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MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY

RESTRUCTURED SYLLABUS FOR

M A (ENGLISH) PROGRAMME IN AFFILIATED COLLEGES

CREDIT SEMESTER SYSTEM

(REVISED SYLLABUS W. E. F. 2012 ADMISSIONS)

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF STUDIES


  1. DR. K. M. KRISHNAN (DIRECTOR SCHOOL OF LETTERS, MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY) CHAIRMAN

MEMBERS

  1. DR. P. P. RAVEENDRAN, PROFESSOR SCHOOL OF LETTERS

  2. DR. SHERINE UPOT, PROFESSOR SCHOOL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION

  3. PROF. A. M.GEEVARGHESE HILL VEW, U C COLLEGE P O ALUVA.

  4. PROF. T. P. CHANDRAN PILLAI, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, MAHARAJA’S COLLEGE, ERNAKULAM (RETD)

  5. KRISHNAMURTHY R. DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, SREE SANKARA COLLEGE KALADY

  6. NESSIE JOSEPH, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, ST THOMAS COLLEGE, KOZHENCHERY.

  7. K V DOMINIC DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, NEWMAN COLLEGE THODUPUZHA

  8. N K VIJAYAN DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH MAHARAJA’S COLLEGE, ERNAKULAM

  9. DR. K P ASHA, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH,K M M GOVT. WOMEN’S COLLEGE, KANNUR

  10. DR. SIBY JAMES DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, ST THOMAS COLLEGE PALAI

Mahatma Gandhi University had introduced Choice Based Credit Semester System for the undergraduate programmes in 2009. The post graduate programmes of the university are being redesigned and revised in tune with the modifications effected at the UG level. This will be reflected in the scheme course content and mode of examination and grading system. The scheme and syllabus of M. A. English too are being revised accordingly. What follows is a comprehensive account of the changes being introduced. The revisions were effected based on the recommendations made at the workshops conducted for the purpose besides several sittings of the Board of Studies in English (PG).


General:


  1. M A (English) is a two-year post-graduate programme of four semesters.

  2. There are five courses in each semester, one dissertation during the entire programme, and a comprehensive viva voce at the end of the fourth semester.

  3. All the courses taught in the first three semesters in addition to one course in semester four constitute the core courses, while the remaining four courses in semester four will be elective courses. While the core courses are compulsory for all the students, the electives can vary from college to college.

  4. Grading

  5. Evaluation of core elective components and the dissertation will be done in two parts, that is, through continuous internal assessment and end semester external examination.

  6. All courses have been divided into five modules based on certain thematic commonalities. One text/section in each module is in the seminar mode.
  7. Seminar texts/topics have been incorporated into the syllabus as an integral part of it. They are meant not merely for purposes of internal assessment, but are envisaged as a major pedagogical component of the curriculum for the PG programme. Ina one-hour seminar the student is expected to introduce the text/topic and provide as much detail as possible within the time limit. The teacher in charge of the particular module has to act as the facilitator for the seminar presenter. After the seminar the teacher may provide the student with further information or tips for further studies on the topic. There will not be any gradation among the texts at the end-semester examination. Questions can be asked from any part or text prescribed under each module including seminar texts. The first module of every course is intended to provide background historical, critical, or theoretical information regarding the course. This module does not have seminar topics. The other four modules will have one seminar topic/text each. There will be twenty seminar fields in each semester. Depending on the number of students in each class, the teacher may give more seminar topics or ask some students (preferably those who volunteer) to do an extra seminar in a semester.


Components of Internal Evaluation

Component Weightage

  1. Assignment 1

  2. Seminar 2

  3. Attendance 1

  4. Two Test Papers 2




Letter Grade

Performance

Grade Point (G)

Grade Range

A

Excellent

4

3.50-4

B

Very Good

3

2.50-3.49

C

Good

2

1.50-2.49

D

Average

1

0.50-1.49

E

Poor

0

0.0-.49


Grades for Attendance

Percentage of attendance

Grade


  • 90%

A

Between 85 and 90

B

Between 80 and 85

C

Between 75 and 80

D

< 75

E


Assignment

Component

Weight

Punctuality

1

Review

1

Content

2

Conclusion

1

Reference

1


Seminar

Component

Weight

Area/topic selected

1

Review Reference

1

Content

2

Presentation


2

Conclusion

1

Project Evaluation
Internal External

Components

Weights



Components

Weight

Punctuality

1

Area /topic selected

1

Experimentation/data collection

1

Objectives

2

Compilation

1

Review

1

Content

1

Materials & Methods

2


Analysis

2

Presentation

2

Conclusion/application

2

The overall grade for a programme for certification shall be based on CGPA with a 7 point scale as given below:



CGPA

Grade

3.80 to 4.00

A Plus

3.50 to 3.79

A Only

3.00 to 3.49

B Plus

2.50 to 2.99

B Only

2.00 to 2.49

C Plus

1.5 to 1.99

C Only

1.00 to 1.49

D

A separate minimum of C Grade for Internal Assessment and External are required for a pass for a course. For a pass in a programme a separate minimum Grade C for all the courses and a minimum CGPA score of 1.50 or an overall grade of C and above are required.


There will be no supplementary examinations.

PATTERN OF QUESTIONS

Questions shall be set to assess the knowledge acquired, standard application of knowledge, application of knowledge in situations, critical evaluation of knowledge and the ability to synthesise knowledge. The question setter shall ensure that questions testing all skills are set. He/she shall also submit a detailed scheme of evaluation along with the question paper. A question paper shall be a judicious mix of short answer type, short essay/problem solving type and long essay type questions.

Weight : Different types of questions shall be given different weights to quantify their range as follows:




Sl No.

Type of questions

Weight

Number of questions to be answered

1

Short answer type questions

1

5 out of 8

2

Short essay/problem solving type

2

5 out of 8

3

Long essay type

5

3 out of 6



Programme without practicals—Total Credits—80



Semester

Course

Teaching Hours

Credit

Total Credits

I


PC 1

5

4

20

PC 2


5

4

PC 3

5

4

PC 4

5

4

PC 5

5

4

II


PC 6

5

4

20


PC 7

5

4

PC 8

5

4

PC 9

5

4

PC 10

5

4

III




PC 11

5

4

20


PC 12

5

4

PC 13


5

4

PC 14

5

4

PC 15

5

4

IV


PC 16

5

3

20


PE 1

5

3

PE 2

5

3

PE 3

5

3

PE 4

5

3

Project

-

3

Viva

-

2

  1. Consolidation of Grades for Internal Evaluation:

If B,C,B and A are the grades scored by student for attendance, assignment, seminar and test respectively for a particular course, then her/his CE grade for that course shall be consolidated as follows:


Component


Weight (W)

Grade Awarded

Grade point (G)

Weighted Grade Points (WxG)

Attendance

1

B

3

3

Assignment

1

C

2

2

Seminar

2

B

3

3

Test Paper

2

A

4

8

Total

6







16

Grade : Total Weighted Grade points/Total Weights= 16/6=2.66=Grade B



  1. Consolidation of Grades for External (One Answer Paper Theory)




Type of qn.

Qn. Nos

Grade awarded

Grade Points

Weightage


Weighted Grade Points

Short Answer



1

B

3

1

3

2

-

-

-

0

3

A

4

1

4

4

D

1

1

1

5

-

-

-

0

6

A

4

1

4

7

B

3

1

3

8

-

-

-

0

Short Essay



9

B

3

2

6

10


C

2

2

4

11

-

-

-

0

12

-

-

-

0

13

B

3

2

6

14

A

4

2

8



15

C

2

2

4

16

-

-

-

0




17

C

2

5

10




18

-

-

-

0




19

-

-


-

0




20

B

3

5

15




21

D

1

5

5




22

-

-

-

-










Total

30

73

Calculation: Overall grade of an answer paper= sum of weighted grade points/sum of the weightage=73/30= 2.43=Grade C




  1. Consolidation of the Grade of a Course: the grade for a course is consolidated by combining the ESE and CE grades taking care of their weights.

For a particular course, if the grades scored by a student is C and B respectively for the External Continuous Evaluation, as shown in the above examples, than, the grade for the course shall be consolidated as follows:



Exam

Weight

Grade Awarded

Grade Points (G)


Weighted Grade Point

External

3

C

3

9

Internal

1

B

3

3

Total

4







12

Grade of a Course (GPA)

Total Grade Points/Total weights=12/4=3.00=Grade B




  1. Consolidation of SGPA

SPGA is obtained by dividing the sum of credit points (P) obtained in a semester by the sum of credits(C) taken in that semester. After the successful completion of a semester, Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) of a student in that semester shall be calculated using the formula given. Suppose, the student has taken three courses each of 4 credits and two courses each of 2 credits in a particular semester. After consolidating the Grade for each course as demonstrated above, SGPA has to be consolidated as shown below:


Course Code

Title of the Course

Credits (C)

Grade Awarded


Grade Points (G)

Credit Points (P=CxG)

01

….

4

A

4

16

02

….

4

C

2

8

03

….

4

B

3

12

04

….

2

C

2

4

05

….

2

B

3

6

Total













46

SGPA

Total Grade points/Total credits=16=2.87=Grade B



  1. Consolidation of CGPA

If the candidate is awarded two A Grades, one B Grade and one C Grade for the four semesters and has 80 credits, the CGPA is calculated as follows:


Semester

Credits Taken

Grade

Grade Point

Credit Point

I

20

A

4

80

II

20

A

4

80

III

20

B

3

60

IV

20

C

2

40

Total

80







260

CGPA

Total Credit Points/Total credits=260/80=3.25 (which is between 3 and 3.49 in the seven point scale).

The Overall Grade awarded is B Plus




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