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Health and Safety


Health and Safety matters within the university are overseen by the Safety and Occupational Health Services. Their website (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/safety) provides a range of detailed information about Health and Safety issues and procedures. In particular, the documents collected under the title of ‘Safety in the University’ (SITU) focus on such things as Health and Safety Training, Risk Assessment, Disability issues, Health Promotion, Computer Workstation/VDU set up, Occupational Health and Stress Management, Accident Reporting etc. The Film and Television Studies department has a Health and Safety policy (hard copy in the department office) and safety and risk assessments are carried out on a regular basis throughout the year. Health and Safety concerns should be raised at Department meetings and/or brought to the attention of the Department Health and Safety Officer.

Health and Safety Personnel

Department Health and Safety Officer: Martin Pumphrey

Film Studies First Aider: Tracey McVey

Further Advice

Director Safety and Occupational Health Services: Iain MacKirdy (Ext. 50824)

Health and Safety Adviser: TBC (Ext. 23208)

Senior Occupational Health Adviser: Jane Poole (Ext. 50082)

Fire Safety Officer: Chris Mayfield (Estates Ext. 22561)

Environmental Officer: Nick Hillard (Estates Ext. 23404)

Warwick University Health Centre (Ext. 24888)

Health and Safety Information

Health and Safety information can be found on the Safety and Occupational Health Services website noted above and (more immediately) on the notice board in the main entrance



  1. If medical assistance is needed, university policy recommends the relevant services be contacted by dialling 999. The Warwick University Health Centre is available for consultation but is a GP practice not a walk-in centre. Their website gives you details of how to contact two out-of-hour surgeries (02476674123 and 02476228606) and provides maps for the closest Accident and Emergency provision at University Hospital in Coventry and Warwick Hospital.

  2. Accidents in the department should be reported. Accident report forms are held in the Film and Television Studies office.

In the case of Fire (See also SITU 22.4)

Fire extinguishers are located in the Department corridor rather than in the teaching rooms, offices or projection booths. University policy in the event of fire is that you should evacuate the building as quickly as possible. The following procedures are recommended:



On discovering a fire: Raise the alarm by breaking the glass in the nearest Break Glass Point which will be situated by main exit doors and along evacuation routes. Report the fire by ringing 999.

On hearing a continuous ringing of the fire bells:



Stop what you are doing.

Leave immediately by the nearest fire exit. The person in charge of a class will direct students to the nearest available exit. Do not use lifts.

Do not stop to collect personal belongings.

Do not attempt to put out a fire.

After any evacuation, stand well clear of the building you have exited from. You may be directed to specified fire assembly points by university staff who will monitor and attend any alarm in progress.

Do not re-enter the building until told it is safe to do so by the Fire Service or university Security staff.

Personal Evacuation Plan

If there are reasons why evacuation from the building might present a significant problem for you personally, you should consult the SOHS website about working out a Personal Evacuation Plan and contact the department’s Health and Safety Officer.



(ii) Outside the Department


The Library

The library plays a crucial part in your studies. It is important that you become familiar with it as soon as possible, in order to make the best possible use of its extensive resources.


Training sessions in Term 1 are arranged by Richard Perkins, the Film and Television Studies Subject Specialist. Richard is available to help you right through your degree course. The best way to contact him is by email at r.perkins@warwick.ac.uk . He is usually in the department on Mondays in room A0.08. You can make an appointment in advance or just drop in if you need help with finding resources.

Richard also covers Theatre and German. At the moment the Library has no Subject Specialist for English or French, so do contact Richard for help in those areas too.



Locations

Most Film & TV books are on Floor 3 of the Library, classified in the range PN 3220 – PN 3279. There should be multiple copies of core texts, and key readings have been digitised onto the Library website.

Material which is in heavy demand is kept in Short Loan on Floor 1. This includes the large collection of DVDs and some videos. At any one time you may borrow 2 books and 2 DVDs in addition to your normal allocation of 15 books.

In order to give everybody the chance to use this material, the loan period is very short, and the fines for late return very heavy. Items are always due the next morning by 11 a..m. (or Monday morning if borrowed Friday to Sunday); the fine rate is £1 per hour overdue! Short Loan items can be booked in advance via the Library catalogue (Encore) for a specific day or weekend slot. We strongly advise that you do this for important DVDs, as the collection is also used extensively by students from other departments.



DVD / Video collection

As stated above, most films are kept in Short Loan, although some background viewing titles are in Store (with a longer loan period). These can be requested via the catalogue, and are usually made available same day (except at weekends). If you need to view films in the Library there are DVD / VHS players on Floor 1. Ask at the Help Desk if you need headphones.

The collection is a key educational resource; many DVDs and tapes are irreplaceable and we appeal to all users to treat them accordingly. Please report any faults to the Help Desk.

Study Space

The Library provides a range of study options. Floors 1 and 2 are designed for social / group working, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Floors 3-5 are more traditional spaces for individual, quiet study. If you prefer to work in complete silence there are two silent reading rooms on the Floor 2 Extension, near the science books.

Closer to Millburn House you will find The Learning Grid, a space run by the Library in University House. This is open 24/7, and caters for group working.

IT/Computer Facilities and Training for Students

The ability to use a computer for word processing, access to library databases and to the catalogue, use of email and other Internet services, is absolutely vital. These are skills which will be extremely useful to you in your studies and beyond.

You will have access by library card to the campus network via machines in open access work areas. Printers are also distributed over the campus.

A student handbook produced by IT Services will be available at the Film and Television Studies induction session. Help will be available from the Help Desk, on floor 1 of the library. Students need to register as users of the central computing service before attending the sessions. A self-registration procedure is available in the Computing Services Centre for students who have already obtained a library card.

Links to internet based research resources can be found on our website (www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/film/resources/internet/).

Cinema Provision on Campus

The Arts Centre Cinema, on campus, shows on average eight different films a week (with two different screenings every evening). Films and special study days (to which members of the department occasionally contribute) are widely publicised on campus. Course tutors may draw your attention to specific films, but you must try to keep up with what’s on. Students may work as ushers in the cinema (enquire with the Arts Centre).

The Students’ Union Film Society also shows a substantial programme of mainstream and independent films. Only industry standard equipment is used, playing 35mm, 70mm and DCI compliant movies in L3 on the Science Concourse. Membership is just £3.50 and ticket prices thereafter are £2.50. For programme information or to join the Film Society visit:

http://www.warwicksu.com/societies/filmsoc or email: info@filmsoc.warwick.ac.uk



The Language Centre

The Language Centre, on the ground floor of the Humanities Building, organises a large programme of language classes throughout the year. These are fee-paying, but the students’ rate is half price. In addition there are self-study facilities which include video and audio tapes, CD-ROMs and satellite channels in a variety of languages. These are free of charge to students (just bring your library card along). We encourage you to make use of these facilities, for general purposes, or to broaden your background knowledge for particular modules, for example on European literature or national cinemas.



IT facilities, especially film-related online databases. ‘Refresher’ sessions may be organised at later dates, if necessary (see Richard Perkins).

The Short Loan section (on floor 1) is especially important. It contains books in heavy demand and the video/DVD library.



Most film books are under classmarks PN3220 to PN3279, though some are to be found under the classmarks of other disciplines, such as history, women’s studies, sociology etc. Television books, in particular, can also be found on the 5th floor in Sociology (HD8500 to HD 8599) and on the 3rd floor (PN1992 to PN1993). English literature books are under classmark PR, French under classmark PQ, and German under classmark PT.

The library offers access to two major film and television databases (Film Index International and International Film Archive). These, as well as the library catalogue (Webcat), can be accessed from terminals in, as well as outside, the library. A version called Airpac is available on smartphones. It is essential that you acquire the IT skills to make full use of these resources which will help you locate material for essay writing (see below).

The DVD and Video Library

The video library, which consists of a substantial holding of DVDs and VHS tapes available for educational purposes only, is located in the Short Loan Section of the central campus library. The most frequently used titles are on the open shelves. The rest are in Store, but available within 2 hours. You can reserve tapes and DVDs from the store online on the Webcat.

Opening Hours

Tapes may be borrowed at the following times: Monday to Sunday: 08.30 to 23.45

Catalogue

The tapes/DVDs are catalogued on Webcat by title and director.

Borrowing and returning

Tapes/DVDs can be borrowed using the Self-Issue machines in Short Loan. They are loaned overnight and must be returned the next morning (or on Monday morning for tapes/DVDs borrowed from Friday to Sunday), by 11am. There are substantial fines for the late return of tapes/DVDs, increasing with every hour that the tape/DVD is overdue. The current rate is £1.00 per hour. Students may borrow 2 items (tapes/DVDs) at any given time.

Reservations

Tapes/DVDs and books in Short Loan are bookable for a specific day via a link on the Webcat. Certain tapes/DVDs are kept in store and are not available immediately, but can also be requested in advance by clicking on the link in the catalogue entry. The best course is to reserve in advance whenever possible. No tape/DVD in store is accessible after 3.00 pm, or at all on weekends.



Viewing

For legal reasons, tapes/DVDs of off-air recordings should not be taken off campus. In addition, some tapes /DVDs required for film modules may be marked for reference only and may not be taken out of the library. For this purpose, viewing stations have been provided. Eight video/DVD players are situated on floor 1. Headphones must be used, and are available from the Library Helpdesk on Floor 1, in exchange for your library card.

Important

The video library collection is a key educational resource and must be used as such. Many tapes/DVDs are irreplaceable and we appeal to all users to treat them accordingly. Please remember to rewind tapes before returning them. Please report any faults on the tape to Short Loan staff at the time of return.

IT/Computer Facilities and Training for Students

The ability to use a computer for word processing, access to library databases and to the catalogue, use of email and other Internet services, is absolutely vital. These are skills which will be extremely useful to you in your studies and beyond.

You will have access by library card to the campus network via machines in open access work areas. Printers are also distributed over the campus.

A student handbook produced by IT Services will be available at the Film and Television Studies induction session. Help will be available from the Help Desk, on floor 1 of the library. Students need to register as users of the central computing service before attending the sessions. A self-registration procedure is available in the Computing Services Centre for students who have already obtained a library card.

Links to internet based research resources can be found on our website (www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/film/resources/internet/).

Cinema Provision on Campus

The Arts Centre Cinema, on campus, shows on average eight different films a week (with two different screenings every evening). Films and special study days (to which members of the department occasionally contribute) are widely publicised on campus. Course tutors may draw your attention to specific films, but you must try to keep up with what’s on. Students may work as ushers in the cinema (enquire with the Arts Centre).

The Students’ Union Film Society also shows a substantial programme of mainstream and independent films. Only industry standard equipment is used, playing 35mm, 70mm and DCI compliant movies in L3 on the Science Concourse. Membership is just £3.50 and ticket prices thereafter are £2.50. For programme information or to join the Film Society visit:

http://www.warwicksu.com/societies/filmsoc or email: info@filmsoc.warwick.ac.uk



The Language Centre

The Language Centre, on the ground floor of the Humanities Building, organises a large programme of language classes throughout the year. These are fee-paying, but the students’ rate is half price. In addition there are self-study facilities which include video and audio tapes, CD-ROMs and satellite channels in a variety of languages. These are free of charge to students (just bring your library card along). We encourage you to make use of these facilities, for general purposes, or to broaden your background knowledge for particular modules, for example on European literature or national cinemas.



3. CURRICULUM

You will have received advance information on the modules below if you are registered on them. Detailed programmes and reading lists will be handed out by module tutors at the first session. For the timetable, see section (4) below. For assessment, see section (5).



(a) ‘Open’ options

The department offers two options to students from other departments in the Arts Faculty and from other faculties:



Introduction to Film Studies (FI 101)

Module tutor: Martin Pumphrey with Laura Sava 2 screenings per week

1 lecture per week (1 hour)

1 seminar per week (1 hour)



The Hollywood Cinema (FI 102)

Module tutors: Rachel Moseley (Autumn) and Ed Gallafent (Spring) Barbara Ottmann (Autumn) and Matt Denny and Anna Sloan (Spring only)

2 screenings per week

1 lecture per week (1 hour)

1 seminar per week (1 hour)

NB.

1. Students wishing to take either option must make sure they are able to attend the full module of lectures and seminars and two screenings a week (see timetable under section 4).

2. The successful completion of the Introduction to Film Studies module is a pre-requisite for taking the Hollywood Cinema module. Those who have completed both modules may take options offered to third year Film and Television Studies students. This is subject to the availability of places and the discretion of the module tutor.

(b) 2+2 degree in Theatre, Film and Literature


  • Year one: Introduction to Film Studies (as above)

  • Year two: The Hollywood Cinema (as above)

(c) French with Film Studies, Italian with Film Studies

Students registered on one of the above degree programmes follow the set of modules indicated below:

- Year one: Introduction to Film Studies (as above)

- Year two or three: The Hollywood Cinema (as above)

- Year four: Film Option (see below)

FI 321 Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Pedro Almodovar (Autumn Term: 15 CATS) Module tutor: José Arroyo

2 screenings per week 1 lecture per week

1 seminar per week

FI 322 Hollywood Cinema in the 1970s (Autumn Term: 15 CATS) Module tutor: Karl Schoonover

2 screenings per week

1 lecture per week

1 seminar per week

FI 319 Italian Cinema: The Golden Age (Autumn Term: 15 CATS)

Module tutor: Stephen Gundle

1 Screening per week

1 Lecture per week

1 Seminar per week

FI 314 Postmodernism and New Hollywood (Spring Term: 15 CATS) Module tutor: Catherine Constable

1 screening per week

1 lecture per week

1 seminar per week

FI 317 Hollywood Comedy (Spring Term: 15 CATS) Module tutor: Martin Pumphrey

1-2 screenings per week

1 lecture per week

1 seminar per week

FI315 Swedish Cinema Spring Term: 15 CATS)

Module Tutor: Ed Gallafent

2 Screenings per week

1 lecture per week

1 seminar per week

(d) Options for the Part-time degree in English and Cultural Studies

The department normally offers two options, Introduction to Film Studies and The Hollywood Cinema, which can be taken as day classes (see section (a) above), or as an evening class, as follows:



Introduction to Film Studies (FI 101X)

Module tutor: Martin Pumphrey

1 evening session

(Screenings on take-home DVDs)



NB. The successful completion of the Introduction to Film Studies module is a pre-requisite for taking the Hollywood Cinema module.

(e) Gender and Cultural Studies

  • Year one: Introduction to Film Studies (as above)

  • Year two: The Hollywood Cinema (as above)

  • Year three: Film Option



4. TEACHING AND LEARNING


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