EN490 Capstone Seminar

for FA 2008

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EN 490 Capstone Seminar


FA 2008 HOZ


Wood, Jane


Chair of the English Department


Ph.D. English--University of Kansas
MA English--University of Kansas
BA English--Univeristy of Missouri

Office Location

310 Copley

Office Hours

MWF from 11:00--12:30, and from 2:00--3:00

Daytime Phone




Web Page


Semester Dates

Fall 08

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



MLA Style Manual And Guide to Scholarly Publishing (2nd Edition) by Joseph Gibaldi
And individual scholarly handouts (instructor provided)

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Course Description:
EN490 Capstone Seminar: The seminar will focus on a general topic in English studies on the model of an academic conference. Students will develop 20-minute conference papers in the first portion of the course and deliver them before the class and an invited audience in a series of seminar meetings late in the semester. Attention will be paid to both the research and the rhetorical demands of this task and to the relationship between each individual contribution and the wider topic. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
In this course we are all scholars investigating the beauty and truth of language and literature.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze and assess professional writing in English studies
  2. Design a project resulting in a conference paper
  3. Assess and compile appropriate resources
  4. Draft and revise a paper for a 20-minute presentation

Core Assessment:
The Core Assessment in this course is the Capstone Paper, which investigates a significant topic in the major. This paper, of no fewer than twelve to fifteen pages, is presented at the EN Student Literary Conference.

Class Assessment:

Paper Proposal
Annotated Bibliography
First Draft
Second Draft
Final presentation


Paper Proposal                     10%
Annotated Bibliography         15%
First Draft                              20%
Second Draft                         25% 
Final paper and presentation   30%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will drop one letter grade for every day that it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weeks 1--4-- Meet as a group in my office,  paper proposal due at the end of Week 4
Weeks 3--8--Meet individually as needed, annotated bibliography due at the end of Week 8
Weeks 9--12--Meet individually as needed, first draft of paper due at the end of Week 12
Weeks 12--16--Meet as a group to read and comment on papers, second due at the begining of Week 14
Capstone Presentation: Wednesday, Dec. 3rd at 3:00 p.m.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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