English 104 ONLINE Syllabus - Fall 2010
Introduction to Literature: Fiction - 4 Credits - CRN # 41360
Instructor: Cora Agatucci
(see also Contact Cora Agatucci information below & in our Blackboard course)

URL of this web page: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/eng104/syllabusFall2010.htm

Web tip: When you revisit this course web, please "refresh" or "renew" in your Internet Browser
to ensure you are viewing the latest updated version of this and other course web pages.

ENG 104 ONLINE Brief Course Description
from current COCC Catalog:  https://oraweb.cocc.edu/2011/LIT.htm#ENG104

ENG 104 - Introduction to Literature: Fiction
Explores human purposes, literary structures, cultural values and rich varieties of the short story and the novel. Close reading, interpretation and evaluation of selected works of fiction, with attention to authors' contexts, creative process, narrative elements (such as theme, character, plot, point of view, setting, symbol, and style) and reader responses. . . . Credits: 4    Lecture: 4
--See also ENG 104 Learning Outcomes below.

ENG 104 is an approved COCC and Oregon state Arts and Letters discipline studies course option for students seeking lower-division college transfer course credits, COCC associates’ degrees and program certificates. For example, students who successfully complete ENG 104 (with a grade of “C” or higher) may count this course toward satisfying current Arts and Letters discipline studies (formerly known as humanities general education distribution) requirements for the Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) certificate, the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree, for other COCC Associate degrees, and for COCC certificate programs. 
--See the current COCC College Catalog: Pathways to Success: Overview of COCC Degree Options (pages 35-49), including DISCIPLINE STUDIES COURSES: Arts and Letters discipline studies course options--also available online:

http://current.cocc.edu/UserData/Documents/current/catalog/2010-11%20pathways%20pp35-49.pdf
--Please consult Cora Agatucci and/or your COCC academic advisor if you have questions.

"Only connect." --E. M. Forster

ENG 104 ONLINE Mandatory Prerequisite, Recommended Preparation,
Mid-Week #1 Introduction and Attendance Requirement,
and COCC Blackboard Help 

ENG 104 ONLINE Mandatory Prerequisite:
Fall 2010 ENG 104 ONLINE (CRN # 41360) is a COCC Blackboard-based course conducted entirely ONLINE.  Therefore, the mandatory prerequisite for this COCC online course is successful completion of COCC’s Online Orientation Units 1-5 (Free COCC Online Mini-Course):
--Information: 
http://web.cocc.edu/onlineorientation/   
--Sign-up:
http://web.cocc.edu/onlineorientation/orientation_signup.htm

*NOTE: To register for this Fall 2010 ENG 104 Online course OR to get yourself on the Wait List for this course, you MUST have already successfully completed the above mandatory prerequisite.

ENG 104 ONLINE Recommended Preparation:
--Students with college entry-level critical thinking, reading, and writing skills are best prepared for success in this course. 
ENG 104 is an introductory Arts and Letters discipline studies course, so prior course work in literature is helpful but NOT necessary for success. 

ENG 104 ONLINE Mid-Week #1 Introduction and Attendance Requirement:
Beginning Mon., Sept. 20, 2010 (early am), officially Registered and Wait-Listed ENG 104 ONLINE students will have temporary access to our Blackboard course:
ENG104-41360_FA10:Intro to Literature: Fiction
--Both registered and wait-listed students
should login to Blackboard, access our Bb course, complete UNIT 1: START HERE required readings and post DB [Discussion Board] Forum Introduction and Attendance Requirement by the Wed., Sept. 22, 2010, 11:00 PM deadline.

--If you have questions about UNIT 1 readings or experience (technological) problems posting this required assignment on time, please Contact Cora Agatucci ASAP via COCC email: <cagatucci@cocc.edu>

COCC Blackboard Help:
COCC Blackboard courses and tools generally display and work best when accessed using Mozilla Firefox internet browser (Firefox 3.6 or later version).  For more information, see:
--COCC Blackboard > Blackboard Login & Help . . . for Students
http://blackboard.cocc.edu/login/Default.aspx
--COCC Blackboard >
Computer Configuration Recommendations
http://blackboard.cocc.edu/CompRecommend/default.aspx
--COCC Blackboard >
Ask COCC for help form
http://blackboard.cocc.edu/support.aspx?topic=Assistance%20With%20Blackboard

What does fiction have to offer us? (1)
"[T]he purpose of playing . . . was and is, to hold . . . the mirror up to nature . . ."
--William Shakespeare, Hamlet III.ii

ENG 104 ONLINE Required Textbook and Other Course Requirements

(1) Required Textbook for ENG 104  ONLINE - Fall 2010:

Charters, Ann.  The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short
        Fiction
.  8th Compact ed. Boston: Bedford-St. Martin's, 2011.

--The ISBN [13] of this required textbook is 978-0-312-59624-8, and this textbook can be purchased online from COCC Bookstore: http://bookstore.cocc.edu/

(2)  Required Readings will include sections from our course textbook, as well as Bb course documents provided by Cora, as assigned our ten Blackboard course instructional Units. A couple of  course Unit assignments (e.g. Source Reviews) also require outside (limited) online research and reading. Graded assignments also include reading-based Bb Quizzes and Discussion Board Seminars.
--ENG 104 ONLINE, like most other ONLINE COCC courses, is reading intensive.  ENG 104 ONLINE Recommended Preparation, as stated above, is college entry-level critical thinking, reading and writing skills.
--See also ENG 104 ONLINE planned Assignments, Grading, and Late Policies/Penalties below and Plagiarism Policy below.

(3)  Regular ENG 104 ONLINE "Attendance" is required, which means . . .
--
ENG 104 ONLINE students are expected to access regularly and monitor carefully our ENG ONLINE Bb course several times every week—preferably daily--to keep abreast of Bb course Unit assignments and to meet deadlines, as well as any necessary changes. 
--ENG 104 ONLINE students are expected to access regularly and read carefully their COCC email for important course-related messages. 
--ENG 104 ONLINE students are expected to monitor Bb "View Grades" to check their assignment scores, notes, and overall course grade to date; and to contact Cora Agatucci ASAP via COCC email if students have grading questions or concerns.

(4) ENG 104 ONLINE is NOT a self-paced course; the instructor establishes Unit-based course work schedule and sets assignment deadlines--and LATE penalties will be applied to course assignments submitted after announced deadlines.  Cora has developed and paced ENG 104 Online Bb instructional Units and graded assignment deadlines to build students’ skills and knowledge in a carefully planned step-by-step sequence designed to help students achieve targeted ENG 104 learning outcomes and succeed in this course. (In these respects, COCC Online courses are not so different from traditional face-to-face and hybrid classes--and for the very same very good pedagogical reasons.)

(5) ENG 104 ONLINE *Tentative* Course Plan and Assignment Schedule – Fall 2010, a Bb document provided in UNIT 1, projects our weekly Unit-by-Unit work schedule and announces deadlines for Unit graded/scored assignments. Students must access individual Bb course Units for detail specifying required readings, graded assignment directions and deadlines, etc. 
--NOTE that
Unit graded assignment deadlines do NOT fall on the same day/time each week; deadlines vary because sequenced Unit instruction & graded assignments are not all the same in challenge, scope, type, and time needed to complete.
--If changes affecting assignments and deadlines have to be made, students will be given reasonable advance notice via Bb course Announcements, COCC Email, and revisions within instructional Units.  (I added "Tentative" to Course Plan and Assignment Schedule because sometimes even the best-laid plans have to be changed due to unforeseen circumstances, like interruptions in COCC Blackboard service.)

(6) Students are expected to adhere to COCC Student Rights and Responsibilities:
http://studentlife.cocc.edu/Policies/Rights+and+Responsibilities/default.asp
--See also Plagiarism Policy below.

What does fiction have to offer us? (2)
 "I will tell you something about stories . . . . They aren't just entertainment. . . .
They are all we have . . . to fight off illness and death.
You don't have anything if you don't have the stories."
--Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony, 1977

ENG 104 Learning Outcomes,
or what you will learn in ENG 104 ONLINE

ENG 104 students who successfully complete this course, will:

A.  Build Knowledge of a Major Literary Genre* [i.e. Fiction, focusing on the Short Story]
--1. Situate works of fiction within their contexts (e.g. literary historical periods and influences, cultural and biographical background of authors, authorial intentions and critical reception).
--2. Explain and illustrate how works of fiction reflect and shape significant aspects of their contexts.
--3. Define and explicate key literary elements of narrative fiction, such as plot, character, theme, point of view, setting, symbol, and style.

B.  Develop Skills in Literary Analysis & Evaluation
--
4. Apply close reading, contextual background information, literary concepts and approaches, and multiple perspectives to the analysis and interpretation of works of fiction.
--5. Use comparative analysis to demonstrate significant differences and similarities among works of narrative fiction (e.g., between short stories by the same or different authors; between short story and novel or film; between works of fiction from different literary-historical periods).
--6. Formulate and apply persuasive criteria to the evaluation of works of fiction-- appropriate to the context and genre of the literary text, and distinguishing between personal responses and literary-critical judgment.

C.  Exercise Effective Communication Skills
--
7. Use effective written communication to express literary interpretations and evaluations--developed both independently and collaboratively.
--8. Use well-selected evidence from the literary text(s) to support one’s literary interpretations, analyses, and evaluations.

Course instruction will also enable students to: 
D. Develop Knowledge and Skills in Avoiding Plagiarism and Using MLA-style Documentation

from Humanities Dept. > Literature: English > Literature English Outcomes (Rev. 07-09-2007):
http://humanities.cocc.edu/UserData/Documents/humanities/LiteratureEnglish.pdf

What is *Genre? According to Ann Charters, our textbook author-editor, "GENRE" is defined as "A type of literary work, such as SHORT STORY, NOVEL, essay, play, or poem. The term may also be used to define literature within a type, such as science-fiction stories or detective novels.  In film, the term refers to a recognizable type of movie, such as a western or a thriller, that follows familiar NARRATIVE or visual CONVENTIONS" (Charters 1144). 
--See Ann Charters' "Appendix 6: Glossary of Literary Terms (pp. 1140-1149) in our textbook The Story and Its Writer for quick definitions of many key literary terms.

What does fiction have to offer us? (3)
 "She told them that the only grace they could have was the grace
they could imagine. That if they could not see it, they could not have it."
--Toni Morrison, Beloved

ENG 104 ONLINE planned Assignments, Grading, & Late Policies/Penalties

--Every course required reading and graded assignment is designed to help students achieve one or more relevant  ENG 104 Learning Outcomes (stated above and in Bb course Units).
--See current ENG 104 Online *Tentative* Course Plan and Assignment Schedule for deadlines.
--See Bb course UNITS for required readings and graded assignment directions.
--Please contact Cora Agatucci ASAP via COCC email if you have questions about ENG 104 Bb Unit assignment directions, and/or if you experience (technical or other) problems completing and submitting ENG 104 Bb Unit assignments on time.
--See also Plagiarism Policy below.

Unit 1:
  10 pts.
 
possible

 

UNIT 1: Course Introduction and Attendance Requirement
  10 pts = DB Forum Introduction & Attendance Requirement
ALL Registered students who wish to hold their place in this course, and ALL Wait Listed students who wish to hold their Wait List priority for permission to add this course, are required to complete UNIT 1 readings and post DB [Discussion Board] Forum 1: Intro & Attendance Requirement by Wed., 9/22/2010, 11:00 PM
LATE Policies/Penalties,
in the case of this mid-Week #1 DB Forum Introduction & Attendance Requirement assignment, are:
--(a) Officially Registered students who do NOT complete and post this DB Forum Introduction & Attendance Requirement on time, will be administratively dropped from this course;
--(b) Officially Wait-listed students who do NOT complete and post this DB Forum Introduction & Attendance Requirement on time, will be lose their prioritized place on the wait list.

Units 2 & 3:
  60 pts.
 
possible
UNIT 2: Elements of Fiction and UNIT 2 Quiz; and UNIT 3: C19 (19th-Century) Fiction and UNIT 3 Quiz
  20 pts = UNIT 2 Quiz
  40 pts = UNIT 3 Quiz
Cora’s Bb Quizzes are drawn from unit required readings, are “objective”
(e.g. true/false, multiple choice, matching, short answer type questions), and are “open book” (meaning students can consult textbook, notes, & whatever else might help them while taking quizzes), BUT only the first submitted “attempt” counts and must be submitted on time to avoid late penalty. (See also quiz directions stated in relevant Bb UNITS for more detail.)
--
Bb Quiz First “Attempt” Policy:  Only the first submitted quiz “attempt” counts in course grading and Cora will enforce this policy by reviewing students’ Bb quiz “attempt” grade histories and by manually adjusting Bb quiz scores if students have submitted more than one “attempt” before or after a quiz deadline.
--LATE QUIZ Penalty: Points equivalent to one letter grade will be manually subtracted from Bb Quiz first attempt scores submitted after the deadline.
Unit 4:
  75 pts.
 
possible

UNIT 4: Avoiding Plagiarism, UNIT 4 Quiz, and Seminar 1
  20 pts = UNIT 4 Quiz
Descriptions given above of Cora’s Bb Quizzes and Bb Quiz First "Attempt Policy and LATE Quiz Penalty apply.
  40 pts = DB Forum Seminar 1: Literary Analysis Exercises
  15 pts = DB Forum Seminar 1: Responses
(See Bb UNIT 4 for detailed assignment directions and examples.)
LATE DB Policy: Blackboard DB (Discussion Board) Forums will remain open for late postings after announced assignment posting deadlines AND students who post DB Forum assignments LATE are required to advise Cora ASAP via COCC email
LATE Penalties: Points equivalent to one letter grade will be subtracted:  
--from (a) DB Forum Seminar 1 Literary Analysis  Exercises completed and posted LATE after announced assignment posting deadline; and
--from (b) DB Forum Seminar 1 Responses completed and posted LATE after announced assignment posting deadline.
See also Plagiarism Policy below.

Unit 5:
  55 pts.
 
possible
UNIT 5: Source Reviews I and Seminar 2
  40 pts = DB Forum Seminar 2: Source Reviews I
  15 pts = DB Forum Seminar 2: Responses
Source Reviews I is an Annotated Bibliography assignment requiring some directed research, reading, MLA-style documentation and written reviews of at least two recommended “outside” sources relevant and valuable to our UNITS 2 and 3 studies.  (See Bb UNIT 5 for detailed assignment directions and examples.)
LATE DB Policy: Blackboard DB Forums will remain open for late postings after announced assignment posting deadlines AND students who post DB Forum assignments LATE are required to advise Cora ASAP via COCC email.
LATE Penalties: Points equivalent to one letter grade will be subtracted: 
--from (a) DB Forum Seminar 2 Source Reviews completed and posted LATE after announced assignment posting deadline; and
--from (b) DB Forum Seminar 2 Responses completed and posted LATE after announced assignment posting deadline.
See also Plagiarism Policy below.
Unit 6:
  40 pts.
 
possible
UNIT 6: C20 (20th-Century) Fiction I and UNIT 6 Quiz
  40 pts = UNIT 6 Quiz
Descriptions given above of Cora’s Bb Quizzes and Bb Quiz First "Attempt Policy and LATE Quiz Penalty apply.
Unit 7:
  95 pts.
 
possible
UNIT 7: C20 (20th-Century) Fiction II, UNIT 7 Quiz, and Seminar 3
  40 pts = UNIT 7 Quiz
Descriptions given above of Cora’s Bb Quizzes and Bb Quiz First "Attempt Policy and LATE Quiz Penalty apply.
  40 pts = DB Forum Seminar 3: Literary Analysis Exercises
  15 pts = DB Forum Seminar 3: Responses
(See Bb UNIT 7 for detailed assignment directions and examples.)
LATE DB Policy: Blackboard DB (Discussion Board) Forums will remain open for late postings after announced assignment posting deadlines AND students who post DB Forum assignments LATE are required to advise Cora ASAP via COCC email
LATE Penalties: Points equivalent to one letter grade will be subtracted:  
--from (a) DB Forum Seminar 3 Literary Analysis  Exercises completed and posted LATE after announced assignment posting deadline; and
--from (b) DB Forum Seminar 3 Responses completed and posted LATE after announced assignment posting deadline.
See also Plagiarism Policy below.
Unit 8:
  40 pts.
 
possible
UNIT 8: C20 (20th-Century) Fiction III and UNIT 8 Quiz
  40 pts = UNIT 8 Quiz
Descriptions given above of Cora’s Bb Quizzes and Bb Quiz First "Attempt Policy and LATE Quiz Penalty apply.
Unit 9:
  55 pts.
 
possible
UNIT 9: Source Reviews II and Seminar 4
  40 pts = DB Forum Seminar 4: Source Reviews II
  15 pts = DB Forum Seminar 4: Responses
Source Reviews II is an Annotated Bibliography assignment requiring some directed research, reading, MLA-style documentation and written reviews of at least two recommended “outside” sources relevant and valuable to our UNITS 6, 7, and 8 studies.  (See Bb UNIT 9 for detailed assignment directions.)
LATE DB Policy: Blackboard DB Forums will remain open for late postings after announced assignment posting deadlines AND students who post DB Forum assignments LATE are required to advise Cora ASAP via COCC email.
LATE Penalties: Points equivalent to one letter grade will be subtracted: 
--from (a) DB Forum Seminar 4 Source Reviews completed and posted LATE after announced assignment posting deadline; and
--from (b) DB Forum Seminar 4 Responses completed and posted LATE after announced assignment posting deadline.
See also Plagiarism Policy below.
Unit 10:
  40 pts.
 
possible
UNIT 10: Final Course Reflections
  40 pts = DB Forum Final Course Reflections
Final Course Reflections ask for students’ thoughtful and honest course and self appraisals, so there are no “right” or “wrong” answers in the case of this assignment. Students will be awarded full points possible if their Course Reflections follow assignment directions (given in UNIT 10), are complete, and are posted on time.
--NO LATE DB Forum Final Course Reflections are allowed, meaning that any LATE DB Forum Final Course Reflections posted after announced FINALS Week assignment deadline will receive a score of 0 / grade of F for this last assignment.
470 pts. = Total Projected Points possible, based on planned graded assignments described above.

Course Percentage-to-Grade Conversion Scale
PLEASE check your “View Grades” in Blackboard regularly!

Percentage
(total points earned  total points possible)*

= Course Grade
per COCC grading policy**

100 % 93.0%

A

92.9% – 90.0%

 A-

89.9% – 87.0%

  B+

86.9% -  83.0%

B

82.9% -  80.0%

 B-

79.9% – 77.0%

  C+

76.9%  - 70.0%

C

69.9% – 60.0%

D

59.9% – 00.0%

F

*Note Percentage cut-offs well because Cora does not “round up”!
**COCC does NOT allow instructors to award final course grades
of A+, C-, D+, D-, F+ or F-.

"COCC believes that the students should expect the education and degrees they receive will reflect the standards of this institution.
To this end the College establishes . . . academic regulations in order to maintain the academic integrity of the institution and
to allow for the individual pursuit of knowledge. Academic dishonesty or an offense against academic honesty
 includes acts which may subvert or compromise the integrity of the educational process at COCC.
Such acts are serious offenses, which insult the integrity of the entire academic community of the College."
--COCC Student Rights and Responsibilities
http://studentlife.cocc.edu/Policies/Rights+and+Responsibilities/default.aspx

Plagiarism Policy . . . and Help

Plagiarism—intended or unintended—is a serious violation of academic honesty standards and legal intellectual property rights, and constitutes justifiable grounds for COCC instructors to assign a grade of F or 0 on a student’s assignment in which plagiarism occurs, or to require that the student complete another assignment, or to assign a final grade of F for the course.

BUT DO NOT PANIC!  Beginning in Bb UNIT 4, ENG 104 ONLINE will provide instruction on what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarism, as well as directions and examples for how to cite your sources using MLA style in ENG 104 written assignments. 

Proper in-text citations and complete bibliographical documentation of all sources that you quote, paraphrase, and/or summarize in your writing are required whenever you borrow the words, facts, and ideas of others. Direct quotations, repeated verbatim (i.e. word-for-word) from a source, must be appropriately set off as such, and the source must be cited and documented.  If you put others’ ideas & information in your own words—i.e. paraphrase and summary—you still have to cite and document the source/s you use in your writing assignments. In college writing assignments, source(s) must be cited and documented both (a) IN-TEXT at the point in your papers where the borrowing occurs (using parenthetical citations for most documentation styles), and (b) AT THE END of your papers in a list giving full bibliographical documentation of all sources cited within your papers.  
--NOTE: Placement of complete and correctly formatted bibliographical entries differs for Source Reviews (i.e. Annotated Bibliographies) will be explained and modeled in relevant instructional Units.

Please read COCC Student Rights and Responsibilities, especially
SECTION III: Code of Conduct > A. INSTRUCTIONAL: Academic and Speech > a, Academic Dishonesty
http://studentlife.cocc.edu/Policies/Rights+and+Responsibilities/default.aspx

COCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
"It is the policy of the Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors that there will be no discrimination or harassment
on the basis of age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, color, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status
 in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination
should contact the Equal Employment Officer, c/o COCC’s Human Resources office, (541) 383-7216."
From COCC Home > . . . > Equal Opportunity > Non-Discrimination Policy
http://hr.cocc.edu/Jobs/Equal+Opportunity/Nondiscrimination/default.aspx
See also COCC Home > . . . > Equal Opportunity > Equal Opportunity Policy
http://hr.cocc.edu/Jobs/Equal+Opportunity/EO+Policy/default.aspx
COCC Home > Student Life > Policies > Committees > Diversity Committee >
Diversity Procedures
http://studentlife.cocc.edu/Policies/Committees/Diversity+Committee/Diversity+Procedures/default.aspx

COCC Students with Special Needs

"COCC strives to make available to all students the opportunity for an excellent and rewarding education," and in accordance with federal guidelines, "COCC is committed to making physical facilities and instructional programs accessible to all students.  Awareness of students' needs and goals helps to create an atmosphere in which learning and growth can occur."
--Services for Students with Disabilities: http://disability.cocc.edu/

Students with special needs who  . . .

  • have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations,
  • have any emergency medical information that the instructor should know of,
    AND/OR
  • require special arrangements in the event of an evacuation,

. . . should share these special needs as early as possible with COCC course instructors AND with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities: 

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD):
Services for Students with Disabilities
http://disability.cocc.edu/
Boyle Education Center (BEC), 2600 NW College Way, Bend OR 97701 
Telephone/Voicemail: 541-383-7583

See also: Guide for Students with Disabilities:
http://disability.cocc.edu/Guide/default.aspx
--COCC campus maps and disabled parking areas:  
 http://web.cocc.edu/admit/new/publ/bendcampusparking.pdf

What does fiction have to offer us? (4)
"If in my life I have developed any ability to understand those who are other to me,
other in race or gender or culture or sexual preference,
a good deal of my training in empathy must have come from the practice
 fiction and poetry have given me in taking on other selves, other lives."
--David H. Richter, Falling into Theory, 1994

Contact Cora Agatucci

Electronic mail:
Cora's Office Location: Grandview 106-B  (Bend campus)
See
Cora's current Schedule (& also by appointment):
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/schedule.htm 

Cora's Office Phone & Voicemail: (541) 383-7522
Humanities Dept. Office (Bend campus): Modoc 226 
Fax:  (541) 330-4396 - Attention: Cora Agatucci
Cora Agatucci's COCC Home Page: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/ 

I look forward to working with and learning from you all this term! 
~Cora


Fall 2010 ENG 104 ONLINE Syllabus | Tentative Course Plan & Assignment Schedule |
Recommended: COCC Computing Information & Online Resources for Students |
ENG 104 Course Home Page

YOU ARE HERE:  ENG 104 ONLINE Syllabus - Fall 2010
URL of this webpage: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/eng104/syllabusFall2010.htm
Last updated: 24 March 2011

Copyright 1997 - 2010, Cora Agatucci, Professor of English
Humanities Department, Central Oregon Community College
Please address comments and questions on this web page content & links to:
If you have technical website errors or problems, please contact: