Syllabus for ENG-393
ONE WRITER'S VISION: JANE AUSTEN
One Writer's Vision: Jane Austen is an upper level course that focuses on three novels by Jane Austen and the ways in which she expressed her concerns and preoccupations with the changes that occurred in her time. These changes included: the status of women; the interconnection between marriage, money, and love; and the relationship between social status and wealth. You will have an opportunity to extend your critical and analytical abilities by assessing those issues and their influence on Austen's central characters in each of her three novels.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
One Writer's Vision: Jane Austen Study Guide, (University of South Africa, 2002).
Note: The Study Guide is available online only and cannot be purchased. A link to the Study Guide is provided in the Activities Modules area for each novel.
One Writer's Vision: Jane Austen is a three-credit, online course consisting of three modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities.
Here is a quick breakdown of how the course is organized:
For the course's detailed week-by-week activity schedule (reading and viewing activities, online discussions, and written activities), click the Activity Modules button on the navigation bar to the left of your screen. That will take you to a list of the individual modules, which you can then click for the relevant activities.
For details about the final paper that you are required to hand in at the end of the course, scroll down to "Final Paper."
Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written activities, and complete a final paper. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
In addition to submitting the three written assignments for this class, you are also required to introduce yourself and participate in three graded online class discussions, each focusing on a different subject.
Your first posting, "Introductions," gives you a chance to tell your mentor and classmates something about yourself and to find out who they are. During all three modules you will have the chance to discuss selected topics with your classmates. The discussion forums are designed to help you in presenting and refining your understanding of the various world themes presented by Jane Austen in her novels.
For details of how and when to participate in the assigned online discussion click the Activity Modules button on the navigation bar to the left of your screen. That will take you to links for the individual modules and associated activities. You can also check the Course Calendar for a schedule of when to participate in online discussions.
Communication with your mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online class discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and subsequent comments on classmates' responses.
Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate or your mentor, state and support your position.
You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information to support your point of view, and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, mature, and respectful.
For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.
You are required to complete three written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
The written assignments are essay in form. You may find it helpful to read over the assignment question for a module before beginning the your reading assignment. For the assignment topics and questions, see the Assignment Modules area of the course Web site.
The written assignments are the primary means for you to express yourself verbally during the semester, controlling content and meaning. Due dates for each assignment are listed in the Course Calendar.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with the Assignment Modules area of the course Web site, and read through the written assignment questions before you begin the reading for that assignment.
Your answers to the assignment questions should be well developed and convey your understanding of the readings and concepts. They should also adequately answer the question. If you need help in writing, take a look at The Writing Center: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Also, formulate responses in your own words. Do not merely copy answers from your reading materials. When quoting or paraphrasing from the text or other sources, be sure to cite the source of information properly according to MLA or APA guidelines (see also Basic Documentation Rules).
Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.
Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.
For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.
Each module of this course also features a supplemental journal assignment which is designed to help you focus on the major issues presented in the three novels. These assignments consist of three to four questions that you should consider before you begin reading. You are not required to submit your journal assignments to your mentor. However, you will find that answering those questions as you read will provide material for each written assignment as well as help you maintain your focus.
One Writer's Vision: Jane Austen requires you to write a final paper that you must submit at the end of the course. You have a choice of three topics for your final paper, which should be between 4-5 double-spaced, typed pages in length. For full details regarding the final paper click the Final Paper button on the navigation bar to the left of your screen which will in turn take you to links for information regarding what your choice of topics are, how to develop and write your paper, and how to submit it.
Your are strongly advised to start planning for your final paper early in the semester.
You are required to submit the final paper in this course to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the project within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the paper, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the paper itself within the course space.
Read carefully the information found at the following link, as it will provide instructions for this requirement:
Turnitin FAQ Web Page
The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by semester.
Course ID and Password by Semester
This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.
Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.
If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.
If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.
Possible sanctions include:
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