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The Course Handbook for Individual Programme of Study (IPoS) BA (Hons) Language Studies 2009/10 v.2009 Page 2 of 49 Contents 1 General course information.................................................... 5 2 Welcome to the course........................................................... 6 3 Welcome to Leeds Met ........................................................... 9 4 About your course ................................................................ 13 5 Your responsibilities as a student ........................................ 24 6 Academic and student regulations ....................................... 26 7 Assessment .......................................................................... 29 8 Representing your course .................................................... 33 9 Have your say ...................................................................... 35 10 Help, advice and information ............................................... 37 11 Appendices .......................................................................... 40 Page 3 of 49 Page 4 of 49 1 General course information Award title Cert HE Language Studies Dip HE Language Studies BA Language Studies BA (Hons) Language Studies Programme code Cert HE LSTU2 Dip HE LSTU4 BA LSTU5 BA (Hons) LSTU6 Faculty Leslie Silver International Faculty Subject Group Languages at Leeds Met Page 5 of 49 2 Welcome to the course Letter from the Course Leader Welcome to Leeds Metropolitan University and the Leslie Silver International Faculty. In particular, welcome to the Individual Programme of Study. This handbook provides you with information about your Course, your Faculty and your responsibilities as a student, in addition to information about assessment and other regulatory issues. For a more detailed introduction to Leeds Met and information about all the facilities and services the University offers, see either the Student Handbook or the Helpzone website (http://helpzone.leedsmet.ac.uk/). The team is looking forward to meeting you and hopes that your time in Leeds is both enjoyable and successful. Best wishes to you in your future studies. Mara Fuertes-Gutiérrez Course Leader Individual Programme of Study (IPoS) Page 6 of 49 About the Faculty Welcome from the Dean The Leslie Silver International Faculty is home to the subject areas of Languages & English Language Teaching, Tourism & Entertainment Management, Hospitality & Retailing, Events Management, and Applied Global Ethics, as well as to the International Office and the teams responsible for Study Abroad and International Volunteering. On behalf of all my colleagues, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you – whether you are a new to Leeds Met, new to Leeds or new to the UK, or whether you are returning to us after the summer break. Leeds Metropolitan University is striving to be a world-class regional university with world-wide horizons using all our talents to the full. As a Faculty we are helping to realise these goals by leading the University-wide commitment to internationalisation. Our International Reflections (www.leedsmet.ac.uk/internat/reflects/index.htm) provide a great opportunity for you to learn more about how we implement these objectives in practice. I would very much welcome your participation in these – follow the details on the web page for more information. I look forward to meeting you or hearing from you, and hope that you will both enjoy and benefit from your time at Leeds Met. Please feel free to contact me or any of my colleagues if we can help in any way. Professor Elspeth Jones International Dean firstname.lastname@example.org For the Leslie Silver International Faculty statement of health and safety, please visit http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/local/lsif/Health_and_Safety_Policy_2 009.doc Page 7 of 49 About the Scheme The Leslie Silver International Faculty has an extensive and diverse portfolio of language courses including: Undergraduate languages degree programmes for full-time and part-time students; MA programmes for language teachers; A PreMasters course; MPhil and PhD research students; An international foundation course; EFL and academic support courses for international students across the University. In addition, courses are run in the areas of Tourism, Hospitality, Events, Retailing and Applied Global Ethics. Skills you will gain during the course In developing your language skills and knowledge and understanding of the target language country/countries during your course, you will also develop a range of key/transferable skills (e.g. communication skills, group/inter-personal skills, organisation and planning skills and skills in application and reflection). At the start of your course, you will be asked to analyse your needs as a language learner for your personal and/or professional development. Similarly, at the end of your course, you will be asked to reflect on your progress and on the contribution of your language learning to your personal and/or professional development and also look to consider how you will take forward your language learning in the future. There are some questions to guide you in thinking about your needs and your progress in Appendices 4 (analysing your needs) and 5 (reflecting on your progress). Please use these sheets to let your Tutor know what your needs are and to give feedback at the end of the course on your progress. Opportunities for graduates The Leeds Met Careers Service offers advice and practical help with CVs, application forms, interview preparation etc for graduate and non-graduate level jobs. You can contact them on 0113 283 5995 or by email email@example.com Also see http:www.leedsmet.ac.uk/careers for more information. Page 8 of 49 3 Welcome to Leeds Met The Library To help you study we provide a resource-packed library on each campus. Here you can access internet-based resources, audio- visual equipment and services such as TV studios, media-editing facilities, computing facilities with standard and specialist software and adaptive hardware/software for dyslexic and disabled students, different study environments with over 2,100 study places and over 350,000 books, journals and media resources. Opening times The Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. How to join Your Club Carnegie card enables you to use our libraries at Civic Quarter and Headingley Campus. You should bring it with you whenever you want to use any of the library facilities. Induction sessions are offered for new students, which we strongly recommend that you attend. These are organized as part of your Faculty’s or course’s induction programme during Freshers’ Festival, and you’ll find the date and time on your induction week timetable. If you do miss it you should contact your course administrator or your Academic Librarian within your campus library. Drop-in library tours are also available during the first few weeks of term. International students In addition, international students can take part in library tours and induction sessions during the International Welcome Programme which will take place as part of the first week of the Freshers’ Festival. Please refer to the International Welcome Programme information for dates and times. Help and advice Each course has a specific Academic Librarian who has specific knowledge about your chosen subject. He or she will buy all the resources for your subject in the library and will teach you how to make the most of the information available to you during your course. You will meet your Academic Librarian at your induction. Further help is available at the Help and Information Point in each library. Page 9 of 49 Part-time and distance-learning students If you are one of the many Leeds Met students who doesn’t come onto campus very often, Library Online can help you. It offers a wide range of electronic databases and journals that have been especially selected for your course. If you are registered on a distance-learning course, there is a special service called Offsite that you can contact for help and advice. Offsite is a tailored package of services to support you when you are seldom or never required to attend classes. Included in this package are postal loans and database searches. You’re eligible for this service if your course requires attendance on campus three times a semester or fewer and if your course is of longer duration than one academic term. All registered research students who do not live in the Leeds area, and international students who return home during vacations, can also use this service. Online resources Library Online provides access to information and resources via the internet. You can find out about our facilities and access our extensive collection of electronic databases, e-journals and e- books at any time day or night, while at the University, home or work. The Leeds Met Student Portal is the gateway to all the information you will need during your time at University. Accessible from the Leeds Met homepage it is the route to X-stream, your University e-mail account, your personal storage area on the University servers and much, much more. In addition, it gives you access to all the off-campus services of the Library, via the My Library tab. Library Online: http://libraryonline.leedsmet.ac.uk. Page 10 of 49 The academic calendar See also: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/metoffice/rso/downloads/2009- 10Final.pdf WK MONTH W/C DATE EVENT 01 OCT 05 Mon 05 START OF CLASSES Each student receives the Student Welcome Pack 02 12 03 19 Each student receives a Programme Outline and an Assessment Schedule 04 26 05 NOV 02 Election of IPoS Representatives 06 09 07 16 Thurs 19 Student Forum #1 - 5.30pm 08 23 09 30 10 DEC 07 11 14 Fri 18 One piece of assessment (e.g. Reading) to have been assessed 21 28 CHRISTMAS BREAK – no classes for 3 weeks JAN 04 12 2010 11 Mon 11 CLASSES RESUME 13 18 14 25 15 FEB 01 16 08 15 FEBRUARY BREAK – no classes this week 17 22 Mon 22 CLASSES RESUME 18 MAR 01 19 08 20 15 21 22 Fri 26 At least TWO further skills to have been assessed 29 EASTER BREAK – no classes for 2 weeks APR 05 22 12 23 19 Fri 23 Deadline: Students to submit their work for assessment to their tutor 24 26 25 MAY 03 Mon 03 MAY DAY (no classes on Monday 3rd May) Classes as usual from Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th Thurs 06 Student Forum #2 - 5.30pm Fri 07 Deadline: Tutors to submit ALL marked work to the Course Administrator and their Language Coordinator 26 10 Thurs 13 Deadline: Language Coordinators to despatch samples of students’ work to External Examiners/Advisers Fri 14 CLASSES FINISH JUN 07 Subject Committees- details to be confirmed Page 11 of 49 Skills for Learning The Skills for Learning website offers help with conducting research, writing assignments, bibliographic citation and general study skills. It also gives advice on IT skills and personal development such as time-management skills. Skills for Learning information (which you may find especially useful if you are returning to study after a break) is designed to assist you while you study and is available in print or on the web. General advice Whenever you change your address and contact details, you should inform your Faculty immediately. This will ensure the University can always contact you in an emergency. You can also do this yourself via the Update My Data section of the Student Portal: http://luminis.leedsmet.ac.uk/cp/home/loginf (under the My Account tab). The Student Handbook The University has also produced a Student Handbook, which complements your course handbook. It addresses the broader context of University life and contains information on the University and its services. You will be provided with a copy of the Student Handbook at the beginning of every year of study. Page 12 of 49 4 About your course Introduction to the course This programme caters for part-time students and offers maximum flexibility for students wishing to develop their linguistic competence in at least one language with the option of choosing from a wide range of modules that are either related to the study of languages and/or other subject areas. Students may enrol on individual target awards and part-time students normally complete between 3 and 5 modules per year. Part-Time students can choose any language on the Part-Time Language Courses provided it is offered at the appropriate level. Amongst the wide range of options available students can choose one additional language from the whole range of languages offered in the International Faculty. Alternatively, other options include language related modules and/or modules available in other Schools/Faculties. Emphasis is placed on the practical use of languages. The curriculum also covers the culture, institutions, political and economic context of the countries whose languages students study. Mature part-time students will be able to negotiate the exact length and nature of their visit abroad in their final year. These negotiations will give careful consideration to the student’s experience, linguistic ability and transferable skills and the final arrangement will be approved by the Scheme Approvals Board. Page 13 of 49 Aims and objectives All IPoS students are registered on awards of the Leslie Silver International Faculty Scheme. General Aims of the Scheme The overall aims of the scheme are: to broaden access to Higher Education, especially for mature students for whom more traditional named awards may be inappropriate, whether through their mode of delivery, structure or admissions/APL requirements; to offer opportunities for students to control the pace, location and content of their learning within a coherent and structured framework; to facilitate the incorporation of accreditation for prior and concurrent learning; to facilitate closer relationships between HE and work-based learning, with particular relevance to: (i) the occupational relevance of institutional learning and (ii) the accreditation of work-based learning; to increase opportunities for professional updating and career development through IPOS based upon a particular unit/units from one or more existing HE programmes; to encompass the above within a regulatory framework which enables the accumulation of credit for HE level learning, in whatever context, towards staged and nationally recognised qualifications; to enable students to evaluate their own performance and to continue the learning process beyond the course. Page 14 of 49 Learning Outcomes for the BA (Hons) Language Studies On successful completion of the BA (Hons) students will be able to: demonstrate a high level of accuracy and fluency in one language within a wide range of authentic situations and professional contexts and a thorough understanding of its structures and registers; demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of issues in the target language culture and of cross-cultural issues relating to the target language; demonstrate an appropriate range of transferable skills (communication skills, team working skills, IT skills); show the awareness and capability to operate across and within national and international cultures; collect, evaluate and interpret primary and secondary data in order to analyse complex situations or problems; use their critical abilities in a range of contexts; exhibit independence in learning. Assessment, Learning and Teaching Strategy Regular attendance, homework/guided learning and independent study are key elements for successful language learning, and progress very much depends on regular attendance and work done outside class and tutorials. Classes will concentrate on the development of language skills, learning strategies and independent learning and on the use of language for communication, using real-life tasks wherever possible. Pair and group work will be used extensively to maximise the amount of time the language is used in class and, wherever possible and appropriate, even at early levels, the taught language will be used as the classroom language. Tutors regularly set homework to consolidate work done in class and prepare for following sessions. They also provide feedback to assist and guide you in your language learning. Page 15 of 49 Additional tutorials outside the class on a one-to-one basis will be provided to give extra support for the modules taken during the academic year. Assessment is mainly by course work. Tasks devised for course work provide evidence of ability in language skills and evidence of other kinds of learning such as working in groups and/or knowledge of the target language culture and/or cross-cultural issues. Tasks are chosen with regards to the language competence to be assessed and gain in complexity throughout the course. Tests used are: gap test, role-play, error analysis, text comprehension, portfolio, oral presentation, letter writing, translation, debate, written project. The level of achievement specified on the assessment details relates to levels of language competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ranging from basic skills at A1 to degree level at C1. Students with disabilities may be assessed by other methods through prior arrangement with the Course Leader. These special arrangements must be made in a timely fashion and it is the student’s responsibility to alert the Course Leader to any special circumstances that might be relevant to the form of assessment. Your tutor will inform you of the title of the course book(s) you will require for the course. In addition to attending classes and tutorials, you are encouraged to use the University’s facilities to support your language learning and to enhance your knowledge of the culture of the country/countries whose language you are learning. For information on the Learning Resource Area, please turn to Section 2.4 and Appendix 2. Please consult your tutor and/or Mike Forshaw (the Language Learning Support Officer who is based in the Language Resource Area) for advice on appropriate learning materials. Anonymous Marking Listening, Reading and Writing tasks carried out in class or at home will be marked anonymously. In order to ensure that your Tutor can comply with this University requirement, please write your student ID number instead of your name on all work you submit for assessment. Page 16 of 49 Course structure Most full-time students register for a BA (Hons) award at the start of their studies. IPoS students register on staged target awards. This means that students who complete an award of the scheme can move on to the next stage by registering on the award which follows on from the one they have completed. In order to obtain a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE), Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE), BA and/or BA (Hons), students must accumulate the required number of credit points at the appropriate HE level specified for the award on which they have registered. The numbers of credit points and the levels are as follows (Please also see Appendix 1): Cert HE (Certificate of Higher Education) The Certificate of Higher Education is awarded for the attainment of a minimum of 120 credit points at HE Level 1 (equivalent to the end of Level 1 or the first year of full-time study). The students must have: submitted assessment work for all modules and achieved a minimum of 20% in all modules; achieved an average of 40% or more across all modules studied at this level; passed modules equivalent to a minimum of 90 credit points at level 1 or above. Dip HE (Diploma of Higher Education) The Diploma of Higher Education is awarded for the attainment of 120 credit points at HE Level 1 and 120 credit points at HE Level 2 (equivalent to the end of Level 2 or the second year of full-time study). Additionally, the student must have: submitted assessment work for all modules and achieved a minimum of 20% in all modules; achieved an average of 40% or more across all modules studied at this level; passed modules equivalent to a minimum of 105 credit points at level 2 or above. Page 17 of 49 BA The Bachelor of Arts is awarded for the attainment of 120 credit points at HE Level 1, 120 credit points at HE Level 2 and 60 credit points at HE Level 3. BA (Hons) Bachelor Degree A student is awarded a Bachelor Degree with Honours (equivalent to the end of Level 3 or the final year of study) if s/he has: successfully completed Level 2; achieved an average of at least 40% across all modules; passed modules equivalent to a minimum of 105 credit points at Level 3. IPoS Awards The IPoS target awards are: Cert HE Language Studies Dip HE Language Studies BA Language Studies BA (Hons) Language Studies Depending on the profile of results and/or overall average, the award of BA (Hons) is granted with the classification First, Upper Second, Lower Second or Third. The awards Cert HE, Dip HE and BA may be granted with Merit or Distinction. Programmes of Study and Modules The programme of study leading to an award (Cert HE, Dip HE and BA (Hons)) is normally spread over two years but will vary depending on the number of modules that the student wants to take over a year. The student can take up to 5 modules per year. The programmes of study which lead to the awards are made up of units of study called “modules”. We apply synoptic assessment of multiple modules where possible. Each module is worth a fixed number of credit points (15 credit points unless otherwise stated) and students who are successful in the assessment earn the credit points associated with the particular module. By studying 8 modules and taking the assessment, students who achieve the learning outcomes and obtain overall module marks of 40% and above, accumulate the required number of credit points (normally 120) to be eligible for the award for which they have registered. Page 18 of 49 The programmes of study devised for each student in any one year complement those of previous years and allow for transfer from and back into the standard Part-Time Language Courses carrying the credit points. In the Scheme there are modules of Language, Independent Learning and Related Studies. The choice of modules will depend on the student’s prior learning, skills, experience and needs and will be negotiated with the Course Leader. This is subject to the approval of the Scheme Approval Board (SAB). Typical combinations of modules are as follows: Language in Use + Language for Group & Team Work Language Skills Development + Applied Language Skills Language in Context + Related Studies Related Studies + Related Studies Main Language Independent Study + Language in Context Language in Use + Related studies Applied Language Skills + Period Abroad Major Project (worth 2 modules) Period Abroad + Major Project Other combinations are possible and sometimes necessary, depending on the requirements of the student and there is also the possibility of integrating 2 modules from other Subject Groups (Business, Tourism, Hospitality, Events, Retailing and Applied Global Ethics) in the programme of study. The following table shows all the options: Page 19 of 49 LEVEL 1 Core modules – 4 modules Option modules – 4 modules Students take two of the following: Language in Use Language for Group and Team Practical Phonetics and Phonology 1 Language in Context OR PLUS European Context European Cinema and Culture in the Linguistic and Personal Skills 20th century OR Second language (any level) Main Language Independent Third language1 Study 2 Two modules supplied by other Schools2 Two further language modules in the main language* Two Related Studies modules* * Available for part-time only LEVEL 2 Core modules – 4 modules Option modules – 4 modules Students take two of the following: Language in Use Languages for Group and Team Practical Phonetics and Phonology 2 Language in Context PLUS Observing Culture European Art and Culture in the 18th OR and 19th centuries Main Language Independent Second language Study 4 An additional language two modules supplied by other Schools (subject to Prior Knowledge Required) Two further language modules in the main language* Two Related Studies modules* * Available for part-time only LEVEL 3 Core modules – 6 modules Option modules – 2 modules Language in Use Students will choose ONE of the options below Applied Language Skills Work Related Project OR Second language Independent Learning* two modules supplied by other Schools Period Abroad Report (subject to Prior Knowledge Required OR Two Related Studies modules* Period Abroad Presentation Major Project (double module) * Available for part-time only 1 Students may not start two beginner’s languages in the same year 2 The number of available modules will include modules from Leeds Business School, Tourism, Hospitality and Events, School of Applied Global Ethics Page 20 of 49 Admission with Advanced Standing and Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) Admission with credit or Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) may be sought on the basis of prior certificated or non-certificated learning and can be granted up to a maximum of 50% of credit within the level at which the student is studying. Account may be taken of prior certificated and experiential learning to allow direct admission with advanced standing to Level 2 or Level 3. Claims for admission with credit are submitted to the Scheme Approvals Board, which will take account of the criteria of the level, coherence, progression and relevance in relating prior experiences to the participant’s target award. Prior Experiential Learning Where an applicant does not have recognised certificated learning, a claim for accreditation of prior experiential learning may be submitted. The applicant will demonstrate the claim for prior non-certificated learning in terms of knowledge and competencies which the student has acquired from prior experiences, for instance relevant work experience. All students applying for APL have to demonstrate through consultation, interview or language placement test, as deemed appropriate and depending on the level of credit and amount of credit claimed, that they have achieved appropriate learning outcomes. If the Scheme Approvals Board is satisfied that this is the case, applicants can obtain APL for credit. Accreditation for such learning will normally be approved in multiples of 15 credit points up to the maximum allowed by Scheme regulations for the relevant award. Admissions with Academic Credit Applicants wishing to claim certificated prior learning will have to demonstrate through the submission of relevant qualifications to the Scheme Approvals Boards that there is a match between their prior learning and the course components/ modules from which exemption is required. Page 21 of 49 If the Scheme Approvals Board is satisfied that this is the case, applicants can obtain APL for credit. Accreditation for such learning will normally be approved in multiples of 15 credit points up to the maximum allowed by Scheme regulations for the relevant award. In considering the proposed programme of study and the APL/ACL as in paragraphs above, the Scheme Approvals Board will have regard for its coherence in relation to identified needs, previous/ concurrent learning, issues of level and progression, and proposed learning outcomes. Where the proposed programme of study includes claims for APL/ACL, the Scheme Approvals Board may seek recommendations from academic staff with expert knowledge of relevant areas. A programme of study may incorporate study of modules at different levels within a single semester, where the submission satisfies the Scheme Approvals Board that this does not compromise the student’s chances of success, or breach any module pre-requisites. In considering a programme of study, the Scheme Approvals Board may: approve the programme of study approve the programme of study provisionally subject to conditions imposed by the Board not approve the programme of study Approved and provisionally approved programmes will provide the framework within which the Scheme Leader or nominee can authorise subsequent amendments. Where a student seeks to amend a programme beyond the approved framework, the proposed amended programme of study must be resubmitted to the Board for consideration. Page 22 of 49 Course Management Team Rai Shacklock R.Shacklock@leedsmet.ac.uk Subject Group Leader tel. 0113 812 7440 Mara Fuertes-Gutiérrez M.Fuertes-Gutierrez@leedsmet.ac.uk IPoS Course Leader tel. 0113 812 7440 ext. 23599 Nicola Hall Admin Manager N.L.Hall@leedsmet.ac.uk IPoS Administrator tel. 0113 812 3642 Graham Webb G.Webb@leedsmet.ac.uk Principal Lecturer tel. 0113 812 7440 Adela Bond Course Leader Part Time Language A.Bond@leedsmet.ac.uk Programme tel. 0113 812 7440 ext. 23605 Johanna Oxley Course Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org Part Time Language Programme tel. 0113 812 4671 (Mon, Tues, Wed) Caroline Hargreaves Course Administrator email@example.com Part Time Language tel. 0113 812 4671 Programme (Thurs, Fri) Theophile Munyangeyo T.Munyangeyo@leedsmet.ac.uk French Coordinator tel. 0113 812 7440 ext. 23575 Ana Lucía Salinas A.Salinas-De-Dosch@leedsmet.ac.uk German Coordinator tel. 0113 812 7440 ext. 24670 Dina Cormack D.Cormack@leedsmet.ac.uk Italian Coordinator tel. 0113 812 7440 ext. 23683 Juan Muñoz J.Munoz-Lopez@leedsmet.ac.uk Spanish Coordinator tel. 0113 812 7440 ext. 23763 Francesca Ting Lesser Taught Languages F.Ting@leedsmet.ac.uk Coordinator tel. 0113 812 7440 ext. 23683 Mike Forshaw Language Learning Support Officer M.Forshaw@leedsmet.ac.uk Language Resource Area Manager tel. 0113 812 7440 ext. 21779 Lisa Ford L.Ford@leedsmet.ac.uk Learning Advisor tel. 0113 812 3500 Leslie Silver International Faculty Reception Reception firstname.lastname@example.org tel. 0113 812 7440 Page 23 of 49 5 Your responsibilities as a student General responsibilities It is your responsibility as a student to comply with the Scheme, Course and Module requirements for attendance and for completion of assessments. General and Other Student Regulations These are available at: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/metoffice/legal/index_50F369F7C4734 DA9BCB69BC9926ACD14.htm. If you are absent from the University Absence of more than one day You must notify the University if you are absent for more than one day. Absence due to illness If you are absent from the University because of illness for more than seven consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide the University with a medical certificate. If you are absent through illness immediately prior to an examination or assignment deadline and wish to submit a case for extenuating circumstances to the Board of Examiners, you must provide the University with a medical certificate as soon as possible. If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline, you must also provide the University with a medical certificate as soon as possible. You can hand in or send medical certificates to your Course Leader or Course Administrator. Notification of infectious disease If you have been diagnosed with or have had contact with an infectious disease, you must notify the University in writing within 24 hours of diagnosis. You must not return to University until a medical practitioner’s certificate of clearance has been submitted. Page 24 of 49 What to do if you are absent In case of absence from the University, you should contact your Course Administrator 0113 812 7440 or e-mail at email@example.com. Withdrawing from your course If you decide to withdraw from your course or programme of study, you must notify the University in writing. This notification must be sent immediately to your Faculty Office and be copied to the Registrar and Secretary’s Office. You must also return your student card to the Registrar and Secretary’s Office (see also Regulation 13.6). Scheme or course notice boards You are advised to check your notice board regularly, as they are used to display results from Boards of Examiners and assessment and examination schedules. Your notice board is located at Macaulay Hall on the first floor. In addition, information may be provided to your student e-mail account (and not your private e- mail account) and/or the Student Portal, so you are also advised to check these regularly. What is expected of you (anything over and above the student academic regulatory statements) You are expected to conduct yourself in an appropriate manner and exercise consideration to fellow students and staff. In addition you must take responsibility for ensuring that any Scheme or Course and/or University deadline is met. Specific Scheme or course requirements (e.g. placements) There are no specific requirements Page 25 of 49 6 Academic and student regulations University Academic Regulations The University Academic Regulations and Principles can be found at: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/metoffice/aqs/index_acad_princs® s.htm. The following is a list of sections found within the University Academic Regulations and Principles. Highlighted for information are: cheating, plagiarism and other forms of unfair practice; extenuating circumstances and mitigation; and appeals. Assessment – general provisions Achievement of credit Student progression Conferment of awards Management of assessment Conduct of assessment: coursework and other assessed work Administration and conduct of examinations Written examinations: regulations for candidates Cheating, plagiarism and other forms of unfair practice Disabled students and students with specific learning difficulties External examiners and advisers Boards of Examiners and Examination Committees The conduct of Boards of Examiners and Examination Committees Disclosure of assessment results Extenuating circumstances and mitigation Appeal against a decision of a Board of Examiners or Examination Committee Where students are undertaking any form of research project, reference should be made to the Research Ethics Policy, Framework Principles and Procedure regulations which can be found at: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/metoffice/aqs/index_Academic_regula tions.htm Page 26 of 49 Student Regulations Student regulations are available at: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/studentregs/ The following regulations are available at this location: General regulations – Leeds Metropolitan University students Guidance on the University’s use of your personal information Student complaints procedure Formal complaint form Complaints review form Student code of discipline Making an allegation(s) against a student Appealing against a formal disciplinary decision Protocol on handling cases of alleged student misconduct in which mental illness may be a factor Policy, regulations and procedures relating to professional suitability or professional misconduct Regulations for the use of institutional Learning and Information Services facilities and institutional IT facilities Policy and procedures for appropriate student use of University electronic information and communications facilities and services University Assessment Regulations The University’s assessment regulations are contained within the University’s Academic Principles and Regulations and within the Procedures for Academic Regulations. These are available at: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/metoffice/aqs/index_acad_princs® s.htm. Alternatively, these are available for reference in your Faculty Office. Course-specific Assessment Regulations and PSRB requirements There are no specific assessment regulations Page 27 of 49 Where to go for help You should contact your Macaulay Reception on 0113 812 7440 in the first instance. They will be able to provide you with forms for extenuating circumstances, assignment hand-in forms, etc. Page 28 of 49 7 Assessment Your responsibilities It is your responsibility as a student to comply with the Scheme or Course and Module requirements for attendance and completion of assessments. How and where to hand in an assignment The deadline for the final submission of coursework for all part- time students is Friday 23rd April 2010. All elements of coursework submitted for formal assessment may be handed in directly to your tutor or to Reception in Macaulay. If you submit your work directly to your tutor, your tutor will keep a record of your submission. If you submit your work through Reception, you will be asked to fill out an Assignment Form. You should keep a copy (either on disk or photocopy) of all your coursework, in the event that your work is mislaid and a further copy requested. If you would like to send in your coursework by E-mail, please check with your tutor that this is possible. You will receive feedback from your tutor on your coursework but your tutor will retain you script(s)/ tape(s) until after the end of the academic year for moderation purposes. You will be able to retrieve your assessed work any time after 16th September from Macaulay reception. What to do when handing in an assignment late Extensions to submission date Should a student feel that they have reason to require an extension to the set deadline for any of the assessed pieces of work, they should request an extension form from Macaulay reception and hand it in to their course administrator. Page 29 of 49 Late submission If you submit work after the submission date without approval, your work will be subject to the penalties listed in section 7.4 below. What will happen if I hand in my work late? The following has been taken from the Academic Regulations, section C1.5.7: Students who fail to submit assessments by the prescribed date without good cause shall be penalised as given below. Any work not submitted within these limits may not be submitted at that opportunity. “Days” include weekdays and include vacations, but exclude weekends, bank holidays, customary days and other days when the University or designated collaborative institution is closed. Full-time Students 1 day late: 5% of the possible total mark will be deducted from the mark achieved by the student. 2 to 9 days late: 5% of the possible total mark will be deducted from the mark achieved by the student for every day on which the work remains un-submitted. 10 days late or more: a mark of zero will be recorded. Part-time Students 1 to 2 days late: 5% of the possible total mark will be deducted from the mark achieved by the student. 3 to 10 days late: 5% of the possible total mark will be deducted from the mark achieved by the student for each two days on which the work remains un-submitted (i.e. 5% for days 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; 9-10). 11 days late or more: a mark of zero will be recorded. Cases of persistent late submission shall be brought to the attention of the Board of Examiners or Examination Committee. Page 30 of 49 Assessment schedule Coursework The deadlines for the completion and submission of your assessments are indicated in the assessment details, which will be given to you by your Course Leader/Tutor. Deferral, Reassessment and Arrangements for Deferred and Referred Students “Deferred” students are those who have been offered a deferral by the Examination Board and have the opportunity to be assessed as if for the first time. “Referred” students are those who have been offered a reassessment and have one further opportunity to submit their work for assessment. Both deferred and referred IPoS students will have the opportunity to resubmit any modules before 15th January 2010. Further progression onto new modules must be negotiated with the Course Leader. How do I get my results Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the University’s Results Online system at http://resultsonline.leedsmet.ac.uk. They are usually also displayed on your course notice board. Plagiarism Plagiarism, in short, means taking another person’s work and incorporating it into your own work without proper acknowledgement. The University has produced a booklet called The Little Book of Plagiarism, available at: http://skillsforlearning.leedsmet.ac.uk/documents/resources/lbop. pdf This booklet explains what plagiarism is, but more importantly explains how to avoid it. It is strongly recommended that you read and familiarize yourself with the contents of this booklet. Extenuating circumstances and mitigation All requests for extensions and mitigation must be done in writing on the extenuating circumstances and mitigation form which are Page 31 of 49 available from your Course Administrator. Please note tutors and Course Leaders do not have the authority to agree extensions. Requests will be referred to the Faculty Mitigation Team and a response should be available within 24 hours. All requests should be submitted by Friday 21st May 2010. A guide to Extenuating Circumstances and Mitigation is available at: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/metoffice/rso/downloads/4MitBook.pdf Re-assessment If you have not passed a module at the first attempt and are eligible for re-assessment, you must inform your scheme or course leader (or equivalent) in writing if you intend to take re- assessment (see also Academic Regulations, section c.3 6.6). A standard form for this may be available in your faculty’s admin office. Page 32 of 49 8 Representing your course Role of Monitoring and Review Meetings Monitoring and management of Schemes and Courses Establishment A Monitoring and Review meeting shall be established to ensure that each Scheme or Course in the University is appropriately considered. Remit The Monitoring and Review meeting is the forum, representative of students and staff, responsible for the overall policy on the Scheme, Course or designated grouping of Courses including conduct, monitoring, review and development. Membership Membership of Monitoring and Review meeting shall be as set out in the University Procedures. The Monitoring and Review meeting may not be augmented other than in accordance with University Regulations and Procedures. Election of representatives The election of representatives to attend the Monitoring and Review meetings shall be in accordance with University Procedures. Reporting The Monitoring and Review meeting will report to the Head of School (or Senior Academic Manager nominated by the Dean), and via the Head of School (or Senior Academic Manager nominated by the Dean) to the Faculty Board (or equivalent). Meetings The Monitoring and Review meetings shall be convened at least twice in each academic year in accordance with the University Procedures. Each Monitoring and Review cycle will require two student focus groups (or equivalent) to be convened to facilitate student contribution to course monitoring, review and development. Page 33 of 49 Consultation Student representatives shall be given adequate notice of meetings / focus groups so that they can consult with their fellow students. Guidance on notice periods is as found in the relevant University Procedures. Consideration of Modifications to the Scheme or Course Consideration and approval of the Scheme or Course documentation relating to proposed modifications to the Scheme or Course prior to its submission to approval and validation procedures of the Faculty, University and any external validating body. Other Matters for Consideration In addition to its formal remit the Monitoring and Review meetings will be concerned with other matters as specified in the University Procedures. Planned dates and times of meetings Student Forum #1 Thursday 19th November 2009: 17:30-18.30 Student Forum #2 Thursday 6th May 2010: 17:30-18.30 Student representation Generic statement Student representation on and input into the Monitoring and Review cycle is a key part of the quality enhancement strategy of the University. Each Monitoring and Review meeting shall include student representation. Student contribution to the Monitoring and Review cycle will also take place through the use of student focus groups or equivalent. The Student Representation Regulations are available at: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/metoffice/rso/downloads/Student_Rep resentation_2008-09.doc Page 34 of 49 9 Have your say Module evaluation Module Evaluation provides you with an invaluable opportunity to "Have your say". Module Evaluation provides you with the opportunity to feed back about the modules you have studied. The survey includes 12 standard questions that aim to measure your satisfaction in relation to your learning and overall university experience. For some courses the questionnaire is supplemented with additional questions. The questions are presented in a tick-box survey. You respond to the questions using a scale of 1-5, where 1 means you strongly agree with the statement and 5 means you strongly disagree with the statement. There is also a general comments section. The 12 standard questions are listed below. Module evaluation results are used alongside other forms of student feedback within the annual monitoring and review process. Through this process the university identifies areas in need of improvement, as well as areas of good practice. Past improvements have included changes to assessment methods, revisions to recommended core texts and improvements to the content of modules. Module evaluations are delivered towards the end of each semester. The university is moving towards an online approach to module evaluation wherever possible. Online module evaluations are accessed via X-Stream. Module tutors will advise you when module evaluation surveys are available to complete and where to access these. Page 35 of 49 Evaluation questionnaire 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Strongly Mostly Partially Mostly Strongly agree agree agree disagree disagree 1. The purpose of the module was clear. 2. The module was relevant. 3. The content was appropriate. 4. I enjoyed the learning experience. 5. Staff communicated their knowledge well. 6. I was clear about how the module would be assessed. 7. Guidance from the tutor helped me to improve my understanding of the subject. 8. Learning resources provided by the tutor (e.g. handbooks, handouts, X-stream etc) were helpful. 9. I was made fully aware of how or when to contact staff if I needed help with the module. 10. The module was well organised. 11. Overall I was satisfied with the module. 12. Overall I am enjoying my experience at Leeds Met. Page 36 of 49 10 Help, advice and information Helpzones The Helpzones are staffed information points in the Rosebowl at Civic Quarter, Cloth Hall Court, Headingley Campus and Headingley Carnegie Stadium. They are here to make sure that your time at Leeds Met is as trouble free as possible. If you have a question or want information and advice about life at Leeds Met, then the Helpzones are the place to ask. If the Helpzone cannot help you immediately, they will let you know who can help you, and in many cases, book an appointment for you if required. We have a suite of computers at each Helpzone that you can use to access the internet, whether to visit the Helpzone website – or just to check your emails. We also have a wide range of information about Leeds Met, including details about all the Services to Students that are here to help you, as well as other useful publicity about events and activities across the University. The Helpzones are open Monday to Friday, so call in to see us if you need any assistance. If you can’t call in to see us, you can always email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Students’ Union Advice If you need independent advice, information or representation, the Students’ Union Advice Service provides a free, confidential and non-judgemental advice service. The service is staffed by professionals, who are specialized in providing information and advice on all of the University’s regulations and policies and procedures, including academic appeals, student complaints, disciplinary hearings, cheating and plagiarism. The service also offers advice on generalist issues such as: Access to learning fund Benefits Council tax Debt Discrimination Employment rights Fuel and utilities Harassment Page 37 of 49 Housing Immigration Legal problems Loans and grants Personal issues If we can’t help, we will find someone who can. Tel: (0113) 812 8408 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.leedsmetsu.co.uk/advice-and-support Health and Safety Fire Safety Procedures The following advice is taken from the Leeds Metropolitan University Fire Regulations and Procedures: Fire prevention Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility. You can help to prevent fires by: Goods housekeeping Safe use of electrical and gas appliances Observing the University no-smoking policy Fire Information Fire information is present on Fire Action Notices displayed in all University buildings. These are normally present in corridors. They inform you of the appropriate action to take, the location of the nearest Fire Alarm Call Point, the University emergency telephone numbers, the location of fire-fighting equipment and the location of fire assembly points. All fire doors and escape routes are clearly marked. If you discover a fire If you discover a fire, you should sound the alarm by operating the Fire Alarm Call Point. You should report the circumstances and site of fire using the emergency number 4444 - indicated on the Fire Action Notice. Do not tackle the fire unless you have been trained to do so. Evacuate the building to the fire assembly point indicated Page 38 of 49 on the Fire Action Notice. Do not re-enter the building until officially authorised. Fire evacuation On hearing the Fire Alarm, everyone should proceed calmly to the nearest available safe fire exit, as indicated by the green and white fire exit signage, assist visitors. Follow this route to get out of the building and continue on to the fire assembly point so as not to impede the remaining evacuees exiting the building. Do not stop to collect belongings and do not try to leave by your usual entry route unless this is the way indicated by the escape signs. Do not attempt to use the lifts. Do not restrict emergency service access routes. Do not re-enter the building until officially authorised. Evacuation is practised through fire drills. However, you should regard any continuous sounding of the alarm as a fire incident and act accordingly. Disabled students You are expected to declare any disability that would affect your safety in the event of a fire, e.g. hearing impairment or the use of a wheelchair. If you are referred to the Disability Adviser, a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) will be developed for you as appropriate. First Aid First Aid Notices (green and white) are displayed in all University buildings alongside the Fire Action Notices (predominantly blue and white) and alongside, or adjacent to, each First Aid box. Each First Aid Notice gives the following information: the location of the nearest First Aider(s) the location of the nearest First Aid box other emergency contact numbers The names and telephone numbers of the nearest First Aiders can also be obtained from the Helpzone, Health Centres or from the Security Control Offices, Civic Quarter, ext. 23154 or Headingley Campus, ext. 23165. Page 39 of 49 11 Appendices Appendix 1 – Levels and Awards LEVEL 1 8 Modules Cert HE 120 Credit Points Language Studies LEVEL 2 8 Modules Dip HE Language 120 Credit Points Studies LEVEL 3 4 modules BA Language 4 Modules BA(Hons) 60 Credit Points Studies 60 Credit Points Language Studies Appendix 2 – Language Resources Area Language Resources Area The Language Resources Area is a language facility where students can develop their language skills in their own time and at their own speed, but with professional support. It is located on the ground floor of the library in the James Graham building and is a resources/study area dedicated to the learning of languages. As it is part of the Library, it is open at the same times as the Library. The Language Resources Area is managed by a full-time Language Learning Support Officer, who is an experienced language teacher of several languages. It offers materials in all languages taught in the International Faculty. Page 40 of 49 The resources include: books cassettes CD-ROMs video material photocopiable in-house self-study materials written by Leeds Met language tutors guides to using the resource area (including recommended materials, tips on language learning, hints on practising language skills) worksheets (for developing listening, speaking and independent study skills) twin-track cassette players/recorders video players computers with additional support in Chinese, Greek, Japanese and Russian and other lesser taught languages using a non-Roman script satellite television Access to Internet is available in the Language Resources Area. For useful web sites in the language(s) you are studying a good starting point is the International Faculty web site: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/international/lang/ Please note that the materials can be used only in the Language Resources Area and are not available for loan. Language Learning Support Officer Mike Forshaw, the Language Learning Support Officer, works closely with the staff of Modern Languages. His role is to support students in the use of the language learning facilities, by helping them to select suitable materials and giving technical support where necessary. He also works with Modern Languages staff in promoting and developing skills for independent language learning. Mike Forshaw also works as a Language Learning Adviser and is happy to give advice on language materials and language learning to all students (face-to-face, by phone or by email), whether or not they are regular users of the Language Resources Area. Page 41 of 49 He is generally available at the following times during teaching weeks: Monday 08:30 – 12:30 13:30 – 17:00 Tuesday 08:30 – 12:30 13:30 – 17:00 Wednesday 13:15 – 17:00 17:30 – 21:15 Thursday 13:15 – 17:00 17:30 – 21:15 Friday 08:30 – 12:30 13:30 – 16:30 For more information please contact: Mike Forshaw Tel. 0113 812 1779 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Language Laboratories The language laboratories, which are located at the front of the James Graham building along the ground floor corridor outside the Learning Resources Area in Rooms JGG02 and JGG03, are available to language tutors and their students for timetabled lessons. The technology of the language laboratories gives students a wide range of possibilities for practising their language skills under the guidance of their tutor. Activities can range from listening comprehension and pronunciation practice to pair work, telephone simulations and interpreting. The language laboratories are also equipped with video players. Students wishing to make high-quality recordings of dialogues, presentations etc. (e.g. to record to CD for assessment purposes) can make use of the language laboratories to do this. Page 42 of 49 Appendix 3 – Cheating and Plagiarism and other Forms of Unfair Practice Cheating and plagiarism, and other forms of unfair practice The university’s definition of plagiarism reads as follows: Plagiarism is the substantial unacknowledged incorporation in a student’s work of material derived from the work (published or unpublished) of another. “Work” includes internet sources. In short, plagiarism means using somebody else’s work and passing it off as your own without acknowledgement. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating and gaining unfair advantage in assessment are the subject of university regulations and procedures. Please note that unfair practice includes getting your work checked over and corrected by a native speaker For guidance in good practice, you are advised to read the document on “Good Scholarship” below. Good Scholarship Good scholarship is the proper use and acknowledgement of all sources of information. This applies to all types of assignment - essays, translations, summaries, reports, projects, dissertations, presentations and so on. Essays, Reports etc. You will find material from a variety of sources and it is essential to develop the skill of synthesising them, comparing them, analysing them, acknowledging them and putting your own interpretation on the subject you are dealing with. You must acknowledge material by producing a bibliography at the end of your essay (which includes not just books, including dictionaries, but journal articles, CD Roms, audio and video recordings, radio and TV programmes, interviews and Internet sources). You should also acknowledge particular pieces of information with a precise reference in the text, and synthesise and present the material you have found in your own words. Page 43 of 49 It is not permissible simply to copy down what somebody else has written or said without acknowledging it or to present it as your own. This is called plagiarism, and you will be penalised for it. Language work The notion of “good scholarship” applies to language assignments just as much as to essays and reports. Indeed, your essays or reports may be written in a language other than your own and the language may be one of the elements which your tutors will assess. In the bibliography you should include references to the dictionaries and other reference sources you have used, including grammars, databases, internet sites, etc. There are a number of native speakers of the languages you are learning at Leeds Met and you should think of these people as a valuable resource to be used wisely. You can ask the particular meaning of a word or phrase you are unsure about, or you can ask if a particular grammatical construction you want to use is correct or not. There is nothing wrong with a native speaker explaining linguistic points to you. One thing you must not do, however, is ask a native speaker to look over your work and correct it for you, or, worse, do any of the work for you. You will not learn very much if this happens and it is unfair on your fellow students. University regulations regard this form of assistance as unfair practice. There is an official procedure to investigate it. The staff at Leeds Met is experienced and can easily tell if a piece of work has not been done by a student personally. It is good practice always to keep the notes you made in preparation for the piece of work in question. Staff may wish to see them. If tutors suspect that you have had help from a native speaker in preparing your assessed work, you will be questioned about it and may be asked to do the work again. For concrete examples of Poor Scholarship and Good Scholarship, please read below. Further guidance on good practice can be found on the “Skills for Learning” website at http://www.skillsforlearning.leedsmet.ac.uk/ Page 44 of 49 Concrete Example Poor Scholarship The European Union came from the Common Market which was formed in 1957. It isn’t very popular in Britain because people don’t like things to be run from Brussels. Somebody said that we should never have joined and that the best thing we could do is leave. After all, what do foreigners know about how best to run Britain? I agree with this point of view. And as for the Single Currency lots of people don’t want to abandon the pound. Good Scholarship This example uses the Harvard system When the Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957, a customs union was formed with 6 members (Barber, 1996). Great Britain joined in 1973. According to Robinson, 65% of people in Britain are unenthusiastic about EU membership (Robinson, 1997). A different view is held by Barber, whose research has indicated a much lower percentage (Barber, 1996). Page 45 of 49 Appendix 4 – Analyse Your Needs Analyse your needs Analysing Your Needs as a Language Learner for Your Personal & Professional Development What do you hope to achieve by the end of the year? What do you perceive as your strengths and weaknesses? How much time per week will you be able to devote to homework, guided and independent learning? What kind of activities help you learn? In what way do you anticipate that your language learning will contribute to your personal and/or professional development? Page 46 of 49 Appendix 5 – Reflecting on your Progress Reflecting on your progress Reflecting on your Progress and on the Contribution of your Language Learning to Your Personal & Professional Development What have you achieved by the end of the year? What do you perceive now as your strengths and weaknesses? How much time did you devote to homework, guided and independent learning? What kind of activity did you find most effective in helping you to learn? How will you continue to progress your language learning in future? In what way has your language learning contributed to your personal and/or professional development? Page 47 of 49 Appendix 6 – Accents Make sure "Number Lock" is on. Press ALT and keep it pressed while you enter the code below on the numerical keypad on the right hand side of your keyboard (not the numbers in the top row, these won't work). Release ALT and the accented letter will appear. FRENCH GERMAN SPANISH ITALIAN à 133 ä 132 á 160 à 133 â 131 Ä 142 é 130 è 138 ç 135 ö 148 í 161 ì 141 Ç 128 Ö 153 ñ 164 ò 149 é 130 ü 129 Ñ 165 ù 151 è 138 Ü 154 ó 162 ê 136 ß 225 ú 163 ë 137 ¿ 168 î 140 ¡ 173 ï 139 ô 147 ù 151 û 150 Page 48 of 49 Appendix 7 – Map of Campus and the Library A map of the campus can be found here: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/maps/current_map.pdf A map of the Headingley Campus library can be found here: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk:8082/lco/support/general/your_camp us_library/finding_your_way/plans_hy.pdf A map of the Civic Quarter library can be found here: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk:8082/lco/support/general/your_camp us_library/finding_your_way/plans_cq.pdf Page 49 of 49