Current Students

Important Information for Incoming First-Years

In First Year English, we are committed to delivering as much face-to-face teaching as is possible in the prevailing pandemic circumstances. A final call on social distancing measures in classrooms has not yet been made: when we know if social distancing will be 1 or 2 metres, we will update our information accordingly. In First Year English, it is likely that we will rotate groups of students in and out of on-campus lecture classes, and that lectures will be streamed and made available on Canvas, our virtual learning system, for those students who are not physically in attendance.

Our First Year English booklet, with the lecture timetable and reading lists, is available here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/media/academic/schoolofenglish/worddocuments/FirstYearBooklet2020-2115.9.20.pdf 

All of us in the Department of English look forward to meeting you at the end of September. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact us at englishdepartment@ucc.ie

First Year

 

 

Documents for First Year Students

 

Contact details for English Staff (15.09.2020)

 

First Year Booklet 2020-2021 (15.09.2020)

1st Year Extension Request form

 

 

 

CK109 Booklet and Documents 

Important Information for Incoming BA students

In the BA in English, we are committed to delivering as much face-to-face teaching as is possible in the prevailing pandemic circumstances. A final call on social distancing measures in classrooms has not yet been made: when we know if social distancing will be 1 or 2 metres, we will update our information accordingly. In the BA in English (First Year), it is likely that we will rotate groups of students in and out of on-campus lecture classes, and that lectures will be streamed and made available on Canvas, our virtual learning system, for those students who are not physically in attendance. We are committed to as much face-to-face teaching as possible for smaller, CK109, lecture modules and tutorials.

Our CK109 First Year booklet, with the lecture timetable and reading lists, is available here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/media/academic/schoolofenglish/CK109BAEnglishFirstYearbooklet2020-21-21-8-20.pdf

All of us in the Department of English look forward to meeting you at the end of September. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact us at englishdepartment@ucc.ie

 

CK109 BA in English First-Year Booklet 2020-2021 (updated 21.08)

 

 

 

Visiting Students Booklet

 Visiting Booklet 2020-21 (17.09.2020)

 

Visiting Student Extension Request Form

 

Skills Centre Sessions

If you are interested in improving your writing skills and developing related skills to help you with university study, such as note taking, time management, study skills, and exam preparation, you may be interested in the sessions offered by the Skills Centre, located in the Berkeley Centre, Q-1, Boole Library.

For details, visit: skillscentre@ucc.ie

Students can sign up here: http://skillscentre.ucc.ie/book-your-skills-session/

Important Information for Incoming Third-Years

In the coming year, we are committed to delivering as much face-to-face teaching as is possible in the prevailing pandemic circumstances. A final call on social distancing measures in classrooms has not yet been made: when we know if social distancing will be 1 or 2 metres, we will update our information accordingly. Depending on class numbers, we may rotate groups of students in and out of on-campus lecture modules: lectures will be streamed and made available on Canvas for those students who are not physically in attendance. Further information will be made available shortly in relation to seminars, where we are also committed to face-to-face teaching.

Our Third Year English booklet, with the lecture timetable and reading lists, is available here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/media/academic/schoolofenglish/worddocuments/CK101THIRDYEARBOOKLET2020-21(07.09.20).pdf 

All of us in the Department of English look forward to seeing you again at the end of September. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact us at englishdepartment@ucc.ie

Assessments and Examinations

The Department of English uses a variety of assessment methods, including take-home essays, in-class essays and end-of-year examinations.  In seminar courses you may also be assessed on presentations, group projects and exercises such as journals.  As a general rule, you will find that in second and third year, your year's work is in two parts. Lecture modules you take in Teaching Period 1 are assessed through one in-class test and one take-home essay. Lecture modules you take in Teaching Period 2 are assessed through an end-of-year exam in which, usually, you will answer two questions.  If you are taking seminar courses, you may take your module in TP1 or TP2, or as a whole-year module.  In seminar modules, attendance is compulsory and your participation will form part of your assessment and your overall mark.

Plagiarism Policy

Department OF ENGLISH PLAGIARISM POLICY

The Department of English operates a strict anti-plagiarism policy, in accordance with UCC’s Plagiarism Policy

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is presenting another person’s words or ideas as your own work. If you draw one someone else’s words, be sure to put quotation marks around them and give the writer or speaker credit by acknowledging the source in a citation—otherwise you are plagiarising. If you paraphrase someone else’s words or ideas without giving the author credit, you are also plagiarising. Plagiarism can occur in take-home essays, class presentations, or examinations: in every case, plagiarism will be penalised according to University policy.

Plagiarism includes the following:

  1. Copying phrases, sentences, paragraphs, etc., without acknowledgement, from a published source (print or electronic) or from an unpublished source (i.e another student’s essay or notes);
  2. Presenting phrases, sentences, paragraphs, etc., with only slight changes, from the printed, electronic, or manuscript material of others as your own work;
  3. Buying a paper from the Web or elsewhere and presenting it as your own work;
  4. Paying someone else to write or modify your assignment;
  5. Memorising someone else’s material and reproducing it without acknowledging the original source.

Jointly writing an individual assignment is known as collusion and is not acceptable. If you allow someone to copy your work, this is also collusion, and both parties will be penalised.

Submitting work for assessment which you have already submitted, partially or in full, to fulfil the requirements of another lecture/seminar module or examination, is also unacceptable (this may be defined as autoplagiarism).

Incorrect referencing in assignments will also be penalised: you must use quotation marks to indicate precisely what you are quoting from secondary sources listed in your Works Cited.

If you are unsure about any aspect of this policy, please contact your tutor or lecturer prior to submitting any essays. You are responsible both for knowing what constitutes plagiarism and for ensuring that you have not plagiarised. You will be required to complete and submit a cover sheet with each essay declaring that your submitted work is in accordance with the plagiarism policy.

Cases of plagiarism will be penalised in accordance with UCC’s Plagiarism Policy and may be referred by the Head of Department to the Student Records and Examinations Office: https://www.ucc.ie/en/media/support/recordsandexaminations/documents/UCCPlagiarismPolicy-November2017V1.0-CLEAN.pdf

Supports and Services

‌‌Year Committees and Staff-Student Meetings

Within the Department, it is the responsibility of certain staff members to oversee each year group and to ensure that the teaching and assessment for all the courses in each year is administered and delivered efficiently and effectively.  The Year Committees also arrange for students to act as representatives for the year group by attending staff-student meetings.  Staff-Student meetings are an important way for students to voice their opinion and give feedback so why not consider becoming a rep?  And do always remember that you should find out who your reps are, and let them know of any issues you think are important and need to be brought to the attention of the Department.

First Year Committee: contact Dr Maureen O'Connor Maureen.OConnor@ucc.ie 

Second Year Committee: contact Dr Tom Birkett t.birkett@ucc.ie

Third Year Committee: contact Dr Ken Rooney k.rooney@ucc.ie

Teaching Officer

Dr Heather Laird (h.laird@ucc.ie) is the Teaching Officer, and one of her responsibilities is to advise students who may be having difficulty with their studies due to illness, family circumstances, etc. 

Disability Officer

Dr Maureen O’Connor (Maureen.OConnor@ucc.ie) is the Department's Disability Officer, and she liaises with Disability Support Services.

Help & Support

Within the university, there are also a number of places to find help and support:

Student Counselling and Development

Student Health

Students' Union

Student Advisor and Ombudsman

Disability Support Services

Lowercase Second Hand Book Service

Lowercase Bookshop Offer

 

Student Services Support Tree

UCC has many different supports in place for students who might be struggling in these difficult times. Our Support Tree shows the services available to students. 

 

 

 

Click the link below to view an interactive Support Tree infographic with links to relevant services

Support Tree PDF

 

 

English Department

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