Updated: 26 Nov. 2007

English 2322 British Literature I Syllabus
Collin County Community College
Spring Creek Campus

Dr. Mary Anne Andrade
Office: B-106; phone: 972-881-5823
E-mail: mandrade@ccccd.edu
Internet address: http://iws2.ccccd.edu/andrade 
Office hours:

Requirements for online course: High Speed Internet or access to public or campus libraries. Also, Windows Media Player

E-mails: Please put your name in front of your e-mail address so I can see who is e-mailing me. Fill in the Re box: "2322 question" or "2322 assignment__?__" If your e-mail contains a question and not an assignment, I will respond much more quickly. Please send questions separately from assignments. Thank you for following these suggestions. Your cooperation will allow me to respond to you more quickly.

You need a permanent email address. I will only reply to the address from which you send an email. No exceptions.

Send all written work as attachments. Double space all documents.

Please be aware that AOL and the free software Works do not work well in an online course.

Help: Students needing technical help with software, attachments, e-mail should contact the Help Desk at 972-548-6555

Credit hours: 3

Prerequisite: Freshman Composition/Rhetoric I and II

Note: You may repeat this course only once after receiving a grade, including W. If you drop the course before the census date you will not be penalized in regard to the repeat policy. If you withdraw from the course after the census date, a grade of W will posted to your transcript and count as one attempt toward the repeat policy.

Textbooks: The Norton Anthology of English Literature II, eighth edition, vols. A, B, C

Course description: A general survey of major works in British literature from its origins to the middle of the eighteenth century with an emphasis on written analysis. Students will read representative selections, analyze, and discuss philosophies, societal mores, social milieus, and social concerns.

Student Learning Outcomes for English 2322 British Literature I. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:

1. Recognize and explain various genres from each literary period.

2. Apply knowledge of social, political, cultural, and religious overtones from each literary period to close reading of the texts.

3. Employ correct MLA documentation of primary and secondary sources used in written work.

4. Relate the literature to studentsí own experiences.

5. Demonstrate the ability to analyze representative texts and contexts to show in detail their illumination of each other.

6. Develop a working knowledge of British literature.

7. Discuss selections of British literature from an international perspective.

Received essays: When I receive an essay, I will reply to the sender verifying that I have received the essay and that the attachment opens. I will consider a dysfunctional attachment a late paper, so please be sure you know how to make and send an attachment. If you do not hear from me, it is your responsibility to get in touch in case there has been a disruption of service on my server or on yours.

Grading: Turn-around time on essays is 7-10 days.

Method of Evaluation:

10%: Final Exam

40%: Response papers: these may be submitted by an attachment (Word) sent via E-mail. I want you to think about the text and answer the prompt (question) before we discuss the material on the Discussion Group. In this way, I hope you will learn to think for yourselves. 1 page typed.

Response papers are graded for content not form, so you don't need a formal organization. I will not grade off for grammar on these, unless the grammatical errors prevent my understanding of the paper. Length should be one page. Response papers with the grade of 90 and above will have quotations as well as a good response to the question; 85, good response but no quotations; 80, thoughtful response but the student is not reading the text well; 70 and above, skimpy responses that are off the mark.

40% Essays: 2 essays, typed, 4-5 pages long. Correct grammar and formal organization are required. See essay example for organization. Please e-mail the 2 essays in a Word attachment. Each essay must have at least two scholarly sources from college data bases or library books. MLA style with a Works Cited page.

Obtaining secondary sources:


Tutorial: how to use the college databases

Knight Cite: this site helps you prepare your Works Cited page. Just fill in the blanks and this machine orders correctly the bibliographic information and provides the appropriate punctuation.

Grammar errors

Sample essay with secondary sources

Sample response paper

Grading checklist: I use this checklist to grade your essays. If you do not follow the thesis/topic sentence organization you cannot make higher than a C on an essay. Also, if you have too many grammatical errors, you cannot make higher than a C.

Late essays: Late essays or response papers will not earn a grade higher than a C. I will not accept an essay or response later than two days. When I receive an essay, I will reply to the sender verifying that I have received the essay and that the attachment opens. I will consider a dysfunctional attachment a late paper, so please be sure you know how to make and send an attachment. I will not accept any late response papers.

10% participation in Discussion Group. You must sign up for the Discussion Group. Click on the icon "Discussion Group" on any author's or period's page on my website and follow the directions. Once you have joined the class, click on "Conferencing." There I  will post topics and comments and expect you to join in a discussion with the members of your class.  I will also send group emails about changes and assignments through the Nicenet Discussion Group.


Attendance: There is no attendance, obviously, but I expect you to be participating in the course from the first week. If I have not received any work (response papers) from you in the first two weeks, I will not accept any further work, and you will have to drop the course. In other words, this is not a self-paced class; you cannot start the class when it suits you.

Drop date: If you are unable to complete this course, you must withdraw from the class by the drop date. Withdrawing from a course is a formal procedure which you must initiate. I cannot do it for you. You may do this in Admissions or Counseling. If you stop attending and do not withdraw you will receive an "F" on your permanent record.

Scholastic Dishonesty:

The College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty.

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree and/or the submission as one's own work material that is not one's own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacherís editions, and/or falsifying academic records.

Plagiarism is the use of an author's words or ideas as if they were one's own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation.

Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying computer or Internet files, using someone else's work for assignments as if it were one's own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course.

Collusion is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to providing a paper or project to another student, providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, and allowing a classmate to copy answers.

Any student who plagiarizes or cheats will  receive a zero for the assignment.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance: It is the policy of Collin County Community College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals who are students with disabilities. This College will adhere to all applicable Federal, State and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to contact the faculty member and/or the Services for Students with Disabilities at 881-5950 in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations.

Religious Holidays: In accordance with Section 61.911 of the Texas Education Code, CCCC will allow a student who is absent from class for the observance of a religious holy day to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day within a reasonable time. Students are required to file a written request with each professor within the first 15 days of the semester to qualify for an excused absence. A copy of the state rules and procedures regarding holy days and the form for notification of absence from each class under this provision are available from the Registrar's Office.

British Literature Grade Sheet


1 Essay_____

2 Essay_____


Total ________divided by 2=_____ X 30%________________


1 Response_____

2 Response_____

3 Response_____

4 Response_____

5 Response_____

6 Response_____

Total__________divided by 6=_____X 40%__________________


Discussion group________________X 10%__________________


Mid-Term Exam_________________X 10%__________________


Final Exam_____________________X 10%___________________