Literature and the Art of the Narrative

Literature and the Art of the Narrative Syllabus


  • Course Code: Humanities 242

    Transcript:

    Yes. Your transcript will come from the records office at United States University. They are regionally accredited and award semester credits.

    Credits: 3 Semester

    Transfer: 4 year degree applicable

    Your college will require any class you wish to transfer to them to be from a regionally accredited college that awards academic semester or quarter credits.They will also want the course description of the course to match their own. United States University is regionally accredited and issues academic semester credits. Our course description will match or exceed your college's description; thus, your college will most likely accept the course and apply it towards your degree. If you would like pre-approval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link at the bottom of this page.Your college may be one of the many schools that we are associated with, so check the Associated School link before asking for pre-approval. (K-12 use)

    Enrollment Schedule:

    This class has hard start and stop dates, and does NOT have rolling enrollment as most of the courses. View the schedule.

    Class Limit: 30
    There is limited space in this class, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure you have a virtual seat in the class.

    Required Textbook:

    IMPORTANT! Make sure you order your books using overnight delivery! You are required to use your books on the first day of class for assignment #1. Not having your books on time means you will quickly fall behind in the course.
    1. Joyce, James. Dubliners. Dover Thrift Publishing.
    2. Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Dover Thrift Publishing.
    3. Brooks, Max. The Harlem Hellfighters. Broadway Books.
    4. Bechdel, Alison. Funhome: A Family Tragicomic. Mariner Books.
    5. Students will also need access to Netflix, similar streaming media services, or a video rental source.

    Grading Mode:

    Standard Letter Grade

    Proctored Final: No

    Description

    This course will survey various narrative techniques across a broad spectrum of genres, including novels, short stories, graphic novels and comic books, television, and the movies. The student will examine how we tell stories, but also ask the question why narrative is so integral to the human condition.
    Prerequisite: English 132 with a grade of C or better, assessment test placement or consent of instructor.

    Learning Outcomes

    After this course, students should be able to:

    1. Communicate effectively in both speech and writing.
    2. Read, notate, and analyze narrative techniques used in a variety of texts.
    3. Apply critical thinking to the reading of a literary text and discuss the relationship between form and content.
    4. Conduct research using a wide range of college-level resources to find support for analysis and arguments in writing a variety of essays.
    5. Initiate conversations based on observations and reactions to various narrative texts.
    6. Identify when and where a source is required to support an argument. Justify why a citation's content gives depth and validity to the student's claims and/or thesis.
    7. Compose various argumentative essays with proper sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, spelling and usage.
    8. Evaluate arguments from both non-fiction and literary sources and write essays that are uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices.
    9. Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of an intelligent citizen in a world with diverse cultural views including environmental, global and cultural awareness.
    10. Write an objective fully supported paper that not only demonstrates the ability to think critically but also supports a challenging thesis.
    11. Assess and follow accurately MLA research and documentation guidelines as they pertain to various forms of media and texts.

    Methods of Evaluation:

    Essays 30%
    Research project 25%
    Discussion Boards/participation 25%
    Tests, Quizzes, Final Exam 20%

    Assignments:

    1. Readings from a range of texts from a wide range of genres and media forms, including novels, short stories, graphic novels, television shows, and movies.
    2. Analyze a variety of written, audio, and visual texts.
    3. Participate in online discussion boards and collaborative assignments.
    4. Write argumentative and analytical essays using the techniques learned in the prerequisite class.
    5. Complete an analytical or argumentative research project: 2500 word paper requiring library research on an extended narrative work, such as a television series or a film director's oeuvre.
    6. Through writing and oral discussions, analyze texts to develop logical conclusions, original ideas and an analytical and investigative thought process.

    Assessment:

    A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
    B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
    C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

    Time on Task:

    This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

    Schedule:

    Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.

    1. Review of narrative types, including refractive, reflective, and linear narration; standard plot diagram; use of foreshadowing and flashbacks; unreliable narrators; and character development in written texts: 2 weeks
    2. Review of narration in an extended work (James Joyce's Dubliners) : 3 weeks
    3. Review and analysis of narration in the novel genre (Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness): 3 weeks
    4. Review of narration in the graphic novel genre: 3 weeks
    5. Review of narration in electronic media, including television and cinema: 3 weeks
    6. Final project

    Conduct Code:

    Code of Ethics:

    Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

    Respectful communications:

    When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

    We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

    Grading information and proctored final policies:

    The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

    Examples of academic misconduct:

    Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

    Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

    By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

    Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

    Unauthorized collaboration:

    Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

    Important Notes:

    This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.

  • Course Code: none

    Transcript:

    A certificate of completion is issued from Omega Math. This course under the non-credit option does not go through one of our partner universities; thus, a transcript is not included with the course.

    Credits: 0

    Certificate of Completion: Yes

    Transfer:

    If you would like to take this class for personal enrichment, the non-credit course is the exact same class as the credit course; it is just less expensive since it is not sent through our partner university for credit. If you want to transfer the course to your college, you will need to enroll under the semester credit option. If you would like pre-approval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link to this page. The non-credit courses can also be used to learn the material and then receive credit at a home college using Credit by Examination. (K-12 use)

    Enrollment Schedule:

    This class has hard start and stop dates, and does NOT have rolling enrollment as most of the courses. View the schedule.

    Class Limit: 30
    There is limited space in this class, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure you have a virtual seat in the class.

    Required Textbook:

    IMPORTANT! Make sure you order your books using overnight delivery! You are required to use your books on the first day of class for assignment #1. Not having your books on time means you will quickly fall behind in the course.
    1. Joyce, James. Dubliners. Dover Thrift Publishing.
    2. Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Dover Thrift Publishing.
    3. Brooks, Max. The Harlem Hellfighters. Broadway Books.
    4. Bechdel, Alison. Funhome: A Family Tragicomic. Mariner Books.
    5. Students will also need access to Netflix, similar streaming media services, or a video rental source.

    Grading Mode:

    Standard Letter Grade

    Proctored Final: No

    Description

    This course will survey various narrative techniques across a broad spectrum of genres, including novels, short stories, graphic novels and comic books, television, and the movies. The student will examine how we tell stories, but also ask the question why narrative is so integral to the human condition.
    Prerequisite: English 132 with a grade of C or better, assessment test placement or consent of instructor.

    Next course starts: 4-1-17
    Late enrollment through: 4-14-17
    Drop date: 4-8-17
    Course end date: 5-26-17

    Learning Outcomes

    After this course, students should be able to:

    1. Communicate effectively in both speech and writing.
    2. Read, notate, and analyze narrative techniques used in a variety of texts.
    3. Apply critical thinking to the reading of a literary text and discuss the relationship between form and content.
    4. Conduct research using a wide range of college-level resources to find support for analysis and arguments in writing a variety of essays.
    5. Initiate conversations based on observations and reactions to various narrative texts.
    6. Identify when and where a source is required to support an argument. Justify why a citation's content gives depth and validity to the student's claims and/or thesis.
    7. Compose various argumentative essays with proper sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, spelling and usage.
    8. Evaluate arguments from both non-fiction and literary sources and write essays that are uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices.
    9. Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of an intelligent citizen in a world with diverse cultural views including environmental, global and cultural awareness.
    10. Write an objective fully supported paper that not only demonstrates the ability to think critically but also supports a challenging thesis.
    11. Assess and follow accurately MLA research and documentation guidelines as they pertain to various forms of media and texts.

    Methods of Evaluation:

    Essays 30%
    Research project 25%
    Discussion Boards/participation 25%
    Tests, Quizzes, Final Exam 20%

    Assignments:

    1. Readings from a range of texts from a wide range of genres and media forms, including novels, short stories, graphic novels, television shows, and movies.
    2. Analyze a variety of written, audio, and visual texts.
    3. Participate in online discussion boards and collaborative assignments.
    4. Write argumentative and analytical essays using the techniques learned in the prerequisite class.
    5. Complete an analytical or argumentative research project: 2500 word paper requiring library research on an extended narrative work, such as a television series or a film director's oeuvre.
    6. Through writing and oral discussions, analyze texts to develop logical conclusions, original ideas and an analytical and investigative thought process.

    Assessment:

    A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
    B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
    C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
    F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

    Time on Task:

    This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

    Schedule:

    Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.

    1. Review of narrative types, including refractive, reflective, and linear narration; standard plot diagram; use of foreshadowing and flashbacks; unreliable narrators; and character development in written texts: 2 weeks
    2. Review of narration in an extended work (James Joyce's Dubliners) : 3 weeks
    3. Review and analysis of narration in the novel genre (Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness): 3 weeks
    4. Review of narration in the graphic novel genre: 3 weeks
    5. Review of narration in electronic media, including television and cinema: 3 weeks
    6. Final project

    Conduct Code:

    Code of Ethics:

    Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

    Respectful communications:

    When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

    We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

    Grading information and proctored final policies:

    The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

    Examples of academic misconduct:

    Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

    Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

    By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

    Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

    Unauthorized collaboration:

    Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

    Important Notes:

    This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.