1 School of arts Department of English & Humanities BA English Handbook Year One 2017-2018. Contents Page Term Dates 1. Welcome and Introduction 2. Administrative Information for Year 1 Students 4. BA English Programme Structure 7. Attendance policy 9. First Year BA English Modules (for full-time and part-time students) 10. Reading Literature 11. Writing London 38. Critical Foundations 44. Doing English 51. Level 5 Option Information (Full-time students) 54. Common Awards Scheme 59. Essays and Exam Information 60. Presentation of Essays 64. Marks, degree classification and grade-related criteria 71.
2 Student Support/Student Services 77. Learning Support 79. Contact List 85. Appendix A: Weekly Teaching Calendar 86. Appendix B: Key Dates and Deadlines 87. Appendix C: Campus Map 88. Appendix D: Getting Started with Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment) 89. Term Dates Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term Monday 2 October 2017 to Monday 8 January 2018 to Monday 23 April 2018 to 15 December 2017 Friday 23 March 2018 Friday 6 July 2018. Autumn Closures Spring Closures Summer Closures The College will close at The College will close at 6pm The College will be closed on 6pm on Thursday 21 on Wednesday 28 March Monday 7 May 2018 re- December 2017, re- 2018, re-opening at 9am on opening at 9am on Tuesday 8.
3 Opening at 9am on Wednesday 4 April 2018 May 2018. Wednesday 3 January 2018 The College will be closed on Monday 28 May 2018, re- opening at 9am on Tuesday 29 May 2018. The College will be closed on Monday 29 August 2018, re- opening at 9am on Tuesday 30 August 2018. Published July 2017. This document is for reference only. Every effort was made to ensure that information was correct at time of publication. 1. Welcome and Introduction Welcome Congratulations on your decision to start a BA in English at Birkbeck! All in the Department of English and Humanities welcome you and look forward to working with you for three or four busy and fulfilling years.
4 Starting the Degree Many students ask how they can prepare for their degree. The most useful preparation is simply to read as many of the first year texts over the summer as possible; but if you would like more guidance about studying English at university, you may find the following books helpful: Amigoni, David and Julie Sanders, Get Set for University: English Literature (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003). Goring, Paul, Jeremy Hawthorn and Domhnall Mitchell, Studying Literature: The Essential Companion (London: Arnold, 2001). Birkbeck runs various events for prospective students.
5 Details of orientation events can be viewed at The Department will be holding a Preparing for Study' event on (date to be confirmed). either Tuesday 12th or Wednesday 13th September from (in Keynes Library at 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD) to which all prospective students will be invited. You are strongly encouraged to attend, as this is a valuable opportunity to find out more about undergraduate study and to start to develop key skills. Induction On the Friday before the start of term there will be an induction evening. You will have the opportunity to meet teaching staff in the Department of English and Humanities, including the Head of Department , and to find out about how to get orientated in your first weeks at University.
6 Induction for first year BA English students in 2017 takes place on Friday 29th September between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The timetable is normally as follows: Induction meeting for all new BA students in the Department of English and Humanities from 6:00 pm until 7:15pm, introducing you to members of staff, including the Head of Department , the First Year Tutor, the Learning Development Tutor and your Library representative. There will be a brief introduction to Moodle (the Virtual Learning Environment), a Disability talk, and you will also have the opportunity to be assigned to a Student Mentor.
7 Please do not miss this meeting. The general induction session will be followed by a welcome' party for first year BA students from across the Department . Further details about these meetings will be sent to you by your course administrator in September 2017. 2. Tours of the Birkbeck College Library will take place every evening at 5:30pm during the month of October. Birkbeck Library displays a list of times for these tours, and you are able to join any one. There is no need to sign up in advance. Location The Department of English and Humanities occupies a Birkbeck College building, 43.
8 Gordon Square, where you will find the School Administrative Office and academic staff offices. Teaching often takes place in our building, but your lectures may be housed in the main Malet Street building, where the College Library and Student Union facilities are also located, or in the Clore Management Centre in Torrington Square. Pigeonholes for communications with students are located beside the entrance to Room G13 at 43 Gordon Square, and should be checked frequently. During term time the Gordon Square entrance is staffed from to , Monday to Friday. Urgent messages outside this time can be left at the Malet Street entrance, which is open until The School Administration Team The School of arts Administration Team is located in Rooms G19 and G20, 43.
9 Gordon Square. You can contact the BA English Administrator, Esther Ranson, who can answer your enquiries, take calls relating to absence and messages for staff, and help with any information she can: her telephone number is 0203 073 8378 and her email address is My Birkbeck student profile Once you have applied and accepted a place on the programme, you will be sent an ITS username and password which you can use to access your personal student profile, available at: It is essential to access your student profile on a regular basis as this is where you will find your module and timetable information, your examination timetable and your results once these are published at the end of the year.
10 If you have accepted a place on the programme but have not yet received your ITS username and password, please contact: or call 020 7631 6543. Books: to buy or borrow? Throughout your degree you will be given reading lists, which will include both essential texts forming the basis of lectures and seminars, and suggestions for wider reading. The distinction between these two categories is clearly marked in this booklet. Some of this essential reading will be made available to you, some you will be expected to buy (particular versions or editions are specified in some cases). borrow from a library, or photocopy from the short loan collection in Birkbeck Library.