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DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH

1ST YEAR

Handbook - Course Outline

2015-2016
INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the Department of Spanish in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
(SMLLC) at NUI Maynooth. The Department of Spanish was established in 1999. It offers teaching by
experts in the study of languages, literatures, cultures and linguistics, both at undergraduate and graduate
levels. We hope that you enjoy your studies with us and that you find your time here both productive and
stimulating.
This handbook provides information about the Department and explains certain regulations and
arrangements that affect you. The Handbook should be used in conjunction with the University Calendar
http://www.nuim.ie/calendar/, Moodle and the SMLLC and Departmental websites and notice-boards, which
should also be consulted regularly.

Some Important Details


• It is possible to commence the study of Spanish at NUIM. The language is offered at both ab initio and
Non-Beginner (post-Leaving Certificate, or equivalent) levels in First Year. After First Year all students
follow a common sequence.
• All students are urged to spend at least a year in a Spanish-speaking country. Students opting for the
BA (three years) must spend a minimum of three months in a Spanish-speaking country. Students
opting for the BA International (four years) will spend the third year of their BA studying in a foreign
university under the European Union’s Erasmus Exchange Programme, under an exchange programme
with universities in Latin America, or as a Teaching Assistant in Spain.
• Portuguese (in conjunction with the Instituto Camões) and Catalan (in conjunction with the Ramon Llull
Institute) are offered as options in the second and final year.

Location of the Department


The Department of Spanish and the SMLLC are located in the main Arts Building. The Spanish Office is
Room 35.

DEPARTMENTAL WEBSITE: http://spanish.nuim.ie/

SMLLC WEBSITE: tbc

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2. DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH STAFF

Ms Crea Lambert
Executive Assistant
Office No. 35 Arts Building
Tel.: 01 708 4724
email: spanish.department@nuim.ie
Office Hours: 09:30 am-1pm/2pm-4pm

ACADEMIC STAFF:
Dr Catherine Leen Dr David Barnwell
BA (Dublin), MA (Liverpool), PhD (Dublin) BA (Dublin), MEd, MA (Pittsburgh), PhD (Pittsburgh)
Head of Spanish, Lecturer Senior Lecturer
Examinations Officer, Office No. 17, Arts Annex Building
Postgraduate Coordinator Tel.: 01 708 6330
Office No. 33, Arts Building email: david.barnwell@nuim.ie
Tel.: 01 708 6214 Consultation Hours: See office door for details.
email: catherine.m.leen@nuim.ie
Consultation Hours: See office door for details.
Dr Mercedes Carbayo-Abengozar Dr David Conlon
PhD (Durham) BA (NUIG), MA (NUIG), PhD (NUIG)
Lecturer Lecturer
Office No. Arts Building Office No. 33a Arts Building
Tel.: 01 708 7120 Tel.: 01 708 6116
email: Mercedes.abengozar@nuim.ie email: david.conlon@nuim.ie
Consultation Hours: See office door for details. Consultation Hours: See office door for details.

Dr Marta Giralt
BA (Bacelona), MA (Barcelona), PhD (Barcelona)
Lecturer
Office No. 50 Arts Building
Tel.: 01 7086116
email: marta.giralt@nuim.ie
Consultation Hours: See office door for details.

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TEACHING SUPPORT ASSISTANTS :
Ms Antonia Flores Ms Sonia Nuñez Cortés
BA, MA (UCD) BA (Tarragona), HDip ELE (Barcelona).
Department of French Tutors’ Room, Department of Spanish Tutors’ Room,
Office No. 63 Arts Building Office No. 62 Arts Building.
Tel.: 01 708 3081 Tel.: 01 708 6340
email: antonia.flores@nuim.ie email: sonia.nunez@nuim.ie
Consultation Hours: See office door for details. Consultation Hours: On leave for 2015/2016

TUTORS:
Ms Mirna Vohnsen Ms Belen Rabadan Vega,
BA(Denmark),MA(Denmark)Postgrad MA (UCD)
Cert(Murcia) Department of Spanish Tutors’ Room,
Department of Spanish Tutors’ Room, Office No. 62 Arts Building.
Office No. 62 Arts Building. Tel.: 01 708 6340
Tel.: 01 708 6340 email: maria.RabadanVega@nuim.ie
email: mirna.vohnsen@nuim.ie
Consultation Hours: See office door for details.
Consultation Hours: See office door for details.
Ms Anna Laribal Abante Ms Irene Dennehy
Department of Spanish Tutors’ Room, Portuguese Teacher
Office No. 62 Arts Building. Department of Spanish Tutors’ Room,
Tel.: 01 708 6340 Office No. 62 Arts Building, Wednesdays only
email: Anna.LaribalAbante@nuim.ie Tel.: 01 708 6340
Consultation Hours: See office door for details. email: Irene.Dennehy
Consultation Hours: See office door for details.

Co-ordinators
Head of Spanish/Exams Officer/ Dr Catherine Leen
Final Year Co-ordinator: Dr David Barnwell
First Year Co-ordinator: Dr Marta Giralt
Second Year Co-ordinator: Dr David Conlon
Postgraduate Co-ordinator: Dr Catherine Leen
International Co-ordinator: Dr Mercedes Carbayo-Abengozar

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3. COMMUNICATIONS
The Departmental Office: This is the hub of the Department of Spanish. If you need information about
something but don’t know where to go, ask here.
You can submit your essays and assignments and collect essays assignments in this office (unless tutor
has specified the use of the Turnitin system).
Notice Boards: These are located in the area around the Departmental Office.
Check notice boards regularly for information about deadlines, courses and events.
Electronic notice boards also available on the Departmental website. Students should check all
Noticeboards on a regular basis.
http://spanish.nuim.ie/noticeboards/index.shtml
Essay/Assignment Box: This is located underneath the 1st & 2nd year noticeboards.
You can submit your stapled essay/assignment (no plastic covers) here, unless your tutor has specified the
use of the Turnitin system. Essays and assignments must be submitted by the date and time indicated by
your lecturer. Late submissions will be penalised.
Staff Consultation Hours: All members of staff are available for consultation at specified hours as
advertised on the doors of their offices. They are available at other times by appointment.
Email Account: All students are assigned an NUI Maynooth email account. Students should check this
regularly as the Department and other University offices use email to communicate with students. PLEASE
NOTE: The MU and Spanish Web pages, as well as the handbooks for each year, contain a great deal of
information that will provide the answers to many of your queries so please ensure to familiarise yourself
with them. When you email a member of staff, provide your student number, your full name as registered,
and a brief summary of the issue. If the issue involves a module, provide the correct module code and title.
Please note that while we will respond as soon as possible, members of staff deal with many queries and
may not be able to respond immediately or outside of business hours.
Student Representative System: In the first week of term, each year elects representatives from the
student body (one from each core language class) to liaise with staff. The student representatives should
arrange to meet regularly with the relevant co-ordinator.
Student Enquiry Form: Students may complete a Student Enquiry Form for specific queries and submit it to
the Departmental Office (See Appendix).
Medical Certificate Form: Students should complete this form along with their medical certificates and
submit it to the Departmental Office (See Appendix).
Module Evaluations: At the end of every module, students will be asked to complete an evaluative
questionnaire. These questionnaires provide useful feedback for the Department to assess the delivery and
functioning of modules and to help us to continue to improve the quality of our programmes.
Departmental Website: http://spanish.nuim.ie/
Departmental electronic notice-board: http://spanish.nuim.ie/noticeboards/index.shtml

Computer Services:
Location of Computer Laboratories:
Public Access Computer Rooms (North Campus)
Arts Facility
Rye Hall
Callan Foyer
Internet Pod
Public Access Computer Rooms (South Campus)
Long Corridor
For details on this service please refer to the Computer Centre website.
http://computercentre.nuim.ie/students/pacrs.shtml

Language Centre and SALL Room


Director of Language Centre: Ms Anne Gallagher
Senior Executive Assistant: Ms Claire Albrecht
Technician: Mr Éamann Ó hÉigeartaigh
The Language Centre SALL Room, located within the Language Centre, contains reference books,
magazines, videos, CDs and tapes of interest to students of Spanish. Students will be directed to the SALL
room for the self access learning programme.

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Library
The Subject Librarian for Spanish is Ms Regina Richardson
Email: regina.richardson@nuim.ie

Telephone : 708 3897


Contact Hours: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m Mon – Fri

See Subject Help pages on Library Website: http://library.nuim.ie/subject-help/spanish

Locating Spanish, Latin American and Chicano works in the library:


Spanish and Latin American Literature: 860 +
Chicano Literature: 810+
Cinema: 791
Society and Politics: 320 +
History: 900 +
Art: 759
Linguistics: 400+
Translation Studies: 418
Some texts and articles are held in the short-term loan collection.
Reference books, dictionaries and grammar books are located at: 460 +
The library also contains several journals of Hispanic interest.

The Russell Library in St Patrick’s College holds the papers of the Irish Colleges at Alcalá de Henares and
Salamanca. Access to the Russell Library is by appointment only.

4. Semester Dates 2015-2016


The academic year is divided into two semesters of twelve weeks each, followed by an examination period.

FIRST SEMESTER
Monday 7 September to Friday 18 September 2015 First-Year Remote Registration/Orientation
Monday 21 September 2015 Lectures commence
Friday 9 October 2015 Change of module deadline
Friday 16 October Change of subject deadline for First Year
Students
Monday 26 October – Friday 30 October 2015 Study Week
Friday 18 December 2015 Conclusion of First Semester Lectures

Monday 21 December to Friday 1 January 2016 Christmas Vacation


Friday 9-23 January 2016 Examination period FULL YEAR STUDENTS
ONLY: First semester student complete all
examinations/assessments by the 18th of
December

SECOND SEMESTER
Monday 1 February 2016 Lectures resume
Monday 14 March to Friday 18 March 2016 Study Week
Monday 14 March 2016-Friday 18 March 2016 Easter Vacation
Monday 13 April 2016 Lectures resume

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Friday 6 May 2016 Conclusion of Second Semester
Monday 9 May to Friday 13 May 2016 Study Period

Not before Friday 13 May-28 May 2016 Examination period commences

For a full list of important dates throughout the academic year please see

https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/registrar/key-term-dates

5. Modules and Assessment:


Each module is assigned a number of credits and you must fulfil the credit requirement in order to pass the
year.

Modules
Compulsory Module: A compulsory module in a programme is one which is obligatory for all students taking
that programme.

Optional Module: An optional module in a programme is one which may be chosen from a number of
available modules but which is not compulsory.

Required Module: A required module is a compulsory module in a programme which must be passed
without compensation (i.e. a mark of 40% achieved) in order to progress in that programme.

Further information about modules is available in the NUI Maynooth website, http://www.nuim.ie/courses

All students must register their module choice at Student Registration.


• A limited number of places are available in restricted modules for international students. Students
can register for these with the International Coordinator, Dr Mercedes Carbayo-Abengozar.
• Students can change their First Semester Selections in the first three weeks of Semester 1 and in
the first two weeks of Semester 2 for all Second Semester Selections. The Student Records Office
must be informed of all changes. The records office may charge a fee for changing modules.
• Please note that students are responsible for ensuring that they are registered for the
correct modules.

SPA100 Beginning Spanish 20 credits


SPA100A Non-beginners Spanish 20 credits
SPA100B Spanish with Biological Science, 15 credits, students do not take SPA105A/SPA105B

Assessment
• Assessment of modules is by exam and/or continuous assessment. Details are given in the course
outline.
• Continuous Assessment is worth 25% of the marks for the language modules unless otherwise
stated. The student is advised to carefully read the module descriptors in all cases and consult with
the lecturer responsible for the module, any further questions can be directed to the Head of Spanish.
• Students must pass required language modules in order to proceed to the next year of study.
• Procedures for the discussion, checking and appeal of examination results can be found in the
appendices at the end of this document.
• All students are personally responsible for finding out what assignments they are required to
complete and the deadlines for submission.

Submission of Essays and Assignments


• All essays and assignments must be wordprocessed.

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• Check notice boards, Moodle and the Departmental Website for details of essay and assignment titles
and submission dates.
• Essays are a compulsory part of the course and form an important element of continuous
assessment.
• Students may write their essays in English or Spanish.
• Students must sign the cover-sheet (See Appendix) and attach it to the front of their essay. You can
photocopy the cover-sheet in the Appendix or download one from the Department of Spanish website.
• The essay, with signed coversheet, will be date-stamped on submission.
• When specified by a tutor, students must submit assignments and essays via the Turnitin system
(located on the Module homepage on Moodle).
• When allowed by a tutor, essays can be posted in the box in the Spanish Department and sent
electronically to Spanish.Assessment@nuim.ie by the date and time indicated by your lecturer.
• It is recommended that students book a computer in advance in the Public Access Computer Rooms
(PACR) located throughout the campus in order to avoid missing deadlines.

Penalties for Submission of Late Assignments and Essays:


• Late language coursework will not be accepted, except in the case of certified illness, in which case
the lecturer or tutor may allow the student to submit alternative work for credit.
• Essay extensions (without penalty) may be granted in advance of the submission date by individual
lecturers if the student has a medical certificate from a doctor.
• Essays submitted after the deadline (where there is no certified reason) will be penalised as follows:
o Five percentage points will be deducted from the original mark awarded for every week (or
part of a week) that the essay is late. Essays submitted more than a month after the
submission date will not be accepted and the essay will be awarded NG.
• In exceptional circumstances, exceptions may be made to these rules. A student may contact the
lecturer concerned in advance of the submission date to explain what these circumstances are, and
the lecturer, in consultation with the Head of Spanish, may award an extension.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism will be taken very seriously by both the department and the university. Students are advised to
read the following definition of plagiarism:
1. The wrongful appropriation or purloining, and publication as one’s own, of the ideas, or the expression of
the ideas (literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, etc.) of another.
2. A purloined idea, design, passage or work. (OED)

The university plagiarism policy can be found in the appendices at the end of this document.

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Marking Scheme
Letter Descriptive Heading Midpoint Class Spanish
Grade Equivalent
A++ Answer which could not be bettered 100 I 10

A+ Exceptional answer displaying unexpected insight 90 I 10

A Undoubtedly first class, flawless answer, 80 I 9.5


demonstrating originality.
A- Almost flawless answer demonstrating some 70 I 9
originality
B+ Extremely high competence, perhaps displaying 68 II-1 8.5
limited originality or technical flaws or minor
errors.
B Fundamentally correct and demonstrating overall 65 II-1 8.5
competence.
B- Competent performance, substantially correct 60 II-1 8
answer but possibly containing minor flaws
omissions.
C+ Awarded on the basis of the answer being 58 II-2 7.5
somewhat better than a C but bellow a B-.
C Basically correct, answer with minor errors or one 55 II-2 7
major error/omission.
C- Awarded on the basis of the answer being 50 II-2 6.5
somewhat bellow a C but Better than a D+.
D+ No more than adequate answer. 48 III 6
D Adequate answer with serious errors or 45 P 5.5
omissions.
D- Lowest passing grade, barely deserving to pass 40 P 5

E+ The answer is inadequate and does not deserve 38 F 4


to pass.
E The answer fails to address the question properly 35 F 3
but displays some knowledge of the material.
E- Fails to address the question. 30 F 2.5

F+ Little relevant or correct material but some 20 F 2


evidence of engagement with question.
F Very little relevant or correct material. 10 F 1
F- Totally irrelevant answer. 0 F 0

The Mark Bands are as follows:


1st Class Honours 70%
2nd Class Honours Grade I 60%
2nd Class Honours Grade II 50%
3rd Class Honours 45%
Pass 40%

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Attendance
• Students are required to attend all lectures, seminars, tutorials and language laboratory classes.
• Students are required to sign in to lectures and tutorials. Attendance records are kept by the
Department.
• Students should explain their absences to the Department.
• If a student is absent for longer than five days due to illness, then an original medical certificate signed
by a doctor should be given to the Department. A medical certificate form for submitting medical
certificates is available from the Departmental office.
• If a student misses a class test then an original medical certificate signed by a doctor should be given to
the Department. A medical certificate form for submitting medical certificates is available from the
Departmental office.
• The Department can refuse to allow a student to sit the end of year exams if that student has not
satisfied the Department’s requirements.
• It is the student’s responsibility to obtain notes, assignments, etc.
• Please note that the Executive Assistant does not keep copies of class notes.

Lectures, Language Classes and Tutorials


Lectures
• Attendance at lectures is compulsory.
• Lectures provide the basic structure and information for the literary or cultural studies course and
explore the key themes.
• Students are required to use their reading lists to supplement the information received during lectures.
• It is advisable to take note of the key points in a lecture as lecture material (powepoint presentations,
etc.) will not always be available outside of class. It is not necessary to write down everything the
lecturer says.

Language Classes
• Attendance is compulsory.
• The aim of these classes is to develop a set of language skills to enable students to communicate to a
high level in Spanish, and to enable students to engage in literary and cultural studies and carry out
research through the medium of Spanish.
• Students will be assigned coursework regularly. It must be completed on time and submitted to the
lecturer or tutor concerned.
• Students are required to participate fully in the language classes, which will involve individual, group,
oral, written, grammatical and comprehension work.
• Students are also required to register for and attend Language Centre classes, which focus on the
development of oral and aural language skills.

Etiquette:
• Students should arrive at the lecture theatre or classroom on time.
• Mobile phones must be switched off at all times during lectures, tutorials and classes.
• Food and drink should not be brought into lectures, tutorials or classes.
• Talking during lectures, tutorials or classes unfairly distracts other students and the lecturer and is not
acceptable unless you have been invited to talk by the lecturer.

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7. Health & Safety
• The commitment and co-operation of all staff and students of the University is essential if safety, health
and welfare are to be ensured.
• When entering a lecture theatre or classroom, students should note the nearest exit in case of
emergency.
• In the interest of safety students are asked not to obstruct passageways with bags/books etc. in class
rooms and lecture theatres.
• Please consult the Health and Safety web page for further information regarding fire assembly points,
first aid etc. http://www.nuim.ie/service/safety

8. Equality Statement
• NUIM is committed to equality in higher education, both within the University and within the higher
education system as a whole in Ireland. It recognises that the obstacles to equality are complex and
can include deep-rooted structural biases as well as formal barriers. It seeks to develop and
implement policies and procedures which promote equality and which avoid unfair discrimination on
grounds of age, disability, membership of the Traveller community, marital status, family status,
gender, religion, social class, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national
origins.
• The University regards equality as an essential component of quality assurance which is aimed at
improving the quality of education and related services, while at the same time ensuring the
maintenance of proper academic standards.
• http://humanresources.nuim.ie/documents/Statementofpolicyonequality.pdf

9. Counselling Services
• The Student Counselling Service is a confidential professional counselling service provided on
campus to the students of NUI Maynooth. http://studentservices.nuim.ie/counselling

10. Maynooth Access Programme (MAP)


• The Maynooth Access Programme encourages underrepresented groups to enter third level and
provides these groups with support through their time at Maynooth. These groups include under-
represented school leavers, mature students, students with disabilities, travellers and refugees.
• http://access.nuim.ie/about-map

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11. Programme and Module Descriptors:

SPANISH (BEGINNERS) - SPA100 Credits: 20


Module Code Credits Semester Compulsory
Beginning Spanish 1 SPA101 7.5 1
Intro. To Spain and Latin America SPA105 2.5 1
Beginning Spanish 2 SPA102 7.5 2

SPANISH (NON BEGINNERS) - SPA100A Credits: 20


Module Code Credits Semester Compulsory
Review Of Spanish 1 SPA103 7.5 1
Intro. To Spain and Latin America SPA106 2.5 2
Review Of Spanish 2 SPA104 7.5 2

SPANISH (BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE BEGINNERS /NON


Credits: 20
EBEGINNERS) - SPA100B
Module Code Credits Semester Compulsory
Review Of Spanish 1 SPA101 7.5 1
Review Of Spanish 2 SPA102 7.5 2
Module Code Credits Semester Compulsory
Review Of Spanish 1 SPA103 7.5 1
Review Of Spanish 2 SPA104 7.5 2

= Required Module (must be passed without compensation in order to proceed to Second Year Spanish)

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BEGINNING SPANISH 1
Module code: SPA101
Credits: 7.5
Semester 1
Coordinator Dr Marta Giralt

Overview
A beginning course in Spanish for students with little or no preparation in the Spanish language including
oral expression & group work in class; written expression exercises; grammatical exercises. Additional work
with self-access material is also required. Lectures are supported by language laboratory work and
conversation classes.

Course Outline
The course will cover the first half of the course text, ECO. Topics will include: Revision of grammatical
terms; Saludos y presentaciones; tú y usted / formas formales e informales; El abecedario; pronunciación y
ortografía básicas; nombres y nacionalidades; el género y número de los sustantivos; los artículos
(definidos y indefinidos); Presente de verbos regulares y irregulares; Los números, horas y fechas;
Contracciones (al y del); verbos con cambio de raíz (E-IE; O-UE, E-I); los pronombres (sujeto); Diaria y
verbos reflexivos, horarios y hábitos cotidianos; fiestas populares de España; Posesivos, demostrativos,
indefinidos; Estar + gerundio; Ser/estar/hay contraste; Vocabulario de la vivienda, la familia y las personas;
Adjetivos de descripción; Ser/estar + adjetivos; Gustar y verbos parecidos; Perífrasis - Ir a + infinitivo,
Tener que; muy/mucho; Preposiciones (por/para básico); Hacer una reserva; Gastronomía; Pretérito
indefinido

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
• To attain a thorough grounding in the Spanish language

Teaching & Learning methods


5 contact hours per week language class; one contact hour per week Language Centre work ; 1 hour a
week conversation tutorial

Assessment
• Continuous Assessment: class-work, homework, written assignments and midterm assessment

Assessment type Weighting Duration


Continuous Assessment 25%
University scheduled written examination 65% 90 minutes
Aural 10%
Total 100%

• Pass standard: 40%


• Penalties for late submission of assignments will be applied.

Repeat options
• Continuous assessment and aural mark are normally carried forward to the autumn
• University scheduled written examination (Autumn): 90 minutes

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• The mark for modules repeated in the Autumn is normally capped at 40%

Pre-Requisites
None

Co-Requisites
SPA105 (except for BIOL.SC)

Core Texts:
ECO, Libro del Alumno (A1+A2), (Madrid: Edelsa ISBN 978-84-7711-904-3)
English Grammar for Students of Spanish, 7th ed., ISBN: 978-0-934034-41-8,
Muñoz, Pilar and Mike Thacker, A Spanish Learning Grammar (London: Arnold, 2001)

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BEGINNING SPANISH 2
Module code: SPA102
Credits: 7.5
Semester 2
Coordinator: Dr Marta Giralt

Overview
Students with little or no preparation in the Spanish language including oral expression & group work in
class; written expression exercises; grammatical exercises; laboratory work; conversation classes.
Additional work with self-access material is also recommended.

Course Outline
The course will cover the second half of the course text, ECO, as well as drawing from additional materials,
including the course gramar text. Topics will include: Comparativos; Ropa, colores, en la tienda; Pretérito
indefinido (continuación); Biografías; Pretérito perfecto; Pretérito imperfecto; Marcadores temporales;
Contraste de pasados; Opiniones; Traducción básico; Viajes; Cartas informales; pronombres de
complemento directo/indirecto; Futuro; Condicional; El imperativo positivo; introducción al subjuntivo.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
• Identify a variety of verb tenses and reproduce verbs correctly; write simple sentences; relate
grammatical rules to a given context.
• Construct brief essays on a variety of subjects; translate sentences from Spanish to English; give
examples of how phrases or sentences illustrate grammar rules.
• Construct sentences based on grammatical rules; complete exercises using various aspects of
grammar; employ vocabulary suited to a particular topic or area of language.
• Identify how rules on issues such as agreement apply in a given phrase or sentence; determine how
rules can aid in the conjugation of verbs; detect patterns in the use of tenses, prepositions, or other
areas of language.
• Compose a variety of texts based on work done in classes; Rearrange elements of sentences in a
syntactically and grammatically correct manner; complete sentences using the required language skill
correctly, summarise the meaning of texts.
• Complete continuous assessment and class assignments correctly; answer exam questions with
relevant and precise information based on course work throughout the semester.

Teaching & Learning methods


5 contact hours per week language class, one contact hour per week Language Centre work, one hour a
week conversation tutorials.

Assessment
Continuous Assessment: class-work, homework, written assignments and midterm assessment

Assessment type Weighting Duration


Continuous Assessment 25%
University scheduled written examination 65% 90 minutes
Oral 10%
Total 100%

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Pass standard: 40%
• Required Module.
• Penalties for late submission of assignments will be applied.

Repeat options
• Continuous assessment and aural mark are normally carried forward to the autumn
• University scheduled written examination (Autumn): 90 minutes

Pre-Requisites
• SPA101 or equivalent

Co-Requisites
• SPA 105 (except for BIOL.SC.)

Core Texts:
ECO, Libro del Alumno (A1+A2), (Madrid: Edelsa ISBN 978-84-7711-904-3)
English Grammar for Students of Spanish, 7th ed., ISBN: 978-0-934034-41-8,
Muñoz, Pilar and Mike Thacker, A Spanish Learning Grammar (London: Arnold, 2001)

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REVIEW OF SPANISH 1
Module code: SPA103
Credits: 7.5
Semester 1
Coordinator: Dr Marta Giralt
Overview
A review of Spanish for students with previous knowledge of the language. Additional work with self-access
material is recommended. Language classes are supplemented by language lab and conversation classes.

Course Outline
The course will cover the first half of the course text, Aula Internacional 2 (nueva edición), as well as
drawing from additional materials, including the course grammar text. Topics will include: Presentes
regulares e irregulares; Verbos reflexivos; Conectores; Pretérito indefinido; Marcadores temporales para el
pasado; Preposiciones; Comparativos; Pronombres posesivos; Usos de ser y estar; Verbos: gustar,
encantar y preferir; El gerundio (formas regulares e irregulares); Estar + gerundio; Condicional; Futuro;
Pretérito perfecto; ya / todavía no; ir a + infinitivo; querer / pensar + infinitivo

Core Texts:
AULA INTERNACIONAL 2 (NUEVA EDICIÓN). (ALUMNO+CD) ISBN:9788497785303.
English Grammar for Students of Spanish, 7th ed., ISBN: 978-0-934034-41-8,
Muñoz, Pilar and Mike Thacker, A Spanish Learning Grammar (London: Arnold, 2001)

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
• Show familiarity with the basic grammatical rules of the Spanish language
• Identify and use Spanish vocabulary appropriate to this level.
• Apply relevant linguistic concepts to written and oral work
• Organize and structure information in a coherent and meaningful manner in the Spanish language
• Display an ability to work with others

Teaching & Learning methods


Three contact hours per week language class, one contact hour per week Language Centre work, one hour
a week conversation tutorial.

Assessment
• Continuous Assessment: class-work, homework, written assignments and midterm assessment

Assessment type Weighting Duration


Continuous Assessment 25%
University scheduled written examination 65% 90 minutes
Aural 10%
Total 100%

Pass standard: 40%


Penalties for late submission of assignments will be applied.

Repeat options
• Continuous assessment and aural mark are normally carried forward to the autumn

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• University scheduled written examination (Autumn): 90 minutes

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REVIEW OF SPANISH 2
Module code: SPA104
Credits: 7.5
Semester 2
Coordinator: Dr Marta Giralt

Overview
A review of Spanish for students with previous knowledge of the language. Additional work with self-access
material is recommended. Supplemented by language lab and conversation classes.

Course Outline
The course will cover the second half of the course text, Aula Internacional 2 (nueva edición), as well as
drawing from additional materials, including the course gramar text. Topics will include: Pretérito
imperfecto; comparativos; Marcadores temporales; Contraste de pasados; Las formas impersonales con
se; Usos de ser/estar; Opiniones; Traducción básica; Viajes; Cartas informales; Pronombres de
complemento directo/indirecto; El imperativo positivo; Introducción al subjuntivo.

Core Texts:
AULA INTERNACIONAL 2 (NUEVA EDICIÓN) (ALUMNO+CD) ISBN:9788497785303.
English Grammar for Students of Spanish, 7th ed., ISBN: 978-0-934034-41-8,
Muñoz, Pilar and Mike Thacker, A Spanish Learning Grammar (London: Arnold, 2001)

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
• Show familiarity with the basic grammatical rules of the Spanish language
• Identify and use Spanish vocabulary appropriate to this level.
• Apply relevant linguistic concepts to written and oral work
• Organize and structure information in a coherent and meaningful manner in the Spanish language
• Display an ability to work with others

Teaching & Learning methods


Three contact hours per week language class, one contact hour per week Language Centre work, one hour
a week conversation tutorials.

Assessment
• Continuous Assessment: class-work, homework, written assignments and midterm assessment
• Oral Examination
Assessment type Weighting Duration
Continuous Assessment 25%
University scheduled written examination 65% 90 minutes
Other 10%
Total 100%

• Pass standard: 40%


• Required Module
• Penalties for late submission of assignments will be applied.

Repeat options
• Continuous assessment and aural mark are normally carried forward to the autumn

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• University scheduled written examination (Autumn): 90 minutes

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SPA 105 INTRO.TO HISPANIC SOCIETY & CULTURE
Module code: SPA105
Credits: 2.5
Semester 1&2
Coordinator: Dr Mercedes Carbayo-
Abengozar

Overview
The course will introduce students to Spanish history, culture, and politics.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate familiarity with a range of social, political and cultural aspects of Spanish society.
• Describe the main political and social changes in Spain's history.
• Relate significant cultural trends to political and social change in Spain.
• Identify and use relevant subject-specific electronic resources and other library and archival
resources
• Summarise material effectively and synthesise arguments and make clear points in a lucid,
grammatical manner

Teaching & Learning methods


One lecture hour per week plus one tutorial every second week

Assessment
• Attendance and Participation in Lectures and Tutorials

Assessment type Weighting Duration


Continuous Assessment 25%
University scheduled written examination 50% 90 minutes
Total 100%

• Pass standard: 40%


• Penalties for late submission of assignments will be applied.

Repeat options
• University scheduled written examination (Autumn): 60 minutes

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INTRO.TO LATIN AMERICAN SOCIETY & CULTURE
Module code: SPA105
Credits: 2.5
Semester 2
Coordinator: Dr Catherine Leen

Overview
The course will combine attention to students’ language development with a broad-base introduction to the
main currents in Spanish and Latin American history, culture, and politics.

Core Text:

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
• Identify key issues in Latin American culture and society; examine key political and social developments
in Latin America from the time of the Conquest to the present.
• Describe different periods in Latin American history and explain how significant events have shaped
the modern Hispanic world.
• Distinguish between various regions of Latin America and assess why their development has been
different in the light of their specific cultures, economies and political systems.
• Debate the main political and social changes in Latin America with regard to religion, statehood, and
identity.
• Critique and evaluate texts in lectures and tutorials with reference to the main themes of the course.
• Identify and use relevant subject-specific electronic resources and other library and archival resources
• Summarise material effectively and synthesise arguments and make clear points in a lucid,
grammatical and confident manner

Teaching & Learning methods


1 lecture hour per week plus one tutorial every second week

Assessment
• Attendance and Participation in Lectures and Tutorials

Assessment type Weighting Duration


Continuous Assessment 25%
University scheduled written examination 75% 60 minutes
Total 100%

• Pass standard: 40%


• Penalties for late submission of assignments will be applied.

Repeat options
• University scheduled written examination (Autumn): 60 minutes

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12. Guidelines for Essay Writing

GENERAL PRESENTATION:

1) Is my name on the essay?


2) Is the full title at the start of the essay?
3) Is the essay double-spaced?
4) Have I proofread the text for language errors?
5) Have I signed and attached the coversheet?

CONTENT:
1) Is everything I have written relevant to the title of the essay?
2) Have I clearly demonstrated this relevance?
3) Is there an introduction? Does the introduction make clear what the essay is about and the approach
taken?
4) Is there a conclusion? Does this give the reader a final overview of my points without repeating the
details from the essay itself?
5) Is there a clear sequence of ideas?
4) Are all quotations clearly marked in the text?
5) Are the quotations relevant to the point I am making?
7) Does each quotation have a complete reference?
8) Have I indicated where I have borrowed an idea from a critical source?
9) Have I given references for all borrowings from critical sources?
10) Have I included a complete bibliography of all the sources used?

NOTES ON REFERENCES:
In the bibliography, all sources must be listed in alphabetical order, in the following manner:
Lucie-Smith, Edward, Latin American Art of the 20th Century (London: Thames and Hudson, 1997)

In footnotes, the title is listed as follows:


Edward Lucie-Smith, Latin American Art of the 20th Century (London: Thames and Hudson, 1997)
In an essay where a particular work is referred to throughout, one may signal this to avoid repeating
the full reference by noting that all references are to this edition.

Titles in Spanish are lowercased with the exception of the first word:
Paz, Octavio, El laberinto de la soledad (Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1981)

except when the title includes a proper noun:

Lorca, Federico García, La casa de Bernarda Alba (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1983)

The titles of novels, plays and films are given in italics. The titles of essays and articles are given in
single quotation marks. The titles of collections of poems and short stories are given in italics, but
the titles of individual poems and short stories are set in quotation marks.
Make sure to include sources gleaned from the Internet.

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13. Study Abroad
• Students registered with the Department of Spanish are expected to spend their third year studying at a
Spanish, Latin American or Portuguese university or teaching English at an official language school in
Spain. Students that wish to opt-out of the year abroad must request permission from the department.
• All European Studies students must spend their third year in a foreign university.
• Upon successful completion of the academic programmes in Spain/Latin America and at NUI
Maynooth, students qualify for a BA International.
• Students wishing to study abroad with the International Exchange Programmes will be advised by the
Departments at NUIM of the subjects that they are to study in the host university.
• Students may be directed to study in certain universities depending on their subjects.
• In Semester I of Second Year, students interested in studying abroad should contact the Departmental
International co-ordinator (Dr Richard O’ Rawe) to register their expression of interest
• In Semester II of Second Year, the Department of Spanish will invite a representative from the
International Office to give a talk in the Department on the procedures to be followed for those
interested in studying abroad.
• In Semester II of Second Year, the Departmental Co-ordinator will meet with interested students in
order to discuss their study abroad options.
• Visit the International Office Website for further details http://international.nuim.ie/
• The Department of Spanish has links with the following Spanish and Portuguese Universities (your
other Department may have links with universities in Spain or elsewhere also:

SPAIN
• UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALÁ DE HENARES (MADRID)
• UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
• UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA (TENERIFE)
• UNIVERSIDAD DE MURCIA
• UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
• UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
• UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID

PORTUGAL
• UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA
• UNIVERSITY OF LISBON

LATIN AMERICA
• UNIVERSIDAD DE GUADALAJARA (MEXICO)
• UNIVERSIDAD DE MONTEVIDEO (URUGUAY)

Teaching Assistantships in Spain


The Irish Department of Education, in conjunction with the Spanish Government, offers a limited number of
teaching assistantships in Spain to suitably qualified Irish candidates. Students might consider applying for
an assistantship after completing the degree or, alternatively, taking a year out after the second year to
work as an English language assistant in the Spanish secondary school system. If it is done in the third
year of study and students meet certain academic requirements, they may qualify for a BA International.
These assistantships are advertised near the end of the second semester. A notice will be put on the notice
board and on the website to advise people of the assistantships. Application forms will be available from
the Departmental Office; they can also be obtained directly from the Department of Education
www.education.ie. Completed application forms must be returned to the Department of Education &
Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, and not to the Department of Spanish.
*Achieving a place on a HDip in Education programme may be based on a student’s second-year result if
the final year result is unavailable before the application closing date. This applies when a student seeks a
place for the academic year immediately following completion of the undergraduate programme.

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To allow students to teach Spanish at Post-Primary level in Ireland the Teaching Council requires
residential experience of three months in Spain or other country where Spain is the vernacular.
Documentary evidence of this will be required. www.teachingcouncil.ie

14. Books
• The textbooks for the Department of Spanish programmes can be purchased from the University
Bookshop in the John Hume Building on the North Campus.
• Second-hand copies of texts may also be available. Check notice boards in the Students’ Union,
Departments and Language Centre.
• Students must have access to copies of all core texts.
• The Department endeavours to make copies of core texts available in the library, but this is not always
possible.
• All students should purchase or have access to a good Spanish-English dictionary (not the pocket
edition). The Department of Spanish recommends the Oxford Spanish-English Dictionary and the
Collins Spanish-English Dictionary.
• Students will also need to consult monolingual dictionaries. The Department of Spanish recommends
the Real Academia and the Maria Moliner monolingual dictionaries.
• It is also advisable to have a good reference grammar book, for example, Butt, John and Benjamin,
Carmen, A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (London: Hodder Arnold, 2004).
• Multiple copies of reference books are available in the library.
• The following bookshops are also useful:

International Books, Grant and Cutler, Ltd.,


18 South Frederick St., 55-57 Great Marlborough St.,
Dublin 2 London, W1V 2AY
Tel.: 679 9375 Tel.: +44 171 734 2012
e-mail: info@internationalbooks.ie e-mail: contactus@grantandcutler.com
http://www.internationalbooks.ie/ http://www.grantandcutler.com/

15. Student Prizes


The Department of Spanish will offer the following prizes in 2015-16:
Year I:
• A prize for the best result achieved by an ab initio student of Spanish.
• A prize for the best result achieved by a non-beginner.
Year II:
• A prize for the best overall result in the second year.
Final Year:
• A prize for the best overall result in the final year.
Portuguese Prize:
• The best overall result in Portuguese
Catalan Prize:
• The best overall result in Catalan
The following prizes are also offered:

• The Embassy of Mexico Prize for best final year assignment on Mexican Culture

• The Dr H.H. Stewart Scholarship in Spanish

This prize is awarded by the National University of Ireland, and some of the students of this Department
have been the recipients of this prestigious award. The winners are chosen from departmental nominees

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from the Departments of Spanish of the constituent colleges of the National University of Ireland.
http://www.nui.ie/awards/

A list of students who have been awarded these prizes will be displayed outside the Departmental Office.

16. Visiting Lecturers and Research Seminars


Guest Lecturers visit the Department each year to give lectures on a variety of specialized topics. School of
Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Research Seminars will also be organized on a regular basis.
Attendance at these lectures and research seminars is always recommended and, where the lecture takes
the place of a Departmental lecture, attendance is compulsory.

17. Postgraduate Study


Students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the Department of Spanish should contact the
Postgraduate Coordinator, Dr Catherine Leen.
For further information please see the following websites;
http://graduatestudies.nuim.ie/
http://spanish.nuim.ie/noticeboards/postgraduate_noticeboard_000.shtml

18. Student Society – Mundo Latino


Mundo Latino is the society run by students interested in all things Hispanic. It arranges social events with
a Spanish or Latino flavour. Students can join this society by paying a subscription during Freshers’ Week.

19. Appendices
• Medical Certificates submission
• Essay and Assignment Cover Sheet
• Procedures For The Discussion, Checking And Appeal Of Examination Results
• University Plagiarism Policy
• Campus Maps

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SMLLC/Department of Spanish
Student Enquiry Sheet
Student Name: Student No:

Year: Contact Telephone No:

For the attention of: Email Address:

Enquiry:

Please return this sheet to the post-box underneath the notice-board.


You should have reply by email or a confidential note (in an envelope) will be placed
for you on the notice-board as soon as possible.
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SMLLC/Department of Spanish
Medical Certificates
Student Name: Student No:

Year: Reason

Date Day Course Code Time Teacher Class test


Yes/No

Please return this form to the Departmental Office along with your medical
certificates.

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DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH
School of Modern Languages,
Literatures and Cultures
NUI Maynooth

Essay & Assignment


Cover Sheet
First Year
Title of Essay: __________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________

Course Code: _______________________

Student Name: _______________________

Student Number: _______________________

Lecturer: _______________________

Due Date: _______________________

Penalties For Submission Of Late Assignments And Essays:


Penalties apply for late submission – Please refer to the handbook

Declaration by student:
I declare that this essay is my own work and is free of plagiarism.

Signed: _______________________

For Office Use Only


Date Received

Departmental Stamp

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OLLSCOIL na hÉIREANN, MÁ NUAD


THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, MAYNOOTH

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE PROCEDURES FOR THE DISCUSSION,


CHECKING AND APPEAL OF EXAMINATION RESULTS.
THESE PROCEDURES SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED BY
THE SUPERVISOR OF EXAMINATIONS.

1. PROCEDURES FOR DISCUSSION OF EXAMINATION RESULTS

Each Faculty shall arrange a specific date or dates, to fall within ten days of the publication
of examination results, on which students may discuss their examination results with relevant
Departments of the Faculty. (This arrangement to be in addition to any other arrangements which
Departments may make).

2. PROCEDURES FOR CHECKING OF EXAMINATION RESULTS

(i) Students may formally request the Supervisor of Examinations to arrange a check
of their examination result within two weeks from the date of the publication of
examination results or in exceptional circumstances, within such extended period
as allowed by the President of the University.

(ii) The Supervisor of Examinations shall communicate with the relevant Head of
Department or his/her nominee, who shall arrange to have the result checked
as soon as possible. The formal check shall ensure that all parts of the examination
have been marked and that no errors occurred in the recording, collating or
combining of marks which determined the result.

(iii) The outcome of the checking of an examination result shall be communicated in


writing by the Head of Department, or his/her nominee, to the Supervisor of
Examinations who shall, if a change in the result is recommended, make the
necessary arrangements to have the result amended, and inform the student
concerned without delay.

(iv) There shall be a fee for the checking of an examination result,


which will be €25.00 per subject.

3. PROCEDURES FOR APPEAL OF EXAMINATION RESULTS

3.1 Grounds for Appeal:

An appeal of an examination result shall be considered


(a) if there is evidence of substantive irregularity in the conduct of
the examination
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(b) if the student is not satisfied that the checking of his/her


examination result was properly carried out.
(c) if there are circumstances which the Programme Examination Board was not
aware of when its decision was taken.

Please note:
• Students who are appealing under ground 3(b) above are obliged to request a recheck through the
Registrar’s Office in the first instance [2(i) above]. Any subsequent appeal will be based on the
outcome of this initial recheck and must be lodged within two weeks of the notification of the result of
the recheck.
• Students who are appealing under ground 3(c) above must outline the steps taken to notify the
Department concerned of the circumstances relevant to their appeal, and the response to any such
notification. If no steps were taken in this regard, please explain why this was the case.

3.2 Appeal Procedures

(i) A student who wishes to appeal an examination result must do so in writing,


setting out the grounds for the appeal in full to the Supervisor of
Examinations, within three weeks of the publication of the examination
results. If a student wishes to appeal following the result of a recheck as under 2(i),
he/she must appeal within two weeks of being notified of the recheck outcome.
There shall be a fee for an examination appeal, which will be €60.00 per subject.

(ii) Upon receipt of a written appeal, the Supervisor of Examinations shall refer
The matter to the Examination Appeals Board, and shall inform the
relevant Head(s) of Department(s) that an appeal has been lodged.

(iii) Pending the outcome of an appeal, students should be advised as follows:


(a) An appeal may not necessarily be successful.
(b) Students should avail themselves of any opportunity to
re-present for examination, on the understanding that a
re-sitting of an examination will not prejudice their
appeal in any way.
(c) The conferring of a degree, where relevant, may be

3.3 Examination Appeals Board

(i) The Academic Council shall appoint five members to the Examination Appeals Board. Four of the
members shall be members of the Academic Council, appointed by the Academic Council, one of
whom shall be appointed Chairperson. The fifth member shall be a person from outside the University,
preferably a practising lawyer. The Supervisor of Examinations shall not be a member of the Board.

(ii) The Academic Council shall appoint four of its members to be alternate members of the Examination
Appeals Board. One or more of the alternate members shall deputise in the event of the unavoidable
absence of one or more, respectively, of the members of the Board or in the event of the involvement
of one or more of the members in the appeal being considered. The President of the University may,
on the request of the Chairperson of the Board, appoint additional alternate members provided that
such appointments shall lapse unless ratified by the next meeting of the Academic Council.

(iii) In addition, each of the Faculties will each elect one representative and one alternate representative,
who will sit on the Examinations Appeals Board as full members. It will be expected, but not a
necessary condition for reaching a quorum, that at least one representative from each Faculty will
attend every Board meeting. Elections at Faculty will take place in the Faculty meetings preceding the
meeting of Academic Council at which a new Board is appointed.
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(iv) The quorum for any meeting of the Board shall be four members.

(v) The Examination Appeals Board shall consider the appeal on the grounds on which it is
based, and shall, as appropriate, consult with the internal and external examiner(s). The
Examination Appeals Board shall determine the appeal by giving a decision. The Chairperson
of the Board shall inform the appellant of the outcome of his/her appeal. The Examination
Appeals Board shall inform the Academic Council regarding the outcome of the appeal.

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NUI MAYNOOTH POLICY ON PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism: Definition
Plagiarism involves an attempt to use an element of another person’s work, without appropriate
acknowledgement in order to gain academic credit. It may include the unacknowledged verbatim
reproduction of material, unsanctioned collusion, but is not limited to these matters; it may also include
the unacknowledged adoption of an argumentative structure, or the unacknowledged use of a source
or of research materials, including computer code or elements of mathematical formulae in an
inappropriate manner.

1. Procedures

1.1 Where a marker believes that a case of plagiarism has been identified, the matter shall be
referred to the Head of Department with a written report outlining the reasons for suspecting that
the work has been plagiarised.

1.2 The Head of Department shall then make an initial finding as to whether or not plagiarism has
occurred, taking account of factors including, but not confined to, the extent of the plagiarism,
indications of intent to deceive, the student’s prior history in this regard, practice within the
discipline, and the level at which the student has submitted the work. The Head of Department
will not take account of extenuating medical or personal circumstances in making a decision.

1.3 If the Head of Department is the marker who suspects plagiarism has occurred, he or she shall
delegate responsibility to a nominee in that department to follow the procedures laid down in this
policy

1.4 Where the Head of Department determines that plagiarism has not occurred but there are
indications of incorrect citation, the work shall be awarded a grade that takes account of the
failure to cite sources correctly, within the overall context of the work as a whole.

1.5 Where it is considered right to do so, the Head of Department shall confirm the determination that
plagiarism has occurred by making a record of the decision setting out the reasons. At this
point, the Head of Department shall consult the Registrar’s Office, informing the Registrar of the
finding, and requesting any information on previous findings in relation to the student. Should
prior findings exist, the procedures in 1.11 and 1.12 shall apply.

1.6 Where the Head of Department determines that plagiarism has occurred, a meeting with the
student shall be convened to inform the student of the finding.

1.7 The student shall be advised of the determination by the Head of Department and of the
consequences that may unfold and that a response should be received by the Head of
Department from the student within ten working days from the date the determination was
confirmed.

1.8 The student shall be advised that failure or refusal to respond within the designated period of
time, or failure or refusal to attend for any meeting requested by the Head of Department, will
result in the matter being referred to the Academic Discipline Board in like manner as if the
student had chosen not to accept the findings of the report.

1.9 Where the student chooses not to accept the findings of the report, the matter shall be referred to
the Academic Discipline Board together with all relevant documentation and reports.
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1.10 Where the student accepts the findings of the report, the student shall be asked to sign the
report. The Head of Department shall then countersign the report. The Head of Department will
then give the work a mark of 0. The student will be allowed to redo the assignment before a
designated deadline prior to the next Examination Board meeting, if it is practical to do
so. The mark for the resubmitted work will be capped at 40%. A record shall be kept in the
Department of the incident, and this shall be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office.

1.11 In the case of a second finding of plagiarism in relation to a student, the matter is automatically
referred to the Academic Discipline Board, who shall notify the student that the matter has been
brought to its attention.

1.12 A “second finding” in this regard may refer to findings made in the current academic year or in
previous academic years, and it may refer to findings made by more than one Department.

2. Academic Discipline Board

2.1 The Academic Discipline Board (“The Board”) is a Board of Academic Council. Its membership
shall be as follows:

(a) Chair: from the membership of Academic Council. Elected by Academic Council for a three-year
term.
(b) 2 Members from the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy. One to be elected by the
Faculty for a three-year term, the other for a four-year-term
(c) 2 Members from the Faculty of Social Sciences. One to be elected by the Faculty for a three-
year term, the other for a four-year-term.
(d) 2 Members from the Faculty of Science and Engineering. One to be elected by the Faculty for a
three-year term, the other for a four-year-term.
(e) President of the Students’ Union. One-year term.
(f) External member, preferably with a legal qualification. Nominated by the President. Indefinite
term of office.

The Administrative Officer of Academic Council will also be in attendance.

All elected members will be eligible for re-election. Members of the Examination Appeals Board will
not be eligible for election for membership of the Academic Discipline Board.

2.2 Where a matter of suspected plagiarism is referred to the Academic Discipline Board for any
reason, the Board shall invite submissions in writing from both the student and the department. It
may then opt to make a finding based on these submissions, in which case it will make one of
three findings:

(a) Reject the finding of plagiarism; in such a case, no formal record is kept of the original allegation.
(b) Find incorrect citation, and request that the department re-mark the student’s work accordingly.
(c) Confirm the finding of plagiarism.

2.3 Where the Board confirms a finding of plagiarism, it may:

(a) Require that the work be resubmitted to the Department prior to the next examination board
meeting, where it is practical to do so, and that the mark for the resubmitted work, if of a pass
standard, be capped at 40%.
(b) Require that the work be resubmitted to the Department prior to the following examination board,
where it is practical to do so, and that the mark for the resubmitted work if of a pass standard, be
capped at 40%.
(c) Award a mark of 0 in the assignment, with no chance to resubmit in the current academic year.
(d) Award a mark of 0 in the module, with no chance to resubmit in the current academic year.
(e) Recommend to the Registrar that the student be suspended from the University for a fixed
period.
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(f) Recommend to the Registrar that the student be expelled from the University.

2.4 In making its decision, the Board may take account of factors including, but not confined to, the
extent of the plagiarism, indications of intent to deceive, the student’s prior history in this regard,
practice within the discipline, and the level at which the student has submitted the work.
Instances of plagiarism among postgraduate research students will be treated as being
particularly serious. The Board will not take into account extenuating medical or personal
circumstances in making its decision.

3. Oral Hearing

3.1 The student shall be entitled to an oral hearing before the Academic Discipline Board.

3.2 The request for an oral hearing shall be in the prescribed form set out in the schedule attaching
hereto. The student shall be advised of this entitlement at the time submissions are invited to be
lodged with the Board. Submissions together with the form requesting an oral hearing should be
lodged in the Academic Council Office not later than fourteen days from the date of the Board’s
communication.

3.3 The Board shall fix a date and appoint the venue for any oral hearings.

3.4 The Board shall convene an oral hearing in all cases where having regard to all reports,
documents, and written submissions there is a prima facie indication of one of the following being
applied.

(a) Award a mark of 0 in the module, with no chance to resubmit in the current academic year.
(b) Recommend to the Registrar that the student be suspended from the University for a fixed
period.
(c) Recommend to the Registrar that the student be expelled from the University.

3.5 The Board shall furnish the student with copies of the report of the Head of Department together
with all relevant documentation to include any guidelines on rights to representation and an
indication of the format of the hearing.

3.6 The oral hearing shall be in the form of oral submissions made by or on behalf of the student and
by the Head of Department or a nominee acting on his/her behalf.

3.7 The student shall be entitled to have representation of not more than two persons present on
his\her behalf. The cost of such representation shall be borne by the student. No costs shall be
awarded by the Board.

3.8 For the purposes of any oral hearing the composition of the Academic Discipline Board shall be
as follows:

(a) Chair.
(b) President of the Students’ Union, or his or her nominee, as agreed with the Chair.
(c) The external member of the Academic Discipline Board.
(d) Two other members of the Academic Discipline Board, at least one of whom shall be from the
relevant Faculty.

3.9 Where the student fails to appear for any oral hearing the Academic Discipline Board may make
a decision in the student’s absence.

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4.1. A meeting of the Academic Discipline Board (“The Board” hereafter) will be deemed to be
quorate when three members are present. Members will declare any relevant conflicts of interest
at the beginning of a meeting. In the event of a conflict of interest arising in relation to the Chair,
the Board will select another member to function as Acting Chair for the relevant portion of the
meeting. All meetings will be minuted.

4.2. The proceedings before the Board shall be heard in private. The Board shall be entitled to
determine the procedures to be adopted by it in investigating and adjudicating upon the issues
placed before it. Such procedures shall be designed to ensure a fair hearing of the student and
shall be in accordance with the rules of constitutional and natural justice.

4.3. The Board shall at any time be entitled to seek further information from either the student or the
Head of Department. The Board may request the attendance of any person to give evidence
before it, irrespective of whether such person is produced as a witness by either party. The
Board may also request any person, whether witness or otherwise, to make available any
documents or other evidence which it wishes to consider irrespective of whether either party
request the production of such documents or evidence.

4.4. The Decision of the Board whether based on written submission only or on an oral hearing, shall
be communicated in writing by the Chair to the Registrar who will inform the parties involved and
which shall be signed by at least one member of the Board.

4.5. A Decision of the Board on the merits shall contain a summary of the issues to be determined
and reply thereto and shall also contain a summary of any oral or written submissions or
evidence considered by the Board, a decision shall also set out the findings of fact reached and
the reasons for the Decision with any disciplinary measures that maybe imposed.

4.6. The Board shall be entitled to adjourn the consideration of the issues placed before it from time
to time. Where an oral hearing is adjourned the same members of the Board shall sit at the
resumed hearing. Should the period in office of any member or members of the Board expire or
cease (including by resignation or otherwise) when an oral hearing has been commenced but not
completed notwithstanding any other provision contained herein such member shall continue to
be a member of the Board for the purpose only of completing the determination of the issues the
subject matter of the hearing until such hearing has been completed.

4.7. Decisions of the Board shall be by a simple majority of the members present.

4.8. Where the Board makes a finding that plagiarism has occurred it shall give an adequate
opportunity to both the student and the Head of Department to make representations to it as to
the appropriate disciplinary measure to be imposed before reaching a decision, as to the nature
of such disciplinary measure, having regard to the provisions of Para. 2.3. Such representation
shall be in writing and shall be furnished to the Board within such time as may be set by the
Board. The Administrative Officer in attendance shall ensure each party receives a copy of the
other party’s representation as soon as possible. The Board in its absolute discretion shall be
entitled to hold an oral hearing to decide the appropriate disciplinary measure to be imposed
notwithstanding that the issue giving rise to such disciplinary measure was determined without an
oral hearing.

4.9. No Decision of the Board shall take effect until the time for lodging an appeal from the said
Decision has expired. The lodgement of an appeal in respect of all or a part of the Decision of
the Board shall operate as a stay on the said Decision until the said appeal has been finally
determined by the Appeals Board.

4.10. The Decision of the Board shall be recorded by the Registrar’s Office in all cases where the
Board has confirmed a finding of plagiarism.

4.11. In cases involving postgraduate research, the Research Committee will also be notified by the
Registrar. In such cases, it may be necessary to make the matter public.
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5. The Academic Appeals Board:

5.1. Either the student or the Head of Department shall be entitled to appeal any Decision of the
board to the Academic Appeals Board (“The Appeals Board”).

5.2. The Appeals Board shall be composed of five members (to be nominated by the President).

5.3. Decisions of the Appeals Board shall be a simple majority of the members present.

5.4. An appeal to the Appeals Board shall be in writing on an appeal form as set out in Schedule
Two attached hereto. Such appeal form shall be lodged with the Appeals Board not later than
fourteen days from the date of the Decision which is subject of the appeal.

5.5. The appeal form shall state whether all or a portion of the original Decision is being appealed
and shall, if appropriate, specify the portion of the Decision which is being appealed. The
appeal form shall also set out the grounds upon which the Decision or a portion of the Decision
is being appealed.

5.6. A copy of the appeal form shall be sent as soon as possible to the other party by the
Administrative Officer. Such other party shall be entitled to lodge a reply to the said appeal within
fourteen days of its receipt. Such reply shall be on a form as set out in Schedule Three attaching
hereto. A copy of the said reply shall be sent as soon as possible to the appellant by the
Administrative Officer. If the respondent wishes to oppose the said appeal the reply shall state
the grounds upon which the appeal is opposed.

5.7 The procedures of the Appeals Board shall be designed to ensure a fair hearing of the appeal
and shall be in accordance with the rules of constitutional and natural justice. Appeals shall be
decided solely on the basis of the matter contained in the Decision of the Board, any documents
considered by the Board and the grounds of appeal and reply lodged in respect of the appeal.
Where an appeal has taken place by means of an oral hearing the Appeals Board shall also have
regard to the oral submissions of the appellant and the respondent. The Appeals Board shall not
be entitled to consider evidence which was not considered by the Board unless in exceptional
cases it decides that consideration of such evidence is necessary to prevent a miscarriage of
justice and such evidence was not available at the time of the hearing before the Board.

5.8. The student shall be entitled to have representation before the Appeals Board of not more than
two persons present on his or her behalf. The cost of such representation shall be borne by the
student. No costs shall be awarded by the Appeals Board.

5.9. The Appeals Board shall have power either to allow or reject the appeal either in whole or in part
and to vary the Decision of the Appeals Board as necessary in accordance with the terms of its
Decision. The Appeals Board shall have power to impose any disciplinary measure which could
be imposed by the Board. The Appeals Board shall have power to refer the matter at issue back
to the Board to be re-heard by it in accordance with any directions of the Appeals Board.

5.10. Save as otherwise provided herein the Appeals Board in hearing an appeal shall have the same
powers as were vested in the Board while hearing the matter at issue at first instance.

5.11. A Decision of the Appeals Board shall be in writing and shall be signed by a member of the
Appeals Board. Such Decision shall contain a summary of the submissions made by the
appellant and the respondent, the matters considered by the Appeal Board and the reasons why
the Appeals Board reached its decision.
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6. Miscellaneous
6.1. The Academic Discipline Board and the Academic Appeals Board shall be entitled to consider
and adjudicate upon a matter at issue or an appeal as the case may be notwithstanding that
either party fails to make any representations in accordance with the provisions contained
herein or fails to participate in any oral hearing in respect of such matter at issue or appeal.

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