Reading Lists

What are reading lists, and what goes on them?

The definitions of essential and recommended readings are outlined in the Reading List Policy:

Essential reading:

Any combination of books, journals, articles, chapters, screenings, databases, webpages or other resources which students must consult in order to appreciate and understand the subject area. It is expected that students will use these resources to achieve the learning outcomes detailed in the unit descriptor.

Recommended reading:

Any combination of books, journals, articles, chapters, screenings, databases, webpages or other resources which students are advised to consult that will help broaden and deepen their appreciation and understanding of their subject area and practice. It is expected that students will use a selection of these resources.

Library and Student Services don’t stipulate the number of readings on a Unit descriptor as the teaching will drive the reading list choices. Essential readings are purchased at a ratio of 1 print item up to 15 students, up to a maximum of 10 copies per unit. Recommended reading will be purchased at a ratio of 1 print item per reading list. Further information on the purchasing of books and other Library materials are captured in the Collections Acquisitions Policy.

Where are reading lists held?

Reading lists are contained in the course Unit descriptors. A store of current and previous unit descriptors are saved in Docshare on the Staff Portal. Go to the Course Information folder and find the Unit Descriptors subfolder.

MyUCA the University Virtual Learning Environment is structured by Course and Unit level. The Course pages host the Course Handbook containing the unit descriptors. The Unit pages may contain individual unit descriptors posted by the course in the Handbook and timetable folder.

How can you make changes to reading lists?

The Quality Assurance Handbook categorises reading lists as ‘non-material’ and changes can be considered and approved within Schools. For guidance see Table E1, E2, E4 and supporting paragraphs. Your Course Leader or Head of School can advise on this.

When can the changes be made? Timescales are outlined in paragraph E13 of the Quality Assurance Handbook.

Library & Student Services support for reading lists is provided by:

  • Jane Bryder the Collections Development Librarian jbryder@uca.ac.uk Responsible for reading list management for Library & Student Services and can also advise on the Reading List Policy and the Collections Acquisitions Policy.
  • Ian Badger, Andrew Day, Lucy Hannaford, Matthew Parfitt, Nick Turner and Chris Jones the Learning & Teaching Librarians can advise on Referencing in the UCA Harvard style. They can also assist with identifying current and relevant resources. Items that aren’t in the Library collections may be purchased or obtained on Document Supply for consideration.
  • Jan Rowan, Charlotte Kupper, Neville Kemp, Fiona Brooking-Thomas and Steven Gordon the Careers and Employability Advisors can advise on resources for professional practice units.

Library & Student Services provide support for reading lists during the revalidation and validation activities conducted in the Spring and Summer terms each year. The draft reading lists will be checked to ensure the information is accurate, presented in the Harvard style, it is the most recent edition (unless a specific edition is preferred), and available to order if it is new to the Library collections.

The final reading lists can be submitted to the Collections Development Librarian for selection once the course has been successfully revalidated or validated. The books will be ordered in August prior to the new academic year.

The University budget cycle requires Library & Student Services to submit proposals for funds by the end of March each year. If the course requires new library resources beyond books, the request needs to be submitted to the Collections Development Librarian at this time.

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