Syllabus for ENG-393

ONE WRITER'S VISION: JANE AUSTEN


COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the following themes used in Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion: the status of women, marriage, money and love, social status and wealth.
  2. Describe and evaluate Jane Austen's use of irony to reinforce her world vision.
  3. Describe and compare the use of interconnections between each theme in Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion.
  4. Compare and contrast Jane Austen's worldview with the present and relate it to personal experience.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Texts

ISBN-13: 978-0393976045

ISBN-13: 978-0393972849

ISBN-13: 978-0393960181

Study Guide

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.

COURSE STRUCTURE

One Writer's Vision: Jane Austen is a three-credit, online course consisting of three (3) 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.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

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.

Discussion Forums

In addition to submitting the three written assignments for this class, you are also required to introduce yourself and participate in three (3) 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.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete three (3) 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.

Supplemental Journal Assignments

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.

Final Paper

One Writer's Vision: Jane Austin 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.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

For help regarding preparing and submitting activities, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

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:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

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 nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized activity, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. 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, 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.

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