English 1101 – Winter 2010 Instructor: Office: Telephone: Email: Office hours: Dr. Danine Farquharson A3038 737-2448 [email protected] Wednesdays 10:30 to 12:30 or by appointment English 1101 is a study of literary fiction. Emphasis is placed on critical reading and writing: analyzing texts, framing and using questions, constructing essays, organizing paragraphs, revising and editing. Students are expected to attend class prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Required textbooks (in MUN bookstore): Austen, Jane. Emma McEwan, Ian. Atonement Doyle, Roddy. The Commitments Kureishi, Hanif. The Buddha of Suburbia Recommended books: You should invest in a good dictionary and thesaurus. Do not trust the spell and grammar check on your computer to find all mistakes and errors. Course Evaluation: Term Work: Essay #1 (in class) Essay #2 (in class) Revision Essay (out of class) Essay #3 (out of class) Final Exam: 10% 10% 20% 20% 40% Course Policies Email assignments will NOT be accepted. I will accept late assignments only if students have a valid reason for needing an extension and only if students have attended class regularly. Students who do not consistently attend classes will not be given permission to write missed in class exams. Unexplained late assignments will lose 5% per day after the due date. I follow university regulations for medical notes as outlined in the University Calendar (4.14.4): Students who request permission to drop courses, to withdraw from University studies, to have examinations deferred or to obtain other waivers of University, departmental or course regulations based on medical grounds are required by the University to produce a note from a physician in support of their request. Such notes must be sufficiently specific to allow a proper consideration of the student's case. The University requests that all medical notes be on letterhead, be signed by the physician and include details on the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. confirmation of the specific dates on which the student visited the physician. the degree to which the illness (or treatment, in the case of medication, for example) is likely to have affected the student's ability to study, attend classes, or sit examinations. the length of time over which the student's abilities were likely hampered by the medical condition (e.g., recurring and severe back pain over a twomonth period would likely have a more adverse effect on studies than a single episode of back pain requiring bed rest for a week). the fitness of the student to resume studies (it is in the student's best interest not to return to studies prematurely). Plagiarism is a very serious offence and will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is the act of presenting the ideas or works of another as one's own. This applies to all material such as essays, laboratory reports, work term reports, design projects, seminar presentations, statistical data, computer programs and research results. The properly acknowledged use of sources is an accepted and important part of scholarship. Use of such material without acknowledgment is contrary to accepted norms of academic behaviour. Information regarding acceptable writing practices is available through the Writing Centre. If you wish to contact me outside of my regularly scheduled office hours, feel free to do so. However, you cannot expect an immediate response to email or phone messages. Student Responsibilities: Complete required readings before class time (be prepared) Be familiar with university regulations and important dates Ask questions and seek clarification Make up material from any missed class Seek advice when needed My Responsibilities: Cover course material in a timely manner Provide students with feedback (advice, constructive criticism, referrals for extra help) on assignments Respond to questions and need for clarification Hold regularly scheduled office hours Inform students of any schedule changes in a timely manner Help students improve both their writing and their critical thinking skills Descriptions of Grades 80 – 100% = "A" indicates excellent performance with clear evidence of comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter and principles treated in the course, a high degree of originality and independence of thought, a superior ability to organize and analyze ideas, and an outstanding ability to communicate. 65 – 79% = "B" indicates very good performance with evidence of: substantial knowledge of the subject matter, a moderate degree of originality and independence of thought, a good ability to organize and analyze ideas, and an ability to communicate clearly and fluently. 55 – 64% = "C" indicates satisfactory performance with evidence of: an acceptable grasp of the subject matter, some ability to organize and analyze ideas, and an ability to communicate adequately. 50 – 54% = "D" indicates minimally acceptable performance with evidence of: rudimentary knowledge of the subject matter, some evidence that organizational and analytical skills have been developed, but with significant weaknesses in some areas, and a significant weakness in the ability to communicate. Below 50% = "F" indicates failing performance with evidence of: an inadequate knowledge of the subject matter, failure to complete required work, an inability to organize and analyze ideas, and an inability to communicate. Good Writing Students at all university levels should have reasonably sophisticated and effective communication skills and are expected to demonstrate proficiency in logical organization, clarity of expression and grammatical correctness. Good writing (or an essay that earns a C or B- grade) is characterized by the following qualities: Content: critical insight and freshness of thought, clear and penetrating ideas, perceptive, pure grasp of subject, intelligent use of primary and secondary sources, and a sense of completeness about the handling of the topic. Organization: effective introduction and conclusion, main idea is clear and logical development follows, smooth transitions, and good use of details. Style: appropriate, accurate, precise and idiomatic diction, and sentences varied in kind, length and effect. Mechanics: consistently correct spelling, accurate use of punctuation, grammatically correct sentences, and well organized paragraphing.