of resources in our library. The Subject Reference Librarian for the Department of English is Ms Ronel Smit. Her office is on Level 1 of the library, or call X 2651. 5.5 Student Services Bureau The Student Services Bureau located at C Ring 1 offers free counselling for students in case of trauma or stress, and for requesting extra time in tests and exams and so forth. 5.6 Campus Security In case of an emergency or to report an incident you can contact Campus Security on 011 559 2000 6. TIMETABLE ENGLISH 1 C SEMESTER 1 TIMETABLE 2017MONTUES AMTUES PMFRIDAYTOPICACTIVITYTIMES VENUES1350 -1525 E Les 2001210 1345 A Les G011530 1705 D Lab Basement K01940 1115 A Les G01Tutorial activities (TA) and Assessment dates (AD) WEEK1 5/2Dr CD Mpanza Dr CD Mpanza Dr CD Mpanza Dr CD Mpanza Introduction to English 1C2 12/2Dr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenDr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenIntroduction to academic literacies Course overview icebreaker3 19/2Dr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenDr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenAcademic readingNote-taking4 26/2Dr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenDr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenAcademic styleASSESSMENT 1 Textual Analysis (in-class) 205 5/3Dr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenDr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenSources, referencing plagiarismAcademic reading6 12/3Dr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenDr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenGenre 1Avoiding plagiarism (Re-assessment)7 19/3 No lecture on WedDr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenDr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenGenre 2Academic texts8 26/3 No Lec Friday Dr DM LaytonMrs D Langenhoven Dr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenParagraphing 1Paragraphing ASSESSMENT 2 Genre paragraph writing 40 Recess 31/3-8/49 9/4Dr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenMrs D LangenhovenParagraphing 2Discipline- specific texts10 16/4 Dr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenDr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenWriting critically Cohesion Re-submission11 23/4 Thursday follows Fridays timetable No lectures on FriDr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenDr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenIntroduction to argumentWriting styles and skills12 2/5 No lecture Mon or Tues Dr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenDr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenPractical application argumentCritical writing ASSESSMENT 3 Writing critically referencing (in class) 4013 7/5Dr DM LaytonMrs D LangenhovenDr CD Mpanza Mrs D LangenhovenRevisionExam preparation14 14/5Dr CD Mpanza Dr CD Mpanza Dr CD Mpanza Dr CD Mpanza Exam preparationFeedback on Assessment 3 revision 7. ASSESSMENT Assessment will comprise 3 tasks. Each of them will focus on a particular skill that would have been covered in lectures and tutorials. The dates of the assessment are indicated in the course breakdown above. Assessment tasks for this course take place either during tutorial sessions/test setting or as take home assignments. Please make sure you know when and how each assessment task will be conducted. For Assessment 1 and 2, you will be given a chance to re-do the assessment if you did not obtain a satisfactory mark in the first instance. The dates for re-assessment/re-submission are also indicated in the Study Guide. See 7.1 for the weight each assessment task contributes to your semester mark. 7.1 Calculation of the Semester Mark Your semester mark is composed of the marks from three assessments. All assessments are compulsory and must be handed in on the specified date late assessments will not be marked. The final mark is calculated as follows Assessment 1 20 Assessment 2 40 Assessment 3 40 Semester mark 100 Please note you must have a semester mark of 40 or more in order to be allowed to write the final examination. 7.2 Examinations Final examinations will occur at the end of the semester. The module co-ordinator will inform you during the last few weeks of the semester of the basic structure of the examination. 7.3 Calculation of the Final Mark In order to be admitted to the examination, you are required to achieve an average of 40 or above for the semester mark. The semester mark and the examination mark each contribute 50 of your final mark, as follows Semester mark 50 Examination mark 50 Final mark 100 8. ASSESSMENT OPPORTUNITIES 8.1 Assessment Dates Assessment 1 is due in week 4. It is an in class assessment. Assessment 2 is due in week 9. Assessment 3 is due in week 12. It is an in class assessment. Kindly address all queries concerning assignments and exams to your tutors or the module co-ordinator, and not to the secretary of the department. Please note that you may only submit your assignment at your DESIGNATED TUTORIAL. You may not submit assignments during other tutorials or to other tutors or at the reception window of the English Department. 8.2 Extensions for Assessments Please note that the due dates of submission of assessments are binding, and should be adhered to in all cases. No extensions will be given except in the case of extreme circumstances and at the discretion of the module co-ordinator. In general, only a certified doctors certificate will waive the binding nature of the deadline. Moreover, except in cases of unforeseen sickness and difficulty, students seeking extensions should contact the module co-ordinator at least one week prior to the date of submission. An extension will not be granted the day before the assessment is due, as this would indicate a lack of foresight and planning on the part of the student. All assessments must be submitted at your allocated tutorial on the due date. Late submissions will receive zero marks. 8.3 Collection of Marked Assessments All marked assessments must be collected during the tutorial from your tutor. Assessments that remain uncollected after one week will be sent to the collection facility in D-Ring. The department will not be held responsible for assessments that go missing once they have been disposed of in this manner. PLEASE TAKE NOTE YOU HAVE ONE WEEK FROM THE DATE ON WHICH THE MARKED SCRIPTS ARE MADE AVAILABLE IN WHICH TO QUERY THE MARK AWARDED, OR TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ANY OVERSIGHT ON OUR PART. NO REQUESTS FOR MODERATION OR REVISION WILL BE ENTERTAINED THEREAFTER. It is your responsibility to keep a copy of each assessment when submitting. You are also advised to keep all your marked assessments until the module has been completed. 9. WRITING ACADEMIC ESSAYS As a student of the English department, you will be required to write a number of essays during the course of the year in tests and examinations, and also as assignments. You will receive regular guidance on how to undertake this important task and you will be told how your essays will be assessed that is, what your lecturers will be looking for. The essay is the central means of assessment in the English department, so you should make every effort to understand what is expected of you. If you have any doubts or uncertainties, see your English lecturer, or make an appointment to see a tutor at the Academic Development Centre, located on the 3rd level of D-Ring (phone 559-2568). The paragraphs that follow do not attempt to describe all the features of an academic essay, nor the different forms that it can take. Instead, they address a few crucial issues that students often find confusing namely, quoting, acknowledging references and avoiding plagiarism. 9.1. Quoting and Referencing in an Academic Essay All academic essays whether written in a test or exam, or as an assignment should include quotations, which have to be accurately referenced. What this means, quite simply, is that every assertion you make, whether it is an opinion or a statement of fact, must be supported by examples and evidence from the text(s) you are discussing and those examples must be properly referenced, by line number, page number, or other appropriate indicator. In a test or an exam, you will often need to quote from the primary text (a poem, short story, novel, play, movie etc.) as part of your answer. So too in an assignment written at home you will need to quote from the primary text in the same way but you may also be required to quote from other sources, such as a dictionary, critical essays in the library and lecture notes. An important aspect of how you are assessed concerns how well you follow the conventions for quoting and acknowledging (referencing) your sources. No less important is your absolute honesty in acknowledging ALL the sources that you have used. If you submit an assignment in which you have simply copied someone elses work whether it was written by a friend or family member, or lifted from an online source, or a book in the library you may be guilty of plagiarism, a form of intellectual theft, which is dealt with very severely by the university. You are advised to read the notes below with care to make sure that you know what you are doing when writing your essays. 9.1a. Quoting in an Assignment An assignment is a more complex piece of work than a test or exam answer, so there are many more academic conventions to observe, though the main points remain the same you are expected to quote from the primary text and other sources, as appropriate, to substantiate what you are saying you must mark the beginning and end of the quotation by means of quotation marks and you MUST reference your quotations correctly to indicate where they come from. There are TWO parts to any system of referencing FIRST, the abbreviated in-text reference e.g.Wright (2003 3) claims that, Our practical faith in progress has ramified and hardened into an ideology. SECONDLY, the full citation in the Bibliography Wright, R. 2003. A Short History of Progress. Edinburgh Canongate Books. These two parts must fully harmonise with one another. There is no point in providing abbreviated in-text references without a complete, matching entry in the bibliography and there is no point in citing works in the bibliography without suitable in-text references you will simply make your marker wonder where and how you used those sources, and why you have not acknowledged their contribution to the body of your essay. The system used by the English Department Literacy Team is preferred by most South African universities, but you should be aware that other departments at UJ may expect you to reference your sources in slightly different ways. You should also be aware that many books you read, especially if they come from the UK, may employ entirely different systems of referencing. No system is more right than any other. What you need to do is make yourself familiar with the essentials of correct referencing as used at UJ, and apply the system correctly and consistently. 9.2. An Important Point REMEMBER Keep your in-text references short, but make sure that they are adequately matched to a full citation in the bibliography. 9.3. Using Secondary Sources In an advanced essay or assignment, you will probably want to quote from secondary sources, such as essays by literary critics, historians or other experts whose opinions or observations you feel could be useful to your argument or whose opinions you may want to contradict. (Do not be surprised. Many good essays begin by setting themselves in opposition to someone elses published ideas. You do not have to agree with everything you read. In fact, it is better if you do not) You can proceed in one of two ways You can quote a passage directly if you think it is particularly memorable, elegant or important for what you want to say e.g. Our practical faith in progress has ramified and hardened into an ideology (Wright 2003 3). OR You can paraphrase (summarise) the main points as part of your own argument. Here you do not use quotation marks, but as you are still quoting indirectly you need to acknowledge your use of someone elses ideas e.g. According to Wright (2003 3), the idea that the world can sustain endless economic progress can lead to disaster. Please re-read the two examples above closely until you are sure that you understand clearly how they differ. In both cases, you MUST acknowledge your source. Simply repeating someone elses argument in your own words does not make it your argument. And copying someone elses words and presenting them as if they were your own is intellectual theft, academic fraud and cheating. Be aware such actions will be severely punished by the cancellation of your course registration or by expulsion from the university in particularly severe cases. If you have any doubts about whether or not to acknowledge a source, play safe and acknowledge (reference) it fully. This does not mean, however, that you can simply stitch an essay together from acknowledged secondary sources, and present it as your own work. You will be marked on your ability to construct and write an essay in which your own voice and your own ideas are apparent you will not earn marks by glueing something together from other peoples writings, even if they are acknowledged. Such work will either receive a penalty mark, or be handed back to be rewritten. 9.4. Internet Sources Every year, more and more students rush headlong to internet sites to locate an essay that they can copy or imitate, instead of trying to write one themselves. The result is inevitable students who will not take the time to think through the issues raised in their course, and who cannot be bothered to learn new skills, submit muddled assignments for which they get predictably low marks. The remedy is simple READ your texts, THINK about what you are taught in lectures and tutorials, and PRACTISE WRITING your own essays. Your first efforts may be disappointing, but with a little effort you are bound to improve. There is NO other way You cannot learn without making mistakes, but by making an effort you can at least find out in which areas you need to improve. REMEMBER An essay-assignment must be predominantly your own work, with words or ideas that are not your own accurately and honestly acknowledged. The English department does NOT award marks for copying, and it does NOT reward cheating. It awards marks for coherent thinking and logical writing. Please do not try to cheat. Lecturers know what the average undergraduate essay looks like. They can tell when you have used words or ideas that are not your own, and you will be penalised accordingly. BE WARNED Since 2007 the English department has been using software approved and managed by the university to detect plagiarism. Students will need to be even more careful to acknowledge their sources fully. If plagiarism is detected, you will NOT be given a second chance. 9.5. Inverted commas (single / double) It does not matter whether you use single or double inverted commas ( or ) just remember to be consistent. Remember also that if you use double inverted commas and need to enclose something (such as the title of a poem) within inverted commas inside the quotation, the inner set must be single inverted commas, and vice versa The critic Fred Nules observes that in Blakes London the theme of urban decay is prevalent. The critic Fred Nules observes that in Blakes London the theme of urban decay is prevalent. 10. PLAGIARISM If you have any doubts about what constitutes plagiarism, look carefully at the following examples. We begin with a passage taken from P. Hobsbaums critical work, A Readers Guide to Charles Dickens All action in this novel moves either towards or away from its central character. We can extrapolate, if we please, and define the various strands of plot. There is Pip in relation to patronage Pip in relation to the social world Pip and heartbreak Pip at first rejecting, then learning to accept, a fellow-being Pip winning acceptance, first on potential, then after bitter trials on achievement Pip recognizing the hollowness of Class and the true nature of being a gentleman. Each of these strands is dominated by a single character, and may be distinguished in terms of Miss Havisham, Mr Jaggers, Estella, the convict, Pocket (perhaps Wemmick, too), and Joe Gargery, the blacksmith. The most important point being made in this paragraph is that Pip is central to the novel, Great Expectations. If, in the process of preparing for an assignment on Great Expectations, you found Hobsbaums remarks to be particularly useful, you could refer to the text in one of two ways, as illustrated below. You may quote from the passage, as follows In Great Expectations, all of the action centres on Pip. As Hobsbaum notes, All action in the novel moves either towards or away from its central character (Hobsbaum 1972 222). You may refer generally to the entire paragraph as follows In Great Expectations, all of the action centres on Pip (see Hobsbaum 1972 222). In short, the Department of English encourages the use of critical material, providing that this usage is properly acknowledged. EXAMPLE OF PLAGIARISM The following example from a student essay would be regarded as an instance of plagiarism In Great Expectations, all of the action centres on Pip. We can extrapolate, if we please, and define the various strands of the plot. Each of the strands in the novel Pip and patronage, Pip and the social world, Pip and heart-break, and Pip winning acceptance is dominated by a single character. In this paragraph, the student has borrowed phrases and an entire sentence from Hobsbaum without indicating the source. This is illegitimate precisely because it is presented as the students own original work. 11. SAMPLE BIBLIOGRAPHY For a complete guide to the Harvard Referencing system, please consult the UJs library website under referencing techniques. The link will be provided to you in class. PAGE PAGE MERGEFORMAT 11 [email protected] 6x-y7MFBL7U ,n8Uoy4ggWMBf)f WPF66w8 HIfEcZ d/[email protected](
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