Teaching GuideTerm
Faculty of Philology
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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  English Literature (20th and 21st Centuries)
Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Directed discussion A1 A3 A6 A11 A16 B4 B7 B10 C2 C6 Students will be encouraged to elaborate orally on the different literary works. Written essays will be collected each week at the end of the 'small group' classes. 20
Mixed objective/subjective test A1 A6 A10 A11 A12 A16 A17 B1 B5 B10 C2 The final written exam will consist of a TEST (about 10-15 questions, 60% out of the final grade) and a two-page essay (40 %) on any of the authors and works included in the programme. 50
Supervised projects A1 A2 A3 A6 A14 A15 A16 A17 B2 B5 B8 B9 B10 C5 C6 The teacher will assess the students' work on a weekly basis. One long essay with oral presentation in class. 30
Assessment comments

VERY IMPORTANT REMARKS. Prior conditions. In general, it is necessary to achieve 4 points out of 10, in any of the tests, to be taken into account. If the final test does not reach the specified grade in June, it has to be taken again in July. As a result, the average grade for the course to appear in June, for those who don't pass the exam or part of it, may not in any case exceed 4.9 points. However, the rest of the marks obtained will be retained until July. Students who do not attend the objective test, known here as "proba mixta" (test and an essay, in which the test is worth 60 percent and the essay 40 percent), in either opportunity, and / or those students whose course work (written work and class participation) represents a percentage below 50%, will receive the mark of NON PRESENTADO (NP). Students who have done the test and have not passed, will be rated SUSPENSO (D, or below average). 

The opportunity of July, or second chance, also consists of a written, mixed test, as above, with theoretical and practical contents. In any case and circumstance, this test will be worth a maximum of 50 percent of the final grade. The other 50% of the July opportunity will be specified at the time, though, in general, will consist of a 5-7 page essay to be supplied by the examinee on the day of objective test.

Students who have been granted exemption from attendance, as specified in the university regulations, will be assessed according to the criteria applied to the July opportunity. Students enrolled part-time, and who have obtained exemption should contact teachers at the very beginning of the course (never half-way through, nor at the end) to clarify their situation. 

Testing conditions will not be modified for those students, in general, who have not previously certified their impossibility to attend regular classes or, in any case, those who have chosen to apply for the academic dispensation. Teachers will adapt the educational programme for these students, with reference to both the objective evidence and to the work they have to deliver or evaluative activities to be carried out. Also, teachers will establish rules to replace the percentages of activities resulting from the regular class attendance. 

Students taking the course without an academic dispensation or justification must attend at least 90% of the sessions of the course, otherwise they will be directed to the July opportunity. The teacher can not arbitrate the opportunity to examine at the earliest opportunity to a student without dispensation that has not reached the aforementioned 90 percent attendance. 

The essays, or the rest of written activities, that the teacher considers affected by the existence of plagiarism (copying), of any total or partial sources, will be rated invariably with the grade of 0.0 points, with no possibility of this mark being changed by writing a similar exercise. To detect plagiarism, the application Turnitin could be
used. This application recognises papers previously turned in by other people
(or the student him/herself) at this university or other universities.

The evaluation of the written work of any kind is understood according to the following scale. 
A properly written test, though lacking contextualization or a mature literary background can not be considered sufficient to pass. 
a) Depth of analysis, maturity and consistency ... 4 points 
b) Comprehension and literary contextualization .. 3 points 
c) Style, originality and creativity ..............2 points 
d) Speech and Grammar Correction ................. 1 point 
Reading the actual texts does not sum points: it is a prerequisite of the course in order for students to be assessed. Oral activities for this subject are reduced to class participation and discussion, representing a maximum of 20 percent of the final grade, as stated. No specific oral exercices or oral presentations on this subject, either individually or collectively, will be taken. The basic tests will be always written tests.
Full-time students and part-time students can be examined according to the criteria for the July opportunity in either of the two opportunities.
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