Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved
College College Arts and Law
School Eng, Drama, & Creative Studies
Department Eng Lang and Linguistics
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. English Language and Linguistics Full-time
Programme Code 862B
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The wide range of reasoning, research, independent learning, communication and organisational skills acquired from this programme equips graduates to pursue further study or employment in English and related disciplines, and is readily transferable to a wide range of commercial, cultural and professional careers.

Students engage with the structure and character of the English language, including phonology, lexis, grammar, and discourse; the variation of the English language; theories and methods of linguistics; methodologies and practices of linguistic research; and the history and development of the English language. This pathway aims to produce individuals who possess a broad range of knowledge and understanding of English language; critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts both literary and non-literary; responsiveness to the central role of language in the creation of meaning; rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument, both oral and written; bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline; understanding of the role of cultural norms in understanding and judgment; and awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning.

Students who take the pathway in English Language and Linguistics will, in particular, be encouraged to develop: an awareness of relations between English and other languages; an understanding of the psychological, cognitive and clinical study of language; and a firm sense of the formal properties of present day English.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The structure and character of the English language, including phonology, lexis, grammar and discourse;
The variation of English language in different situational and developmental contexts and the theoretical frameworks within which such variety is studied; the grammar, discourse and lexis of varieties of English and critical and cultural frameworks within which such variation is studied;
One or more specialised area(s) of English Language and Linguistics: its theories, historical varieties, methods of discovery and major conceptual paradigms;
The history and development of the English language, or the grammar, syntax and lexis of Old English, and the critical and cultural frameworks within which it is studied;
Analytic practices in the description of the English language and traditions in linguistic theory;
Current methodologies and practices used in linguistic research
For students on the English Language and Linguistics pathway, the detailed formal properties of the English language, and how these relate to those of other languages, to processes of historical linguistic change, and/or to human cognitive abilities.
Lectures and seminars (L1, 2 & 3) and student-led seminars (L2 and L3). Independent study is supported by group supervision (L1) and research skills are supported by individual supervision, seminars and lectures (L2). Students work on an individually supervised dissertation at L3. Formative written exercises and essays as well as non-assessed student presentations and group work provide students with opportunities to present and refine their knowledge and understanding at all levels.
Assessment at Level 1 is by unseen examination and assessed essay. Level 2 assessment is by written assignment, oral presentation and project report. A dissertation or research project is a feature of L3, which also offers assessment by extended essay or language commentary or unseen examination, depending on the choice of modules.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The ability to range independently in their reading beyond prescribed texts in order to diversify and contextualize their study;
The capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse, both literary and non-literary;
The capacity for independent thought and judgement, and the ability to handle information and argument in a critical and self-reflective manner;
Skills in critical reasoning, and the ability to apply and critique systems of analysis and interpretation;
The ability to set for themselves appropriate research questions, undertake large scale substantive research, apply relevant methodologies and sustain an argument through a lengthy piece of individual project work;
The ability independently to use libraries, catalogues, bibliographies and other reference sources and resources of all kinds, both printed and electronic;
The documentation, citation and presentation, according to an agreed stylesheet, of scholarly written work;
Effective skills of communication both written and oral, and the ability to apply these in appropriate contexts, including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments cogently and coherently;
The ability to work with and in relation to others through the presentation of ideas and information and the collective negotiation of solutions;
The ability to acquire substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way, to sift and organise material independently and critically, and evaluate its significance;
Information-technology skills such as word-processing, and the acquisition, use and manipulation of data in electronic formats;
Time-management and organisational skills, as shown by the ability to plan and present conclusions effectively.
Lectures and seminars (L1, 2 & 3) and student-led seminars (L3). Independent study in groups (L1; supported by lectures and group supervision) and individually (L1, supported by lectures and individual supervision; L2, supported by group seminars and individual supervision) prepares students for work on an individually supervised research project or dissertation at L3. Formative written exercises and essays as well as non-assessed student presentations and group work provide students with opportunities to practice and refine their skills at all levels.
Assessment at Level 1 is by unseen examination and assessed essay with an element of assessment by group presentation [Independent Study]. Level 2 assessment is by unseen examination and, in Independent Study, by bibliographical essay and book review. A major dissertation is an optional feature of L3, which also offers assessment by extended essay or by unseen examination