English

PREAMBLE

This new harmonized syllabus for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree programme of the Department of English, University of Jos, is proposed to come into effect at the beginning of the 2010-11 Academic Session. It represents the outcome of reflection within the Department upon the nature of a programme of English Studies at undergraduate level that has been in progress during the past ten years.

In 1990, the Department adopted a two-prolonged approach recommended by the Nigerian Universities Commission, whereby undergraduates chose to specialize in either English Language or Literature in English. Subsequent experience, however, demonstrated that this approach was unsustainable. It was observed that a minority of the students who registered for one of the two specialized programmes totally avoided taking electives in the other, and in this way deprived themselves of the broader scope and wider knowledge attainable through studying the sister field.

The Department therefore decided to revert in principle to the pre-1990 unified programme, whereby the award of BA (Hons) degree would of necessity be based upon successful study of both Language and Literature courses. Even so, students manifesting special abilities in areas such as language, creative writing, field research, or literary analysis, would be identified and encouraged to take elective courses to sharpen such skills. They would thus be able to develop the kind of specialized interest that would equip them for embarking upon the Department’s programmes in English Language, Literature in English, and Oral Literature respectively.

While still guided by the NUC’s Minimum Standards, the Department has at the same time taken the opportunity to review the English syllabuses operative in the Department in recent decades, with a view to ensuring that the new programme will generally answer to the worthy aspirations and objectives of an English studies programme in the twenty-first century, and serve to concretize the vision of an English Department as a major field of human endeavour.

Preceded by aims and objectives and general regulations concerning the programme, the specifications of the new syllabus are set out on subsequent pages.

ACADEMIC STAFF:

AZUIKE, Maureen Nwamaka (Professor/HOD), B.A., M.A., Ph.D

LAR, Isaac Barko (Professor), B.A., M.A., P.G.D.E, Ph.D

IWOKETOK, Uwemedimo Enobong (Professor), B.A., M.A, Ph.D

JOWITT, David Roger (Professor), B.A., M.A, P.G.C.E

ADEIYONGO, John Akosu (Professor), B.A., M.A, Ph.D MIRI, Angela Freeman (Professor), B.A., M.A,

Ph.D ALU, Nesther N. Albert (Professor), B.A., M.A, Ph.D DOKI, Godwin Jeff (Reader), B.A., M.A,Ph.D

DOOGA, Jerome Terpase (Senior Lecturer) B.A, M.A., P.G.D.E. (ICT), Ph.D

EMBUGUSHIKI, Adhijo Umbugushiki (Lecturer I) B.A., M.A, Ph.D

KPAREVZUA, Priscilla Queen (Lecturer I) B.A, M.A.

ELLA, Deborah Nkechi (Lecturer I) B.A., M.A.

ONWOCHEI, Modupe Olubunmi (Lecturer I) B.A., M.A.

FWANGYIL, Gloria Ada (Lecturer I) B.A., M.A.

FODANG, Augustine Ambrose (Lecturer I) B.A., M.A.

WADINGA, Wandama (Lecturer I) B.A., M.A.

WAYARA, Juliet Que (Lecturer I) B.A., M.A.

IBBI,Ruth Ishaku (Lecturer I) B.A. M.A.

PAM, Keziah Jonah (Lecturer I) B.A., M.A.

ONOJA, Andrew (Lecturer II) B.A., M.A.

AARON, Vera Anap (Lecturer II) B.A., M.A.

DAKAT, Blessing Vou (Assist Lecturer) B.A., M.A.

NIMRAM, Mary (Assist Lecturer) B.A., M.A.

NIMRAM, Daniel (Assist Lecturer) B.A, M.A.

DAJANG, Innocent Nasuk (Assist Lecturer) B.A., M.A.

JANGKAM, Christiana David (Assist Lecturer) B.A., M.A.

OCHOGE, Ane Cynthia (Assist Lecturer) B.A., M.A.

AHGU, Asheazi Diana (Graduate Assist.) B.A., M.A.

SAMBO, Bunmwakat (Graduate Assist.) B.A.

OFFICE STAFF:

YAKUBU, Ruth (Senior Confidential Secretary)

SEDANG, Pamela Peter (Clerical Officer)

 

PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES OF THE B.A. ENGLISH PROGRAMME

The importance to a Nigerian university of having an English Honours degree programme is very great, although presenting the case for it can hardly be kept separate from asserting the role of the English Language in Nigerian society in general. English is Nigeria’s official language, its principal language of instruction in the education system, and a major lingua franca of Nigerians, especially those of the educated classes. It is the major language of the media and of business and finance; it is a major medium of creative expression; it is the principal means through which Nigerians communicate with non-Nigerians. With all these attributes, it also, though more controversially, plays a major role in the development among Nigerians of a sense of national unity. The English of many students embarking on university studies nevertheless suffers from many deficiencies, and this is true of many students taking an English Honours programme. Part of the justification of an English Honours programme is therefore to remedy these deficiencies, so that English students can become models of English usage to the wider society, and, if they have a teaching career in view, more efficient teachers of the language.

Also at tertiary level, however, students need to acquire more advance knowledge about the English language, about its structures, history, relationship to society, and so on. Such knowledge is a prerequisite for informed debate among Nigerians and others about the role of language in general in relation to various other disciplines. It also contributes in a real, arguably indirect, way to the attainment of a level of more proficient English language use. Traditionally, there has existed a bifurcation in English studies between ‘Language’ and ‘Literature’, and some of the practical reasons why it was found necessary in this Department to remove it, and so to introduce a new harmonized syllabus, were stated in the Preamble. There are nevertheless sound reasons why an advanced student of the English language should also study literature in English. It is in literature that man gives expression to his whole understanding of life, by presenting this understanding in particular concrete forms – in characters and situations. A nation or culture without a literature (if there is or has been one) is impoverished indeed, because it will lack an adequate means of understanding itself. Happily, Nigeria is blessed with a flourishing tradition of literary expression in English, but this needs to be absorbed and developed by fresh generations of students. They also need, however, to engage to some extent with the English literatures of other nations, since Nigerian literature in English does not exist in isolation.

 

The objectives of the BA Programme can be summarized thus:

a. Give students agrounding in an effective mastery of the English language in its various applications to produce skilled and inspiring users of good English;

b. Produce graduates who possess an informed literary stability and necessary tools to respond adequately to any literary stimulus;

c. Equip such graduates with adequate knowledge of the full range of major landmarks in African and non- African literature in English of all genres and periods;

d. Produce competent teachers of English language and literature;

e. Adequately prepare students for postgraduate studies in English Language, Linguistics, English Language Teaching, and English Literature or Literature in English;

f. Impart a humanistic perspective to such graduates by acquainting them with literature as an expression of man’s spiritual essence.

Admission Requirements for the four-year programme (UME):

  1. General university requirements, plus:
  2. 5 credits including English Language and Literature in English obtained in the West African Examination Council (WAEC), West African School Certificate (WASC) examination or it’s General Certificate of Education (GCE), or in the National Examination Council (NECO) Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
  3. Other qualifications deemed equivalent to the above will be accepted.

Admission Requirements for the three-year programme (DE):

  1. Two passes at GCE Advanced Level or its equivalent, with five relevant subjects in the WASC or the GCE Ordinary Level or the SSC Examination; OR
  2. Three passes at GCE Advanced Level or its equivalent, with five relevant subjects in the WASC or the GCE Ordinary Level or the SSC Examination; OR
  3. Two principal passes in the IJMB Examination or the equivalent, with School Certificate credits or the equivalent in five relevant subjects.

 

Registration

● The minimum credit load per session is 39.

● The maximum credit load per session is 48.

● Students must register for a minimum of 15 credit units each semester and a maximum of 24 credit units each semester.

● Each credit unit shall consist of one contact hour per week.

● Students wishing to drop or add courses shall obtain drop/add forms from the Faculty of Arts.

● Such forms must be completed and submitted to the proper offices before the beginning of the fifth week of courses in the relevant semester.

 

Classification of Courses

Courses offered in the Department are classified as follows:

  1. Compulsory courses: Compulsory courses are determined by the Department according to the programme. A student must take and pass every compulsory course.
  2. Required courses: Required courses are set by the University and/or Department for the completion of the degree programme, and must be taken and passed.
  3. Elective Courses: These courses may be offered by the Department or by some other Department. Students may choose from among these courses in order to fulfill the requirements for the award of the degree.

 

Grading System

The following numerical scores equate to the following letter grades:

70 – 100 = A

60 – 69 = B

50 – 59 = C

45 – 49 = D

0 – 44 = E

Each year counts equally towards the final class of degree.

A student’s performance is calculated in terms of Grade Point Average (GPA), each letter grade having a specific assigned Grade Point (GP):

A=4 B=3 C=2 D=1 E=0

To arrive at the GPA, the GP earned in a course is multiplied by the number of credit units assigned to that course; all the GPs are then added together. Finally, the total is divided by the total number of credit units registered;

GPA = (GP x Credit Units) + (GP x Credit Units) + (GP x Credit Units) + (GP x Credit Units)

Total Credit units registered

GPA and Class of Degree

3.50 – 4.00 First Class

3.00 3.49 Second Class, Upper Division

2.00 – 2.99 Second Class, Lower Division

1.00 – 1.99 Third class

0.00 – 0.99 Fail

 

Continuous Assessment

At least 40% of the grade in every course will be determined by continuous assessment.

 

Attendance at Lectures

A student must attend not less than 75% of the lectures in a course to qualify to sit for the examination in that course.

 

Re-sit Examinations

The University of Jos does not permit re-sit or make-up examinations.

 

Academic Probation

If a student’s GPA falls below 1.00 at the end of a particular year of study, that student must repeat all the failed courses and will be placed on academic probation for one year. If at the end of that year the student has not shown signs of improvement and his or her CGPA remains below 1.00, he or she will be withdrawn from the programme.

 

Withdrawal

A student whose CGPA after one year of probation remains below 1.00 will be withdrawn from the programme. Such a student may seek transfer to another programme in the university.

 

Transfer

A failing student may apply to the appropriate Department for an intra or inter-faculty transfer. For any student to be admitted as transferred into the Department, he or she must satisfy the minimum standards required by the Department.

 

Length of Semester

All other things being equal, one University session shall consist of two semesters, with a short break in-between and one long vacation. Each regular semester should consist of at least 15 weeks teaching plus registration and examination weeks.

 

Duration of Degree Programme

A student has a maximum of six years (twelve semesters) in which to complete the four year programme. A student on the three-year programme must complete all courses within four and a half years (nine semesters).

 

Plagiarism

You may be required to complete the following form when you submit an essay either for a term paper or your final year long essay.

 

Declaration

1. I know that plagiarism is wrong. Plagiarism is to use another’s work and pretend that it is one’s own.

2. I have used the _____________________ convention for citation and referencing. Each contribution to, and quotation in, this essay/report/project/from the work (s) of other people has been attributed, and has been cited and referenced.

3. This essay/report/project/ is my own work.

4. I have not allowed, and will not allow, anyone to copy my work with the intention of passing it off as his or her own work.

5. I acknowledge that copying someone else’s assignment or essay, or part of it, is wrong, and declare that this is my own work.

Signature

__________________

 

Rubric for Marking Essays

Essays in the Department of English will generally be assessed following a rubric like the one below

 

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CONCEPTS (10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In depth exploration of a chosen concept: conceptual clarity; is the concept

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ARGUMENTS (40)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Composition:

Is the essay/forum submission written clearly? Does it have an introduction, conclusion, structured body, references section?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integration:

Does the essay flow and read logically? Is there repetition? Does each paragraph link logically with the next? If it’s a Forum submission, does it identify specific points, research findings, views of others and reflect on these in a meaningful way?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central argument:

Has the student clearly developed the central argument (in introduction & conclusion); interpreted the results, and considered alternative interpretations?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synthesis of sources:

Effectively synthesizes material from a wide range of sources and adds own voice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Appropriate academic style & expression:

Is the essay well structured? Most importantly, has the student referenced in the body of the text and in the reference section? How relevant and extensive are the student’s references to the prescribed reading and other relevant sources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVISED EXAMINATION REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES (REF: SA & A/UJ/S/12 SEPTEMBER 4, 2012)

1. Leakages

All cases of leakages established should be reported to Senate Examinations Misconduct Committee for consideration. The relevant Departments or units of the University affected and those responsible for handling such matter shall carry out preliminary investigation. The report shall be forwarded to the Senate Examinations Misconduct Committee through the Vice Chancellor.

Punishment

a. If found liable, the students shall be immediately expelled from the university.

b. If the student is not found liable, the result shall be released and the student allowed to continue with his/her study.

c. If the person involved in the leakage is not a student of the University, he/she shall be handed over to the police by the Security Division of the University for Prosecution.

  1. The staff alleged to be involved shall be reported to the appropriate staff disciplinary Committee.

 

2. Impersonation

This includes among others, the hiring and arranging with examination touts, contractors, etc., whether students of the University or outsiders, to write examinations for other students who hired or contracted them.

Punishment

a. The student who hires or contracts somebody to write the examination shall be expelled from the university.

b. If the impersonator is a student of the University of Jos, he/she shall be expelled.

c. If the impersonator is not a student of the University of Jos, he/she shall be handed over to the police by the Security Division of the University for Prosecution.

 

 

3. Bringing Foreign Unauthorized Materials into the Examination Hall

This includes smuggling of items hidden in different parts of the body, scripts, textbooks, notebooks, pages of textbooks, question papers of previous examinations, handsets, Bluetooth, electronic wristwatches, electronic slippers, unauthorized computers, blank pieces of paper or notes on handkerchiefs, notes on shirts, notes on waist slips, currency notes with notes, photocopies, notes on palms, notes on receipt or course registration forms, notes on calculators, etc.

Punishment

a. If found liable, the student shall be suspended for the next two semesters and the student’s result in the affected paper(s) shall be cancelled.

b. If caught the second time in the same misconduct, the student shall be expelled from the University.

c. If the student is not found liable, the result shall be released and the student allowed to continue with his/her study.

 

4. Taking Examination Script out of Examination Hall

Any candidate who takes out, throws out, or fails to submit his/her examination scripts commits a serious misconduct.

Punishment

a. If found liable, the student shall be suspended for the next two semesters and the students result in the affected paper(s) shall be cancelled.

b. If caught a second time in the same offence, the student shall be expelled from the University.

c. If not found liable, the result shall be released and the student allowed to continue with his/her study.

 

5. Unauthorized Exchange of Information in or out of the Examination Hall

This includes collision, consultation, copying, peeping and copying (“giraffing”) from another person’s script and all forms of assistance and similar offences.

Punishment

a. If found liable, the student shall be suspended for the next two semesters and the students result in the affected paper(s) shall be cancelled.

b. If caught a second time in the same offence, the student shall be expelled from the University.

c. If not found liable, the result shall be released and the student allowed to continue with his/her study.

 

6. Consulting Unauthorized Materials of Persons Outside the Examination Hall during Examination

This includes going outside the examination hall to consult lecture notes, materials related to examinations not allowed in examination halls or discussing with persons outside the examination hall.

 

 

Punishment

a. If found liable, the student shall be suspended for the next two semesters and the students result in the affected paper(s) shall be cancelled.

b. If caught a second time in the same offence, the student shall be expelled from the University.

c. If not found liable, the result shall be released and the student allowed to continue with his/her study.

 

7. Insult on Supervisors, Invigilators and other Members Associated with the Examination

This includes verbal attack on supervisors (Deans, Heads of Department, Examination Officers) Invigilators and any other member of the staff associated with the examination in question.

Punishment

a. If found liable, the student shall be suspended for the next two semesters and the students result in the affected paper(s) shall be cancelled.

b. If caught a second time in the same offence, the student shall be expelled from the University.

c. If not found liable, the result shall be released and the student allowed to continue with his/her study.

 

8. Assault or Battery on Supervisors and Invigilators

This includes physical attack on supervisors (Deans, Heads of Department, Examination Officers) Invigilators and any other member of the staff associated with the examination in question.

Punishment

a. If found liable, the student involved shall be expelled from the University.

b. If not found liable, the result shall be released and the student allowed to continue with his/her study.

 

9. Carelessness in the Examination Hall

Proven cases of carelessness include the following: allowing unauthorized materials to lie under the writing desk, on top of it, on the floor, near or beside the student (s) or assisting others to pick unauthorized materials without the express permission of the invigilator (s) or mutilating examination materials, writing notes on question papers, etc.

Punishment

a. If found liable, warning letters shall be written to the student (s) by the Registrar copying the relevant Heads of Department, Dean of Faculty and Senate Examination Misconduct Committee for the records.

b. If the student (s) is/are caught again in the same offence, he/she shall be suspended for two semesters from the University.

c. If the student is caught more than twice in the same misconduct, the student(s) shall be expelled from the University.

Unauthorized materials in this context means materials that are prohibited from being brought into examination hall and are relevant to the examination in question.

 

10. Suspension and Withholding of Results of Students involved in Examination Misconduct Cases