COURSE NUMBER: ENGL 204

COURSE TITLE: Reading to Know, Writing to be Known: An Introduction To Literature I

NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Philip Mingay

CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Through story we come to know ourselves and our world.  An understanding of the structure and influence of stories can make us more discerning of our culture and more aware of our Christian assumptions. In this course, we focus on the narrative genres of the short story and the novel.  As well as becoming more proficient and appreciative readers, students will, through integrated writing instruction, become more adept writers.

REQUIRED TEXTS

MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT

 

Essay One

15%

Essay Two

25%

Mid-term Exam

15%

Quizzes and Participation

15%

Final Exam

30%

Total

100%

 

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION

COURSE OBJECTIVES

One of the principle aims of this course is to introduce students to the discipline of English literature and how scholars read and discuss literary texts.  However, the language of literature often extends to other areas of culture such as film, news, advertising and politics.  Therefore, the critical readers of literature can apply their skills to their various disciplines and interests, as well as their Christian experiences.  

This course also provides extensive writing instruction—including grammar—to help you prepare to write the two analytical, critical essays about the literary works we will read. The second essay will include a mandatory research component.  All essays must conform to MLA Style. 

To benefit truly from this course, you must be prepared to think and ask questions about the material both in and out of class. Your participation mark will take into account your contributions to class discussions and group work, as well as their level of sophistication. Reading quizzes will also be a factor—you may have up to 7 quizzes worth 2% each. I will count toward your final grade your best 5 quizzes. Remember, not only can your participation improve your grade, it is also essential to the intellectual progression and stimulation of the class. I suggest you attend class regularly and be prepared to examine the texts in detail.  Regular attendance also ensures you will be aware of any changes to the syllabus which may take place over the course of the semester. 

** Laptops and other electronic devices must be used appropriately. Please, no texting during class. Such behaviour disrupts the learning experience of your classmates, and affects my ability to lecture effectively. Please help cultivate a classroom of respect, and feel free to discuss with me any situations that are disturbing your learning experience.  

DEADLINES   

All grades will be assigned using The King's University alpha scale below (A+ - F). Please make copies of your assignments before submission. Keep all assignments in electronic form (on file or on usb) until the semester is over and you have received your official final grade. 

A hardcopy of your essay is due at the beginning of class on the due date. Essays submitted past the due date without medical certificate or a prior arrangement with me are deducted one alpha step per day, excluding weekends, to a maximum of five steps. If not submitted in person, late papers must be date-stamped at Reception.  No faxed or e-mailed assignments will be accepted.

In addition to submitting a hardcopy of your essay, you will also upload  copy to Turnitin via our Moodle site. You may use this site multiple times before you submit your final copy. Your essay will not be graded until your essay has been uploaded. 

 

Designator Percentage Letter Grade GPA

Excellent

90-100

86-89

82-85

A+

A

A-

4.0

4.0

3.7

Good

78-81

74-77

70-73

B+

B

B-

3.3

3.0

2.7

Satisfactory

66-69

62-65

58-61

C+

C

C-

2.3

2.0

1.7

Poor

54-57

D+

1.3

Minimal Pass

50-53

D

1.0

Failure

0-49

F

0.0

 

PLAGIARISM

Academic dishonesty is a serious offence with potentially disastrous consequences, and I intend to hold you to the highest standards of integrity and honesty. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with University policies regarding scholarly ethics and academic integrity (see current King's calendar).

There is a zero tolerance policy and multiple incidents may affect your academic record. Stiff penalties apply for offenders:

•  First offense = automatic zero on the assignment.

•  Second offense = automatic failure of the course.

•  Subsequent offense = convening of Discipline Committee with power to recommend penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.

Please discuss with me any concerns you may have regarding your research or other matters.  I will also address plagiarism and proper citation methods throughout the semester, and post information on our website.

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Students with documented disabilities who desire accommodation must make themselves known to the Student Life Office as soon as possible. In order to receive the services you require, appropriate documentation must be on file; in some instances, additional financial supports may be available. You will need to provide the office with a copy of your documentation that states the nature of the disability and the accommodation services you require.  Requests for accommodations should be made during the first 3 weeks of the semester. Contact the Student Life Office directly in office A125, by email at slo@kingsu.ca or by phone at 780-465-8309.

 

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