EN 201 Introduction to Literature
FA 2011 HO
Associate Professor, English
B.A., Wesleyan UniuversityPh.D. Indiana University
MW 2-3, TR 10-11:30 and by appointment
August 15-December 13, 2011
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Educational Philosophy: Students are responsible for their own learning. The instructor's job is to create an environment in which learning can flourish, design opportunities for learning appropriate to the discipline and the course, and contribute expertise and experience that will support the student's own work.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
The core assessment for En 201 is a critical paper consisting of 5-8 pages of original literary analysis using personal insights and primary and secondary sources. MLA documentation, including a Work Cited page, is also required. A minimum of 3 sources are required, and must include a range of types of sources, including online and traditional print sources. The core assessment must account for no less than 25 % of the final grade.
The rubric for this assignment is included below.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Grading: Participation 33 %
You have to be present to participate. A maximum of 4 absences are free (there are, in this class, no "excused absences"). Each additional absence lowers the partcipation score by one letter grade. In other words, each absence lowers the final grade by a third of a grade point: the difference between an A- and a B+, for instance.
Journal 33 %
The journal is assessed according to how much you write. As long as the material is clearly connected to the work of the class, you can do nothing wrong (this is unedited writing). An average over the semester of 400 words per week earns an A; an average of 300 words, a B; and so forth.
Paper 34 %
The paper will go through three stages: a topic proposal; at least one draft, which must be submitted (no draft, no paper); and a final version. Assessment of the paper, based on the "core assessment rubric," will be discussed in class.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Simple: do not use any electronic devices and keep them out of sight during class time. Turn off cell phones. If you are expecting an urgent call, tell me before the class starts, not when the phone rings, and take the call out of the classroom.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Because this is a class-driven, discussion-driven course, there is no preset schedule. Assignments will usually be made at the end of a class for the next one. (This of course means that if you must miss a class meeting, it's your responsibility to find out what is expected for the next class.)
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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Plagiarism: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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96As noted above, participation is essential. It is the key to not only your achievement in the class, but to the success of the course as a whole. You can miss as many as four classes, without providing any excuse, but there are no "excused absences"--not for illness, not for athletic events, not for family or automotive emergencies. If you anticipate absences because of other commitments, save your absences for those occasions. If you know at the start of the semester that this policy poses a problem, talk to me DURING THE FIRST WEEK--not later.
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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