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EN 234 Introduction to Fiction
Ockerstrom, Lolly J.


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: EN 234

COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Fiction

COURSE DESCRIPTOR:

TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT:  Fall 2004

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Lolly Ockerstrom, Ph.D.

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Assistant Professor of English

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: 321 Copley

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: MWF 10:00 a.m. – Noon; TTH 2:30-3:30; and by appointment

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 816.584.6371

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DATES OF THE TERM: 23 August – 17 December 2004

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: MWF

CLASS SESSION TIME: 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

PREREQUISITE(S): EN 105 or equivalent

CREDIT HOURS: 3

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

 

VISION STATEMENT

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Close reading of selected works of English and American prose fiction, emphasizing the historical development of the novel and short story.

 

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: Reading, discussion, and writing are at the heart of all learning. Class time will be devoted to small group activities; brief in-class writing assignments; whole group discussions; oral presentations; collaborative assignments. Listening to others and responding appropriately are important skills which we will develop together throughout the term.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: On completion of this course, student should be able to:

  • Analyze and discuss the basic elements of fiction;
  • Read closely and make meaning of prose fiction;
  • Explain and debate different possible interpretations of fictional literature;
  • Write short papers which analyze one or more selections of fictional prose
  • Describe and analyze your responses to reading selections in terms of the formal elements of the literature.

 

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S):

  • Roof, Judith. Understanding Fiction. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005.
  • Any useful handbook.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

 

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

 

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: The instructor will not accept assignments late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Critical papers; oral presentations; collaborative projects; reader-response journal.

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Arrive in class on time and prepared with reading and writing assignments. Respectful listening and responding to others will be expected. Meet all deadlines, and turn in work on time (plan ahead and anticipate potential problems, particularly the possibility that your printer may not work or your computer may crash.)

 

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

Students should expect weekly reading, writing, and discussion assignments. Two short critical papers; one collaborative class presentation and paper (due dates throughout the term). Reader-response journal entries due weekly. Possible pop quizzes are possible, as well as other impromptu  in-class written assignments.

 

GRADING PLAN:

  • Participation (arriving in class on time prepared with assignments; discussion in small groups and whole class debates; miscellaneous impromptu in-class assignments): 25%
  • Two short papers: 25%
  • Collaborative assignment: 25%
  • Reader-response journal: 25%

 

In addition, any student who misses three classes, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused, will be administratively withdrawn.