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English Language with Media Communication

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
English Language with Media Communication
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
English
BA QP10
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
26/03/2019

A-levels: BBB

IB: 30 points. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

External Examiners

Dr Lynne Julie Cahill
University of Sussex
Lecturer

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LG110-4-AU Sounds Compulsory 15
02 LG111-4-AU Words and Sentences Compulsory 15
03 LG113-4-SP Understanding Data in Linguistics Compulsory 15
04 LG114-4-SP Language in Society Compulsory 15
05 SC106-4-FY Media, Culture and Society Compulsory 30
06 BE400-4-FY or GV151-4-AU and LT109-4-SP Compulsory with Options 30
07 LA099-4-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LG218-5-AU Sociolinguistics Compulsory 15
02 Linguistics option from list Optional 15
03 LG211-5-SP Semantics and Pragmatics Compulsory 15
04 LG213-5-SP Research methods for language and linguistics Compulsory 15
05 SC224-5-FY Digital Society Compulsory 30
06 Option(s) from list Optional 30
07 LA099-5-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LG831-6-FY Project: Linguistics Compulsory 30
02 LG484-6-SP Conversation and Social Interaction Compulsory 15
03 LG489-6-SP Media and Institutional Talk Compulsory 15
04 SC364-6-AU Mass Media and Modern Life Compulsory 15
05 LT336-6-FY or LT355-6-FY Compulsory with Options 30
06 LG474-6-SP or SC388-6-AU Compulsory with Options 15
07 LA099-6-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

This scheme aims to:
Introduce students to contemporary linguistic approaches to the study of language.

Develop students' knowledge and understanding of the linguistic structure of English.

Develop students’ knowledge of the communicative functions and varieties of English.

Develop students' knowledge and understanding of key concepts, issues, ideas, theories, styles of argumentation, evaluation criteria, methods and materials used in relevant English Language work.

Develop students’ ability to apply knowledge and methodological approaches from Linguistics, Government, Literature, Marketing, and Sociology to the interpretation of media texts.

Develop students’ knowledge of how the media are used for literary, political, or business purposes, depending on the optional modules taken.

Equip students with a range of transferable cognitive, practical and key skills, and a foundation for further study, employment and lifelong learning.


Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Developing an understanding of contemporary work on linguistic structure and other aspects of English
A2 Developing systematic knowledge of key concepts, issues, ideas, theories, styles of argumentation, methods used in English Language research
A3 Learning about the communicative functions and varieties of English
A4 Understanding of how the English language is used in the media
A5 Understanding how the media are used for literary purposes
A6 Understanding how the media are used for political purposes
A7 Understanding how the media are used for business purposes
A8 Understanding of the different roles that the media play in cultural life and society
A9 Understanding of research methods, techniques and data analysis in English Language through specialised study in the final year in areas students have identified as being of particular interest
Learning Methods: A1-A4 are developed in LG modules through lectures, seminars and classes.

A5 is developed in LT courses through lectures, classes and continuously assessed coursework (with regular feedback, both oral and written, from tutors).

A6 is developed in GV modules through lectures, classes and seminars.

A7 is developed in BE modules through lectures, seminars and classes.

A8 is developed in SC modules through lectures, seminars and classes.

A9 is developed through the LG project (LG831), where students benefit from supervision during all stages of project preparation.

Note: Given that only LG and SC modules are compulsory, learning methods A5, A6 and A7 will not apply to students who will not take LT, GV or BE modules as options.

Assessment Methods: A1-A7 are judged and evaluated in every piece of assessed work that the student has to do as part of this programme.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Summarise and synthesise information from a range of sources (lectures/seminars/classes, journals, books, internet etc.)
B2 Compare competing theories and explanations
B3 Develop a reasoned argument
B4 Assemble, evaluate and interpret evidence
Learning Methods: Skills B1-B4 are developed in all modules in this programme.

Learning methods are lectures which will involve group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class, and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in academic support hours and via email.

Assessment Methods: Outcomes B1 to B4 are judged and evaluated in every piece of assessed work that the student has to do as part of this programme.

C: Practical skills

C1 Retrieve relevant information using bibliographic and web searches
C2 Summarise, report and evaluate arguments, texts and findings
C3 Design, conduct and write up a small-scale piece of research
Learning Methods: Skills C1-C2 are developed in all modules in this programme.

Skill C3 is mainly developed in modules LG222 (‘Language in the Media’) and LG831 (‘Project: Linguistics’). Earlier LG modules provide the conceptual and research-methods knowledge necessary to conduct these projects.

Learning methods are lectures and seminars which will involve group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class, and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in academic support hours and via email.

Assessment Methods: Outcomes C1 and C2 are judged and evaluated in every piece of assessed work that the student has to do as part of this programme.

Outcome C3 is judged and evaluated in module ‘Language in the Media’ and LG831 (‘Project: Linguistics’).

D: Key skills

D1 Verbal and written communication skills
D2 Use of widely used as well as specialised software; familiarity with internet searches; familiarity with online media software
D3 Statistical data analysis
D4 Problem solving
D5 Working with others
D6 Improving own learning and performance
Learning Methods: Verbal communication skills (D1) are developed through group tasks involving oral presentation, group discussion, and engaging in organised debates in the seminars.

Written communication skills (D1) are developed primarily through essays.

D2 is developed via students’ introduction to and use of both widely used (e.g., Word, Excel) and specialised (e.g., SPSS) software as well as internet searches and use of online media (e.g., Twitter) to access content discussed in their courses.

D3 is developed via the statistical data analyses involved in some of the projects students will conduct.

D4 are developed principally through specific problem based exercises and projects given to the students.

D5 is developed in student group projects and presentations as well as group work in seminars.

D6 is developed through the use of formative feedback on seminar activities and coursework as well and thanks to receiving advice from instructors.

Assessment Methods: All skills (D1-D6) are formally assessed via coursework assignments.



Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

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Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.