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Unit information: Half-day Conference in 2021/22

Unit name Half-day Conference
Unit code ENGLM3017
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Andrew Blades
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Those choosing this unit will be expected to organize a conference; and to present a paper at that conference. Early in the first semester, a theme or topic will need to be chosen, a plenary speaker invited, and a call for papers issued. Those taking part will need to decide how to delegate the various responsibilities: publicity; the booking of conference rooms and lecture theatres; the provision of tea, coffee and lunch; the drawing up of panels and communicating with speakers; the chairing of panels. The conference will be held at the end of the second semester. Assessment will be primarily by the intellectual content of the paper presented (to be submitted in advance of the conference); a small component will be awarded according to the quality of the paper's presentation and the professionalism with which the conference as a whole is conducted.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Experience of organisation and of decision making; experience of working as a team; experience of presenting scholarly work coherently and concisely; experience of engaging in academic debate; professional development.

Teaching Information

The emphasis is on students taking the initiative. The unit will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchonous activity. The unit director will set out what is involved in conference organisation, and students will then organise meetings themselves. A further session involving the unit director and other members of staff, will require students to present two possible conference themes, with subsequent discussion determining the year's theme. A plenary speaker will be secured by Christmas. Subsequent sessions will take place in anticipation of the conference itself in late spring/early summer.

Assessment Information

  • Presented paper -- 70%
  • Quality of presentation - 10%
  • Professionalism of conference - 20%


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How much time the unit requires
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