Course Outline

EGL120 The ' English' Tradition: An Introduction to Literary Studies

Course Coordinator:Clare Archer-Lean ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course introduces you to the process of close critical reading through an exploration of canonical texts. The exploration of literary forms, genres and eras will enhance your understanding of the premise of literary studies which suggests that the text acts to constitute truth, question the singularity of truth, as well as reflect on various aspects of the human construct of ‘truth’. It examines novels, poems, and plays from the early seventeenth century to the nineteenth century, including some of the most significant texts across that period. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous online delivery of learning material. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous and scheduled face to face workshops. 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Seminar – Synchronous, face to face seminars (Recorded). 1hr Week 1 2 times
Learning materials – Asynchronous online delivery of learning material. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous online workshops (Recorded). 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Seminar – Synchronous Online Seminars (Recorded). 1hr Week 1 2 times

Course Topics

The Sonnet Form

Figurative Language


Dramatic Monlogue

Tragedic Form

Comedic Form

The Novel Form



Textual Analysis

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1 Explain, describe, question and analyse texts the conventions within a range of canonised genres. Knowledgeable
2 Organise textual analysis in clear, concise, and accurate oral and written forms. Empowered

3 Collaborate with the work of others and work well in teams to support the collective learning of the group. Empowered

4 Conduct literary research to locate and apply relevant literary criticism and/or theory. Empowered

5 Construct sophisticated and persuasive arguments. Creative and critical thinker


* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
6 PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT: Engage in professional learning

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In weeks 2 and 3, tutors will provide verbal feedback to in-class analytical attempts, providing technique to critique texts. The week 4 quiz will help students assess their ability to locate literary techniques and devices. Students will receive feedback on their first short answer attempt before their quiz submission.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Individual or Group 25%
2 argument maps (one individual, one group) - and attendant online hurdle quizzes, equivalent of 800 words, Wk 5 and 10.
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All 2 Oral Group 35%
5 minutes per person in the group (groups can be of 2 or 3) plus 5 minutes for questions.

Ensure all group members submit reference list into CANVAS on the day of the presentation.
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 3 Essay Individual 40%
1200 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Close reading and English expression quizzes and short answer questions
This assessment is designed to give you an opportunity to explore and test your understanding of the texts, analytical approaches and academic writing conventions
Product: Written Piece
You will submit responses to a series of multiple choice questions AND short answer argument paragraphs and maps/plans (one individual, one group) in response to questions concerning the prescribed texts and on what constitutes close English Literary reading and analysis (essay structure, expression, discourse, punctuation). The tasks will be accessed and submitted via Canvas. 

If you read critical sources as part of your preparation ensure you reference in the short answer section of your submission.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Consider the relationship between texts and genres and show understanding of foundational genre conventions
Construct persuasive arguments that are carefully structured with clear debatable topic sentence
Edit the work carefully and express ideas in concise and clear academic language
2 3
Demonstrate accurate knowledge of diverse literary and poetic devices
Demonstrate engagement with learning modules for individual and group paragraph and positive collaboration processes for group paragraph
All - Assessment Task 2:Group Oral Presentation and Tutorial Engagement
This task is designed to provide you a way to test close reading, textual analysis, argument structure and research skills in performative forms through collaborative team work and learning. It is also designed to give you opportunity to trial ideas and collaborate in advancing learning.
Product: Oral
This task has two parts.

Part One: Engaging Group presentation (delivered live or pre-recorded) negotiated between wk 4 and 12.

In groups of 2 or 3, you will create an oral presentation. The presentation should be delivered though a ruse that simulates a work scenario (film pitch, court case, high school lesson, committee meeting or some other creative idea).

It should be clearly structured, with a clear central argument that the class can decipher, and clear sub-sections or parts. 

It should be researched and show evidence of that research in the delivery and demonstrate close reading and argument on the chosen text's relationship to its genre.

All group members must fully participate in both preparation for, and presentation of the assessment task. All group members receive the same grade, pending evidence of equal participation in the synthesised final product. 

This is worth 25% and is a group grade

Part Two: Class Participation and Quality Feedback in Review of Peers

You are expected to be prepared each week and ready to discuss all texts regardless of whether you are presenting or not. You are to develop a reading journal with entries on each week's text/s. You will be asked to draw on this preparation in discussion and group activities. You will be graded on the basis of your weekly verbal/written(if online) engagement with in-class learning activities. That engagement should demonstrate preparation and valuing of other's ideas, particularly verbal peer review of other groups' presentations

This is worth 10% and is an individual grade
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Explain, describe, question and analyse the conventions within a canonised genre.
Collaborate with the work of others and work well in teams to support the collective learning of the group.
Conduct literary research. Locating and applying relevant literary criticism and/or theory.
Construct sophisticated and persuasive arguments.
Organise textual analysis in clear, concise, and accurate oral forms.
All - Assessment Task 3:Refined Essay
This task is designed to give you opportunity to develop, synthesis and demonstrate your understanding of a pre-twentieth century 'English' canonical text and present critical reading and research skills.
Product: Essay
You will write a fully referenced academic essay. Questions and further information is located on Canvas.

This is refined essay. A refined essay is a final version of written work that
has been refined after feedback from tutors or student peers. The feedback on the assessment is a formative stage and will occur in weeks 12 and 13 in negotiation with your tutor.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Explain, describe, question and analyse the conventions within a range of canonised genres, including knowledge and application of literary devices and deep knowledge of the text
Conduct literary research. Locating and applying relevant literary criticism and/or theory.
Construct sophisticated and persuasive arguments with clear structure and connections
Organise textual analysis in clear, concise, and accurate written forms, including editing, referencing and academic expression

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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