HN302 Honors Scholarship

for FA 2010

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HN 302 Honors Scholarship


FA 2010 HOD


Lolly J. Ockerstrom, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of English


M.A., Ph.D., English (Northeastern University, Boston, MA)
Certificate of Advanced Workshops in Writing (Martha's Vineyard, NU)

Office Location

321 Copley Hall

Office Hours

M 10:00-Noon; TR 11:30-1:30; and by appointment


Semester Dates

18 August - 12 December 2008

Class Days


Class Time



HN 300 and continuation in program

Credit Hours



Various books and articles will be suggested as the term progresses, in addition to:
Wordsworth, William. The Prelude 1799, 1805, 1850. Ed., Jonathan Wordsworth, M.H. Abrams, and
         Stephen Gill. New York: Norton, 1979.

Additional Resources:
As needed, resources will be suggested.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
HN302 Honors Scholarship: This course must be taken a minimum of two (2) semesters and can be taken for an additional semester. The continued participation in the Program requires approval of the advisor(s) and the Honors Committee. The advisor(s) will directly oversee and guide the student and the student must continue to progress in their plan of study. 2:0:2 Prerequisite: HN300

Educational Philosophy:
Students learn best by direct engagement. In a one-to-one tutorial, both the student and the professor are learning and teaching one another. This course takes on a delightful mentoring relationship that builds on trust, respect, and goal setting. Much of what happens is experiential  and full of surprise, which leads to insight and clarity of purpose. It is a privilege to work with students one-to-one, and this semester I work with Cody Croan on a splendid creative writing project centering on the crafting of a personal epic.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a plan for writing and research.
  2. Read, discuss, and explore epic conventions.
  3. Maintain a research/insight journal.
Class Assessment:

Assessment will include:

  • Attendance at regular meetings with honors advisor or professor (25%) 
  • Written progress reports at interval agreed upon by the advisor and student  (25%)
  • Attendance at Honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee (25%) 
  • Presentation of research progress (25%)

Both student and professor will collaboratively assess student progress.


Attendance and quality of discussion      30%
Research/insight journal                        40 %
Written plan for project/beginning draft  30%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Some flexibility is built into the nature of the project, but we will set deadlines together to help Cody make progress on ;his project.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Respect, focus, and evidence of substantial work completed should characterize each meeting. Both student and professor will collaborate to establish codes of academic behavior and rigor of project.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weeks 1 - 6: Set up parameters of project; establish resources and due dates.
Weeks  7 - 12: Work on written plan, with sources; use insight journal to explore project.
Week 12-16: Assess progress; review reading and writing; work on drafting.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
The student will use MLA documentation style to document all sources.

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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: .


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