This Handbook is for the use of students taking English Literature and Creative Writing courses. It contains essential information relating to your courses and regulations/information/advice that you will require




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Lancaster University

PART II HANDBOOK

2009-2010

This Handbook is for the use of students taking English Literature and Creative Writing courses. It contains essential information relating to your courses and regulations/information/advice that you will require.


It is imperative that, on receiving this handbook, you read it in its entirety, and continue to refer to it throughout the year.


*IMPORTANT WARNING*


Your University E-Mail Account


@lancaster.ac.uk


You must now use your University e-mail account (xxx@lancaster.ac.uk) for all Lancaster communications. This address is assigned to you on entering the University, and it is the only address that the Department and the University will use to communicate with you. Please be professional about this.


You must check it regularly. The Department uses this address for all correspondence (we don’t send out paper communications any more). If you don’t use this account, you simply won’t receive vital correspondence about any part of your degree.


Failure to check this account will not be accepted as an excuse, and students who fail to respond to requests from the Secretaries will be referred to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.


CONTENTS


Item Page


Dates for your Diary and Introduction 3

Department of English and Creative Writing Contract 4

The Department (People and General Information ) 7

Equal Opportunities 12

Attendance Requirements and Progress Monitoring 13

Description of English Literature 14

Your Work as an English Literature Student 18

Description of Creative Writing 23

Your Work as a Creative Writing Student 27

Coursework and Exams: General Regulations 33

Coursework Regulations: Submission of Work 37

Plagiarism (Academic Cheating) and Departmental Advice on Plagiarism and its Penalties 39

Style Sheet 45

Marking Criteria 51

How Your Degree is Calculated 57

Moderation and Exam Boards 58

Progression Requirements 58

Enrolment Arrangements and Time Period 59

Intercalations 59

Withdrawals 60

Repeated Years and Repeated Courses 60

Changing Your Major 60

Complaints Procedure 61

E-Learning, LUVLE and MyPlace 62

University Services 63 Careers and Employability 67 Life After University 70 List of Part II Courses for 2009-2010 71 Course Details 72


IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


Term 1 Friday 2nd October 2009 – Friday 11th December 2009

Term 2 Friday 8th January 2010 – Friday 19th March 2010

Term 3 Friday 16th April 2010 – Friday 25th June 2010


Please note that term notionally begins on the Friday before teaching commences. So, although Term 1 officially commences on Friday 2nd October, teaching will begin on Monday 5th October.


The week prior to the beginning of Term 1 (week commencing Monday 28th September) is Intro Week.


Submission of Part II Creative Writing Portfolios:

Friday Week 2, Term 3 (30th April 2010), by 12 noon


Enrolment for Next Year’s Courses

Online in Weeks 1 and 2, Term 3, with Departmental enrolment the following week


Senate Deadline (no further submission of coursework possible):

Friday Week 3, Term 3 (7th May 2010), by 12 noon


Resubmission of Part II Coursework (All Part II Home Students):

Week 5, Term 3 (17th – 21st May 2010)


For Second Year students who will do ENGL 301 in their Final Year: Submission of your Dissertation Proposal:

Friday week 9, Term 3 (18th June 2010)


End of Year Examinations:

To be announced by the Student Registry in Term 2: Part I exams are normally held in Weeks 8 and 9, Term 3, and Part II exams normally between Weeks 4 and 8.


INTRODUCTION


This handbook contains most of the basic information you will need to know during your time as an undergraduate student studying in the Department of English and Creative Writing. You should keep it to hand throughout this year and consult it regularly. Staff in the Department will assume that you are familiar with the material contained in it. Occasionally, students complain that they have not been given certain information, when in fact it is in this book, so we recommend that you read it fully and carefully. It is your responsibility to know what’s in it.


Returning students in Years 2 and 3 should read the Handbook since memories will almost certainly need refreshing, and Regulations, as well as Course Overviews, are sometimes revised.


First Year students sign a contract indicating that they have read the Handbook and will abide by Departmental Regulations for the duration of their degree programme.


We welcome suggestions for improving later versions of this booklet. Please pass any suggestions to the Director of Part II (Courses), Dr Lindsey Moore.


DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND CREATIVE WRITING CONTRACT


Teaching and learning is essentially about dialogue and co-operation. The relationship of student and member of staff is based on a shared commitment to learning that entails responsibilities on both sides. The following code helps to define what is expected from you in lectures and seminars, and what you in turn are entitled to expect.


General Matters


What you should expect of us

  • We aim to be a friendly and accessible department, in which a number of people should be available regularly in term-time, unless absent with good reason, to deal with your questions and possible problems.

  • Your tutors should have their office hours posted in the Department, when you may consult them about any appropriate matter. Office hours are not only for disciplinary matters and / or problem management; they are dedicated hours in which students can approach members of the Department about any aspect of their studies.

  • The University will do whatever it can to assist you, within the Rules and Guidelines of the University, if you are having problems, provided we are aware of these problems.


What we expect of you:

  • You enrol properly and on time for all courses and in all years.

  • You familiarise yourself with your lecture and seminar timetable before teaching begins each term. Please note that from 2009-10, seminars will be timetabled centrally in the same way as lectures. This means that your seminar times will be allocated to you. Please ensure you use LUVLE to familiarise yourself with these times. If, for exceptional reasons, you feel you need to change your seminar times, requests to do so should be submitted in writing to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Students, who will consider your case. Please note that the office will not be able to change your seminar time without this approval.

  • Wherever possible you try to consult members of staff in their office hours.

  • You familiarise yourself with the assessment requirements of all courses, participating in presentations, attending all in-class tests and exams, and submitting all coursework on time.

  • You are prepared, as far as possible, to inform the Department (by contacting the appropriate Departmental person or your College Office, the College Senior Tutor, the Counselling Service, Student Services or the Students’ Union Advice Centre) of any factors, financial, personal or academic, which impair your ability to work for your degree to the best of your ability. It is your degree, and your responsibility to seek help if you are experiencing difficulties.


Lectures


What you should expect of us:

  • Lectures that are clear, audible, relevant, interesting and stimulating (and that finish on time). Please note that there are many different ways of being interesting and stimulating, the most effective of which depend on an audience prepared to give them a serious hearing

  • We will take account of any special needs of any members of the class when made aware of them.


What we expect of you:

  • Where appropriate, read for the lecture in advance.

  • Arrive on time, and behave in a courteous, considerate fashion so as not to distract anyone (including the lecturer). This includes not talking to your neighbours or using your mobile phone during a lecture.

  • Alert the lecturer to any aspects of the environment that impair concentration.

  • Listen actively, taking selective, thoughtful notes.


English Literature Seminars


What you should expect of us:

  • The tutor will be punctual, and will also end the class on time (i.e. ten minutes before the hour for ‘hourly’ seminars).

  • S/he will let the class know in advance what the text / topic for discussion is to be. The Handbook will give a general guide to seminar topics week-by-week, and additional information may be provided on LUVLE.

  • S/he will respect and encourage everyone in the group to contribute to the discussion, will help to refine discussion, and will contribute to the discussion her/himself.

  • S/he will adopt methods of discussion which enable everyone to participate.


What we expect of you:

  • You are required to attend seminars in all courses for which you are registered. We will keep a record of any that you miss. If, for any reason, you have to miss one, you must inform your tutor (or a secretary), preferably in advance, and certainly before the following seminar, why you were absent. You should check what is required for the next session. See also Attendance Requirements and Progress Monitoring.

  • You will arrive in good time, having made allowances for traffic, missing transport and lack of parking spaces.

  • You will have prepared properly for the seminar by reading the text, thinking about it, making useful notes, and considering any questions or issues, including those posted on course LUVLE sites. You will normally be expected to bring a copy of the primary text to class.

  • You will contribute actively to the discussion to the best of your ability, and make contributions courteously and in the spirit of debate and cooperation.


Creative Writing Workshops


What you should expect from us:

  • The tutor will be punctual and end the class on time

  • S/he will respect and encourage everyone in the group to contribute to the discussion, and will participate in the discussion her/himself.

  • S/he will adopt methods which enable everyone in the group to participate in the workshop, help refine discussion and foster a spirit of effective creative debate.

  • S/he will focus the group’s attention on particular issues and be alert to the individual creative needs of participating writers.


What we expect from you:

  • Attendance at all workshops for all courses for which you are registered. We will keep a record of any that you miss. If, for any reason, you have to miss one, you must inform your tutor (or a secretary), preferably in advance, and certainly before the following seminar, why you were absent. You should check what is required for the next session. See also Attendance Requirements and Progress Monitoring.

  • Punctuality.

  • Preparation. You must submit work as directed by your tutor, and be prepared to receive feedback on the work submitted. You must read the work submitted by your peers, make concise and useful notes, and be prepared to contribute to the workshop discussion to the best of your ability.

  • When you receive feedback on your work, you should reflect upon it, and redraft work with these reflections in mind.

  • Contributions to the discussion should be made in a spirit of mutual respect and generosity of spirit. They should be analytical, diagnostic and developmental, rather than subjective and impressionistic.


English Literature Assignments


What you should expect from us:

  • Proper warning of what work will be required, and when – this may involve use of the course LUVLE site.

  • Titles for essays should be available no later than four weeks before the relevant deadline.

  • Tutors will be available in office hours to discuss assignments.

  • Tutors will return all essays submitted by the deadline not later than four weeks (excluding vacations) after the deadline. The coversheet of the essay will carry the tutor’s main comments on the essay, fully enough to explain the recommended mark.

  • Tutors will advise you on the return of coursework. Do not ask for it at the Part II Office unless directed by your tutor to do so.


What we expect of you:

  • Essays that are written fully in accordance with whatever special course instructions your tutors have given you.

  • Essays completed by the specified deadline, and submitted with a coversheet attached via the appropriate essay box in the Departmental Mixing Bay.

  • Essays that are correctly and fully referenced, and completely free from plagiarism (see the section on Plagiarism).

  • Essays that are presented in full conformity to the Departmental Style Sheet.

  • Reflect on the advice, suggestions and corrections offered throughout your marked essays and on the coversheets, and endeavour to take on board these suggestions.

  • Seek help for any serious problems that have been identified.


Creative Writing Portfolios


What you should expect of us:

  • Proper warning of what will be required, and when.

  • Tutors will be available in office hours or personal tutorials to discuss your portfolio submission.

  • Formative feedback on your portfolio in the second year, in preparation for third year courses.


What we expect from you:

  • Portfolios that meet the guidelines given by tutors and in the Handbook.

  • Portfolios to be submitted by the deadline, with a coversheet attached.

  • Portfolios that are correctly and thoughtfully presented, and completely free from plagiarism (see the section on Plagiarism).

  • That you will have reflected on the advice, suggestions and corrections offered throughout the teaching year, redrafted your work as a result of these reflections, and submitted a portfolio of writing representative of this process.



THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of English & Creative Writing is situated on the First Floor (B) of County College. All the staff have their offices there, and this is where they will hold their weekly Office Hours. Most seminars and workshops will be held in other locations around campus. All staff have their name as well as office number posted on their door, and photos of staff will be posted in the department.


Staff


The following is a list of all permanent English staff, with their office and internal telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and details of their principal responsibilities:


In English Literature


Dr Robert Appelbaum (r.appelbaum@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92248

On leave Terms 1 and 2

County B92


Professor Simon Bainbridge (s.j.bainbridge@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 93884

Head of Department

Co-Director of the Wordsworth Centre

County B205


Dr Brian Baker (b.baker@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92225

Examinations Officer (Terms 1 and 3) – On leave Term 2

Library Officer (Terms 1 and 3) – On leave Term 2

County B107


Dr Arthur Bradley (a.h.bradley@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 94761

Director of Postgraduate Studies (Terms 2 and 3) – On leave Term 1

County B106

Dr Sally Bushell (s.bushell@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92249

Director of Postgraduate Studies and Convenor of MAs in CLS, LCS and RVL (Term 1)

Co-Director of the Wordsworth Centre

County B203


Dr Tess Cosslett (a.cosslett@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92239

County B91


Professor Terry Eagleton

County B193


Dr Kamilla Elliott (k.elliott@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 93348

Admissions Tutor and Schools Liaison Officer

County B211


Professor Alison Findlay (a.g.findlay@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92194

Director of the Shakespeare Programme

Director of Part I (Term 1)

County B94


Dr Michael Greaney (m.greaney@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92232

Director of Undergraduate Studies (Students)

Equal Opportunities and Disabilities Representative

Safety Officer

County B98


Professor Keith Hanley (k.hanley@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92451

County B90


Dr Hilary Hinds (h.hinds@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92230

On leave Term 1 and 2

County B207


Dr Lee Horsley (l.horsley@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92224

Web and E-Learning Officer

Convenor of Distance Learning MA in Creative Writing

Study Abroad Tutor

County B96


Dr Rose Jack (r.jack@lancaster.ac.uk)

County B199


Dr Lindsey Moore (l.c.moore@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 93743

Director of Undergraduate Studies (Courses)

Tutor for Female Students

Academic Officer

Careers Officer

County B103


Dr Elizabeth Oakley-Brown (e.oakley-brown@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92228

Director of Part I (Terms 2 and 3) – On leave Term 1

County B209


Professor Lynne Pearce (l.pearce@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92235

On leave Term 3

County B208


Mr Tony Pinkney (t.pinkney@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92226

Bowland A27a


Professor John Schad (j.schad@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92234

Director of Research

County B99


Dr Tony Sharpe (a.sharpe@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 93817

On leave Terms 1 and 2

County B97


Dr Catherine Spooner (c.spooner@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 94876

On leave Term 1

County B104


Dr Jayne Steel (j.steel1@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92648

On leave Term 2

County B105


Dr Andrew Tate (a.tate@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92223

Convenor of MA Courses (Terms 2 and 3) – On leave Term 1

County B100


In Creative Writing


Dr Jo Baker (jo.baker@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92354

Convenor of Campus-based MA in Creative Writing

Convenor of Distance Learning MA in Creative Writing (Terms 2 and 3)

County B102


Dr Helen Farish (h.farish@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext 92410

Director of Part II Creative Writing (Terms 2 and 3) – On leave Term 1

Publicity and Events Officer

County B89


Professor Paul Farley (p.j.farley@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 93237

Director of Part II Creative Writing (Term 1)

County B206


Dr George Green (g.green@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 94173

Director of Part I Creative Writing

Admissions Tutor for Creative Writing

Convenor of PhD in Creative Writing (Term 2)

County B93


Dr Graham Mort (g.mort@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 94166

Director of PhD in Creative Writing (Terms 1 and 3) – On leave Term 2

Convenor of Distance Learning MA in Creative Writing (Term 1)

County B95


Dr Jayne Steel (j.steel1@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92648

On leave Term 2

County B105


Assistant Teachers


An up-to-date list, with additional information not available at time of printing the Handbook, is available on the Department Website.


Administration


Mrs Lyn Kellett (l.kellett@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 94169

Postgraduate Creative Writing Course Officer (Part-time)

County B114


Mrs Anne Stewart-Whalley (a.stewart-whalley@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92129

Departmental Officer

County B109


Mrs Caroline Sutcliffe (c.sutcliffe@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92233

Part II Secretary (Part-time)

County B112


Mrs Janet Tyson (j.tyson@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 93089

Part I and Postgraduate Secretary

County B114


Miss Lindsey Walker (lindsey.walker@lancaster.ac.uk) Ext. 92132

Part II Secretary

County B112


Departmental Office


The Department has a suite of offices, County B109, B112 and B114, where the Departmental Secretaries and Departmental Officer work. This is a friendly, very helpful office, but it is also an extremely busy place, so do think first whether the answer to your question may be elsewhere—in this booklet or on the course LUVLE site or at your tutors’ offices. We also ask you to respond very promptly to any communications from this Office.


Departmental Mixing Bay


The Mixing Bay is near to the Departmental Offices. In it you will find the coversheets to be attached to all assessed work, and the Essay Box where all assessed work must be posted.


Information Sources


This Handbook is the primary source of information. Please read it through carefully and return to it regularly.


Prior to Enrolment for Part II courses in the May of your First and Second Years, the department will post online a Part II Enrolment Book, giving details of courses which will be on offer the following year, together with enrolment procedures. Choice of courses for your degree can be discussed with Course Convenors or Directors of Studies at any point.


You should always check the Lancaster University Virtual Learning (LUVLE) for course-related information. Each course has its own site within LUVLE, and there is space for students to make comments to the Staff-Student Consultative Committee.


Whom to Consult:


If you have any difficulties with a course you are taking, you should first raise them with the Seminar Tutor to whom you are assigned. Most courses are taught consortially and are organised by a Convenor, whom you can consult if your seminar tutor is not available or if you want to discuss the course with a view to taking it the following year. The Convenor’s name can be found on the individual course information pages in this Handbook and on the relevant LUVLE site. All members of the department have office hours when they will be available to see students with questions or problems. These hours are posted on or by their doors. If the matter is urgent, and the member of staff not available, see one of the Secretaries in the Office.


Directors of Part II Undergraduate Studies are responsible for overseeing the progress of all students, overseeing Enrolment for the following year, investigating missing coursework and seminar absences, and overseeing many matters of curriculum practice and development.

There are two Directors of Part II Undergraduate Studies, each with separate areas of responsibility. Director of Undergraduate Studies (Students) (Dr Michael Greaney) is the person you should see if you have more serious academic problems – difficulties with registration, seminar assignments, falling behind generally with work, thoughts of dropping out or intercalation.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies (Courses) is Dr Lindsey Moore. She has responsibility for convening ENGL 301 Dissertation, and deals with all matters to do with teaching policy, practice and development, including quality assurance matters. She is the person to whom you can talk about matters to do with teaching, learning and assessment—though we encourage you to talk to your tutors and lecturers first.

The Head of Department is Professor Simon Bainbridge. If you have a serious problem or complaint, the Directors of Studies for Part II may possibly ask you to see the Head of Department. You may also discuss with the Head of Department any general problems that you encounter in the department that cannot be dealt with by the Directors of Studies. Any complaints you may have about members of staff should be directed to the Head of Department.


Dr Lindsey Moore will talk in confidence about any matter that female students would prefer to discuss with another woman. The Director of Undergraduate Studies for Students acts as the Tutor for Male Students.
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