NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Composition and Literature

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Literature
    B. Course Number: EN 123 - 10462
    C. Semester: Spring 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Litwicki, Shelby
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 110
    H. Email Address: SLitwicki@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2836
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 12:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 12:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of EN 113
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    As a continuation of EN 113, this course focuses on writing effective paragraphs and essays with an emphasis on reading, analyzing, and researching literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, novels, and/or essays. This course includes a research project and other writing assignments. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 113

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    The study of literature empowers students by introducing them to people, places, customs, and ideas that they might not otherwise personally experience. Learning to communicate this experience enhances the ability of students to make connections between themselves and others, creating a deeper understanding of the world and their roles in it. Critical thinking and analytical skills learned from studying literature are valuable skills for life and any scholastic endeavor, and learning to appreciate the entertainment value of literature provides students with outlets for recreation and relaxation that will last a lifetime.

    Composition and Literature is required for most NMJC degree programs, and a passing grade transfers to all public colleges and universities in New Mexico. For transferability to schools outside of New Mexico, please consult the transfer school.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. Cengage Learning, 2015. ISBN: 978-1337284677

    Mays, Kelly J., editor. The Norton Introduction to Literature. Shorter 12th ed., W.W Norton, 2016. ISBN: 978-0393623574

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Grade Breakdown

    Participation: 10%

    Participation includes: class discussion boards, lesson quizzes, etc.

    Assignments: 10%

    Assignments include: Module 0, essay rough drafts, peer review, etc.

    Themes and Elements of Literature: 15%

    This is your first essay assignment, which will analyze a short story.

    Research Essay: 20%

    This is your second essay assignment, which will involve using outside research to analyze a short story.

    Exams: 25%

    These exams will cover information learned during the Poetry and Drama sections of the course.

    Final: 20%

    The final assignment for the course will be a timed essay over the information learned throughout the course.


    Contacting Me

    You can email me through the Canvas Inbox or you can email me at my NMJC email: slitwicki@nmjc.edu

    On the weekdays, I respond to emails within 24 hours. On the weekends, I respond to emails within 48 hours. If you send me an email and do not receive a response in that time frame, please re-send the email.

    Attendance

    All planned absences must be explained to me in advance.

    For this online course, attendance is mandatory. If you miss or fail to submit up to two weeks' worth of class content, you may be dropped or asked to withdraw from the course.

    If you get behind in the coursework, it is your responsibility to be in touch with me about missed assignments.


    Late Work

    Late work will not be accepted. I expect you to turn assignments in on time. Any exceptions beyond this rule due to emergencies will be up to my own discretion.

    Consequences: Failing an assignment


    Academic Dishonesty (Plagiarism)

    Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, or plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester. Whether intentional or accidental, plagiarism is theft and a violation of academic honesty. Plagiarism includes submitting assignments you did not write or taking portions of your assignment from a source without giving credit. Plagiarism also occurs when altering wording while retaining the ideas of an uncredited source (paraphrasing). Submitting an assignment or part of an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors is a violation of academic honesty. If you wish to submit work originally created for another course, you must receive written permission from both professors. To avoid plagiarism, use quotation marks to enclose phrases and sentences from sources. Use MLA parenthetical citations and works cited entries for all paraphrases and quotations.

    For additional information about plagiarism and citing sources in MLA format, refer to chapters eleven and twelve of Harbrace Essentials. Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by turnitin.com and added to the turnitin.com database when you submit them. Students who wish to appeal a professor’s decision regarding this policy should use the Academic Dishonesty Process published in the New Mexico Junior College Student Handbook.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    • Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    • Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    • Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    • Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    • Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    • Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Specific Course Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Demonstrate continued proficiency in EN 113 Learning Outcomes
    • Recognize and use the basic vocabulary of literary criticism and analysis
    • Analyze literary works for elements, such as theme, character, plot, setting, symbolism, tone, and imagery
    • Demonstrate how culture, economics, religion, historical influence, etc. affects literary meaning
    • Differentiate between the short story, essay, poetry, and/or drama genres
    • Construct analysis of literary works in writing
    • Perform research and integrate sources into writing with proper documentation
    • Design and execute a properly formatted and documented research paper
    • Use basic MLA format and citation guidelines
    • Define a problem
    • Use appropriate technology and information systems
    • Collect information
    • Evaluate and/or analyze information
    • Organize information

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by TBA. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  13. FINALS SCHEDULE
  14. COURSE OUTLINE

    Course Schedule

    **ALL ASSIGNMENTS AND DUE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

    Week One
    Introduction; Module 0; Fiction
    "Puppy"
    "Recitatif"
    First Discussion Post Due

    Week Two
    Fiction; Themes and Elements in Fiction
    "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
    "Hills Like White Elephants"
    "The Gernsback Continuum"
    "Volar"

    Week Three
    Spring Break
    Themes and Elements of Fiction Due; Thesis Prospectus Due

    Week Four
    Research; Poetry; Research Essay Rough Draft Due

    Week Five
    Poetry; Research Essay Due

    Week Six
    Poetry; Drama

    Week Seven
    Drama; Exam 1 Due

    Week Eight
    Exam 2 Due (Final)