ML2SPM-Literature, Language and Media

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: EN2CAW Communications at Work EN2SPM Literature, Language and Heritage LS2SPM Literature, Language and Education
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Charles Leavitt


Summary module description:

The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and learning in their chosen specialisation. Pursuing a placement in the media, they will enhance their understanding of the usage of language and/or literature in a workplace environment, with an eye towards relevant professional development. A placement forms a compulsory part of this module and a placement report contributes to the assessment of the module.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
•Critically evaluate how language and/or literature are used in the media;
•Collect and analyse authentic data from media;
•Critically evaluate their placement role within the media organisation in which they are placed;
•Demonstrate an awareness of how their transferable skills fit into the media organisation, and identify criteria necessary for the student to enhance his/her value to the organisation in the context of graduate employment;
•Provide academic reflection on the placement.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to enhance potential employability on graduation by providing practical experience in media, encouraging development of greater understanding of workplace requirements, working with others, and the relationship between their academic studies and their application in practice in the market. Confidence, sense of responsibility, team working and communication skills will be enhanced.

Outline content:
The area of work undertaken on the placement has to relate to a student’s degree discipline. Students will produce and submit a proposal prior to their placement (Autumn term), explaining where they intend to work, what they wish to investigate during their placement and how this potentially contributes to their employability. The placement itself will take place in the Spring term of Year 2. The day-to-day content of the work will be set by the organisation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Drop-in and briefing sessions in the Autumn term. In the Spring term there will be taught sessions in the subject area, masterclasses from invited professionals and skill-building sessions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 3
Tutorials 6
Project Supervision 5
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Work-based learning 80
Guided independent study 20 80
Total hours by term 23.00 177.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 35
Report 50
Oral assessment and presentation 15

Other information on summative assessment:

•Critical study (2,000 words) (35%);
•One 10-minute presentation (15%);
•Placement report (2,000 words) (50%).

Formative assessment methods:
•Work placement proposal
•Placement journal/blog

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-assessment by coursework to be submitted by 1 September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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