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Always work with a plan. Start with an INTRODUCTION which provides any necessary contextual information and which looks ahead to the main body of the essay and indicates what is to come. Go on to the ARGUMENT which is presented as a series of points which are considered in turn and which should be coherent and consistent and draw on evidence. End with the CONCLUSION where the argument will be summarised and perhaps further implications considered. When writing keep in mind the following questions:
* will the focus be consistent?
* will the essay appear to be a coherent whole?
* what links can be made between the different sections?
* how will the introduction and conclusion relate?
* what will be the balance of words between the different sections?
* have the ideas and arguments been fully signposted and developed?
* has the question been answered?
* is the tone of the essay appropriate for a piece of academic writing?

YOUR ESSAY SHOULD BE FREE OF ANY MECHANICAL ERRORS. THEREFORE CHECK:


Spelling
Punctuation
Grammar and syntax Make sure that your sentence structure is not too over-complex and that your syntax is clear and coherent
Presentation try to keep your handwriting clear and legible

V: HOW WILL YOUR EXAM PAPER BE ASSESSED?


* the essay's relevance to the title
* structure/organisation
* understanding and use of relevant critical terms and concepts
* originality of interpretation (ability to move beyond mere repetition of core material covered in seminar or lecture)
* persuasiveness and coherence of argument
* prose style
* use of appropriate textual analysis
* appropriate use and proper acknowledgement of secondary sources
* informed understanding and use of relevant contexts (historical, social, cultural etc.)
* technical accuracy


APPENDIX 4
Third Year Dissertation Option
Submitting your Dissertation

You should submit TWO copies of your dissertation to the Film Studies office by 12.00 noon on Monday Week 7 (Spring Term). One copy will subsequently be returned to you. The presentation of your dissertation should conform to the description below.


Title-Page

This should include the following information: the title of the work, the full name of the author, the name of the institution and the date (month and year) of submission.


Summary/Abstract

This follows the title-page and should not be longer than 500 words. It should summarise the content of the thesis and the way in which it is organised, and described the scope of the work, the research methodology used, the principal divisions within the work and the conclusions reached.


Table of Contents

This should list, in sequence, with page numbers, all relevant subdivisions of the dissertation, including the title of chapters, sections and sub-sections, as appropriate; the list of references; the bibliography film/television/videography; the list of abbreviations and other functional parts of the whole dissertation; any appendices.


Text

The main text should be divided into appropriate sections and/or chapters, with sub-sections if necessary. The first section or chapter would generally include, but need be limited to, the introduction to the work and a review of the literature.


Notes

Notes should be numbered in a single sequence throughout each chapter (or section), starting a new sequence for each chapter. Notes should be placed either at the foot of each page, or immediately following the chapter that they refer to, or should be grouped together by chapter or section as the end of the text, before the bibliography.


Appendices

Miscellaneous material such as lists, tables, copies of documents and other material, too lengthy to be contained in the main text or the notes, should be added in the form of appendices at the end, before the bibliography.


Bibliography

This should list all of the works referred to in the text and all those works consulted which were of relevance in alphabetical order, with full publications details. Use the guidelines to assessed essays (Appendix 2).


Wordcount

The dissertation is 10,000 words long (9,000 minimum, 11,000 maximum; excluding footnotes, appendices [of reasonably short length], filmography and bibliography).


Presentation of the Dissertation
Typing

Theses or dissertations should be typed on one side of A4 paper, using 12 pt typeface.


Margins

Margins should be 4cm wide on the left-hand side and 2cm on the other three sides.


Spacing

The main text, preface, contents page and appendices should be typed in double spacing. The bibliography should have double spacing between items and single spacing within items.


Pagination

Page numbers should begin on the first page of the main text, following the list of illustrations or abbreviations and continue to the end of the work.


Headings

Sections and/or chapters should always begin on a new page, and their titles should be centred and in capitals. Sub-sections should be differentiated from the main text by using extra spacing.


Binding

Warwickprint (located at Westwood) offers a thesis binding service. You can submit dissertations or theses electronically at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/retail/warwickprint/bookbinding/softbinding/ - comb binding is also acceptable if you prefer.



APPENDIX 5
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: GUIDELINES
The criteria of assessment always relate to the purpose and content of specific assignments. However minimum requirements can be stated because there are some qualities common to all acceptable work in our subjects. These are, primarily:
Accuracy in accounts of texts and in references to historical events and circumstances. These references and accounts display consistency and accuracy of detail.

Coverage - The work shows familiarity with the range of texts prescribed for study and appropriate to the project.

Understanding of texts and arguments, shown sometimes by restating or summarising them in the writer’s own terms, and sometimes by offering the writer’s own views and applications of them.

Argumentation - The work presents the grounds of its understandings in forms that allow the reader to engage with its claims.

Relevance to the topics under discussion is made clear in the presentation of particular arguments and observations.

Expression is clear, and the writing is correct in its grammar, syntax and spelling. Vocabulary is adequate to the needs of the discussion; the central terms are used clearly and with consistency.

Organisation within the prescribed length and format is effective; the presentation has an appreciable shape and development.

Scholarly presentation - The work is acceptable to the community of scholarship. So that its data may be reliably checked its references are presented in a consistent form. Sources are identified for all material used, whether through reference, paraphrase, or direct quotation. Whenever material is quoted, quotation is acknowledged in one of the received forms. (For details of scholarly conventions, see ‘guidelines for the writing of essays’ in this handbook.)


Satisfactory work meets these requirements and has only minor lapses. It is likely to be awarded a mark in the mid-fifties. Work which is adequate in several of the above respects, but weak or defective in some of them, or work which is partially satisfactory but damaged by significant lapses, is marked on the scale which extends downwards from the low fifties to a bare pass at forty per cent.
Good and very good work is awarded marks (in the high fifties to mid sixties) that declare the extra range and individuality of its achievements. The qualities that carry it beyond the scale of the satisfactory are most often those of thoroughness and penetration in the grasp of the subject, with liveliness of expression and lucidity of organisation. Clarity is attained while more complex approaches to the topic are embraced and a more ambitious range of material is brought under discussion. Intellectual skill is shown in comparing and co-ordinating disparate sources.
Excellence is recognised when work meets the above criteria fully but surpasses them so as to display remarkable strengths in terms of industry and insight, and distinguished skills in argument and expression. (The grades run from the high sixties to the seventies.) Some aspects of excellence can be further specified in relation to the criteria stated above:
 Coverage becomes enterprise in going beyond the prescribed texts or previously explored instances to discover new material, or new relevance in familiar material. The work has taken on a research dimension in which initiative and imagination are combined with discipline and a consciously systematic investigation.

 Comprehension is developed so that the work makes individual use of the concepts and arguments derived from the scholarly literature. It shows command of the topics by its shrewd location and negotiation of conflicting positions; its choice and development of examples shows the sharpness of its insight. It demonstrates an awareness of the wider consequences of its own choices in interpretation and evaluation.

 The argumentation remains clear and plausible but also achieves originality through the vigour in its exploration of texts and topics. The work shows a grasp of the interest of problems, an awareness of the range of ways in which its issues might be negotiated, and both an ability to identify and a readiness to confront instances and arguments that may pose difficulties for its own approaches.

 Correctness of expression gives way to eloquence. The critical vocabulary is wide, varied and precisely nuanced. A balance is achieved between clarity and force on the one hand and complexity, roundedness on the other. Concepts are presented and ideas are expressed as plainly as their depth allows.


Numerical grades

Evidently the above qualities are attained to differing degrees. Some work submitted for assessment has all the above strengths and no significant weaknesses; it makes a distinctive contribution to our fields of scholarship. More often excellent work shows particularly fine quality in some rather than all of the above respects, and a judgement has to be made of the relative weight of its most and least impressive aspects. It is in order to lessen the risk of arbitrariness in making these assessments that the final determination of all grades is made through the system of double marking and the consensus reached at the examination boards with the assistance of external examiners.


A numerical grade is necessarily a blunt way of stating the outcome of the process of judgement, and of relating very different achievements to one another qualitatively. One essay might be awarded a mark of 65% because its generally competent discussion, with no serious defects, is enlivened by passages of particularly stimulating insight; another might receive the same mark in recognition of a strikingly original approach with minor flaws or with passages of clumsy argument. The percentage mark represents an attempt, guided by experience and consultation, to aggregate the merits and weaknesses of your work in fair comparison with the achievements of others. In this respect it mirrors the aggregation of marks from different sources that yields the overall result for a module, as well as the final classification of a degree.

The university does not allow students to challenge the academic judgement of the examiners once a numerical grade has been given for a piece of work. The only ground for any questioning of a grade is if there is evidence of irregularity in the procedures by which the mark was determined. In your second and third years, all grades are advisory, in that an external examiner can look at any work that may affect the outcome in a borderline case, and may adjust the marks. It is open to external examiners to propose higher or lower marks to the Examination Board.


The Department has agreed to follow the University’s Assessment Strategy, approved by Senate on 29 January 2014, and is thus committed to:


  • encouraging the active engagement of students in their own learning;

  • supporting and facilitating assessment activities to improve students’ learning;

  • providing assessments that are accessible and inclusive;

  • ensuring that students receive timely, meaningful feedback to progress their learning;

  • supporting departments and colleagues to enable them to develop innovative assessment methods;

  • ensuring that assessment is linked to module and course level learning outcomes;

  • providing assessment methods that take account of the skills and knowledge valued by potential employers.

Assessment Aims

  • All students will engage with a range of relevant formative and summative assessments, clearly linked to the module and course-level learning outcomes.

  • All assessment processes will be designed to be accessible and inclusive, and aligned with the University’s Equal Opportunities Statement and all relevant equality legislation.

  • Formative and summative assessment will be designed to enable students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired at both module and course level.

  • The feedback mechanisms in place will include guidance on how to improve performance.

  • Assessment processes and outcomes will be designed to enhance students’ personal and professional development through the acquisition of skills.

  • All assessment processes will be designed to embody the underlying principles of: reliability; validity; equity; timeliness; manageability; and inclusivity.


APPENDIX 6
Sick Certification for Students

GP practices may be requested to issue a signed medical certificate (Appendix 1) for students registered with their practice. The student must have seen the doctor or practice nurse during the period of illness. The GP practice may charge the student for issuing a note. Notes are required in the following circumstances:



  • the student is absent from formal examinations of the University because of illness

  • the student seeks an extension to a submission deadline for a piece of assessed work that contributes to his/her final award or is absent from such an assessment due to illness exceeding seven consecutive days

  • the student seeks an extension to a submission deadline for a piece of assessed work which does not contribute to his/her final award due to significant illness exceeding seven consecutive days. We need a written request from the student’s Tutor.

  • the student is absent from classes for an extended period due to illness and their Tutor requests the doctor to provide a medical certificate. After the written request from the tutor normally the certificate will be issued to the student and it will be his/her responsibility to send it on to the tutor.

  • there may be occasions, due to repeated unexplained absences, in which the student is required to submit a sick note if ill for shorter periods. The Tutor will be expected to request such a certificate from the GP practice. After the written request from the tutor normally the certificate will be issued to the student and it will be his/her responsibility to send it on to the tutor.

  • when a student has been advised to withdraw from University on medical grounds

Self certification should be adequate in all other situations than those above, including short absences from compulsory elements of the curriculum. This arrangement mirrors the system for persons in employment. It is expected that Departments accept the verbal notification of sickness from a student for up to three days, students provide a self certificate of illness for four to seven days of illness and a doctor’s medical certificate is required for more than seven days of illness which prevents students from attending lectures or carrying out course work or assignments.

If the University requires a self certificate of illness (see appendix 2) from a student, this form will continue to be available to collect from Tutors / Departmental Heads / the Counselling service or the University Health Centre. In due course it will also be available on the web site of the University of Warwick Health Centre (http://www.uwhc.org.uk)/ This self certification will be the normal process if classes are missed, extensions to deadlines for routine course work are requested by the student or for other reasons for which the University require a medical note. The student completes the form and gives it to the appropriate person at the University.

All certificates or letters are issued only with the consent of the patient. It is not possible for a department to have any enquiries about a student answered unless the student gives informed consent.

University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

CONFIDENTIAL                                                                                       PLEASE USE BLOCK LETTERS

Medical Certificate for Conditions affecting Study and / or Examinations

Students whose studies/ examinations are adversely affected by any medical problem should ask the doctor whom they consult to complete this medical certificate. Sections 1-3 should be completed by the student before giving it to the doctor. Sections 4 onwards, as appropriate, should be completed by the doctor. The doctor should attempt to quantify the likely effects of the illness on the student’s work. All information given will be treated as confidential to the appropriate Board of Examiners and will help the letter decide what compensation should be made in its assessment of the student’s performance.



1 PERSONAL DETAILS OF STUDENT

Full Name:

University Student Number:

 

Course:

Year of Study:

2 NATURE OF ABSENCE Please indicate the nature of absence to which this certificate relates:

- the title(s) and dates of any formal Written Examinations which have been missed / affected:

 

 

- the title(s) of the assessment(s) missed or for which an extension to the submission deadline is sought:

 

3 PERIOD OF SICKNESS

First day of sickness

 

 

Last day of sickness if known

 

NEXT SECTIONS TO BE COMPLETED BY THE DOCTOR:

4. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT’S MEDICAL PROBLEM:

 


5. PERIOD DURING WHICH THE STUDENT WAS OR IS LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED:
From:
To:

6. In your opinion would the problem normally preclude
- attendance at a written or oral examination? Yes / No
- attendance at classes? Yes / No

7. If your answer to the previous question is no, please indicate (by ringing the appropriate entry) whether you consider the student=s ability to study would likely to be:

a) seriously impaired b) somewhat impaired c) slightly impaired d) unimpaired

8. Date of consultation with Doctor / Practice Nurse

 

 

9. Any other comments:

 

Name of Doctor: ................................................................................

Signature: ................................................................................

Date: ..............................................

Official stamp of Medical Practice:

 

University of Warwick


Coventry CV4 7AL

CONFIDENTIAL

PERSONAL SICKNESS CERTIFICATE

PLEASE USE BLOCK LETTERS

1 PERSONAL DETAILS

Surname: ...........................................................................................................

First Name(s):..........................................................................................................

Course:……………………......................................................................................

Year of Study : ………………............. University Student Number ........................

2 NATURE OF ABSENCE

Please indicate the nature of absence because of illness to which this certificate relates:



Assessment other than
Formal Written
Examinations …………………….

Attendance at
Compulsory
Classes …………………………

Other
Absence
 …………………

Please also specify where appropriate:

  • the title(s) of the assessment(s) missed or for which an extension to the submission deadline is sought:

    ..............................................................................................................................................................................


    ..............................................................................................................................................................................
    ..............................................................................................................................................................................

  • the title(s) and date(s) of any classes from which you have been absent

    ..............................................................................................................................................................................


    ..............................................................................................................................................................................
    ..............................................................................................................................................................................

3     PERIOD OF SICKNESS
From.......................................................... (First day of sickness)
To:........................................................ (Last day of sickness if known)

4     DETAILS OF SICKNESS/INJURY
I was unfit to attend University for the following reason(s):
        ..................................................................................................................................................................................
        ..................................................................................................................................................................................
        ..................................................................................................................................................................................

5     DECLARATION
I declare that the information given above is factually correct.

Signature: ...........................................                         Date .............................................



NB Any students found to have submitted false information on this form or in connection with the self certification process may be subject to the University Disciplinary Procedures.

THIS FORM SHOULD BE COMPLETED ON THE FIRST DAY THAT YOU RETURN TO UNIVERSITY AND SUBMITTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE RELEVANT DEPARTMENTAL OFFICE.



APPENDIX 7
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

DEPARTMENT OF FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIES


ASSESSED WORK COVER SHEET
Please check that you have followed these rules of presentation:
1. You have submitted TWO copies 

2. Essay is double spaced 

3. Page numbers 

4. At least 12 point font 

5. Bibliography 

6. Filmography 

7. References 

8. Your essay has been proof-read 


Student ID No.:________________________________________
Degree Course________________________ Year____________
Title of Module ________________________________________
Seminar Tutor’s Name___________________________________
Short Title of Essay_____________________________________
Length of Essay as set _______________ words
Length submitted____________________ words

I am aware of the note on plagiarism in the Department handbooks and of Regulation 11B in the University Calendar concerning cheating in a university test. The attached work, submitted for a university test, is my own.


Student Signature ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_______________________ Date_________

This form must be securely attached to your essay



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