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									                                         FOREWORD




Welcome to the School of Modern Languages, which from 1st October 2004 was merged with the
disciplines of Linguistics and English Language and Middle Eastern Studies, to become the new
School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures in the new Faculty of Humanities (formerly Faculty
of Arts). We hope you will find your time at the University of Manchester an interesting,
enjoyable and profitable experience. This Programme Handbook will help to guide you through
your degree programme and it tells you (in sections 2.1 and 8) who to go to for support and
guidance. Those who use the Handbook, staff and students alike, are urged to inform the School‟s
Undergraduate Manager of any errors or omissions, and to suggest ways in which the contents
might be made more comprehensive, or the presentation of information improved.




Professor Stephen Parker
Head of School




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                                      CONTENTS

      Foreword

1     Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities                           4
1.1   What is the Faculty of Humanities?                             5
1.2   What does the Faculty do?                                      5
1.3   How is the Faculty Run?                                        6
1.4   Student Representation                                         7
1.5   What will the Faculty mean to you as a Student?                7
1.6   Faculty Role in Academic Appeals, Discipline of Students and
      Student Complaints                                             7
1.7   Regulations affecting Students                                 8
1.8   Facilities for Students                                        9

2     General Information                                            11
2.1   Seeking advice                                                 11
2.2   Keeping in touch                                               11
2.3   The School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures              11
2.4   Health and Safety                                              14

3     Learning resources                                             16
3.1   The Language Centre                                            16
3.2   Library Resources                                              16
3.3   Computer facilities                                            17
3.4   Cultural institutes                                            19
3.5   Bookshops                                                      20

4     Programmes of Study                                            21
4.1   Aims and learning outcomes                                     21
4.2   Learning and teaching                                          23
4.3   Skills acquisition                                             25
4.4   Regulations                                                    26
      ~ American and Latin-American Studies                          28
      ~ Business and Management and a Modern Language                29
      ~ English and a Modern Foreign Language                        30
      ~ European Studies and a Modern Language                       31
      ~ French Studies                                               32
      ~ German Studies                                               33
      ~ History of Art and a Modern Language                         34
      ~ Italian Studies                                              35
      ~ Modern Languages (Joint Honours)                             36
      ~ Master of Modern Languages                                   37
      ~ Russian Studies                                              38
      ~ Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American Studies               39
5     Residence abroad                                               40
5.1   Regulations                                                    40
5.2   Funding                                                        44
5.3   Study in France                                                44

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      5.4    Study in Germany, Austria and Switzerland                        45
      5.5    Study in Italy                                                   46
      5.6    Study in Russia                                                  47
      5.7    Study in Spain, Portugal and Latin America                       48
      5.8    Staff visits                                                     49

    6 Student progression                                                     50
      6.1    Registration                                                     50
      6.2    Induction                                                        50
      6.3    Accreditation of prior learning                                  51
      6.4    Attendance requirements                                          51
      6.5    Unsatisfactory progress                                          52
      6.6    Transfer between programmes of study within the School           53

7     Assessment                                                              55
      7.1   Methods of assessment                                             55
      7.2   Feedback on students‟ work                                        57
      7.3   Criteria of assessment                                            58
      7.4   Second marking                                                    64
      7.5   Guidance to students on plagiarism + other academic malpractice   64
      7.6   Plagiarism                                                        64
      7.7   Collusion                                                         66
      7.8   Fabrication or falsification of results                           66
      7.9   Emergencies affecting academic performance                        67
      7.10 Resit arrangements                                                 68
      7.11 Reassessment of coursework                                         68
      7.12 Contribution of the Second Year Examination to the degree result   68
      7.13 Classification of Degrees                                          69
      7.14 Examination results                                                71
      7.15 Review procedure                                                   74
      7.16 Prizes and awards                                                  74

    8 Student support and guidance                                            76
      8.1    University support services                                      76
      8.2    Personal tutors                                                  78
      8.3    Withdrawal from study                                            78
      8.4    Harassment                                                       78
      8.5    Ill health                                                       79
      8.6    Questions and problems: who should I go and see?                 81

    9 Student feedback and representation                                     82
      9.1    Evaluation of course units and programmes                        82
      9.2    Student representation                                           82
      9.3    Channels for complaint                                           83




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1      Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities

As Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students in
the University of Manchester in this inaugural year. The new University of Manchester has been
created by merging two universities with long and distinguished traditions of teaching, scholarship
and research – UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester. The Faculty of Humanities has
been formed by bringing together a range of former disciplines and schools from both Universities
to create eight new Schools that offer an unprecedented range of innovative programmes at
undergraduate and graduate level, embracing disciplines as diverse as business and management,
informatics, social sciences, law and education, as well as arts subjects. Many Schools have been
re-formed by joining together existing disciplines or schools, but on a more conceptual basis, eg
disciplines involving historical methodologies, so that students will benefit from the different
types of expertise available in their School.

We are confident that this rich mix of opportunities will make study in the new University of
Manchester, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student, an exciting and stimulating
experience. The Faculty of Humanities is committed to providing a student experience of the
highest standard, and during this year we will be seeking your opinion on how well we have
succeeded in the objective. I urge you to participate in this process, and use all the chances we
make available to you to let us know how we can improve the quality of education we provide.

This Handbook contains material specific to the programme of study or the discipline area in
which your studies will be based. Please consult the University‟s „Student Guide‟ booklet for
general information, a copy of which you will receive when you register for your programme of
study.

Alistair Ulph
Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Humanities                        September, 2004




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1.1    What is the Faculty of Humanities?

Universities all over the world have traditionally divided their academic activities into faculties.
Faculties consist of academic units based on a particular discipline or on a grouping of disciplines
employing similar methodologies. This is the approach that has been followed in the new
University of Manchester, and these sub-faculty disciplinary units are known as Schools. The
Faculty plays an important role within the University, since it is the Faculty which is responsible,
on behalf of the Senate, for the regulation of the degree programmes offered, and it is through the
Faculty that academic qualifications are awarded by the Senate. The designation Humanities
distinguishes this Faculty from the other three science-based faculties – Engineering and Physical
Sciences; Medical and Human Sciences; and Life Sciences.

The Faculty of Humanities encompasses academic areas as diverse as Arts, Education, Social
Sciences, Business & Management and Informatics and is the largest Faculty in the University.
With a total income approaching £100m per year, with over 13,000 students and some 860
academic staff, it is equivalent to a medium-sized university in the UK. The vast majority of the
disciplines in the Faculty already have international reputations and the creation of the Faculty is
proof of the new University‟s commitment to, and ambitions for, these areas. Its formation offers
the opportunity to strengthen links between Social Sciences and Business and Management, and
Social Sciences and Arts, particularly in the consolidation of existing interdisciplinary research.

The Faculty has seven Units of Assessment that were rated 5* or better in the 2001 Research
Assessment Exercise (RAE), fourteen rated 5, and seven rated 4. (The RAE measured research
excellence of UK higher education institutions.) Its taught programmes, both postgraduate and
undergraduate, are highly successful and have proved popular with students from both the UK and
overseas. Quality of provision is proven by strong showings in recent Quality Assurance Agency
assessments, and as well as great strengths in single and joint honours in all the areas represented
in the Schools, there has been a long history of interdisciplinary programmes including the
Combined Studies programme, as well as the highly-reputed BA in Economic and Social Studies
(BA Econ) which, in addition to its core of social sciences, draws on studies in arts and business
& management.

The Faculty has eight Schools: Arts, Histories and Cultures; Education; Environment and
Development; Informatics; Languages, Linguistics and Cultures; Law; Social Sciences; and
Manchester Business School. The formation of these new schools will provide a springboard for
increased collaboration throughout the Faculty and for regional, national and international
engagement.

The Faculty of Humanities will enter its first year of operation, along with the new University, on
1 October 2004 and is strongly committed to the ambitious vision of our first President and Vice-
Chancellor, Professor Alan Gilbert, which aims to see Manchester highly placed among the select
group of world class institutions by 2015, with respect to both teaching and research.

1.2    What does the Faculty do?

The Faculty is the interface between the discipline-based Schools and the University. The Faculty
is headed by a Dean, who also holds the title of Vice-President of the University and as such is a
member of the University Senior Executive Team. The Dean is supported in the Faculty by a team

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of Associate Deans, all of whom hold a particular portfolio, and these are listed below. The Dean
and Associate Deans constitute the academic management of the Faculty. They are supported in
their work by a Faculty administrative team, organised along functional lines (eg academic
administration, planning, and estates matters). The administrative team is answerable to the Head
of Faculty Administration, while working on a day-to-day basis with the Associate Deans and
other administrative colleagues in the Faculty and in the Schools. The emphasis is on team-
working across school and faculty boundaries.

The Faculty Officers are:

Dean & Vice-President                           Professor Alistair Ulph, MA, BPhil

Associate Deans
Research                                        Professor Luke Georghiou, BSc, PhD,
Postgraduate Research                           Professor Nigel Vincent, MA
Postgraduate Taught Programmes                  Professor Stuart Turley, MA(Econ), CA
Undergraduate Programmes                        Professor Kersti Börjars, Drs, MA, PhD
External Affairs                                Michael Emmerich, BA

Head of Faculty Administration                  Russell Ashworth, BA


The work of the Faculty, through its administrative team, involves the following:

         preparing and implementing Faculty policies, strategies, procedures and regulations within
          a university framework;
         planning and resource allocation;
         co-ordinating and developing activities to respond effectively to institutional or external
          initiatives or activities, encouraging best practice across Schools and facilitating the
          seamless operation of processes across School, Faculty and University boundaries;
         monitoring and evaluating the performance of Schools;
         quality assurance and enhancement;
         facilitating inter- and multidisciplinary activities;
         the delivery of operational services that are best undertaken centrally.

1.3       How is the Faculty run?

In common with other faculties, the Faculty of Humanities is governed through a combination of
bodies representing schools, staff and students. There are two bodies on which staff from all areas
of the Faculty, academic and support staff, are represented. These are the Faculty Meeting, held at
least once a year for all staff in the Faculty, and the Faculty Committee. The Faculty Meeting is
consultative and involves all staff, whereas the Faculty Committee is advisory and has members
by virtue of the office they hold (eg Associate Deans and Heads of Schools) as well as an elected
element. The Faculty Policy and Resources Committee, consisting of the Faculty Officers (Dean,
Associate Deans, Head of Faculty Administration and Heads of Schools) assists the Dean on
issues of policy and resourcing. The Dean also has an Advisory Group comprising the Associate
Deans and the Head of Faculty Administration, which meets at the Dean‟s request.



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There are a number of Sub-Committees of the Faculty Committee, whose purpose is to co-
ordinate essential academic functions and formulate policy and regulatory frameworks for
approval by the Faculty Committee. These cover Undergraduate and Postgraduate matters (taught
as well as research programmes), Teaching & Learning, and Research. Membership of the Sub-
Committees is normally on the basis of an office held within the School, eg all School Research
Directors are members of the Research Committee.

1.4    Student Representation

There is provision for student membership of all of the above except the Faculty Meeting, the
Policy and Resources Committee, the Dean‟s Advisory Group and the Research Sub-Committee.
Students normally participate in full in the business of (sub-)committees unless an item of
business is reserved, eg when it involves discussion of a named individual. On such (rare)
occasions student members will be asked to withdraw. There is also student representation on key
bodies within schools and there are separate Student Representatives‟ Committees at Faculty
level.

1.5    What will the Faculty mean to you as a student?

Most students spend their time at university blissfully unaware of the Faculty and what it does.
This is because for students, the focus of their involvement is the disciplinary grouping, ie the
School within which their studies are based, or in the case of students on interdisciplinary
programmes, the office which is responsible for administering their programme (eg Combined
Studies or BA Econ). Students may have contact with the Faculty if they have a problem that
cannot be resolved at a local level within the School or Programme Office, eg breach of
regulations, appeals or disciplinary matters. Otherwise it is entirely possible to complete a course
of study without ever interacting directly with the Faculty. As a student, you need to know that the
Faculty has a monitoring and co-ordinating role vis à vis the Schools and is the body with which
the University interacts on a formal level. In addition, as has been stated above, students are
represented on the Faculty bodies which make decisions about its activities.

1.6    Faculty Role in Academic Appeals, Discipline of Students and Student Complaints

University regulations allow for students to appeal against a number of decisions that may affect
their academic progression. There are also regulations governing student misconduct and
procedures for complaints from students. These regulations and procedures can be found in full
on the University website or obtained from the Faculty Office. Please note that, at the time of
going to press, web references for the new regulations were not available. These can be obtained
by contacting your School Office, or the Faculty Office on 0161 306 1100.

New regulations XVII, XVIII and XVIX will apply to all students, new and returning, with effect
from October 2004. The following paragraphs describe how these matters will be handled by the
Faculty, however, it should be noted that the first approach under any of the procedures described
below should be via your School.




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Academic Appeals

University General Regulation XIX (Academic Appeals) defines a number of decisions affecting a
student‟s academic progression against which students might wish to appeal. These include
expulsion from the University, exclusion from a programme of study, or the result of assessment
or award of a particular degree classification. There are specific grounds on the basis of which an
appeal may be made and these are listed in Regulation XIX. Before proceeding to formal appeals,
students are strongly advised to try to resolve the matter with an appropriate person in their
School. If this fails, then the formal appeals procedure may be invoked by contacting the Head of
Faculty Academic Services in the Faculty of Humanities Office (telephone: 0161 306 1100, email:
neil.ferguson@man.ac.uk).

Disciplinary matters

University General Regulation XVII (Conduct and Discipline of Students) defines types of
behaviour which may lead to disciplinary action being taken against students who are in breach of
the regulation. Misconduct can be defined as the improper interference, in the broadest sense, with
the proper functioning or activities of the University or of those who work and study in the
University, or action which otherwise damages the University or its reputation. The Regulation on
Conduct and Discipline of Students does not cover action against students following failure in
examinations or failure to meet other academic requirements. Any student found guilty of
misconduct has the right of appeal both against the finding itself, and any penalty imposed,
provided that there is: evidence of procedural irregularity on the part of the University; availability
of new evidence which could not reasonably have been expected to be presented at the original
hearing; or the disproportionate nature of the penalty. Any enquiries about issues relating to
student misconduct in the Faculty of Humanities should be referred to the Head of Faculty
Academic Services in the Faculty of Humanities Office (telephone: 0161 306 1100, email:
neil.ferguson@man.ac.uk).

Complaints

University General Regulation XVIII (Student Complaints Procedure) sets out a procedure for
handling complaints by students. A complaint is defined as ‘an expression of dissatisfaction which
merits a response’ and covers complaints about the provision of programmes or parts of
programmes, services or facilities by the University, or the actions or lack of actions by University
staff. The Student Complaints Procedure does not cover matters relating to assessment and
progression, nor complaints involving allegations of misconduct or harassment, as these are
covered by separate procedures. The Procedure allows for the complaint to be handled informally
at School level, however, if that approach is unsuccessful, formal procedures can be invoked by
completing a Complaints Form. Any enquiries about issues relating to student complaints in the
Faculty of Humanities should be referred to the Head of Faculty Academic Services in the Faculty
of Humanities Office (telephone: 0161 306 1100, email: neil.ferguson@man.ac.uk) to whom
completed Complaints Forms should also be submitted.


1.7     Regulations affecting students

Specific programme regulations are published by the Schools and can be found in
School/Programme Handbooks. These will make clear which set of regulations particular cohorts

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of students will be following. The School/Programme Handbook is, therefore, a crucial source of
information for all students. School/Programme Handbooks also contain information on student
progression, changes of course unit, work and attendance requirements and assessment.
School/Programme Handbooks are available from the School in which the programme of study is
based.

Dates of Semesters and examinations

Dates of Semesters 2004-2005

First Semester

20 September, 2004 - 17 December, 2004
17 January, 2005 - 30 January, 2005

Second Semester

31 January, 2005 - 18 March, 2005
11 April, 2005 - 10 June, 2005

Provisional dates of Examinations 2004 - 2005

End-of-first-semester examinations:           17th - 28th January, 2005

End-of-second-semester examinations:          19th May - 8th June, 2005

Re-examinations:                              22nd August - 1st September, 2005


1.8    Facilities for Students

IS Services within the Faculty of Humanities

Students at the University of Manchester enjoy access to a wide range of high quality IS services
provided across campus. Within Humanities itself there are in excess of 900 computers located
within Faculty buildings available for student use complementing the 500+ seats provided by the
University in public clusters – including a public cluster at Owens Park
(http://www.mc.man.ac.uk/campus/clusters).

All cluster computers are configured in the same way and provide access to services offered by
schools, faculties and central service providers such as Manchester Computing
(http://www.mc.man.ac.uk)         and     the      John      Rylands       University      Library
(http://www.jrulm.man.ac.uk). Full details of software available on clusters can be found at
http://applications.mcc.ac.uk/info/Clip3.5/. Full details of library services and other electronic
resources can be found at http://rylibweb.man.ac.uk/services.html

In addition to cluster computers wireless networking is being installed across campus enabling
students with wireless equipped laptops to access IS services on campus. Full details of the
services offered, including a list of available locations, can be found at

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http://www.mcc.ac.uk/wireless/index.html.

Help and advice is available at a number of points across campus. In addition to the support
desks in public clusters Humanities provides a number of Help Desks, details of opening hours
and other contact details can be found at http://www.man.ac.uk/humanities/is/.

Hardware, accessories and consumables including floppy, USB and CD disks can be purchased
from the MC shop http://www.mc.man.ac.uk/campus/compshop/. It is also anticipated that
Manchester Computing will be running a laptop leasing scheme.

The University Language Centre

The Language Centre provides resources not only for students studying for a degree in languages,
linguistics and cultural studies, but also for students from a wide variety of disciplines wishing to
include modern languages within their studies, as well as for those for whom English is not their
native language.

The Language Centre offers:

      A well stocked library of materials in text, audio, video, DVD and CD-ROM formats
      Materials in some 60 languages
      A suite of TV/VCR presenters fed by a range of satellite and terrestrial channels
      A suite of dedicated multimedia PCs for computer aided language learning.
      Support and advice for learners from expert staff and through on-line resources

Face to Face - This is a reciprocal language learning scheme, in which students can meet with
partner native speakers of the language they are learning. Overseas students find that this is a good
way to meet home students and feel more integrated into the University. Home students can
prepare themselves for study abroad by finding out about their partners‟ home universities and
cultures.

Tandem Programme - This programme is similar to Face to Face, but provides credits within the
Languagewise Programme, counting towards a University degree. It is fully monitored, assessed
and supported via practical workshops.

Languagewise - These courses provide credits towards your degree and are attended by students
from a wide range of subjects and disciplines across the University.

If English is not your native language, you may wish to enquire about courses and support
available through the English Language Programmes.

A full guide to resources and to resource-based language learning is available on the Language
Centre website at http://langcent.man.ac.uk.




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2     General Information

2.1   Seeking advice

      If you need clarification, assistance, or advice on any matter, academic, financial,
      medical, or personal, do not delay – seek help immediately. All members of staff are
      willing to help and, in cases where they are unqualified to offer assistance, will be able to
      put you in touch with the appropriate agency (see section 8 below).

      Academic issues In academic matters, make use of the formal channels that are open to
      you – your personal tutor, programme director, student representative. The School and its
      constituent discipline areas are in a state of constant evolution and are responsive to
      suggestions and new ideas: positive input from you will contribute to better programmes
      of study and a better environment in which to learn.

      General enquiries Members of the administrative staff are very busy, and may stipulate
      times when they will be available to deal with students‟ enquiries. You are urged to
      respect the arrangements made in this matter.


2.2   Keeping in touch

      Managing programmes of study is a considerable task and requires constant two-way
      communication. You should cultivate the habit of regularly checking your pigeonhole for
      mail and relevant notice boards for information that may concern you. Pigeonholes for
      student mail are situated in filing cabinets in the glass corridor that links the south and
      west wings on the third floor of the Arts Building. Inform a member of the
      undergraduate administrative support staff for your discipline area immediately of
      any change of term-time or home address. Once you have registered as an e-mail user
      please leave your e-mail address with the support staff, and then check your e-mail
      regularly for communications from your tutors.

      Academic staff can be contacted in their rooms during their office hours. The times at
      which members of the academic staff are available to see students depend on their
      individual commitments, but will in each case be advertised on their office door. If you
      have any trouble contacting a tutor, you can send an e-mail message or leave a message
      with a member of the undergraduate support staff team. Check your e-mail and
      pigeonhole regularly for a reply. Let the tutor have your e-mail address and if possible a
      telephone number at which you can be contacted.



2.3   The School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures

      Head of School                         Professor Stephen Parker (room S3.24)
      Head of School Administration          Ms Krys Chandler (room S3.20)
      Director of Undergraduate Affairs      Dr David Bell (room S3.17)


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Quality Assurance and
Enhancement Officer                  Professor John Healey (room SG18)
Executive Director of the
Language Centre                      Ms Jocelyn Wyburd (room LG8.1)
Director of Languagewise             Dr Sandra Truscott (room SG4)

   Chairs of Specialist Committees

External Relations
(Admissions and Recruitment)         Dr Adrian Armstrong (room S4.7)
Examinations                         Dr Alex Samely (room WG17)
Health and Safety                    Mrs Katya Young (room W4.11)
Research                             Professor Henry Phillips (room S3.4)
Residence Abroad and Exchanges       Dr Wiebke Brockhaus-Grand (S3.26)
Undergraduate Programmes
and Curriculum                       Dr Peter Cooke (S4.11)

   School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures - Offices

Head of School Administration        Ms Krys Chandler (room S3.20)
External Relations Manager           Mrs Jane Dowson (room S3.10)
- Postgraduate Officer               Mrs Linda Fraser (room S3.10)
- Undergraduate Officer              Mrs Pauline Sutcliffe (room S3.10)
Research Manager                     Ms Marta Fole (room S3.10)
Postgraduate Manager                 Ms Emma Sanders (room S3.7)
- Postgraduate Support Officer       Ms Rachel Corbishley (room S3.7)
Undergraduate Manager                Ms Elizabeth Nolan (room S3.5)
Language Centre                      Ms Angela Crowley (room LG1B)
Languagewise and Goethe-Institut
Support Officer                      Mr Andrés Lozoya (room S3.4)

Address                              School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
                                     Arts Building
                                     The University of Manchester
                                     Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Telephones
External Relations                   +44 (0)161 275 3265
Fax                                  +44 (0)161 275 3031
E-mail                               languages@man.ac.uk
Website                              http://www.art.man.ac.uk/sml

Undergraduate Support Officers

Academic Reception
(Undergraduate and Postgraduate) Ms Gill Worrall (room S3.6)
Telephone:                       +44 (0)161 275 8311




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French                                Ms Janet Steadman (room S3.6)
  Telephone                           +44 (0)161 275 3209/3183
  Fax                                 +44 (0)161 275 3031
  E-mail                              french@man.ac.uk
  Website                             http://www.art.man.ac.uk/french

German                                Ms Maxine Powell (room S3.5)
                                      Mrs Wendy Howat (room S3.5)
  Telephone                           +44 (0)161 275 3182
  Fax                                 +44 (0)161 275 3031
  E-mail                              german@man.ac.uk
  Website                             http://www.art.man.ac.uk/german

Italian                               Ms Daniela De Vido (room S3.5)
   Telephone                          +44 (0)161 275 3124
   Fax                                +44 (0)161 275 3031
   E-mail                             italian@man.ac.uk
   Website                            http://www.art.man.ac.uk/italian

Linguistics and English Language      Ms Gillian Woodward (room S3.6)
   Telephone                          +44 (0)161 275 3187
   Fax                                +44 (0)161 275 3031
   E-mail                             linguistics@man.ac.uk
   Website                            http://www.art.man.ac.uk/linguistics

Middle Eastern Studies                Ms Justine Wood (room S3.6)
  Telephone                           +44 (0)161 275 3595
  Fax                                 +44 (0)161 275 3031
  E-mail                              mes@man.ac.uk
  Website                             http://www.art.man.ac.uk/mes

Russian                               Ms Daniela De Vido (room S3.5)
  Telephone                           +44 (0)161 275 3139
  Fax                                 +44 (0)161 275 3031
  E-mail                              russian@man.ac.uk
  Website                             http://www.art.man.ac.uk/russian

Spanish and Portuguese                Ms Bernadette Cunnane (room S3.5)
                                      Mrs Wendy Howat (room S3.5)
  Telephone                           +44 (0)161 275 3040
  Fax                                 +44 (0)161 275 3031
  E-mail                              spanish@man.ac.uk
  Website                             http://www.art.man.ac.uk/spanish



The Head of School is responsible for the general management of the School and for
maintaining the academic standard of its programmes of study. Professor Parker will be
pleased to meet any student who wishes to discuss academic or personal matters during his

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      office hours: an appointment can be made through the School Officer or Academic
      Reception (see above).

      The Chair of the Undergraduate Programmes and Curriculum Committee is
      responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the programmes of study provided by the
      School. This involves overseeing the programme evaluation process, considering changes
      and improvements to the structure and content of programmes, and ensuring adherence to
      the University's Academic Standards Code of Practice. The Chair will be happy to meet
      any student registered with the School to discuss relevant issues during office hours, which
      are posted on the door of the Chair's room.


2.4   Health and Safety

      Individual responsibility All students are required to familiarise themselves with the
      Health and Safety at Work regulations, extracts of which are posted in the South Wing
      foyer of the Arts Building and in the other buildings used by the Faculty. Each academic
      discipline has a Health and Safety Officer, whom you should consult if you have any
      questions or cause for concern. Do not leave unreported anything you perceive to be a
      fire hazard or other potential source of harm.

      First aid Anyone requiring first aid for themselves or for others should contact one of the
      first aiders whose names and telephone numbers are posted in common user areas (for
      example, by lift entrances). A first aid kit is kept in the Building Attendants' Office (Arts
      Building, north foyer). If an ambulance is required, inform the Building Attendants or
      Porters of the situation so that they can direct the ambulance personnel when they arrive.
      Outside normal working hours dial 9999 (not 999).

      Fire or similar emergency It is very important that you familiarise yourself with the
      procedures for dealing with an emergency. You should know how to raise the alarm in the
      event of fire and should note where emergency exits are situated in the buildings you
      commonly use. There are fire alarms and fire extinguishers at both ends of every corridor
      and opposite lifts. Fire drills are held twice a year in the Arts Building.

      Emergency exits, in the Arts Building, are situated as follows:

      •   on the ground floor, in the glass corridor between the west wing and the south wing;
      •   on the ground floor, at the foot of the north wing staircase;
      •   on the third floor, at the east end of the south wing near room S3.1, there is emergency
          access to the external fire-escape;
      •   on the fourth floor, the west wing may be reached from the south wing, and vice versa,
          by means of the emergency exits that give access to the roof terrace that connects these
          two wings of the building.

      Assembly points for the Arts Building in the case of evacuation are the Refectory
      concourse opposite the main entrance and the area outside the South Wing opposite the
      AQA building. Once you are outside the danger may not be over, so stand well clear of
      the building.


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On no account use lifts in an emergency. When you hear the alarm, make your way as
quickly as possible to the nearest regular or emergency exit. If for any reason you will
need help to leave the building in the event of an emergency, you should inform the
relevant Head of Discipline Area of this fact.




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3     Learning resources

3.1   The Language Centre

      Executive Director                 Ms Jocelyn Wyburd (room LG8.1)
      Technician                         Mr Abdul Pathan (room LG1C)
      Secretary and Librarian            Ms Angela Crowley (room LG1B)
      Computing Support Officer          Mr Andrew Quilley (room LG1B)

      Telephone                          (0161) 275 7960
      E-mail                             langcent@man.ac.uk
      Website                            http://langcent.man.ac.uk

      Facilities The Language Centre is situated in the Arts Building, on the lower ground
      floor. Entry is from the foyer of the south wing, through the Jubilee coffee bar and the
      Leamington PC cluster. Undergraduates of the School are the Centre‟s primary users, but
      it is open to any member of the University who wishes to make use of it. It houses a
      resources library (for course books, dictionaries, audio and video materials, multimedia
      CD-ROMs); two multimedia studios comprising PCs, TV/VCRs and cassette
      player/recorders; two language teaching laboratories (available at set times for self-
      access); and a room bookable for pair-work when not in use as a consulting room in which
      to meet a Language Adviser. The library provides a quiet study space, while speaking is
      encouraged in the multimedia studios, which are designed to allow students to record their
      own voices. The PCs are equipped with headsets and are linked to the University network,
      including internet and e-mail facilities. They provide access to extensive language-
      learning software and multilingual word-processing facilities. The TV/VCRs provide
      playback and recording facilities, and access to live satellite broadcasts. Full information
      about the Language Centre and supportive materials for language learners are to be found
      on its website.

      Opening hours. The Centre's opening hours are the same as those of the Arts Building,
      i.e. Monday to Friday 08.30-20.00 in term time, 08.30-18.00 during student vacations.
      Reception is staffed for registrations and the loan of materials Mon-Thur 09.30-19.00,
      Friday 09.30-17.00 in term time and Mon-Fri 09.30-17.00 (closed 13.00-14.00) during
      student vacations.

3.2   Library Resources

      The John Rylands University Library of Manchester
      Telephone
                 – General enquiries               (0161) 275 3738
                 – Loan enquiries                  (0161) 275 3717
                 – Short Loan enquiries            (0161) 275 3714
                 – Deansgate building              (0161) 834 5343
                 – Website                         http://rylibweb.man.ac.uk

      The John Rylands University Library of Manchester (JRULM) is one of the largest
      academic libraries in the country. It has extensive reference and borrowing facilities,
      including a Short Loan Collection, which contains core texts and other material much in

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      demand in connection with taught course units and associated essay work. Although you
      will need to familiarise yourself with many of the areas in the building during your time at
      the university, the most relevant collections are housed in the Blue Area, Floor 3 (general
      history and linguistics; French, German, Italian, and Iberian languages, literatures, and
      linguistics – books and periodicals) and Floor 4 (Classics; philosophy; Slavonic languages,
      literatures, and linguistics – books and periodicals). Current and recent (unbound)
      periodicals are available in the Blue Area, Floor 1. There is a general enquiry desk on the
      ground floor. The library‟s Special Collections are housed in the Deansgate building in
      the centre of town. These are a rich resource for researchers in particular, and are
      available for consultation in the Library only.


      Student Learning Resource Centres
      School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures Learning Resource Centre Room NG16

      These resource centres house photocopying facilities for the use of students who wish to
      make copies for their personal use of course materials deposited there for this purpose.
      Typically, lecturers will leave in the resource centres copies of articles or book extracts for
      which the demand on the part of students following particular course units is expected to
      be heavy. The material is made available, and may only be used, in accordance with
      prevailing copyright legislation and agreements binding on the University.

      Manchester Central Library
      St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
      Telephone
                    – Arts Library                            (0161) 234 1974
                    – European Business Information           (0161) 234 1992
                    – General Readers Library                 (0161) 234 1971
                    – Language and Literature Library         (0161) 234 1972
                    – Social Sciences Library                 (0161) 234 1983/4

      This is a valuable resource often overlooked by students but worth a visit if you cannot
      find the books you need in the JRULM. It has well-stocked collections in all relevant
      areas and is open for free membership to all Manchester residents and those studying full-
      time in the city. The library is normally open 10.00–20.00 Monday to Thursday and
      10.00–17.00 on Friday and Saturday.


3.3   Computer Facilities

      The Faculty of Humanities offers a wide range of computing facilities within the Arts,
      Architecture and Planning, Mansfield Cooper, Economics and Federal School of
      Management buildings. All the PCs within these buildings are configured in the same
      way.

      Laser printing is available and charged at 5p per sheet (black and white) and 20p per sheet
      colour, and there is a printer situated in each of the computer clusters.

      The main software available in the Faculty includes:

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       Windows 2000
       Microsoft Office 2000
       Netscape Communicator
       Pegasus Mail

There is also subject-specific software available to assist you in your learning.

Arts Building

The main IT helpdesk is located in room W1.19, where there will be someone available to
assist you with any queries you have between 09.00 and 13.00 and between 15.00 and
17.00 in term time. The helpline (0161 275 4999) is open continuously from 09.00 to
17.00. W1.19 also houses an A3 scanner, two laser printers (one of them colour), up-to-
date IT documentation, and machines for the purchase of print credits and floppy disks.

Language Centre

In the Language Centre there is a specially designed cluster equipped with 22 PCs
running Windows 2000. Headphones with microphones are provided so that the
special language software can be fully utilised by students. Laser printing is available
at 5p a sheet.

The main software available includes

       Netscape / Internet Explorer
       Pegasus Mail
       Microsoft Office 2000

Office 2000 is supported by the Microsoft multi-lingual Proofing Tools and fonts (with
variable keyboard layouts), to permit word-processing, the checking of spelling and
grammar, and thesaurus use in multiple languages.

Available computer-aided language-learning (CALL) software includes network-based
programmes and standalone multimedia CD-ROMs in the following languages: Arabic,
Catalan, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and
Turkish. Full details of IT facilities and available software are on the Language Centre‟s
website.

Multimedia CD-ROMs are issued to members of the Language Centre from reception. A
library card is required as security against any borrowed items.

The Architecture and Planning Building

In the Architecture and Planning Building there is a helpdesk located in room 1.41. This is
on the first floor of the building, and can be found by following signs for the Department
of Architecture. There will be someone available to assist you with any queries you may
have between 13.00 and 15.00 in term time.



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      There is a semi-public teaching cluster located in Room 2.88 on the second floor of the
      building. This room contains 40 PCs and a laser printer. All cluster PCs in the building run
      the main software offered within the Faculty, as detailed above.

      There are two computer clusters on the first floor, next to the helpdesk:

             room 1.40 - 6 PCs for postgraduate use
             room 1.42 - 6 PCs, a PC attached to an A3 scanner and a Macintosh machine. This
                    room also houses documentation, a laser printer and a print robot for the
                    purchase of print credits. Floppy disks can be purchased from the helpdesk

      Mansfield Cooper Building

      The facilities available in the Mansfield Cooper Building are:

      room 2.01 - 40 PCs, scanner, laser printer, colour printer, print robot


3.4   Cultural Institutes

      French Cultural Delegation
      58 Whitworth Street
      Manchester M1 6OS
      Telephone (0161) 236 7117

      The purpose of the Delegation is to foster closer links between France and the city of
      Manchester, and to promote French culture in the north-west of England.

      Goethe-Institut
      Churchgate House, Oxford Street
      Manchester M1 6EU
      Telephone (0161) 257 1077

      The purpose of the institute is to foster closer links between Germany and the city of
      Manchester, and to promote German culture in the north-west of England.

      Please note that the Goethe-Institut Pruefungszentrum is now based at the University of
      Manchester within the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures (contact Andres
      Lozoya, telephone (0161) 275 3141

      Instituto Cervantes
      322/330 Deansgate
      Campfield Avenue Arcade
      Manchester M3 4FN
      Telephone (0161) 661 4200

      The Instituto Cervantes offers a full range of courses in Spanish and houses an extensive
      library of Spanish language materials: newspapers, books, periodicals, videos, and
      audiotapes. It has a significant programme of cultural events, including an annual Spanish

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      film festival.



3.5   Bookshops

      Blackwell‟s Academic Bookshop
      The Precinct Centre
      Oxford Road
      Manchester M13 9RN
      Telephone (0161) 274 3331

      Waterstones                               and
      2/4 St Ann‟s Square                       91 Deansgate
      Manchester M2 7HH                         Manchester M3 2BW
      Telephone (0161) 832 0424                 Telephone (0161) 832 1992

      Grant and Cutler Limited
      55-57 Great Marlborough Street
      London W1V 2AY
      Telephone (020) 7734 2012/8766
      Website: http://www.grant-c.demon.co.uk




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4     Programmes of Study

4.1   Aims and learning outcomes

      Aims

      The aims of the degree programmes which the School provides or in which it participates
      support the University‟s general aim in learning and teaching; namely, to provide well-
      organised and purposeful programmes of study which will give students the opportunity to
      develop their capacity for independent learning and to realise their full academic potential,
      encouraged and supported by teaching of a high quality, whose character is determined by
      the scholarly and research interests of the teaching staff.

      The general aims of these programmes of study are the following:

         through graded courses of instruction and through residence abroad, to enable students
          to achieve a level of proficiency in the modern European language or languages named
          in their degree programme or academic disciplines, such that they may freely fulfil
          roles requiring a sound command of the language or languages or academic disciplines
          of study at a local, national and international level;
         through learning associated with a wide variety of course units, to provide students
          with an understanding of important aspects of the culture of the relevant linguistic
          community or communities, literary, linguistic, and/or historical, as determined by the
          particular programme of study;
         in the case of the Master of Modern Languages programme: through dedicated MA
          course units, to develop beyond what is expected of candidates following BA
          programmes an appreciation of the values, principles, and theoretical foundations of
          the disciplines involved;
         through reading, written assignments, seminar presentations, and discussion with staff
          and fellow students, to develop students' skills in critical analysis and argumentation,
          independent thinking, coherent self-expression and effective communication, both
          written and oral;
         through the development of these intellectual skills and training in information
          technology and the use of printed materials, to encourage students to learn for
          themselves and to take responsibility for their own learning;
         through a specified period or periods of residence abroad, to encourage students to
          develop the self-reliance and adaptability required to live and work in a foreign
          country

      Learning outcomes

      Students who have successfully completed a degree programme involving a modern
      foreign European language as a named component should have acquired the linguistic
      competence, cultural awareness, capacity to learn, and skills in analysis and self-
      expression that will enable them, with further training where appropriate, to undertake a
      variety of professional roles, and in particular any role which demands a sound
      understanding of the language and culture of communities that speak French, German,
      Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish, or of two such communities in the case of the
      degree programmes in Modern Languages.

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More specifically:

Year 1

By the end of the first year successful students will be able to demonstrate, through the
linguistic exercises, written assignments, seminar discussions, and formal examinations
completed:

•        receptive and productive skills in the language or languages of study appropriate to
         status upon entry to the programme (beginner or post-A-Level student), as
         specified in connection with the relevant course unit or units;
•        basic familiarity with the disciplines, literary, linguistic, and/or historical (as
         appropriate), in which the non-language course units available as part of the
         programme are grounded;
•        study and presentation skills, including the ability to make use of information
         technology for the purposes of the programme of study pursued.

Year 2

By the end of the second year of study, successful students will be able to demonstrate,
through the linguistic exercises, written assignments, seminar discussions, and formal
examinations completed:


•        progress in the acquisition of receptive and productive skills in the language or
         languages of study to the appropriate level of competence, as specified in
         connection with the relevant Level 2 course unit or units;
•        an ability to apply to the study of literary, linguistic, and/or historical materials the
         principles and procedures introduced in Year 1 and further elaborated in Year 2;
•        effective communication of information, opinions, and ideas orally, as well as in
         writing.

Year 3

By the end of the year abroad students will have developed their grasp of their language of
study and deepened their knowledge of the associated culture by the experience of living
and studying or working in a country where that language is spoken, and will be prepared
in this way for Final Year work in the language. In the case of the degree programmes in
Modern Languages, two languages and two cultures are involved. Given the variety of
ways in which students may spend the year abroad, the immediate measure of its
successful completion will vary, but will typically take one of the following forms (see 5.1
below):

•   certificate of attendance on courses and results of examinations taken in higher
    education institutions abroad;
•   an employer‟s attestation;
•   a written project completed in the language concerned.



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      In the case of the Master of Modern Languages programmes, by the end of the third year
      of study successful students, having deepened their knowledge of their first language and
      the associated culture through a vacation course abroad, will be able to demonstrate,
      through the linguistic exercises, written assignments, seminar discussions, and formal
      examinations completed:

      •   a level of proficiency in their first language of study such that they are able to
          understand and write the standard written language, communicate freely and
          appropriately in the standard spoken language, and translate into appropriate and
          coherent English contemporary writing of a non-technical nature;
      •   a sound knowledge of a range of cultural phenomena, literary, linguistic, and/or
          historical, associated with their language or languages of study, and an ability to
          evaluate critically the materials, ideas, and approaches encountered in the study of
          these phenomena;
      •   an ability to work and think independently, collect and analyse data, frame a reasoned
          argument, articulate conclusions, and communicate effectively, both orally and in
          writing;
      •   Additionally, in the case of the Master of Modern Languages programme: a familiarity
          with research methods and an ability to handle conceptual issues with clarity and
          confidence, both orally and in writing.

      Year 4

      By the end of the fourth year of study successful students will be able to demonstrate,
      through the linguistic exercises, written assignments, seminar discussions, and formal
      examinations completed:

      •        a level of proficiency in their language or languages of study such that they are
               able to understand and write the standard written language, communicate freely
               and appropriately in the standard spoken language, and translate into appropriate
               and coherent English contemporary writing of a non-technical nature;
      •        a sound knowledge of a range of cultural phenomena, literary, linguistic, and/or
               historical, associated with their language or languages of study, and an ability to
               evaluate critically the materials, ideas, and approaches encountered in the study of
               these phenomena;
      •        an ability to work and think independently, collect and analyse data, frame a
               reasoned argument, articulate conclusions, and communicate effectively, both
               orally and in writing;
      •        additionally, in the case of the Master of Modern Languages programme: a
               theoretical awareness of the values and principles of one or more of the disciplines
               pursued in the course of the programme;
      •        additionally, in the case of the Master of Modern Languages programme: a
               familiarity with critical theory and an ability to apply theoretical knowledge to the
               study of literary texts.

4.2   Learning and teaching

      Learning and teaching in the School generally involve a combination of lectures, seminars,
      tutorials, language classes, and practical language or oral classes. Each of these methods

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fosters the acquisition of particular skills and calls for a different mode of student
participation.

Lectures

Lectures provide essential factual and background information relating to specific texts or
topics. Lecturers will review avenues of approach to these texts or topics and may suggest
new approaches. Importantly, they will also introduce and explain concepts without
which informed discussion cannot proceed very far. Lectures serve to guide your study of
the subject of a given course unit, by making available informative or explanatory
handouts and suggestions for reading, and by providing a framework that should help you
organize your notes, responses, and ideas in some coherent manner.

•   Make sure that you prepare by reading set texts in advance: lectures will be that much
    more meaningful and easier to follow.
•   Don't try to write down everything the lecturer says: you will miss important points
    and end up with jumbled, unhelpful notes. The only valuable thing you bring away
    from a lecture is not what the lecturer said but what you have correctly understood.
•   Participate by listening and thinking. There will be a structure to the lecture involving
    the points the lecturer wishes to make and the illustrative material introduced to make
    these points clear. Try to understand the points being made, and the connections
    between them, and make a note of these: interesting illustrations may be followed up
    later.
•   Ask questions where need be (after the lecture if there is not opportunity to do so
    during it).
•   Follow up the lecture with independent study, reading, making more notes on the basis
    of those taken in the lecture, organizing your material into rational structures which
    you can later come back to and find meaningful.

Seminars and tutorials

Tutorials review and develop the understanding at which a student or small group of
students have arrived in connection with a given topic. Seminars pursue the same basic
aim, but involve larger groups and so generally have a more formal structure. Both, as
instruments of teaching and learning, depend for their success on students participating
actively in discussion.

Seminars frequently demand that students take the lead in setting the agenda and
promoting discussion within the group. This usually involves a student or small subgroup
of students in preparing and making an oral presentation. Thus, over and above the
acquisition of specialist knowledge, the seminar has value as an opportunity for the
development of an important transferable skill: the ability to convey information
effectively to an audience and to stimulate and guide discussion. The seminar should not
be a lecture; nor should it serve merely to impart information. The aim is to present a
topic or debate in a way that is well informed and stimulates discussion. The whole group
will benefit more from a session in which there is active participation than from one in
which their allotted role is simply to listen and take notes. The success of your
presentation will be judged largely on your ability to encourage participation and to guide
debate.

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      •   Consult your course unit tutor about the approach you should adopt and organize
          yourself well in advance.
      •   Present your argument in a series of clear points, supported by a few relevant
          illustrations: speak to your listeners, don't read to them.
      •   Formulate your points as questions which you address to your audience: just as
          important as finding the right answer is learning to ask the right questions.
      •   Provide brief, clear, and helpful aids such as a handout or overhead projections.
      •   Have a fall-back strategy in case discussion fails to get going; for example, a passage
          from a set text which everyone should have read and which can be discussed in the
          light of your seminar topic.
      •   Don't underestimate your fellow students by assuming that they won't participate or
          don't want to be challenged.


      Seminar discussion only works with an active group of participants. Having listened to a
      presentation and jotted down points for clarification or discussion, be prepared to respond,
      ask questions, and formulate ideas. Lack of confidence in one's knowledge and opinions is
      a widespread problem, but one which seminar discussion should help to overcome.
      Preparation on the part of all those involved (not just those responsible for an oral
      presentation) and informal discussion outside the seminar hour will stimulate interest and
      help to build confidence.

      Language classes and oral practice

      Here again success depends on preparation, active participation, and thorough follow-up,
      with independent grammar revision, vocabulary learning, and assimilation of the lessons
      to be learned from feedback on the quality of your work. One of the ways in which
      language classes differ from lectures is that the more you can write down the better. For
      they are a useful source of vocabulary and idiom, and serve to reinforce your study of
      grammar. When you read short texts in language classes, you should be practising the
      skill of active reading: not reading merely for the gist of the passage, but developing an
      awareness of syntactical structures, idiomatic usage, and correct collocations. These
      should be rehearsed in your own notes and vocabulary lists, and put to use on the first
      appropriate occasion, so that you are able to transform passive understanding into active
      language production and make new structures and vocabulary genuinely your own. Make
      sure that you also learn from your mistakes: every piece of corrected work should be a
      source of information about which areas require special effort on your part.

      •   In written language work emphasis should be placed on quality of expression,
          grammatical accuracy, formal cohesion, and sensitivity to register and idiomatic usage.

      •   In oral work the emphasis lies predominantly on communicative competence, with
          grammatical accuracy, command of idiom, fluency, and accurate pronunciation also
          taken into account.

4.3   Skills acquisition

      Every effort is made by teaching staff to deliver their course units effectively and to

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      encourage active learning. Ultimately, however, the quality and success of the learning
      experience depends on a corresponding commitment on the part of students. University
      education demands that you assume a high degree of responsibility for your own learning.
      If you are to benefit from this education, not only acquiring specialist knowledge but also
      developing your capacity for analytical thought, clear self-expression, and other generic or
      transferable skills, then you individually and your peers collectively must contribute to the
      creation of an active learning environment. Some of the ways in which you can do this are
      outlined in the previous section (4.2). Think in terms of acquiring skills and developing
      your intellectual capacities, not just of amassing and regurgitating information; and
      remember that although assessment is based mainly on individual achievement, the way to
      maximize learning resources and prepare for life after university is by learning to work
      collaboratively.

      Instruction in library skills and information technology forms part of the induction process
      (see 6.2 below), and each discipline area will offer further guidance on studying and on the
      presentation of written work and oral presentations as your programme of study proceeds.
      To help you study effectively and make the most of the opportunities the University
      provides for intellectual and personal growth, a Progress File has been developed
      specifically for students in the former School of Modern Languages. A Progress File is a
      personal record of the progress you make in learning and in the acquisition of skills as you
      advance through your degree programme. Learning includes learning how to become an
      effective, independent, and self-directed learner; and skills include generic skills like
      handling information, using a computer, expressing yourself well in speech and in writing,
      and working co-operatively with others, as well as subject-specific skills like proficiency
      in your modern language or languages, and competence in such disciplines as linguistic,
      literary, and historical analysis. By directing your attention to the processes whereby you
      learn and improve your skills, the Progress File will help you to monitor and reflect on
      your progress in these areas and to plan your academic and personal development. It will
      also furnish you with the materials from which, ultimately, you will be able to create an
      effective curriculum vitae. The Progress File is constantly under development but is
      currently available in Years 1 and 2 and as the Year Abroad Learning Log in Year 3.

4.4   Regulations

      Degree Programme Regulations are in two parts. Part 1 is covered in the Faculty
      information at the start of this handbook and comprises the general regulations governing
      progression through undergraduate degree programmes in the Faculty of Humanities.
      These regulations apply to all full-time undergraduate students regardless of programme
      (with the exception, for the time being, of students following undergraduate masters
      programmes). Part 2 relates to specific named programmes of study. These regulations
      contain the rules applying to particular programmes and are to be read in conjunction with
      Part 1.

      The information detailing the current regulations governing degree programmes for which
      the former School of Modern Languages has overall academic responsibility is contained
      within the Programme Specifications. These can be found on the School website at the
      following address:

      http://www.manchester.ac.uk/llc

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The degree programmes for which the School has overall academic responsibility are as
follows and the programme structures are detailed below (pp. 28-39):

~ American and Latin-American Studies
~ Business and Management and a Modern Language
~ English and a Modern Foreign Language
~ European Studies and a Modern Language
~ French Studies
~ German Studies
~ History of Art and a Modern Language
~ Italian Studies
~ Modern Languages (Joint Honours)
~ Master of Modern Languages
~ Russian Studies
~ Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American Studies

The regulations of degree programmes to which it contributes but which are managed by
other departments of the Faculty of Humanities or by those of the Faculty of Science are to
be found in the programme handbooks issued by the discipline areas in question. For
details of course units available in modern language subjects, consult the handbooks
issued by the language disciplines concerned.




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AMERICAN AND LATIN-AMERICAN STUDIES – PROGRAMME STRUCTURE



 Year 1   Language study (compulsory) - 40 credits
          Related studies - 20 credits
          (See http://www.art.man.ac.uk/SPANISH/courses/ugcreg1.htm for
          the list of compulsory/optional units)
          60 credits taken in English
 Year 2   Language study (compulsory) - 40 credits
          Related studies - 40 credits
          (See http://www.art.man.ac.uk/SPANISH/courses/ugcreg2.htm for
          the list of compulsory/optional units)
          40 credits taken in English
 Year 3                            Compulsory Year Abroad
                                          120 credits
 Year 4   Language study (compulsory) – 20-40 credits
          Related studies – 40-60 credits
          (See http://www.art.man.ac.uk/SPANISH/ courses/ugcreg4.htm#histud for
          list of compulsory/optional units)
          40 credits taken in English




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BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT AND A MODERN LANGUAGE – PROGRAMME
STRUCTURE
                        Language                             Business and Management
  Year 1   Language study - 20 credits*             Semester 1 - 2
           (compulsory)                             Transferable Management and Study Skills
                                                    (compulsory 10 credits)
           Related studies – 0-40 credits
                                                    Semester 1
           (See Directories of Course Units for     For pre-A level students:
           list of compulsory/optional units)       Microeconomics (compulsory 10 credits)
                                                    For post-A level students:
           *60 credits for students studying        The UK Economy – Macroeconomics
           Russian ab initio;                       (compulsory 10 credits)
           40 credits for students studying other   For all students:
           languages ab initio                      Fundamentals of Management (compulsory
                                                    10 credits)
           (overall 60 credits)                     Semester 2
                                                    For pre-A level students: Macroeconomics
                                                     (compulsory 10 credits)
                                                    For for post-A level students:
                                                    The UK Economy -Microeconomics
                                                    (compulsory 10 credits)
                                                    Fundamentals of Finance (compulsory 10
                                                    credits)
                                                    Global contexts of Business Activity
                                                    (compulsory 10 credits)
                                                    (overall 60 credits)
  Year 2   Language study - 20 credits*                      Semester 1
           (compulsory)                             Comparative Perspectives 1 (compulsory 10
                                                    credits)
           Related studies – 20/40 credits          Marketing (optional 10 credits)
                                                    Fundamentals of Accounting (compulsory 20
           (See Directories of Course Units for     credits)
           list of compulsory/optional units)       Semester 2
                                                    Comparative Perspectives 2 (compulsory 10
           *40 credits for students who were        credits)
           beginners in Russian in Yr1              Career Development (optional 10 credits)
                                                    (overall max 60 credits; min 40 credits)
           (overall max 80 credits; min 60
           credits)
  Year 3                                 Compulsory Year Abroad
                                             (overall 120 credits)
  Year 4   Language study - 20 credits               Semester 1
           (compulsory)                              Business Information Systems (compulsory
                                                     10 credits)
           Related studies – 20-60 credits           Organisational Behaviour (10 credits)**
                                                     Operations and Quality Management
           (See Directories of Course Units for      (compulsory 10 credits)
           list of compulsory/optional units)        Semester 2
                                                     The Economics of the European Union:
           (overall max 80 credits; min 60           Trade and Customs Unions (choice 10
           credits)                                  credits)
                                                     Financial Statement Analysis (choice 10
                                                     credits)
                                                     Human Resource Management (10 credits)**
                                                     ** Students must take ONE of these units, but
                                                     may choose to take both

                                                    (overall max 60 credits; min 40 credits)

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ENGLISH AND A MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE – PROGRAMME STRUCTURE


                      English                           Language
 Year 1   English – 40 credits             Language study - 20 credits*
          (compulsory)                     (compulsory)

          Related studies – 20 credits     Related studies – 40 credits

          (See Directories of Course       (See Directories of Course Units for
          Units for list of                list of compulsory/optional units)
          compulsory/optional units)
                                           *40 credits compulsory language for
                                           students studying ab initio language
                                           with only 20 credits related studies,
                                           apart from Russian, where students
                                           must take 60 credits compulsory
                                           language and no related studies
 Year 2   English – 40 credits             Language study - 20 credits*
          (compulsory)                     (compulsory)

          Related studies 0-40             Related studies – 20-60 credits

          (See Directories of Course       (See Directories of Course Units for
          Units for list of                list of compulsory/optional units)
          compulsory/optional units)
                                          *40 credits for students who were
                                          beginners in Russian in Yr1
 Year 3                          Compulsory Year Abroad

 Year 4   English – 40-80 credits          Language study - 20 credits
                                           (compulsory)
          (See Directories of Course
          Units for list of                Related studies – 20-60 credits
          compulsory/optional units)
                                           (See Directories of Course Units for
                                           list of compulsory/optional units)




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EUROPEAN STUDIES AND A MODERN LANGUAGE
Year   Language                                Government
1
       Language Skills in main language        Introduction to Democracy in
       (20 credits)                            Europe (20 credits)
       Other course unit(s) from main          Choice of Government options
       language discipline (20 credits)        (20 credits)
       Choice of second language (20           Choice of course unit in History,
       credits)                                Economics or International
            60 credits                        Relations (20 credits)
                                                    60 credits
2      Language Skills in main language        The National Politics of Europe (2 x
       (20 credits)                            10 credits)
       Other course unit(s) in main            Choice of Government options (20
       language discipline (20 credits)        credits)
       Second language (20 credits)            Choice of course unit(s) in History,
                                               Economics or Int. Relations (20
            60 credits                        credits )
                                                60 credits
3                                    Residence abroad
            (Study or placement in a country where target language is spoken)
         All students required to complete Learning Log and provide evidence of
              satisfactory completion of study programme or work placement
4      Language Skills in main language        States, Markets and the European
       (20 credits)                            Political Economy (20 credits)
       Plus                                    Plus
       Either: a combination of course         Either: a combination of approved
       units from main language discipline course units drawn from
       totalling 40 credits;                   Government, History or Economics
       Or: a combination of course units       which total 40 credits;
       from main language discipline           Or: a combination of approved
       worth 20 credits, together with a       course units drawn from
       Dissertation (20 credits).              Government, History or Economics
                                               which total 20 credits, together with
       NB: In French Studies the               a Dissertation (20 credits) in one of
       dissertation is tied to a Special       these disciplines.
       Subject (40 credits in total)
                                               NB: ESML/Russian students must
       NB: ESML/Russian students must          take GV4072 Russian Politics and a
       take Russian Language Skills plus       Dissertation in Government, History
       Russian Discipline options totalling or Economics
       40 credits.                                     60 credits

                 60 credits




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FRENCH STUDIES – PROGRAMME STRUCTURE


 Year 1   Language study (compulsory) - 20 credits
          Related studies - 80 credits
          (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
          Free choice course unit(s) - 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)

 Year 2   Language study (compulsory) - 20 credits
          Related studies - 80 credits
          (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
          Free choice course unit(s) - 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)

 Year 3                         Compulsory Year Abroad
                                         120 credits
 Year 4   Language study (compulsory) - 20 credits
          Related studies – 80 or 100 credits
          (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
          If only 80 credits come from related studies, students take one or two
          free choice course units to the total value of 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)




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GERMAN STUDIES – PROGRAMME STRUCTURE


 Year 1   Language study (compulsory) - 20 credits
          Related studies - 80 credits
          (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
          Free choice course unit(s) - 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)

 Year 2   Language study (compulsory) - 20 credits
          Related studies - 80 credits
          (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
          Free choice course unit(s) - 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)

 Year 3                         Compulsory Year Abroad
                                         120 credits
 Year 4   Language study (compulsory) - 20 credits
          Related studies – 80 or 100 credits
          (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
          If only 80 credits come from related studies, students take one or two
          free choice course units to the total value of 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)




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HISTORY OF ART AND A MODERN LANGUAGE – PROGRAMME STRUCTURE


                   History of Art                         Language
 Year 1   Frameworks in Art History –        Language study - 20 credits*
          40 credits (20 credits per         (compulsory)
          semester) (compulsory)
                                             Related studies – 40 credits
          Works in Focus – 20 credits
          (compulsory)                       (See Directories of Course Units for
                                             list of compulsory/optional units)

                                             *40 credits compulsory language for
                                             students studying ab initio language
                                             with only 20 credits related studies,
                                             apart from Russian, where students
                                             must take 60 credits compulsory
                                             language and no related studies
 Year 2   2 Aspects course units - 40        Language study - 20 credits*
          credits                            (compulsory)

          (See Directories of Course         Related studies – 20/40 credits
          Units for list of Aspects units)
                                             (See Directories of Course Units for
                                             list of compulsory/optional units)

                                           *40 credits for students who were
                                           beginners in Russian in Yr1
 Year 3                           Compulsory Year Abroad

 Year 4   Option - 20 credits                Language study - 20 credits
                                             (compulsory)
          Dissertation – 40 credits
                                             Related studies – 20-60 credits
          (See Directories of Course
          Units for list of                  (See Directories of Course Units for
          compulsory/optional units)         list of compulsory/optional units)




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ITALIAN STUDIES – PROGRAMME STRUCTURE


 Level 1   Language study (compulsory) - 40 credits (beginners) 30 credits
           (post-A-level)
           Related studies – 60/70 credits
           (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
           Free choice course unit(s) - 20 credits
           (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
           units)

 Level 2   Language study (compulsory) - 40 credits
           Related studies - 60 credits
           (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
           Free choice course unit(s) - 20 credits
           (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
           units)

 Level 3                         Compulsory Year Abroad
                                        120 credits
 Level 4   Language study (compulsory) - 40 credits
           Related studies – 80 credits
           (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)




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MODERN LANGUAGES (JOINT HONOURS) – PROGRAMME STRUCTURE


                   Language 1                             Language2
 Year 1   Language study - 20 credits*       Language study - 20 credits*
          (compulsory)                       (compulsory)

          Related studies - 40 credits       Related studies - 40 credits
          (See Directories of Course         (See Directories of Course Units for
          Units for list of                  list of compulsory/optional units)
          compulsory/optional units)
                                             *40 credits compulsory language for
          *40 credits compulsory             students studying ab initio language
          language for students studying     with only 20 credits related studies,
          ab initio language with only 20    apart from Russian, where students
          credits related studies, apart     must take 60 credits compulsory
          from Russian, where students       language and no related studies
          must take 60 credits
          compulsory language and no
          related studies
 Year 2   Language study - 20 credits*       Language study - 20 credits*
          (compulsory)                       (compulsory)

          Related studies - 40/60 credits    Related studies - 40/60 credits
          (See Directories of Course         (See Directories of Course Units for
          Units for list of                  list of compulsory/optional units)
          compulsory/optional units)
                                              *40 credits for students who were
          *40 credits for students who        beginners in Russian in Yr1
          were beginners in Russian in
          Yr1
 Year 3                            Compulsory Year Abroad
           (at least eight weeks to be spent in separate countries where each of the
                                languages of study are spoken)
 Year 4   Language study - 20 credits         Language study - 20 credits
          (compulsory)                        (compulsory)

          Related studies - 40/60 credits    Related studies - 40/60 credits
          (See Directories of Course         (See Directories of Course Units for
          Units for list of                  list of compulsory/optional units)
          compulsory/optional units)




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MASTER OF MODERN LANGUAGES – PROGRAMME STRUCTURE



          Language 1          Language2           M-level              Vacation
                                                  components           study
                                                                       (special
                                                                       credits)
Year 1    60                  60
          20 (40 RU)          20 (40 RU)
          language            language
          (compulsory)        (compulsory)

          40 (20 RU) choice   40 (20 RU) choice
Year 2    60                  60                                       30
          20 language         20 language
          (compulsory)        (compulsory)

          40 choice           40 choice
Year 3    60                  20 choice (not      40 compulsory        30
          20 (40 RU)          language)           20 Research
          language                                Methods
          (compulsory)                            20 L1 Dissertation

          40 (20 RU) choice
Year 4                        60                  60 compulsory
                              20 (40 RU)          30 Critical Theory
                              language            30 L2 dissertation
                              (compulsory)

                              40 (20 RU) choice


Note: RU = Russian Studies; L1 = Language One; L2 = Language Two




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RUSSIAN STUDIES – PROGRAMME STRUCTURE


 Year 1   Language study – 60 or 40 credits
          Related studies – 40 or 60 credits
          (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
          Free choice course unit(s) - 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)

 Year 2   Language study – 40 or 20 credits
          Related studies – 60 or 80 credits
          (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
          Free choice course unit(s) - 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)
 Year 3                         Compulsory Year Abroad
                                         120 credits
 Year 4   Language study - 20 credits
          Related studies – 80 or 100 credits
          (See Programme Handbook for list of compulsory/optional units)
          If only 80 credits come from related studies, students take one or two
          free choice course units to the total value of 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)




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SPANISH, PORTUGUESE AND LATIN-AMERICAN STUDIES – PROGRAMME
STRUCTURE


 Year 1   Language study (compulsory) - 40 credits
          Related studies - 60 credits
          (See Programme Handbook
          http://www.art.man.ac.uk/SPANISH/courses/ugcreg1.htm for the list
          of compulsory/optional units)
          Free choice course unit(s) - 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)
 Year 2   Language study (compulsory) - 40 credits
          Related studies - 60 credits
          (See Programme Handbook
          http://www.art.man.ac.uk/SPANISH/courses/ugcreg2.htm for the list
          of compulsory/optional units)
          Free choice course unit(s) - 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)
 Year 3                          Compulsory Year Abroad
                                         120 credits
 Year 4   Language study (compulsory) - 40 credits
          Related studies – 60-80 credits
          (See Programme Handbook
          http://www.art.man.ac.uk/SPANISH/courses/ugcreg4.htm#histud for
          list of compulsory/optional units)
          If only 60 credits come from related studies, students take one or two
          free choice course units to the total value of 20 credits
          (See Faculty Directory of Course Units for full choice of possible
          units)




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5 Residence abroad

      (Chair of the School Residence Abroad and Exchanges Committee: Dr Wiebke
      Brockhaus-Grand (Room S3.26; wiebke.brockhaus-grand@man.ac.uk);
      Undergraduate Manager: Mrs Elizabeth Nolan (Room S3.5;
      elizabeth.m.nolan@man. ac.uk)

      Please note that, although this handbook conveys most of the relevant information,
      students are expected to check regularly the appropriate residence abroad
      noticeboards and web pages for further details (such as the dates of meetings).

5.1   Regulations

       5.1.1 Period of residence abroad. There are compulsory periods of residence abroad
       for all students following Single and Joint Honours and the Master of Modern Languages
       programmes of study in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures and for those
       students following Honours programmes in Combined Studies that involve a modern
       foreign language. The period of residence abroad varies in nature and length according to
       the degree programme for which the student is registered, and the definitions given below
       do not apply to Russian, where special arrangements are in place.

          Single Honours in French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies and Spanish,
           Portuguese and Latin American Studies: the period of residence abroad is 32
           weeks; Joint Honours in Modern Languages and Joint Honours programmes
           involving a modern foreign language: the period of residence abroad is EITHER 32
           weeks in the country where one of the languages studied is spoken plus eight weeks in
           the country where the other language studied is spoken OR 16 weeks in the country
           where one of the languages studied is spoken plus 16 weeks in the country where the
           other language studied is spoken, satisfactory completion of which carries 120 credits.
          Master of Modern Languages: the requirement is for eight weeks' study in a country
           in which the language concerned is spoken, to be undertaken in the vacation
           immediately preceding the final year of study in each of the two languages studied.
          Honours in Combined Studies: if the total value of course units in a modern foreign
           language amounts to 180 credits or more, the period of residence abroad is 32 weeks,
           satisfactory completion of which carries 120 credits; otherwise, the requirement is for
           eight weeks‟ vacation study in a country in which the language studied is spoken.

       The above figures are to be understood as minima and do not include periods spent away
       from the country/countries where the language(s) being studied is/are spoken. Residence
       abroad during vacation time may be eligible for financial support from the University's
       Vacation Study Fund.

       Students in Combined Studies whose total credits in a modern foreign language do not
       amount to 180 and students following the Master of Modern Languages degree programme
       may, with the permission of the Faculty, interrupt their studies in Manchester and fulfil the
       residence abroad requirement by spending 32 weeks in the country/countries of their target
       language(s).


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5.1.2 Approval of arrangements. While Residence Abroad Tutors will offer help and
advice, it is ultimately the responsibility of students to ensure that the necessary
arrangements are made for the period or periods they are required to spend abroad as an
integral part of the degree programme for which they are registered. All such arrangements
must be approved, before the period of residence abroad begins, and students are required
to submit to the Undergraduate Coordinator by 30 May a yellow form countersigned by
their Residence Abroad Tutor confirming their plans for the year abroad. Approval for any
subsequent change in arrangements will only be given in exceptional circumstances.
Students are advised that their residence abroad plans constitute serious
commitments, which they will be expected to honour. Students who fail to notify the
School in advance of changes to their arrangements, and/or who pursue activities
considered unsuitable by the School will be deemed to have flouted the year abroad
regulations and will be subject to the procedures set out in 5.1.7 below.

5.1.3 Approved activities. Approval will normally be forthcoming for the following
types of activity:

 study at a university, either as a SOCRATES / ERASMUS exchange student or as a visiting
  student;
 work as an English Language Assistant (ELA), under the auspices of the British
  Council;
 in the case of Russia, attendance of a course organised by Russian Language
  Undergraduate Studies (RLUS) at a Russian university or private language school.

Where proposals include activities or employment other than those listed above,
Disciplines will need to be satisfied that students will derive sufficient linguistic and
cultural experience from them before approval can be given by the relevant Residence
Abroad Tutor(s). All cases where the Tutor recommends that approval be withheld will be
referred to the Residence Abroad Committee for a final decision.

5.1.4 As soon as possible after arrival students must inform the School of their
address abroad and keep the School informed of any subsequent changes of address.
Any changes in arrangements that they make for their stay abroad must have the prior
approval of the appropriate Residence Abroad Tutor. When required, students must
make the necessary arrangements to meet any member of staff who comes to visit
them during the year abroad.

5.1.5 In order to be awarded the 120 credits for the year abroad students must
submit satisfactory evidence that they have fulfilled the appropriate requirements.

The following sub-sections set out the requirements applicable to all students participating
in the relevant activity and then provide details of additional requirements stipulated by
individual discipline areas.

(a) Students spending 16 or 32 weeks abroad

   (i) Students studying at a foreign university must normally follow an appropriate
       number of courses, complete the associated examinations or other assessments,

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       and bring back evidence that they have done so. They should normally take
       courses amounting to 12 hours of contact time per week. They must also complete
       and return to the language discipline concerned by the specified dates all the tasks
       and questionnaires detailed in the year-abroad Learning Log.

              German: students must take 2 courses per semester which lead to the
           award of a course credit on the basis of assessed work (Leistungsschein). Both
           of these courses must be taught and assessed in German, and must be available
           not only to foreign students. One of them must also be concerned with an
           aspect of German / Austrian / Swiss culture, history and/or linguistics. A
           course certificate awarded merely on the basis of attendance (Teilnahmeschein)
           is not acceptable.
              Italian: Two of the courses taken by students attending an Italian
           university must be assessed by oral examination in Italian.
              Russian: students are required to follow the courses specified in Section
           5.6 satisfactorily.

   (ii) Students working as English Language Assistants in schools will be deemed to
        have fulfilled the requirements on receipt of a satisfactory report, either from an
        authorised representative of the school at which they taught, or from the
        Education Ministry of the country or federal state concerned. In addition, students
        must complete and return to the relevant language discipline by the specified dates
        all the tasks and questionnaires detailed in the year-abroad Learning Log.

   (iii) Students who take up other approved forms of employment will be deemed to
         have fulfilled the requirements on receipt of a satisfactory report from their
         employer. In addition, students must complete and return to the relevant language
         discipline by the specified dates all the tasks and questionnaires detailed in the
         year-abroad Learning Log.

(b) Students spending eight weeks abroad

    (i) Students who spend eight weeks of the summer vacation abroad attending one or
        more summer language courses lasting at least six weeks in total are required to
        submit on their return a certificate of satisfactory work and attendance. If fewer
        than six weeks of the time abroad are taken up by the course(s) attended, students
        are expected to also submit on their return a project in the target language of 500
        words per week not spent on a course. (Example: A student attending a three-
        week course will write a project of 2500 words, as five of the eight weeks abroad
        have not been spent on a course.) The topic of the project is to be agreed with the
        relevant Residence Abroad Tutor in advance.

    (ii) Students spending eight weeks of the summer vacation abroad in approved
         employment lasting at least six weeks are required to submit on their return a
         satisfactory report from their employer. If the period of employment is shorter
         than six weeks, these students are expected to also submit on their return a
         project in the target language of 500 words per week not spent in approved
         employment. The topic of the project is to be agreed with the relevant Residence
         Abroad Tutor in advance.

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5.1.6 Students who anticipate that, for reasons beyond their control, they may be unable
to fulfil the residence abroad requirements laid down under 5.1.5 above must contact the
relevant Residence Abroad Tutor as soon as the difficulties become apparent. The Tutor
(in consultation with the Residence Abroad and Exchanges Committee) will advise the
student on the best course of action and will agree appropriate changes to the student's
residence abroad plans with him/her. NB. Changes to the year abroad arrangements
will normally not be approved retrospectively. Where early return from the year abroad
has been agreed, students will normally be asked to write a project in the target language(s)
and/or undertake additional language study during the next academic session. Students
who do not follow the agreed plan or fail to contact their Residence Abroad Tutor as
soon as problems arise will be deemed to have flouted the year abroad regulations
and will be subject to the procedures set out in 5.1.7 below.

5.1.7 Failure to comply with these regulations will lead to the withholding of some
or all of the credits for the year abroad. Where up to 20 credits have been withheld,
in exceptional circumstances students may be permitted to make up these credits in
the course of the final year of study. (Students who have already carried 20 credits
from one year to the next will not be eligible for this special consideration.) Where all
credits have been withheld, this will lead to transfer to an unclassified degree. All
cases where the withholding of some or all of the credits is proposed must be
discussed at a meeting of the Residence Abroad and Exchanges Committee. In
preparation for such a meeting, the Chair of the Residence Abroad and Exchanges
Committee will contact the student either direct or through another member of staff
to establish whether any special circumstances need to be taken into consideration.

5.1.8 The requirement of residence abroad is normally waived only in the case of
students who can demonstrate that they have had recent experience of living and studying
or working in the country of the target language for a continuous period of time at least
equivalent to that required by these regulations and that, consequently, they would not
benefit academically or linguistically from a further period of residence there. (In this
context, 'recent' is normally understood to mean not more than three years prior to the
beginning of the required period of residence abroad.) As a condition of excusal students
may be required to spend an alternative period abroad under approved conditions and/or to
undertake a programme of additional language study in Manchester.

5.1.9 Excusal must normally be agreed before admission to the programme of study, but
students should bring to the attention of the Department(s) concerned, at the very earliest
opportunity, any circumstances likely to prevent them from fulfilling, completely or
partially, the requirement of residence abroad.

5.1.10 Note that students who become ineligible for the award of an Honours Degree
because of failure to fulfil these regulations will normally be required, as a condition for
the award of an unclassified degree, to complete eight weeks‟ residence abroad under
approved conditions during the vacation immediately preceding the final year of their
programme of study.




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5.2   Funding
      Students taking part in SOCRATES / ERASMUS exchanges which last a full academic year do
      not have to pay tuition fees in Manchester. This also holds for other exchanges organised
      through the University's Study Abroad Unit, but regardless of their duration. All other
      students are required to pay a reduced year-abroad tuition fee.

      Students undertaking study abroad at approved institutions who are charged tuition fees
      may seek reimbursement of such fees from the University of Manchester up to the
      maximum of the reduced year-abroad fee. Any balance in excess of this sum is the
      responsibility of the student. Unless special arrangements have been made, and students
      have obtained an appropriate letter from the Fees Office at the University of Manchester, it
      is normally the responsibility of the student to pay all fees in the first instance. Foreign
      institutions are normally unwilling to invoice the University directly for tuition fees.

      Students taking part in the RLUS Russian study programme for either one or two
      semesters have their fees paid in advance to Russian institutions by the University of
      Manchester, but are still liable to pay the reduced year-abroad fee to the University of
      Manchester at the appropriate time.


5.3   Study in France
      Residence Abroad Tutor:
      Dr Adrian Armstrong (Room S4.7; adrian.armstrong@man.ac.uk) - Semester 1 only

      SOCRATES / ERASMUS exchange programmes. Students whose degree programme
      regulations require them to spend their third year in France may apply for one of the
      places available to Manchester students either at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon,
      Université Jean Moulin, Lyon 3 or Université de Poitiers. Students on the Master of
      Modern Languages programme may also apply, but in such cases SOCRATES / ERASMUS
      funding may not be available.

      Dijon. At present, suitably qualified students who follow a list of prescribed courses and
      who pass all the examinations in Dijon can receive, upon successful completion of their
      B.A. Honours degree programme in Manchester, the French degree of Licence de Lettres
      Modernes. This is a very demanding course, which only highly motivated students should
      contemplate. The prescribed courses in Dijon are 17th-century and 18th-century French
      Novel and Theatre; General and Historical Linguistics; Comparative Literary Studies (or
      Modern French History); Latin for Beginners; Translation into French; one further option
      (e.g. Theatre Studies, Media and Communication, Portuguese, German). There is also a
      compulsory, one-semester course on computing and word-processing skills
      (Informatique). Further information on this scheme can be obtained from Dr Armstrong
      or Dr Darren Waldron.

      Places are also available for exchanges with Dijon and other European universities on the
      Certificate in European Media Studies Programme. Further information on this scheme
      can be obtained from Dr Armstrong.

      Lyon 3. At the Université Jean Moulin, Lyon 3, students from Manchester may take a
      variety of courses - e.g. Grammar; Translation; French Literature of different periods;

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      computer skills - totalling fourteen hours per week. Students who pass their examinations
      at the end of the year receive the Diplôme d'Études des Universités Françaises.

      Arrangements can also be made for some students in the Joint Honours School of Modern
      Languages to spend one semester at either Dijon or Lyon. Further information is available
      from Dr Armstrong.

      Visiting students. Students may, if they wish, make private arrangements to go to another
      university in France, and Dr Armstrong will advise on this. Students intending to take
      advantage of this option should make appropriate arrangements before the end of the first
      semester of their second year of study.

      English Language Assistantships. Application forms for posts as English Language
      Assistants in French and French-speaking schools may be obtained from the
      Undergraduate Coordinator and must be returned (together with a medical certificate and a
      testimonial from the student's personal tutor) to the Undergraduate Coordinator by mid-
      November. Dr Armstrong is responsible for dealing with assistantships and will be happy
      to help, should queries or problems arise. Assistantships in France rarely run for a full
      academic year, so students are advised to make arrangements for combining them with
      other approved activities to make up the required 32 weeks in a French-speaking country.

      Employment. Students who wish to take up other forms of employment in a French-
      speaking country should be aware that the University is not in a position to arrange this for
      them. However, Dr Armstrong, whose prior approval is required for any work placement,
      will be happy to advise and support students in the process of setting up a placement for
      themselves.

      Vacation residence. Students intending to fulfil the vacation residence requirement are
      best advised to enrol for one or more of the numerous university summer school courses in
      French as a foreign language which are offered by French institutions. Information about
      such courses can be found in the south wing lobby on the third floor of the Arts Building.

      Preparation. In order to help students get the most from the year abroad a series of
      meetings is held during the course of Year 2. Students are encouraged to discuss their
      expectations of the year abroad and to discuss any anxieties they might have. Practical
      information is given on how to find out about the town or city in which they will be living,
      and advice from students who have already completed the year abroad is passed on and
      discussed. E-mail addresses of students currently studying or working in French-speaking
      countries are made available for the use of students who are planning their year abroad and
      who may wish to contact them.


5.4   Study in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
      Residence Abroad Tutor: Dr Wiebke Brockhaus-Grand (Room S3.26; wiebke. brockhaus-
      grand@man.ac.uk)

      SOCRATES / ERASMUS exchange programmes. German Studies operates SOCRATES /
      ERASMUS exchange programmes with the Universities of Freiburg, Hamburg, Heidelberg
      and Leipzig as well as Berlin's Humboldt University in Germany, the University of

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      Innsbruck in Austria, and the University of Basle in Switzerland.

      English Language Assistantships. Application forms for posts as English Language
      Assistants in German and Austrian schools may be obtained from the Undergraduate
      Coordinator and must be returned (together with a medical certificate and a testimonial
      from the student's personal tutor) by mid-November. Although there are often more
      assistantship places available than there are applicants, deadlines must nevertheless be
      adhered to. Dr Matthew Philpotts is responsible for dealing with assistantships and will be
      happy to help, should queries or problems arise. Assistantships run for a full academic
      year, so it is not possible to combine them with other activities lasting for more than 12
      weeks during any one year.

      Employment. Students who wish to take up other forms of employment in a German-
      speaking country should be aware that the University is not in a position to arrange this for
      them. However, Dr Brockhaus-Grand, whose prior approval is required for any work
      placement, will be happy to advise and support students in the process of setting up a
      placement for themselves.

      Vacation residence. Students intending to fulfil the vacation residence requirement are
      best advised to enrol for one or more of the numerous university summer school courses in
      German as a foreign language which are offered by German and Austrian institutions.
      Information about such courses may be obtained from the Undergraduate Coordinator.
      Additional relevant material can be found in the south wing lobby on the third floor of the
      Arts Building.

      Preparation. In order to help students get the most from the year abroad a series of
      meetings is held during the course of Year 2. Students are encouraged to discuss their
      expectations of the year abroad and to discuss any anxieties they might have. Practical
      information is given on how to find out about the town or city in which they will be living,
      and advice from students who have already completed the year abroad is passed on and
      discussed. E-mail addresses of students currently studying or working in a German-
      speaking country are made available for the use of students who are planning their year
      abroad and who may wish to contact them. DACH, a web-based information exchange
      and chat room (webct.man.ac.uk), is available for the use of students who are planning
      their year abroad and who may wish to contact students currently studying or working in a
      German-speaking country.

5.5   Study in Italy
      Residence Abroad Tutor:
      Dr Francesca Billiani, (Room W3.14; francesca.billiani@man.ac.uk)

      SOCRATES / ERASMUS exchange programmes. Italian Studies operates SOCRATES /
      ERASMUS exchange programmes with the Universities of Bergamo, Bologna, Macerata,
      Messina, Perugia, Pisa, and Sassari. Students of History and Italian, and of History of Art
      and Italian may be able to participate in exchanges with the Universities of Venice and
      Pavia respectively. Places on all these exchange programmes are limited, and applications
      must normally be made before the end of the first semester of the student‟s second year of
      study.


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      English Language Assistantships. Application forms for posts as English Language
      Assistants in Italian schools may be obtained from the Undergraduate Coordinator and
      must be returned (together with a medical certificate and a testimonial from the student's
      personal tutor) by mid-November. Assistantships are very limited in number and are
      available only to students spending a full academic year in Italy. Anyone interested in
      taking up this option should see the Residence Abroad Tutor as soon as possible after the
      start of the academic year.

      Employment. Students who wish to take up other forms of employment in Italy should be
      aware that the University is not in a position to arrange this for them. However, Dr
      Billiani, whose prior approval is required for any work placement, will be happy to advise
      and support students in the process of setting up a placement for themselves.

      Vacation residence. Students fulfilling the vacation residence requirement are best
      advised to enrol at one or more of the numerous institutions that offer courses in Italian for
      foreigners during the summer. Information about such courses can be found in the south
      wing lobby on the third floor of the Arts Building.

      Preparation. In order to help students get the most from the year abroad a series of
      seminars is held during the course of Year 2. Students are encouraged to discuss their
      expectations of the year abroad and to discuss any anxieties they might have. Practical
      information is given on how to find out about the town or city in which they will be living,
      advice from students who have already completed the year abroad is passed on and
      discussed, and there is an opportunity to meet Italian students from those universities in
      Italy with which Italian Studies has exchange schemes. ITALRETE, a web-based
      information exchange and chat room (webct.man.ac.uk), is available for the use of students
      who are planning their year abroad and who may wish to contact students currently
      studying or working in Italy.


5.6   Study in Russia
      Residence Abroad Tutor:
      Dr Lynne Attwood (Room W408; lynne.attwood@man.ac.uk)

      Joint Honours programmes (beginners): students may choose to spend both semesters
      of Year 3 or Semester 1 only in Russia, on courses organised by Russian Language
      Undergraduate Studies (RLUS). These courses are currently held in St. Petersburg,
      Moscow, Voronezh and Yaroslavl'. Students may spend the entire year in either St.
      Petersburg or Moscow, or can divide the year between any of the four centres mentioned
      above. However, beginners are strongly advised to spend at least the first semester
      studying at the Benedict School in St. Petersburg, on a course which was organised in
      consultation with the academic staff of Russian Studies at Manchester, and which
      complements the course units they take in Manchester. It is also possible - but not
      recommended - to choose to spend both semesters in a country where the other language
      studied is spoken: in this case a minimum of eight weeks must be spent on a language
      course in Russia in the summer vacation preceding Year 4.



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      Joint Honours programmes (A-level entry): students may choose to spend either one or
      both semesters of Year 3 on courses of Russian (currently held in Moscow, St Petersburg,
      Voronezh and Yaroslavl‟) open to students of Russian from all British universities.
      Alternatively, subject to approval, students may make their own arrangements to work in
      Russia in lieu of attendance on a course. In the case of students in the Joint Honours
      School of Modern Languages it is also possible to spend both semesters in a country where
      the other language studied is spoken: in this case a minimum of eight weeks must be spent
      on a language course in Russia in the summer vacation preceding Year 4.

      Master of Modern Languages: students are required to spend a minimum of eight weeks
      on a language course in Russia in the summer vacation preceding the final year in Russian.
      Alternatively, permission may be sought for students to interrupt their studies and spend an
      academic year in Russia.

      Combined Studies (beginners and A-level entry): students in the Honours School of
      Combined Studies whose Russian course units total 180 credits or more spend both
      semesters in Year 3 either in St Petersburg, at the Benedict School, on a course which was
      organised in consultation with the academic staff of Russian Studies at Manchester and
      which complements the course units they take in Manchester, or on other courses of
      Russian (currently held in Moscow, St Petersburg, Voronezh and Yaroslavl‟) open to
      students from all British universities. Students in the Honours School of Combined
      Studies whose Russian course units total less than 180 credits are required to spend a
      minimum of eight weeks on a language course in Russia in the summer vacation preceding
      Year 3. Alternatively, permission may be sought for students to interrupt their studies and
      spend an academic year in Russia.

      Preparation. Meetings for all students due to go to Russia (either in Year 3 or the
      summer vacation) are normally held early in the preceding November, and then as
      necessary thereafter. A meeting will also be arranged with final year students, who have
      already spent the required period in Russia and will be able to offer advice and share their
      experiences. With the exception of students who choose to make their own arrangements
      for employment, all students are given full assistance with the necessary arrangements
      (course bookings, travel, visas, insurance, accommodation, etc.). Detailed briefing
      documents are distributed and a briefing meeting is held for all students before departure
      for Russia.

5.7   Study in Spain, Portugal and Latin America
      Residence Abroad Tutor:
      Dr John Perivolaris (Room N3.4, john.perivolaris@man.ac.uk)

      SOCRATES / ERASMUS exchange programmes: Spanish and Portuguese Studies operates
      SOCRATES / ERASMUS exchange programmes in Spain with the Universidad de Deusto
      (Bilbao), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares,
      Universidad de Barcelona and the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela; and, in
      Portugal, the universities of Coimbra and do Porto.

      Other formal links. Spanish and Portuguese Studies also operates other formal links with
      the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago); Universidad de las Américas,
      Puebla (Mexico); Universidad ORT (Montevideo); Universidad del Salvador (Buenos

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      Aires); Universidade Federal de Paraíba, Joo Pessoa (Brazil); Universidad Autonoma de
      Barcelona, Universidad de Barcelona and the Centro de Lingüística Aplicada (Santiago de
      Cuba). The limited places at Latin American institutions are awarded on a competitive
      basis.

      University of Barcelona. Students may also attend the special courses for foreign students
      in Spanish language and culture offered by the University of Barcelona. These may be
      taken for periods up to a full academic year as well as during the summer vacation. Under
      the guidance of Dr Perivolaris, students have to make their own arrangements directly with
      UB to enrol.

      English Language Assistantships. Application forms for posts as English Language
      Assistants in Hispanic and Portuguese schools may be obtained from the
      Undergraduate Coordinator and must be returned (together with a medical certificate
      and a testimonial from the student's personal tutor) by mid-November. Assistantships
      run for a full academic year, so it is not possible to combine them with other activities
      lasting for more than 12 weeks during any one year.

      Employment. Students who wish to take up other forms of employment in a Spanish- or
      Portuguese-speaking country should be aware that the University is not in a position to
      arrange this for them. However, Dr Perivolaris, whose prior approval is required for any
      work placement, will be happy to advise and support students in the process of setting up a
      placement for themselves.

      Vacation residence. Students fulfilling the vacation residence requirement are best
      advised to enrol at one or more of the numerous institutions that offer courses in Spanish
      or Portuguese for foreigners during the summer. Information about such courses can be
      found in the south wing lobby on the third floor of the Arts Building.

      Preparation
      In order to help students get the most from the year abroad a series of meetings is held
      during the course of Year 2. Students are encouraged to discuss their expectations of the
      year abroad and to discuss any anxieties they might have. Practical information is given on
      how to find out about the town or city in which they will be living, and advice from
      students who have already completed the year abroad is passed on and discussed. E-mail
      addresses of students currently studying or working in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking
      country are made available for the use of students who are planning their year abroad and
      who may wish to contact them.

5.8   Staff visits

      Members of the academic staff will visit students spending a year abroad, wherever they may
      be, if it is feasible to do so, and certainly if they are in countries in continental Europe. The
      timing of meetings varies between each language discipline area, and students will be
      given an indication of likely dates well in advance. All students must attend, travelling if
      necessary to the centre designated for the meeting. (Expenses incurred will be refunded.)
      These meetings provide a valuable opportunity to discuss progress, offer feedback on the
      experience of the year abroad, consider the range of optional course units available in the final


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      year of the degree programme, and raise any other matters of interest or concern with the
      visiting tutor. It is the responsibility of students during the year abroad to facilitate
      arrangements for visits by members of staff, and to maintain contact with the language
      discipline(s) with which they are registered in Manchester throughout the year.

6     Student progression

6.1   Registration

      Each year you will be required to register separately with the School (for academic
      registration) and with the University (for financial registration in respect of fees). Pre-
      registration details are sent to all students by the School prior to registration in
      September/October. On registration with the University you will be issued with an
      identity swipe card which is your library card and holds details of your degree programme,
      year of study, etc. You must register in the School before going on to register with the
      University. For details of School registration, please consult the Undergraduate
      Manager/Coordinator.

      If you need to change your course units for any reason, you must make sure that you
      obtain the permission of the course tutors concerned and that you inform the
      relevant Undergraduate Support Officer.

6.2   Induction

      Your first few weeks at Manchester may be quite daunting, and it is important that you
      adjust to life at the University as quickly as you can. Members of staff of the School are
      willing to help with any queries you may have, but make sure you ask, at the earliest
      opportunity. The School runs formal induction programmes for new students, which
      include during Registration Week:

      •   an address to new students by the Head of School;
      •   an initial meeting with your personal tutor, which you must attend.

      There may also be other events on your induction programme, such as receptions in your
      particular discipline(s) of study. Ensure that during Registration Week you also register
      with the Language Centre (see 3.1 above), and sign up for two fundamental elements in
      the academic induction programme:

      •   introduction to the John Rylands University Library: at the start of the session
          members of staff of the JRULM organize guided tours of the Library's resources –
          books, periodicals, catalogues, databases, computer facilities – for new students, taken
          in manageable groups according to subject of study;
      •   fundamentals of information technology: throughout Semester 1 staff at Manchester
          Computing offer an introduction to the use of computers for a variety of undergraduate
          purposes, including word-processing and access to the Internet.

      All new students are strongly urged to take full advantage of these induction courses.
      They provide training that will prove extremely valuable throughout your time as a

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       student, and also when you come to choose a career once you graduate. You would also
       be given the opportunity of obtaining the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), a
       valuable addition to your CV.

       It is essential that you keep yourself informed about what is going on in your area of study,
       about teaching arrangements, and about what is expected of you, by regularly checking
       noticeboards, student pigeon-holes and your e-mail (see 2.2 above) for communications
       from tutors and other important information.

       If by the middle of the first semester you still feel lost, make sure that you speak to
       someone, initially your personal tutor. The University has support services that offer help
       to students with academic and personal problems, but your personal tutor is the person to
       whom, in the first instance, you can turn if you are experiencing difficulty (see 2.1 above
       and section 8 below).

6.3    Accreditation of prior learning

       If you have entered the University with relevant post-A-Level educational achievements
       which you wish to have counted as credits towards your degree, you should consult the
       Faculty Office about making a case for the accreditation of your prior learning. Until
       credit for such learning has been agreed with the Faculty, you must follow all the course
       units stipulated in your degree programme.

6.4   Attendance requirements

      You are normally expected to attend all classes (lectures, seminars, tutorials and
      language classes), and your attendance will be monitored. Attendance at less than 75%
      of the classes for which you are registered will be deemed unacceptable and may lead
      to your being refused permission to sit University examinations.

      The University has a duty to report to Local Education Authorities students who are
       absent at the beginning of a semester;
       absent without permission;
       absent through illness for a period of more than 28 days.

      You are required to be in attendance throughout the academic year, including Reading
      Week. Permission for absence may be given only by the Head of School and is normally
      restricted to cases of illness and/or compassionate leave.

      For absence from classes you should provide a written explanation, which is to be submitted
      to the Academic Reception Support Officer (room S3.6), within one week of your absence.
      Suitable supporting evidence (e.g. a medical certificate) should be included with your
      explanation. For absences of less than one week, a medical certificate is not required, but
      you must obtain from Academic Reception a copy of the form „Certification of Student Ill
      Health‟, complete the first part of the form and hand it back to Reception. (The same form
      may be used to obtain medical certification for absences of more than a week by asking your
      doctor to complete the third part of the form.) For further information on how to deal with
      problems of ill health, see 8.5 below. If the absence is due to problems which are not of a

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      medical nature, a „Special Circumstances‟ form is available from Academic Reception.
      Unless this procedure is followed, no allowances will be made by boards of examiners.
      If you miss a class, you will nevertheless be expected to prepare adequately for the next
      class of that course unit.

      Students who fail to attend for a formal assessment (such as a class test or an
      examination) are required to report the circumstances to their Personal Tutor as soon
      as possible. Failure to attend a formal assessment because of illness must be corroborated
      by a medical certificate (see the preceding paragraph), which should be submitted at once to
      Academic Reception or the Undergraduate Coordinator. If you are taken ill during an
      examination and are unable to complete it, you should report immediately, or as soon
      as you are able, to the Student Health Service, which will provide a note for the
      discipline concerned, if you wish.

6.5   Unsatisfactory progress

      Students' attendance is monitored, and the School will take action in response to absences,
      as set out below. These guidelines on unsatisfactory progress should be read in conjunction
      with section 6.4 above. Further details of disciplinary procedures can be found on the
      University website.

      1. If, in either semester, you have missed 25% or more of all classes for which you are
      registered (or three consecutive classes in any one course unit, whichever occurs the
      sooner), you will be asked to provide an explanation of these absences to your Personal
      Tutor, unless you have already submitted medical evidence (in the form of a doctor‟s
      certificate or the „Certification of Student Ill Health‟ form) or completed the „Special
      Circumstances‟ form. (Your Personal Tutor may still want to see you if the Tutor believes
      that it would be useful to do so.) Failure to respond to this request to contact the
      Personal Tutor is a serious matter, so students must ensure that they check their
      pigeon-holes and their University e-mail accounts at least twice each week during
      teaching periods.

      2. If you do not contact your Personal Tutor within seven days, your failure to do so will be
      noted, and if your attendance does not improve, whether or not you saw your Personal Tutor
      the first time, you will again be instructed to contact the Tutor within a week.

      3. Should you fail to respond this time, or, having responded, do not improve your level of
      attendance, an official early warning letter will be issued by the Director of Undergraduate
      Affairs. This letter will inform you that unless there is an improvement you will not be
      permitted to take the prescribed examinations. (You will not be refused permission to enter
      for your examinations on the grounds of unsatisfactory work and attendance unless you have
      been sent an early warning letter.)

      4. If you receive an early warning letter and fail to comply with the requirements laid down
      in it, a letter of refusal will be issued by the Director of Undergraduate Affairs, which will
      exclude you from all formal assessment and thus terminate your degree programme.
      Letters of refusal are issued in consultation with the relevant Heads of Discipline Area.



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      5. A student has two weeks from the date of the letter in which to appeal, and the decision
      of the Senate Student Appeals Committee will be communicated to the student immediately
      after the Committee meets on the Tuesday of Week 12 in either semester.
      6. A student‟s first semester record of work and attendance will be carried forward into the
      second semester, and continuing unsatisfactory attendance in the second semester will result
      in that student being issued with an early warning letter, which may be followed by a letter
      of refusal.

6.6   Transfer between programmes of study within the School

      Applications for transfer between programmes of study within the School are considered in
      accordance with the following guidelines.

      Principles

      1.    Applications from students who have sound academic or personal reasons for wishing
            to transfer between programmes of study within the School will be considered on their
            merits, with due regard to the integrity of the School‟s degree programmes and the
            best interests of the applicant.

      2.    Transfer at the end of Year 1 will normally be allowed provided the applicant: (i)
            meets the minimum requirements for progression to Level 2 of an honours degree
            programme; (ii) completes in Year 2 any Level 1 course unit integral to the new
            programme not followed in Year 1; and (iii) makes good any shortfall in the number
            of credits awarded in Year 1 either by satisfying provision (ii), if applicable, or by
            following another course unit (or units) approved for the purpose.

      3.    Students who, at the beginning of their Second Year, decide to change from Joint
            Honours solely within the School to Single Honours (again within the School) will
            not be required to choose any „make-up‟ course units from First Year in their Single
            Honours subject, but must use their „Free Choice‟ in Second and Final Year within
            rather than outside their chosen discipline so that they are assured of the requisite
            number of credits.

      4.    Transfer between programmes of study within the School after Year 2 will normally
            be allowed provided the requirements for entry upon the new programme at Level 3
            are satisfied with respect to credit accumulation and prerequisites (including, where
            applicable, the year abroad requirement). A credit deficit in a particular subject will
            normally be considered compensated for by credits gained in another subject prior to
            transfer.

      5.    Any additional accredited study required of a student upon transfer to a new
            programme should be the minimum compatible with the nature of the programme
            (e.g. Portuguese in the case of Hispanic Studies) or with progression to successful
            completion of the programme (e.g. a foundation course unit in a particular discipline
            indispensable for further study in that discipline) and should not normally involve
            course units with a total value of more than 20 credits. (Regulations permit 20 Level 1
            credits to be taken as part of the Level 2 programme. In appropriate cases, a Level 1

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      course unit might be followed contemporaneously with a Level 2 course unit for
      which it is normally a prerequisite.)

6.    These guidelines apply to transfer between degree programmes in Modern Languages
      (Masters and Joint), French Studies, German Studies, Spanish, Portuguese & Latin
      American Studies, Italian Studies and Master of Modern Languages. Any application
      for transfer that involves a joint degree programme other than Modern Languages and
      Master of Modern Languages, or that otherwise falls outside these norms will be
      considered on its merits and may be submitted, with the School‟s recommendation,
      for final adjudication to the Faculty of Humanities.


Procedure

1. A student who wishes to transfer to a different programme of study within the School,
   having consulted his or her Personal Tutor, should submit a written application to the
   Chair of the Undergraduate Programmes and Curriculum Committee, c/o the
   Undergraduate Manager for the School, outlining the reasons for the application.
2. The Heads of the relevant discipline area concerned, in consultation with the Chair of
   the UPCC, will consider the application in the light of the guidelines for transfer and
   current practice within the School and come to a decision as to the feasibility and
   appropriateness of the transfer.
3. The Chair of the UPCC will notify the applicant of this decision and advise the applicant
   of the consequences of a decision to allow the transfer.
4. For all transfers the Undergraduate Coordinator or relevant Undergraduate Support
   Officer will complete the online alterations for the Student Records Office




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7     Assessment

7.1   Methods of assessment

      In most course units student performance is normally assessed by a combination of
      examination and assessed coursework.


      7.1.1   Assessed coursework

      To ensure that all candidates are treated alike, that the anonymous marking of work can be
      carried out efficiently and effectively, and that appropriate feedback can be given, it is
      most important that items of assessed coursework are submitted by the due date and
      in the manner specified by your tutors or area of study. All coursework must be
      submitted by hand, in person, in duplicate. The Academic Reception Support
      Officer will not accept any coursework if it is not to be submitted in duplicate.
      Students will be expected to take coursework away and obtain a photocopy of it
      before submitting it again but will be penalised, according to the guidelines, if the
      work is then submitted after the deadline. NB. Course unit assessed coursework
      deadlines are staggered during the week of submission (as already advertised in
      Course Unit Directories) as follows: Spanish and Portuguese assessed coursework to
      be submitted on Tuesday, French on Wednesday, Italian on Thursday and German
      and Russian on Friday. Unless good cause is shown, students who do not submit
      assessed coursework will be deemed to have failed this part of the assessment. Any
      assessed coursework submitted after the deadline without good cause will incur a penalty
      determined by the lateness of its arrival: five percentage points will be deducted for the
      first working day after the deadline, and one additional percentage point for each working
      day thereafter. (Each working day will be deemed to be from 9.00 to 16.30 and for this
      purpose Saturdays and Sundays are not working days.) When coursework is submitted
      after the deadline, or where a candidate is aware in advance that the deadline will not be
      met, then a written statement explaining the reasons for the late submission, together with
      supporting documentary evidence (e.g. medical certification, counselling or police reports)
      as appropriate, must be submitted. Such evidence should be submitted to the
      Undergraduate Coordinator through Academic Reception. A „standing committee‟ of the
      Examinations Committee will meet as a special circumstances committee, as necessary, to
      adjudicate on whether the penalties for late submission that would otherwise apply should
      be waived, apart from First Year cases where such decisions will be made by the course
      unit convenor and the Head of Discipline Area.

      All coursework is to be written to a prescribed word limit. Students should note that
      writing to a prescribed limit is one of the criteria for assessment. Any excessive
      infringement (i.e. more than 10% over the limit) will be considered a failure to complete
      the prescribed task according to the specified criteria, and this will be reflected in the
      mark. All coursework should include a statement of the number of words (excluding
      bibliography and footnotes).

      Students who without good cause fail to hand in assessed coursework, or do so late, run
      the risk of failing the overall assessment for the course unit in question.


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Penalties for late submission of assessed coursework may be different in other Schools and
disciplines. Students whose degrees include a subject taught outside the School of
Languages, Linguistics and Cultures should consult the handbook of the School or
discipline concerned.

7.1.2 Examinations

It is University policy that unseen examinations under controlled conditions constitute at
least 40% of the assessment for any degree programme, taken as a whole. Examinations
are held at the end of the Semester in which they are taught (for the relevant dates see 2.3
above). In the case of written examinations the anonymity of candidates is preserved
throughout the marking process.

Students will be entered for examinations on the basis of the course units you choose at
registration, or about which you subsequently notified the School (see section 6.1 above).
Notices of examination entries and dates will be displayed on noticeboards, and students
are personally informed through the Student Intranet by the Student Services Centre. It is
entirely the responsibility of students to ensure that they are correctly registered for
the appropriate examinations, and that they attend at the appropriate time.

Copies of past examination papers are available on the University website for consultation
and information.

7.1.3 Take-away examination papers

Some course units are examined by take-away examination papers, which students have a
specified time to complete where and how they choose. Such examinations permit longer
time for reflection and the use of materials normally excluded from the examination room.
The discipline that applies to assessed coursework applies to take-away examination
papers too: scripts must be submitted within the time allotted for the examination,
otherwise any mark awarded may be reduced or the paper discounted altogether.

7.1.4 Study project

All students in the Honours School of Italian Studies undertake an independent study
project as part of their first year programme. In consultation with one of the first year
tutors they must identify a suitable topic, which they then plan, research, and write up
largely on their own initiative, with a maximum of one hour's supervision time from the
tutor concerned. The project must be submitted by 30 April of the first year of study. As
with any kind of assessed coursework, failure to submit by the due date may result in any
mark awarded being reduced or the submission being discounted altogether.

7.1.5 Dissertation

It is the responsibility of the student to discuss and agree a topic with the supervisor, and
to submit a plan and a draft piece of work before final submission of the dissertation. The
supervisor will help the student to choose the topic, give advice about the planning and the
drafting of the dissertation, and may comment on provisional drafts. The length of the
dissertation should be 10,000 words in length (excluding bibliography and footnotes). The

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      deadline for submission of dissertations will be the first Friday in May. Any dissertation
      submitted after the deadline will, unless good cause is shown, incur a penalty determined
      by the lateness of its arrival: five percentage points will be deducted for the first working
      day after the deadline, and one additional percentage point for each working day thereafter.
      (Each working day will be deemed to be from 9.00 to 16.30 and for this purpose Saturdays
      and Sundays are not working days.) Submissions after the deadline will be treated in the
      same way as Assessed Coursework is treated, as will dissertations that exceed the
      prescribed length (see section on Assessed Coursework above). Any dissertation submitted
      after the beginning of the examinations will not be marked and will be deemed to be a fail.
      Computer problems will not normally be regarded as grounds for waiving the penalty for
      late submission. The contribution made by the dissertation to the overall degree result is
      determined by its credit rating, as indicated in the relevant discipline area Directory of
      Course Units.

      7.1.6   Oral examinations

      Proficiency in speaking the language you are studying is tested by means of an oral
      examination held at the end of the second semester, before the written examinations begin.
      The oral examination forms part of the assessment in the use of the language and the result
      is incorporated with the mark awarded for the corresponding written paper. Those who
      gain a First Class mark in the oral examination in any modern language at the Final
      Examination are awarded a Distinction in the spoken language, and this is recorded on
      the degree certificate.


7.2   Feedback on students’ work

      Feedback on assessed coursework is provided on the relevant forms, which indicate the
      criteria of assessment used (see 7.3 below) and have space for the course tutor‟s
      comments. These forms will normally accompany the coursework when it is returned to
      the student (though for language work it may not be necessary to provide separate forms
      on every occasion). The tutor‟s comments may then form the basis of a discussion of the
      coursework between the student and the tutor. Tutors will return marked coursework as
      soon as possible, normally within three working weeks, but the timing may vary according
      to circumstances. Where coursework is submitted and assessed anonymously, it will be
      returned anonymously, with written feedback. Students may, if they wish, however,
      discuss the work with the course tutor to gain further feedback, although they should be
      aware that this will mean a loss of anonymity.

      For precise information, you should consult the tutor concerned. End-of-year results are
      sent out by post, and provisional results for Semester 1 course units are communicated by
      notices on School noticeboards, usually by the end of February. Should you not receive
      these for any reason, consult your personal tutor. More detailed information about your
      performance may normally be obtained thereafter by consulting the relevant course tutors.
       Students will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on their dissertations after the
      final examiners‟ meeting, and should approach their supervisors about this.




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7.3     Criteria of assessment

Assessment criteria for translation into English


86% +        Virtually faultless. Full understanding of the passage and entirely accurate
High 1st     rendition of the material into authentic English of the appropriate register.
76-85%       Excellent understanding of the passage, and the English of the translation is
Good 1st     extremely appropriate.
70-75%       Mostly excellent understanding of the passage, and the English of the
Low 1st      translation is for the most part extremely appropriate. Only one or two
             imperfections.
60-69%       Good understanding of most of the passage and largely accurate translation. A
2: 1         few mis-translations and/or awkwardness‟s of style.
50-59%       Satisfactory understanding of at least two thirds of the passage, which is
2: 2         translated accurately, though without much sensitivity. Despite
             misunderstandings, the general sense of the passage is conveyed.
40-49%       Satisfactory understanding of at least half of the passage, which is rendered
3rd          adequately into English. The overall effect is disjointed, however, and the
             general sense is poorly conveyed.
33-39%       Only about one third of the passage is understood and rendered approximately
marginal     into English. The overall effect is extremely disjointed, and the general sense is
fail         not adequately conveyed.
20-32%       There are only isolated examples of understanding and adequate translation.
clear fail
10-19%       No attempt has been made to translate the majority of the passage, and in the
very         portion that has been attempted there are only isolated examples of
clear fail   understanding and adequate translation.
5-9%         No real effort has been made to provide a translation of the passage. Only a few
almost       short phrases or sentences have been attempted.
total fail
0-4%         No answer has been provided, or else one which contains only totally irrelevant
total fail   material.




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Assessment criteria for translation into the language being studied


86% +        Virtually faultless. Entirely accurate rendition of the material into authentic
High 1st     language of the appropriate register.
76-85%       The lexis, morphology and syntax of the foreign language are extremely
Good 1st     appropriate. A few imperfections, which are amply compensated by strengths
             elsewhere.
70-75%       The lexis, morphology and syntax of the foreign language are mostly very
Low 1st      appropriate. Some imperfections, which are compensated by strengths
             elsewhere.
60-69%       A generally accurate version. Some mis-translations and/or inappropriate use of
2: 1         lexis, morphology and syntax, but the general sense of the passage is conveyed,
             and there are some strengths evident.
50-59%       A generally accurate translation of at least two thirds of the passage. Fairly
2: 2         frequent mis-translations and inappropriate use of lexis, morphology and syntax.
             The general sense of the passage is not fully conveyed.
40-49%       At least half of the passage is rendered adequately, despite frequent mis-
3rd          translations and inappropriate use of lexis, morphology and syntax. The overall
             effect is disjointed, and the general sense is poorly conveyed.
33-39%       Only about one third of the passage is rendered intelligibly. The overall effect is
marginal     extremely disjointed, and the general sense is not adequately conveyed.
fail
20-32%       There are only isolated examples of adequate translation.
clear fail
10-19%       No attempt has been made to translate the majority of the passage, and in the
very         portion that has been attempted there are only isolated examples of
clear fail   understanding and adequate translation.
5-9%         No real effort has been made to provide a translation of the passage. Only a few
almost       short phrases or sentences have been attempted.
total fail
0-4%         No answer has been provided, or else one which contains only totally irrelevant
total fail   material.




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Assessment criteria for composition in the language being studied


86% +        Virtually faultless command of lexis, morphology and syntax. Outstanding
High 1st     powers of critical reasoning, exceptionally effective expression of ideas and a
             wholly authentic use of idiom.
76-85%       Excellent command of lexis, morphology and syntax. Extremely good powers
Good 1st     of critical reasoning and expression of thought, and an authentic use of idiom. A
             few imperfections, which are amply compensated by strengths elsewhere.
70-75%       Mostly very good command of lexis, morphology and syntax. Very good powers
Low 1st      of reasoning and expression, and a generally authentic use of idiom. A few
             errors, which are compensated by strengths elsewhere.
60-69%       A generally good command of lexis, morphology and syntax, despite some
2: 1         errors. Powers of reasoning and expression are generally good, and the use of
             idiom is mostly authentic, though the sense may not always be fully clear and
             some of the phrasing is awkward.
50-59%       A generally adequate command of lexis, morphology and syntax, but there are
2: 2         quite frequent errors. Powers of reasoning and expression are only fair and the
             use of idiom is uncertain. The sense is unclear in places and much of the
             phrasing is awkward.
40-49%       Command of lexis, morphology and syntax is poor, and there are frequent
3rd          errors. Powers of reasoning and expression are limited, the sense is often
             unclear and there is little feel for idiom.
33-39%       Command of lexis, morphology and syntax is inadequate, and there are very
marginal     frequent errors. Powers of reasoning and expression are very limited, the sense
fail         is mostly unclear, and there is little or no feel for idiom.
20-32%       Command of lexis, morphology and syntax is extremely inadequate, and the
clear fail   work is full of errors. Powers of reasoning and expression are extremely
             deficient, the work makes very little sense, and there is no feel for idiom at all.
10-19%       Command of lexis, morphology and syntax is extremely inadequate, and the
very         work is full of errors. Powers of reasoning and expression are extremely
clear fail   deficient, the work makes very little sense, and there is no feel for idiom at all.
             The answer is also seriously deficient in quantity.
5-9%         No real effort has been made to provide an answer. Only a few short phrases or
almost       sentences have been attempted.
total fail
0-4%         No answer has been provided, or else one which contains only totally irrelevant
total fail   material.




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Assessment criteria for essays and similar work assignments


86% +        Exemplary in all respects: presentation, style, relevance and clarity of argument,
High 1st     range and aptness of exemplification, exploitation of background knowledge.
             Extremely clear understanding of the issues; all aspects covered. Exceptionally
             impressive evidence both of preparatory reading and of personal response.
76-85%       Excellent in all respects: presentation, style, relevance and clarity of argument,
Good 1st     range and aptness of exemplification, exploitation of background knowledge.
             Very clear understanding of the issues; all aspects covered. Impressive evidence
             both of preparatory reading and of personal response.
70-75%       Very good in most respects: presentation, style, relevance and clarity of
Low 1st      argument, range and aptness of exemplification, exploitation of background
             knowledge. Clear understanding of the issues; nearly all aspects covered.
             Substantial evidence both of preparatory reading and of personal response.
60-69%       Good presentation, style, relevance and clarity of argument. Range and aptness
2: 1         of exemplification good. Generally clear understanding of the issues; most
             major aspects covered. Clear evidence both of preparatory reading and of
             personal response.
50-59%       Satisfactory presentation and style. Reasonable understanding of the issues, but
2: 2         some significant aspects are inadequately covered or not addressed at all. Clarity
             and relevance of argument not always maintained. Limited and/or sometimes
             inappropriate exemplification. Some evidence of preparatory reading and of
             personal response.
40-49%       Presentation and style poor. Lack of clarity and relevance of argument. Broadly
3rd          appropriate, but largely unfocussed knowledge. Little evidence of real
             engagement with the issues.
33-39%       Inadequate in most respects. Argument difficult to follow and/or mostly
marginal     irrelevant. Only isolated instances of attempts to engage with the topic and/or of
fail         limited appropriate knowledge.
20-32%       Extremely inadequate in all respects. Argument virtually impossible to follow
clear fail   and/or totally/almost totally irrelevant. No serious attempt to engage with the
             topic nor appreciable evidence of appropriate knowledge.
10-19%       Extremely inadequate in all respects. Argument virtually impossible to follow
very         and/or totally/almost totally irrelevant. No serious attempt to engage with the
clear fail   topic nor appreciable evidence of appropriate knowledge. The answer is also
             seriously deficient in quantity.
5-9%         No real effort has been made to provide an answer. Only a few short sentences
almost       have been written.
total fail
0-4%         No answer has been provided, or else one which contains only totally irrelevant
total fail   material.




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Assessment criteria for written examinations (content course units)


86% +        Exemplary in all respects: presentation, style, relevance and clarity of argument,
High 1st     range and aptness of exemplification, exploitation of background knowledge.
             Extremely clear understanding of the issues; all aspects covered. Exceptionally
             impressive evidence both of preparatory reading and of personal response.
76-85%       Excellent in all respects: presentation, style, relevance and clarity of argument,
Good 1st     range and aptness of exemplification, exploitation of background knowledge.
             Very clear understanding of the issues; all aspects covered. Impressive evidence
             both of preparatory reading and of personal response.
70-75%       Very good in most respects: presentation, style, relevance and clarity of
Low 1st      argument, range and aptness of exemplification, exploitation of background
             knowledge. Clear understanding of the issues; nearly all aspects covered.
             Substantial evidence both of preparatory reading and of personal response.
60-69%       Good presentation, style, relevance and clarity of argument. Range and aptness
2: 1         of exemplification good. Generally clear understanding of the issues; most
             major aspects covered. Clear evidence both of preparatory reading and of
             personal response.
50-59%       Satisfactory presentation and style. Reasonable understanding of the issues, but
2: 2         some significant aspects are inadequately covered or not addressed at all. Clarity
             and relevance of argument not always maintained. Limited and/or sometimes
             inappropriate exemplification. Some evidence of preparatory reading and of
             personal response.
40-49%       Presentation and style poor. Lack of clarity and relevance of argument. Broadly
3rd          appropriate, but largely unfocussed knowledge. Little evidence of real
             engagement with the issues.
33-39%       Inadequate in most respects. Argument difficult to follow and/or mostly
marginal     irrelevant. Only isolated instances of attempts to engage with the topic and/or of
fail         limited appropriate knowledge.
20-32%       Extremely inadequate in all respects. Argument virtually impossible to follow
clear fail   and/or totally/almost totally irrelevant. No serious attempt to engage with the
             topic nor appreciable evidence of appropriate knowledge.
10-19%       Extremely inadequate in all respects. Argument virtually impossible to follow
very         and/or totally/almost totally irrelevant. No serious attempt to engage with the
clear fail   topic nor appreciable evidence of appropriate knowledge. The answer is also
             seriously deficient in quantity.
5-9%         No real effort has been made to provide an answer. Only a few short sentences
almost       have been written.
total fail
0-4%         No answer has been provided, or else one which contains only totally irrelevant
total fail   material.




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Assessment criteria for oral examinations

86% +      A near flawless and natural performance, indistinguishable from the standard of an
high 1st   educated native speaker employing an appropriate register.
76-85%     A virtually flawless and natural performance, though not necessarily of native-
good 1st   speaker standard in every respect.
70-75%     Excellent overall. Not without minor errors but coherent, fluent and sustained
low 1st    communication.
60-69%     Good. Some weaknesses, errors or limitations, but candidate generally at ease in
2:1        the language and in control of the dialogue. Good flow maintained.
50-59%     Satisfactory. Candidate copes generally and maintains dialogue, but not without
2:2        hesitation, difficulty, and errors in a good number of instances.
40-49%     Barely satisfactory. Some limited ability to manipulate the language and express
3rd        ideas, but performance marred by frequent failure to maintain communication
           and/or understand examiners‟ questions. Frequent errors in all or most areas.
33-39% Unsatisfactory overall. Serious errors in all or most areas, but isolated instances of
marginal basic communication.
fail
20-32% Totally unsatisfactory as a performance. No meaningful exchange of ideas. Serious
clear fail errors and inadequacies in all areas. No redeeming features.
10-19% Inability to conduct any dialogue. Gross errors and inadequacies in all areas.
very
clear fail
5-9%       No effort to engage in dialogue. Only a few disconnected utterances.
almost
total fail
0-4%       No intelligible statements made.
total fail

Note: Individual disciplines will supply more detailed information as to format and structure
of oral examinations and how these criteria relate to the various aspects, e.g. pronunciation,
grammatical accuracy, vocabulary, register, range etc.




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7.4      Second marking

         To ensure the maintenance of consistent standards of assessment, the School operates a
         system of selective second marking for all second-year and final-year course units,
         whereby the assessment of the first marker is checked by a second marker, who discusses
         the outcome with the first marker. In the case of dissertations all work is marked twice.
         Any unresolved cases are referred for a decision to the external examiner, an academic
         from another institution, whose job is to see that the standards of assessment applied by
         the constituent disciplines of the School are in line with those to be found elsewhere in the
         UK.

7.5      Guidance to students on plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice
         - Introduction

7.5.1    As a student, you are expected to cooperate in the learning process throughout your
         programme of study by completing assignments of various kinds that are the product of
         your own study or research. For most students this does not present a problem, but
         occasionally, whether unwittingly or otherwise, a student may commit what is known as
         plagiarism or some other form of academic malpractice when carrying out an assignment.
         This may come about because students have been used to different conventions in their
         prior educational experience or through general ignorance of what is expected of them.

7.5.2    This guidance is designed to help you understand what we regard as academic malpractice
         and hence to help you to avoid committing it. You should read it carefully, because
         academic malpractice is regarded as a serious offence and students found to have
         committed it will be penalized. At the very least a mark of only 30% would be awarded
         for the piece of work in question, but it could be worse; you could be awarded zero (with
         or without loss of credits), fail the whole unit, be demoted to a lower class of degree, or be
         excluded from the programme.

7.5.3    Academic malpractice includes plagiarism, collusion, fabrication or falsification of
         results and anything else intended by those committing it to achieve credit that they do not
         properly deserve. In addition to the advice that follows, your School will give you advice
         on how to avoid academic malpractice in the context of your discipline. It will also design
         assessments so as to help you avoid the temptation to commit academic malpractice.
         Finally, you should take note that work you submit may be screened electronically to
         check against other material on the web and in other submitted work.

7.6      Plagiarism

7.6.1     Plagiarism is presenting the ideas, work or words of other people without proper, clear
          and unambiguous acknowledgement. It also includes „self-plagiarism‟ (which occurs
          where, for example, you submit work that you have presented for assessment on a
          previous occasion), and the submission of material from „essay banks‟ (even if the authors
          of such material appear to be giving you permission to use it in this way). Obviously, the
          most blatant example of plagiarism would be to copy another student‟s work. Hence it is
          essential to make clear in your assignments the distinction between:
         the ideas and work of other people that you may have quite legitimately exploited and
            developed, and

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      the ideas or material that you have personally contributed.

7.6.2 To assist you, here are a few important do‟s and don‟ts:
      Do get lots of background information on subjects you are writing about to help you form
        your own view of the subject. The information could be from electronic journals,
        technical reports, unpublished dissertations, etc. Make a note of the source of every piece
        of information at the time you record it, even if it is just one sentence.
      Don’t construct a piece of work by cutting and pasting or copying material written by
        other people, or by you for any other purpose, into something you are submitting as your
        own work. Sometimes you may need to quote someone else‟s exact form of words in
        order to analyse or criticize them, in which case the quotation must be enclosed in
        quotation marks to show that it is a direct quote, and it must have the source properly
        acknowledged at that point. Any omissions from a quotation must be indicated by an
        ellipsis (…) and any additions for clarity must be enclosed in square brackets, e.g.
        “[These] results suggest… that the hypothesis is correct.” It may also be appropriate to
        reproduce a diagram from someone else‟s work, but again the source must be explicitly
        and fully acknowledged there. However, constructing large chunks of documents from a
        string of quotes, even if they are acknowledged, is another form of plagiarism.
      Do attribute all ideas to their original authors. Written „ideas‟ are the product that authors
        produce. You would not appreciate it if other people passed off your ideas as their own,
        and that is what plagiarism rules are intended to prevent. A good rule of thumb is that
        each idea or statement that you write should be attributed to a source unless it is your
        personal idea or it is common knowledge. (If you are unsure if something is common
        knowledge, ask other students: if they don‟t know what you are talking about, then it is
        not common knowledge!)

7.6.3 As you can see, it is most important that you understand what is expected of you when you
      prepare and produce assignments and that you always observe proper academic
      conventions for referencing and acknowledgement, whether working by yourself or as part
      of a team. In practice, there are a number of acceptable styles of referencing depending, for
      example, on the particular discipline you are studying, so if you are not certain what is
      appropriate, ask your tutor or the course unit coordinator for advice! This should ensure
      that you do not lay yourself open to a charge of plagiarism inadvertently, or through
      ignorance of what is expected. It is also important to remember that you do not absolve
      yourself from a charge of plagiarism simply by including a reference to a source in a
      bibliography that you have included with your assignment; you should always be
      scrupulous about indicating precisely where and to what extent you have made use of such
      a source.

7.6.4 So far, plagiarism has been described as using the words or work of someone else (without
      proper attribution), but it could also include a close paraphrase of their words, or a
      minimally adapted version of a computer program, a diagram, a graph, an illustration, etc
      taken from a variety of sources without proper acknowledgement. These could be lectures,
      printed material, the Internet or other electronic/AV sources.

7.6.5 Remember: no matter what pressure you may be under to complete an assignment, you
      should never succumb to the temptation to take a „short cut‟ and use someone else‟s
      material inappropriately. No amount of mitigating circumstances will get you off the hook,

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         and if you persuade other students to let you copy their work, they risk being disciplined as
         well (see below).

7.7     Collusion

7.7.1 Collusion is any agreement to hide someone else‟s individual input to collaborative work
      with the intention of securing a mark higher than either you or another student might
      deserve. Where proved, it will be subject to penalties similar to those for plagiarism.
      Similarly, it is also collusion to allow someone to copy your work when you know that they
      intend to submit it as though it were their own and that will lay both you and the other
      student open to a charge of academic malpractice.

7.7.2 On the other hand, collaboration is a perfectly legitimate academic activity in which students
      are required to work in groups as part of their programme of research or in the preparation of
      projects and similar assignments. If you are asked to carry out such group work and to
      collaborate in specified activities, it will always be made clear how your individual input to
      the joint work is to be assessed and graded. Sometimes, for example, all members of a team
      may receive the same mark for a joint piece of work, whereas on other occasions team
      members will receive individual marks that reflect their individual input. If it is not clear on
      what basis your work is to be assessed, to avoid any risk of unwitting collusion you should
      always ask for clarification before submitting any assignment.

7.8     Fabrication or falsification of results

7.8.1    For many students, a major part of their studies involves laboratory or other forms of
         practical work, and they often find themselves undertaking such activity without close
         academic supervision. If you are in this situation, you are expected to behave in a
         responsible manner, as in other aspects of your academic life, and to show proper integrity
         in the reporting of results or other data. Hence you should ensure that you always
         document clearly and fully any research programme or survey that you undertake, whether
         working by yourself or as part of a group. Results or data that you or your group submit
         must be capable of verification, so that those assessing the work can follow the processes
         by which you obtained them. Under no circumstances should you seek to present results or
         data that were not properly obtained and documented as part of your practical learning
         experience. Otherwise, you lay yourself open to the charge of fabrication or falsification
         of results.

Finally…

7.8.2    If you commit any form of academic malpractice, teaching staff will not be able to assess
         your individual abilities objectively or accurately. Any short-term gain you might have
         hoped to achieve will be cancelled out by the loss of proper feedback you might have
         received, and in the long run such behaviour is likely to damage your overall intellectual
         development, to say nothing of your self-esteem. You are the one who loses.

Extracts from Regulation XVII: Conduct and Discipline of Students

3.       Without prejudice to the generality of Statute XXI.1, a student may be liable to
         disciplinary action in respect of conduct which:

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      (i)          involves the possession of unauthorised material or the use or attempted use of
                   unauthorised or unfair means (including academic malpractice such as plagiarism
                   or collusion with other students or fabrication or falsification of results) in
                   connection with any examination or assessment;

7.          If a breach under paragraph 3(i) has been established, the penalties imposed may be one or
            more of the following. When determining the penalty to be imposed, account shall be
            taken of the consequences which the penalty will have for the academic progress of the
            student concerned:

      (a)          a reprimand and warning about future behaviour;

      (b)          the Board of Examiners to be informed that the piece of work be marked, if not
                   already marked, and the mark awarded for the piece of work or for the course unit
                   be reduced by a specified amount;

      (c)          cancellation (i.e. a recorded mark of zero), with or without loss of credit, of the
                   examination paper or other assessed work in which unfair practice occurred, or of
                   the course units(s) in which the unfair practice occurred;

      (d)          cancellation (i.e. recorded marks of zero), with or without loss of credit, of all
                   examination papers and other assessed work taken during the particular
                   examination period (i.e. end of first semester (January); end of second semester
                   (May/June); resit (August/September)) in which unfair practice occurred or of all
                   examination papers and other assessed work taken during the academic year;

      (e)          the Board of Examiners to be required to reduce the class of degree by one or more
                   classes from that which would have been awarded on the basis of the student‟s
                   academic progress, or to award a lesser qualification;

      (f)          the student being not allowed a re-assessment;

      (g)          the student being not allowed a re-assessment and being not allowed to substitute
                   any other course unit(s);

      (h)          suspension from the University for a fixed period, up to a maximum of twelve
                   months. A student who is so suspended will be prohibited from entering University
                   premises and from participating in University activities although the suspension
                   may be subject to qualification;

      (i)          expulsion from the University, which means that the student shall cease to be a
                   Member of the University and will lose all rights and privileges of Membership.


7.9         Emergencies affecting examinations or other assessments

            If for any reason you are unable to attend or to complete an examination, or feel that your
            performance has been adversely affected by circumstances beyond your control, you

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       should immediately contact the Undergraduate Support Officer for your discipline
       or Academic Reception and, if appropriate, the Student Health Service. You must
       ensure that full documentation (medical notes and relevant correspondence) reaches the
       Examinations Officer in time to be taken into consideration by the Board of Examiners.
       The same applies in the case of assessed coursework whose completion you feel has been
       affected by medical or other problems.


7.10   Resit arrangements

       Students in the Faculty of Humanities are permitted to resit most failed course units on no
       more than one occasion. The opportunity to pass a resit is given in order to allow the
       student to proceed to the following year of the degree programme. In the calculation of
       final averages, the fail mark obtained at the first sitting will be used.

       In the case of certain course units (those for which assessment takes the form of group
       work or project work, for example) no resit is possible. When they choose and register for
       course units, students should take note which are 'resittable' and which are not.

       Resit opportunities vary according to the Examination (First-Year, Second-Year, or Final)
       but are in all cases available only to students who have not absented themselves from the
       Examination without good cause (see 6.4 above).

       •   First-Year Examination: students may be permitted to resit failed course units up to a
           value of 120 credits in the August/September following the first attempt.
       •   Second-Year Examination: students may be permitted to resit failed course units up
           to a maximum value of 60 credits in the August/September following the first attempt.
       •   Final Examination: there are no resit opportunities for the award of a Degree
           with Honours. Students who by the end of their degree programme have accumulated
           a minimum of 300 credits but fewer than the 360 credits required for the award of a
           Degree with Honours will be recommended for the award of a Pass Degree
           (unclassified). Students who have failed to accumulate 300 credits but have obtained
           between 260 and 290 credits may be permitted one (and only one) resit opportunity in
           respect of failed course units up to a maximum value of 40 credits in order to be
           eligible for the award of a Pass Degree. The resit is to take place in the June following
           the academic session in which the Final Examination was originally taken.

       Students who, after the application of compensation rules and/or any resit, have
       accumulated 100 or 110 credits in the First-Year or Second-Year Examination, may be
       given permission by the Board of the Faculty of Humanities, in consultation with the
       appropriate Board of Examiners, to take additional course units during the following year
       to a maximum value of 20 credits.


7.11   Reassessment of coursework

       Where a course unit is assessed both by examination and by coursework, a student who
       passes the examination but fails the coursework is permitted to submit fresh coursework in

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       lieu of failed coursework by the end of the August/September examination resit period.
       Where a course unit is assessed by coursework alone, such a student may be permitted to
       submit fresh coursework or required to take an examination instead. These opportunities
       are given in order to allow the student to proceed to the following year of the degree
       programme. In the calculation of final averages, the fail mark of the original
       coursework will be used.


7.12   Contribution of the Second-Year Examination to the degree result

       In all Single and Joint Honours degree programmes regulated by the School and by the
       Faculty of Humanities, the marks which are carried forward from the Second-Year
       Examination and contribute along with the results of the Final Examination to the degree
       result are (i) the best 20 credits, excluding Level 1 free-choice course units; and (ii) the
       average of all the marks obtained in the Second-Year Examination.


7.13   Classification of Degrees

       A      These procedures are described in terms of a full-time three-year or four-year
              programme of study, in which 120 credits will normally have been undertaken
              successfully in each year. Where candidates have arranged their credit
              accumulation in different ways, these procedures will be varied to take account of
              individual circumstance, retaining the spirit in which they were drafted.

       B      These procedures are described in terms of the accumulation of credits.

       C      Only candidates who have accumulated 360 credits (three-year programme) or 480
              credits (four-year programme), of which at least 100 should be at level 3, will be
              considered for an Honours degree. To this effect, automatic and exceptional
              compensation will be used at all levels in accordance with University and Faculty
              regulations in the process of determining the accumulation of credit but not the
              marks used for classification.

       D      In order to be awarded a degree of the University of Manchester, a candidate must
              have fulfilled all requirements as laid down from time to time in the University‟s
              regulations.

       1.     Marks considered

       The Board of Examiners will consider marks from course units totalling 160 credits:
       marks representing 120 credits will derive from the Final Examination; marks representing
       40 credits will be brought forward from the 120 credits achieved in the Level 2
       examination: namely the best mark achieved for 20 credits (normally excluding all Level 1
       free-choice course units) and the credit-weighted average of all marks (including free-
       choice course units irrespective of level). The best mark might be from a single 20-credit
       course unit or might derive from an averaging of, for example, the best two 10-credit
       course units.

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In all instances marks in course units undertaken to replace credit shortfalls in a previous
examination will be excluded from the calculation. All marks used will be from the first
attempt.

The classification of all candidates will be determined after careful consideration of the
total range of marks achieved as well as of averages, and reference may be made to past
academic performance and tutors‟ reports, as well as the rereading by examiners of
selected examination scripts. In some cases via voce examinations may be held.

2.     Weighting of marks

Once they have been credit-weighted, all marks will be treated as equal weight for the
purpose of classification.

3.     Marks and classes

Marks of course units are associated with classes as follows:

       I       70% and above
       IIi     60% and above but less that 70%
       IIii    50% and above but less than 60%
       III     40% and above but less than 50%
       Fail    Less than 40%

Candidates scoring marks below 40 (i.e. fail marks) in any unit will be considered on the
merits of each individual case, and compensation for such fail marks will normally be
required.

4.     Compensation

(i)    Automatic compensation applies under either of the following circumstances:

        1. the candidate has obtained a mark of 33-39% for course units which do not
together exceed a total of 20 credits; and
        the candidate has achieved an average mark of at least 40% for course units taken
in the academic session (including the failed unit[s]);

OR

(ii)    the candidate has obtained a mark of 33-39% for course units which together have
a credit rating of between 20 and 40 credits; and
        the candidate has obtained an average mark of at least 45% in all course units
taken in the academic session (including the failed unit[s]).

(ii)   Exceptional compensation may be applied at the discretion of the Examining
Board(s).

NB:    (i) Partial compensation is not allowed (i.e. where two or more papers have been

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              failed, it is not possible to compensate one, and recommend a resit for the other(s):
              all must be resat).

              (ii)   The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences use discretionary
              compensation for a mark in the range of 25 - 32%. In assessing a mark for a
              course unit followed in this Faculty by a candidate, the Board should treat this
              mark as compensatable automatically.

       5.     Automatic Classification

Aggregates given below are those applicable where an Examination Board is working with 8x20
credit course units.

       a)     A candidate will be assigned automatically to a first (I) class if any of the
              following conditions apply:
              i)     the aggregate mark is 560 or above
              ii)    the aggregate mark is 556 or above and there are marks representing 10
                     credits or more within the class
              iii)   the aggregate mark is 552 or above and there are marks representing 20
                     credits or more within the class
              iv)    the aggregate mark is 548 or above and there are marks representing 30
                     credits or more within the class
              v)     the aggregate mark is 544 or above and there are marks representing 40
                     credits or more within the class
              vi)    the aggregate mark is 540 or above and there are marks representing 50
                     credits or more within the class
              vii)   the aggregate mark is 536 or above and there are marks representing 60
                     credits or more within the class
              viii) the aggregate mark is 532 or above and there are marks representing 70
                     credits or more within the class
              ix)    the aggregate mark is 528 or above and there are marks representing 80
                     credits or more within the class
              x)     the aggregate mark is 520 or above and there are marks representing 100
                     credits or more within the class.

       b)     A candidate will be assigned automatically to an upper second (IIi) or lower
              second (IIii) class if they do not qualify for a first class degree and either of the
              following conditions apply:
              i)     the aggregate mark is 480 or above for a IIi, 400 or above for a IIii
              ii)    the aggregate mark is no less than 472 for a IIi, 392 for a IIii and marks
                     representing at least 60 credits are in or above the class, with strong
                     support from marks representing at least 40 further marks (no less than
                     58%, 48% respectively).
              iii)   the aggregate mark is 464 for a IIi, 384 for a IIii and marks representing
                     70 credits or more within the class
              ii)    the aggregate mark is no less than 456 for a IIi, 376 for a IIii and marks
                     representing at least 80 credits are in or above the class

       c)     A candidate will be assigned automatically to a third (III) if the following

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                condition applies:
                The aggregate mark is no less than 320 (but see above, section C).

Where the run of marks of a candidate falls narrowly outside the criteria for a particular class of
degree there will be discussion of the individual case as to whether or not there is any justification
for the higher award. Candidates narrowly satisfying the criteria will on no account be subject to
such scrutiny.

Note: In Double Honours Year 3, the degree classification is based on 140 credits in Language 1
(instead of 160).

The corresponding aggregates for classification are as follows:

        a)      i)      490
                ii)     487
                iii)    483
                iv)     480
                v)      476
                vi)     473
                vii)    469
                viii)   466
                ix)     462
                x)      455

        b)      i)      420 and 350
                ii)     413 and 343
                iii)    406 and 336
                iv)     399 and 329

        c)      280.

        Note: MML Degree Classifications are listed in the MML Handbook.

        6.      Pass Degree

        Any candidate failing to achieve a III will be deemed to have failed the Honours
        Examination but may still be eligible for the award of a Pass Degree if the candidate has
        acquired 300 credits, at least 80 of which are at Level 3. A candidate with at least 260
        credits will be eligible to re-sit up to 40 credits once at the next available opportunity to be
        considered for the award of a Pass Degree.

        Disciplines or subjects will indicate the names of students who achieved a First-Class
        mark in the oral examination. A superscript D will be used to identify these students, who
        will be awarded a distinction in the spoken language.

        7.      Special circumstances

        The Examinations Committee, together with the Undergraduate Manager/Coordinator,
        will constitute the Special Circumstances Committee. The Committee will normally meet

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       as soon as practicable after the end of the May/June examination period. It may also need
       to meet immediately following the August/September resit period. The remit of the
       Committee is to consider any special circumstances that might have influenced a student‟s
       performance (including coursework), and to make recommendations for action to be taken
       by the Board of Examiners.

       The Special Circumstances Committee will consider a student‟s circumstances submitted
       in writing by the student, or if appropriate, the personal tutor. Where appropriate,
       supplementary documentation such as police records, medical or counselling reports will
       form part of this submission. All such evidence must be independent. Such submissions
       should normally be made by the end of the examination period. Normally, circumstances
       brought up retrospectively, when marks are known, should be disregarded.

       The School and its constituent disciplines must ensure that copies of any relevant
       documentation reach the Secretary to the Examination Board in good time.

       Discussions in the Special Circumstances Committee will be held in the knowledge of the
       student‟s identity, but without reference to the student‟s marks. Decisions reached will be
       minuted and recommendations referred to the Examination Board only by reference to the
       student‟s registration number, as Examination Boards which make decisions on degree
       classification are conducted anonymously. Recommendations may vary, including
       adjustments to marks (up to a maximum of 5%), to one or more papers where performance
       is considered out of line, to allow exceptional compensation or to allow a failed
       assessment to be sat as a first attempt.

       8. Marks carried forward from the second year

       For all programmes, the marks carried forward will be the best mark (excluding free-
       choice course units at Level 1) and the overall average mark.


7.14   Examination results

       Pass lists relating to the January, May/June and August/September examinations are
       displayed on the noticeboards outside the Student Services Centre on Burlington Street as
       soon as possible after the results have been ratified by the Board of Examiners. In the case
       of the January examinations this ratification does not take place until the results of the
       May/June examinations are available, but provisional marks are published by each subject
       in the course of the second semester, normally by the end of February. The results of the
       January and May/June examinations (with a breakdown of the marks) will be sent to your
       home address in the course of the summer vacation. Notification of any resits will be
       communicated to you as a matter of priority. Students should consult their personal tutors
       for further details of their examination performance. An official transcript of all course
       units taken and results achieved over the course of a student's entire degree programme is
       obtainable from the Student Services Centre. It is University policy that administrative
       support staff and academic staff must not communicate results by telephone.




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7.15   Review procedure

       There is no provision for appeal against the academic judgement of the Examiners. An
       application for a review of the result of an examination may be made only on grounds
       alleging that:

       •   there exist or existed circumstances affecting the student's performance of which the
           examiners had not been made aware when their decision was taken;
       •   there were procedural irregularities in the examination process;
       •   there is evidence of prejudice or bias or of inadequate assessment on the part of one or
           more of the examiners.



       Before taking a final decision as to whether to request a review or not, a student is advised
       to contact his or her Personal Tutor or Programme Director or Head of Discipline Area
       informally, to attempt to resolve the issue at School level.

       If the student decides to make a formal request for a review, an application for review
       must be submitted in writing with supporting evidence to the Academic Registrar as soon
       as possible and not later than one month after the publication of the student's examination
       results.


7.16   Prizes and awards

       Details of University awards can be obtained from the Student Services Centre in the John
       Owens Building. Awards specifically linked to achievements in modern languages are
       listed below.

       French

       Brian Blakey Memorial Prize (1983): a prize of £125 awarded for distinguished
       performance in the Final Examination in French Studies or a Joint Honours degree
       involving French
       Keith Millward Prize (1958): a prize in books to the value of £10 awarded to students in
       French Studies.
       Keith Millward Scholarship (1958): a scholarship of £30 towards travel and study in
       France, awarded on the results of the First-Year Examination in French Studies.
       Frederick West Prize (1947): a book prize of £15 awarded on the results of the First-Year
       Examination in French Studies.

       French, German, Italian

       Swiss Book Prizes: annual book prizes donated by the Swiss Consulate on the basis of
       results in the Final Examinations in French, German, and Italian.



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French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Hubert Ben Tarbuck Bursary Fund (1935): bursaries awarded to students in the former
School of Modern Languages who are in need of financial assistance in order to proceed to
their final year of study. Applications should be made to the Academic Registrar no later
than 1 May.
Walters Scholarships (1890): two scholarships of £75, one of which is awarded in
alternate years on the recommendation of the Heads of Discipline Area in French and
German and the other annually on the recommendation of the Heads of Discipline Area in
Italian, Russian and Spanish. In both cases the award is made to a student who has not
entered upon the final year of a degree programme involving the language concerned.

German

Dr L. E. Foulger Memorial Prize: award made to support research.
S. S. Kerry Memorial Prize (1980): a book prize of £65 awarded for excellence in modern
literature papers in the First-Year Examination in German Studies or a Joint Honours
degree involving German.
Arwid Johannson Exhibition (1937): books to the value of £50 awarded to students
studying Germanic Philology on the basis of the results of the Final Examination in
German Studies.

German, Spanish

María Guadalupe Reyes Ponce Memorial Prize: an award of £50 made on the basis of
results in the Final Examination, alternately in Spanish (even years) and German (odd
years).

Portuguese

Instituto Camões bursaries: the Instituto Camões in Lisbon offers two competitive
bursaries for study in Portugal during the summer vacation following the first year of study
in the discipline area of Spanish and Portuguese.

Spanish, Portuguese

J. W. Rees Memorial Prize (1977): a prize or prizes of a value not exceeding £50 awarded
on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners in Spanish and Portuguese.




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8     Student support and guidance

8.1   University support services

      The Student Services Centre

      The SSC is a new, single point of contact for most of the administrative tasks you need to
      carry out as a student, including registration/fees, and documentation. The SSC is open
      Monday to Friday, 9.00-6.00 on 0161 275 5000 or you can the visit the Centre on
      Burlington Street, between the library and the refectory. You can also serve yourself on-
      line - just click on the 'SSC Portal' link to the left of the Student Services Centre web page
      http://www.intranet.manchester.ac.uk/rsd/ssc/.

      Central Academic Advisory Service
      Second Floor, Williamson Building
      Telephone (0161) 275 3033
      Web: http://www.intranet.man.ac.uk/rsd/aro/student/caas/

      The University of Manchester Central Academic Advisory Service is a service of
      information and advice open to all University of Manchester students, who can use the
      service at any time. The advisers have extensive experience of dealing with student
      problems and offer confidential advice on any matters relating to students' academic work.

      Counselling Service
      Crawford House, Precinct Centre
      Telephone (0161) 275 2864
      Web: http://www.intranet.man.ac.uk/counselling/

      The Counselling Service for the University offers confidential, individual counselling to
      both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and a consultative and advisory service to
      staff. The seven members of the team have qualifications in counselling and
      psychotherapy and provide a range of therapeutic responses to all kinds of personal
      problems.

      Student Health Service
      Note that you must register to use this service.
      Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, near the University Precinct Centre
      Telephone (0161) 275 2858
      Web: http://www.intranet.man.ac.uk/rsd/personnel/hss/student.html

      For primary health care, students need to register with an NHS general practitioner, and
      should locate one near their term-time residence.

      The Student Health Service for the University provides an accessible occupational health
      service for all students. A doctor and nursing staff offer advice and support on any health
      problem affecting studies. The service accepts referrals from academic disciplines and
      from other welfare services. A wide range of health promotion, vaccination, and
      contraceptive services are also offered.

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Disability Support Office
LG27, Lower Ground Floor, John Owens Building,
Telephone (0161) 275 2051
Web: http://www.intranet.man.ac.uk/rsd/aro/student/dso/index.html

The Disability Support Office exists to help all students who have a disability of some
kind, such as deafness, blindness, epilepsy, physical impairment or dyslexia. It will
provide students with practical support and guidance, assist them to make use of
technological aids and inform disciplines where special provisions need to be made for
them.

Careers Service
Crawford House, Precinct Centre
Telephone (0161) 275 2828

The University Careers Service is open between 09.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday,
throughout the year. The careers adviser who deals with students studying modern foreign
languages is Chris Hughes (chris.hughes@manchester.ac.uk).

It is important that you think about life after university and plan ahead. The Careers
Service exists to help you clarify your career aspirations and develop a strategy for
fulfilling them. The University‟s Careers Centre is one of the largest and most active in
the UK and offers three principal types of service.

•   Information. The Careers Centre has material on a huge range of careers, employers,
    and courses in book, video and computer formats. It also organizes information
    sessions, a series of skills workshops and courses, such as its Insight into Media and
    Insight into Management courses.
•   Advice. Career counselling is available throughout the year: simply book an
    appointment. In addition, a duty adviser is available on a daily basis to respond to
    brief queries.
•   Employer contact. The Careers Service organizes and/or promotes career fairs,
    employer presentations, and employer on-campus recruitment activities (such as the
    Milkround). Thousands of vacancies are advertised in regular fortnightly bulletins.
    For information on all these matters, read GETWISE if you are in Years 1, 2, or 3
    (pre-final) of your programme or CAREERWISE if you are in your final year. Both
    are circulated widely within the University and are available free of charge from the
    Careers Centre. The most up-to-date source of information is the Centre‟s website
    (http://www.netwise.ac.uk)

Security
Precinct Security Office
Telephone (0161) 275 2728 / 2730

Security cameras are fitted across the campus and there are regular security patrols. Please
read the advice on security given in Streetwise, which is issued to all students in their
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8.2   Personal Tutors

      Although all members of staff are available to help you, you have a Personal Tutor who
      should in most instances be your first point of contact if you have anything you want to
      discuss. You will have a meeting with your Personal Tutor at the beginning and at the end
      of your first semester, and thereafter at least once every semester you spend in Manchester,
      for the duration of your programme of study. (While abroad you will normally be visited
      by a member of staff, but not necessarily your Personal Tutor: see 5.8 above.) Your
      Personal Tutor will do his or her best to help you with any problems you may encounter
      and may direct you to sources of more specialized help if necessary. It is important that
      you see your Personal Tutor regularly, and that your Personal Tutor is enabled to form a
      clear picture of your progress. Besides being a point of human contact in a very large
      institution, he or she is someone you will probably rely upon to provide you with
      references when you come to look for a job; and the better Personal Tutors know their
      students, the more effectively they are able to represent their interests.

      Students as well as Personal Tutors are expected to adopt a professional attitude to what is
      a professional relationship and not to allow personal motives to interfere with it.
      However, it is important that you feel comfortable and confident in your dealings with
      your Personal Tutor, and there may be circumstances in which it is appropriate to request a
      change. Should such circumstances arise, you should discuss the matter with the Head of
      the language discipline area to which the Personal Tutor assigned to you belongs and he or
      she will make the necessary arrangements.


8.3   Withdrawal from study

      If you are considering withdrawing from your programme of study, speak to your Personal
      Tutor immediately. Your Tutor may be able to present an alternative perspective on your
      situation and can offer advice on how to proceed. If, for whatever reason, you have firmly
      decided to withdraw from the programme, inform your Personal Tutor as soon as possible.
       It is important that you keep your members of staff (academic and support) fully informed
      of your intentions or actions, and the University is obliged to inform your Local Education
      Authority of your decision. You will also be required to complete an Exit Questionnaire.

8.4   Harassment

      The University of Manchester is committed to creating a working and studying
      environment which is free of harassment and which protects the dignity of staff and
      students, female and male, irrespective of their sexual orientation, racial or ethnic
      background, religion, or disabled status. Harassment is offensive and prejudicial to a
      productive working and studying environment. It is indicative of a lack or respect for the
      person harassed, undermines his or her position, and may have a negative impact upon
      health, job performance, coursework, examinations, and one‟s sense of personal security.

      The University regards sexual, racial, or personal harassment as an extremely serious
      matter. Observance of the University‟s policy with respect to harassment is a condition of
      service for all members of staff and is required of students. Formal complaints will be


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      thoroughly investigated in such a way as to protect the privacy of those who complain and
      those who are the subject of complaint. In cases where the complaint is substantiated, the
      individual responsible may be subject to action under the appropriate disciplinary
      procedure.

      Any students who have been subjected to harassment should inform their Personal Tutor,
      who will be able to offer help and support.


8.5   Ill Health

      A      It is a requirement of your registration with the University of Manchester that
             you register with a local general practitioner. A list of GP practices can be
             obtained from the Student Health Service, any University hall of residence or a
             local pharmacy. According to guidance issued by the General Medical Council
             it would not be regarded as good practice for a family member to be the
             registered GP or to offer treatment except in the case of an emergency.


      B      You should always consult your GP (or for emergencies the Accident and
             Emergency Department of a hospital) if your illness is severe, if it persists
             or if you are in any doubt about your health. You should also consult your
             GP if illness keeps you absent from the University for more than 7 days
             including weekends. If you do consult a GP and the GP considers that you are
             not fit for attendance at the University, then you should obtain a note from the
             doctor to that effect or ask them to complete Part III of the University form
             ‘Certification of Student Ill Health’ copies of which are available from the
             School Academic Reception (Room S3.6), halls of residence and at local GP
             surgeries. You should hand this certificate to Academic Reception or the
             School Undergraduate Coordinator at the earliest opportunity.

      C      If your condition is not sufficiently serious to cause you to seek medical help,
             then the University will not require you to supply a doctor‟s medical certificate,
             unless you are absent from the University due to illness for more than 7 days (in
             which case see B above). You must however contact the School as soon as
             possible and certify the illness yourself (that is complete and sign the
             „Certification of Student Ill Health‟ form to state that you have been ill) as soon
             as you are able to attend. You should do this if your illness means you are
             absent from the University for any period up to 7 days (see D (i)) or if you are
             able to attend the University but your illness is affecting your studies (see D (ii)
             and (iii)).

      D      The following sub-paragraphs explain what you should do if your illness affects
             your attendance at compulsory classes or if you consider that your performance
             in your studies/examinations has been impaired.

      (i)    If you are unwell and feel unable to attend the University to take a compulsory
             class, assessment or examination then you must seek advice by contacting your
             Academic Reception or your relevant language Undergraduate Support Officer

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         immediately, in person, through a friend or family member, by telephone or by
         e-mail. This is to ensure that you understand the implications of being absent
         and the consequences for your academic progress, which might be quite
         serious. You must do this as soon as possible so that all options can be
         considered and certainly no later than the day of your compulsory class,
         assessment or examination. If you do not do this then you will normally be
         considered have been absent from the class without good reason, or to have
         taken the assessment or examination, in which case you will be given a mark of
         zero. You must also complete and hand in a „Certification of Student Ill
         Health‟ form on your return.

(ii)     You may be unwell but are able to proceed with an assessment or examination
         and yet you feel that your performance will have been impaired. If you wish
         this to be taken into account as an extenuating circumstance, you must inform
         your School about this on the day of the assessment or examination and hand in
         to Academic Reception (Room S3.6) a completed „Certification of Student Ill
         Health‟ form. If you leave this until later it will not normally be possible to
         take your illness into account when assessing your performance.

(iii)    If, as a consequence of your illness, you wish to seek an extension to a deadline
         for submitting assessed coursework, you must complete a „Certification of
         Student Ill Health‟ form and discuss it with your Personal Tutor. The
         application for extension must be made before the deadline and not
         retrospectively.

(iv)     You may be under occasional and ongoing medical attention which affects your
         studies. If so, you should obtain a letter from your physician which should be
         given to the before the end of the January, May/June or August/September
         examination period, as appropriate, if you wish your condition to be taken into
         account as an extenuating circumstance.

E        For further guidance guidance on the effects of absence or under-performance
         according to the School‟s programme requirements, see 6.4 and 6.5 above.

Notes:

1.       Your personal tutor will give you guidance on the effect of any absence from your
         studies or if you consider your illness has affected your studies. If you have
         repeated episodes of ill health which is affecting your studies, the School may refer
         you to the Student Health Centre.

2.       If you are found to have been deceitful or dishonest in completing the
         „Certification of Student Ill Health‟ form you could be liable to disciplinary action
         under the University‟s General Regulation XX: Conduct and Discipline of
         Students.

3.       The use of the „Certification of Student Ill Health‟ forms by GPs as described
         above has been agreed by the Manchester Local Medical Committee. A GP may
         make a charge for completing the form.

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8.6


QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS: WHO SHOULD I GO
AND SEE?

The Student Services Centre is a single point of contact for most of the administrative tasks you need to
         carry out as a student, including registration/fees, documentation, loans and grants, exams and
         graduation. It can be accessed at
                   http://www.intranet.man.ac.uk/rsd/ssc/
         It is situated on Burlington Street, between the library and the refectory and is open Mon–Fri, 9:00–
6:00; tel.: 0161 275 5000.
In a wide variety of areas, the Students' Union Advice Centre can serve as a useful starting-point: Tel:
(275) 2989; www.man.ac.uk/advice/admin.html/.

Question/                             Personal/
Problem Academic/ Disability          Medical          Examinations Visiting Students
Discipline Course Unit Tutor          Personal Tutor   Personal Tutor
Support Personal Tutor                                                Visiting
           Programme Director                          Examinations Student
                                                       Officer        Officer
           Central Academic           University
University Advisory Services          Counselling       Student
Support (CAAS)                        Service           Services      International Students' Welfare
                                      Tel: (275)2864 Centre           Officer
                                                        Burlington
                                      Web:              Street
           2nd Floor, Williamson      www.man.ac.uk/ 275 5000         (International
           Building                   services/student/               and Public
           Tel (275) 3033             counsel.html                    Relations
           Web:                                                       Office, Beyer
           www.man.ac.uk/services/                                    Building)
           student/caas.html       Nightline                          (275)2196
                                   (A student-run
                                   listening and
           Disability              information                        International Society
                                   service
           Support Office          sponsored
           Lower Ground Floor,     by the Student                     William Kay House
           John Owens Building     Union)                             Oxford Road
           (275) 2051              (275) 2983/4                       (275) 4959/7697
                                   www.man.ac.uk/
                                   niteline/
                                   Student Health
                                   Service
                                   Waterloo Place
                                   Mon-Fri: 9-1 &
                                   2-5
                                   (275)2858 NB
                                   you also have to
                                   register
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9     Student feedback and representation

9.1   Evaluation of course units and programmes of study

      At various times in the course of your studies at the University you will be asked to
      complete anonymous questionnaires concerning specific course units and the degree
      programme as a whole. You are strongly advised to complete and return these forms, from
      which a summary report is prepared that is discussed by the discipline area Programme
      Director and the relevant course tutor. Feedback detailing an agreed response and
      consequential action to be taken will be communicated to the student body by means of
      notices on School noticeboards and via Staff-Student Committees and the student
      representatives on Academic Discipline Committees. The questionnaires also ask you to
      assess your own contribution to the course, and in this connexion you are asked to read
      and consider what the present Handbook has to say about learning and teaching (see 4.2
      above).


9.2   Student representation

      Student representation and feedback are vital to the continued development of the
      provision offered by the academic disciplines and by the School as a whole. Student
      representatives are elected from Years 1, 2, and 4 to the following committees:

      •      The Academic Board of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures.
             The Board is chaired by the Head of School and shall normally meet twice a
             semester. The Academic Board advises the Head of School on academic matters.
             Membership of the Academic Board shall consist of all staff in the rank of
             Lecturer or above, research staff, the Executive Director and Associate Directors
             for Academic Enterprise and Academic Management of the University Language
             Centre, the Head of School Administration, teaching fellows, and six student
             representatives, three undergraduates and three postgraduates, including at least
             one research postgraduate student.

      •      Academic Committees. Each of the constituent disciplines of LLC shall have
             an Academic Committee, chaired by the Head of Discipline, consisting of all
             staff in the rank of Lecturer or above, research staff, teaching fellows, two
             postgraduate representatives, of whom at least one should normally be a
             research postgraduate, and one undergraduate representative from each year of
             study in Manchester. Academic committees shall have the power to co-opt
             other members. Academic committees shall review:
             1. the teaching and study of the subjects assigned to the discipline;
             2. the welfare and academic progress of the students within the discipline;
             3. developments relating to the discipline with a view to their implementation
                 subject to the approval of the School.

      •      Staff-Student Consultative Committees. Each discipline also has a Staff-
             Student Consultative Committee that reports to the Academic Committee. Its
             student members too are elected within disciplines. It provides a forum in which

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             students may put forward their views on academic matters or on any other aspect
             of university life. It has access to the summary reports that are prepared in
             response to student evaluation of course units (see section 9.1 above). Student
             members represent their year and are expected actively to canvass opinion among
             their colleagues and to bring their suggestions and concerns to the attention of the
             Committee. Equally importantly, it is the responsibility of students in general to
             keep themselves informed and to contact their representatives if they want any
             issue discussed.


9.3   Channels for complaint

      Minor problems may be brought to the attention of course tutors or personal tutors, but
      more serious complaints will normally be reported through the student representatives to
      the Staff-Student Consultative Committee or the Academic Committee. If no satisfactory
      action is taken, the Head of Discipline should be approached. The nature and outcome of
      any complaint should be recorded by the Programme Director and made available for the
      annual programme review. A student who is dissatisfied with the Discipline's response
      should consult the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Professor Kersti Börjars,
      who may be contacted through the Faculty of Humanities Office.




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