updated: July 10, 2017


English 2323 British Literature II Syllabus
Collin County Community College
Spring Creek Campus

Course Description: :  A survey of the development of British literature from the Romantic period to the present.  Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. 

Course Credit Hours: 3 Lecture Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1302 or ENGL 2311

Census Date and Roster Certification: July 13. You must be participating in the course by this date. Sign up for the Discussion Group.

State-mandated Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions.
  2. Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions.
  4. Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  5. Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature.

Additional Collin Outcomes:  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

1.    Demonstrate familiarity with a scope and variety of works.

2.    Demonstrate knowledge of literature as expressions of individual and cultural values within social, political, historical, and religious contexts

3.    Demonstrate critical thinking skills in oral and written discussion and argumentative analysis

4.    Demonstrate correct MLA documentation conventions

5.    Relate literature to personal experiences

College Repeat Policy: A student may repeat this course only once after receiving a grade, including “W.”

Drop date: July 25. See the current Collin Student Handbook.

Religious Holy Days: Please refer to the current Collin Student Handbook.

Collin College Academic Policies: Please refer to the current Collin Student Handbook.
Any plagiarized essay, response, or exam will receive a 0.

ADA Statement:

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 accommodation as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-D-140 or 972. 881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations.



Dr. Mary Anne Andrade
Office: B-106; phone: 972-881-5823
Internet address:

Minimum Technology Requirement: ECollin Learning Center (ELC) See also Start Here folder

Minimum Student Skills: Engl 1302. See Prerequisite

Netiquette Expectations: See Start Here folder:

  1. Standards of courtesy and respect must be maintained at all times in our online “classroom.” Join in to the discussion, but remember that this is still a “classroom” setting and that respect and consideration are crucial for any intellectual discussion.
  2. Discussion areas are the place for intelligent and respectful airing of ideas. Name-calling and personal attacks are not permitted.
  3. Any violation of the standards of appropriate behavior online will be reported to the Dean of Students and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken by the college.


Course Resources:

Help: For help with your writing, please use the services of the Writing Centers, either with a one-on-one appointment at any one of the three campuses, or online.

Library Resources: find tutorial and quick and easy links to the required databases needed for your essays.

 Supplies: none

Internet Resources on Citing, a student's guide to why citation is important.


The Norton Anthology of English Literature, ninth ed., vols D, E, F

Method of Evaluation:

30% Discussion Group: Click on the icon "Discussion" in Canvas and follow the directions. Thereafter, when logging into the Discussion Group to post your comments go straight to their site: www.nicenet.org (Otherwise, Canvas will time you out.)

Once you have joined your 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.
For the topics see the Weekly Assignment's icons.

Your grade will be based on the number of times you participate, and on the thoughtfulness and completeness of your postings. I do not assign a grade for this until the end of the semester.

20%: Online essay exam: Final

30%: Response papers. Using the response paper topics listed in Weekly Assignments, write at least a one-page typed response. The grade will be based on the thoughtfulness of the response. I want you to read the material assigned and respond to the topic question without relying on Internet sources. I will not accept any late responses.

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.

Support: for response papers and essays, it's important to remember that you have to back-up every assertion -- every point you make -- with quotations. And the quotations must support the thesis -- or main idea. Choosing the right quotations is important. Not just any quotation will do. Quotations are your proof; otherwise, all you are writing is an opinion. The essays and response papers should be analytical, not plot summary. Please read the samples below

20% Essay: 1 essay, typed, 4-5 pages long, plus Works Cited page. Correct grammar and formal organization are required. See essay example for organization. See essay example for organization. Each essay must have at least two scholarly sources from college databases or library books. MLA style with a Works Cited page.

Late essays: 5 points off per day; I will not accept an essay more than 2 days late no matter what the excuse unless you make arrangements with me before the absence.

Obtaining secondary sources from the college databases:

Do not use the Internet for your sources.

    Primary sources:  the text; that is to say, the story/stories/poem/poems you are analyzing. A citation for each of these must go on the Works Cited page.

    Secondary sources: these are scholarly articles written about the texts. A citation for each of these must go on the Works Cited page.

Databases: How to find secondary sources.  Log into CougarWeb: Click on Library, then click on "Find Articles." Click on "Literature, Poetry, and Books." This takes you to the page of the college databases on literature. Choose JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, or ProjectMuse.

Avoid any articles with word "Review" in them and any biography/reference databases -- do not choose an article from Biography Resource Center, Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary    Biography, Gale Literary Databases, Literary Reference Center, Literature Resource Center, Scribner Writers, and Twayne's Author Series.

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: Review these before writing responses and essays

Sample essay with sources

Sample response paper

Grading checklist: I use this checklist to grade your essays. If you have too many grammatical errors, you cannot make higher than a C.

Any plagiarized essay, response, or exam will receive a 0.


Turning in assignments:

E-mails: send all assignments, essays, response papers, exam to mandrade@collin.edu

You need a cougarweb email address. I cannot communicate grades to you outside of cougarweb. No exceptions. This is to safe-guard your privacy.

1) From your cougarmail account, send all formal essays and response papers as attachments: mandrade@collin.edu

2) Fill in the Re box: "2322  question" or "2322 and the section no., as well as the essay or response #?" For example, 2322 XW1 resp 1. If your e-mail contains a question and not an assignment, I will respond within a day. Please send questions separately from assignments.

3) Double space all documents.

Grades: You will receive your grade (7-10 days later) when I reply to your email containing your attached essay. I will send you an attached checklist that I complete on each essay with an analysis of your essay’s strengths and weaknesses with the grade at the end.

Late essays: Late essays will not earn a grade higher than a C. I will not accept a paper later than two days. My policy is that I grade all the papers turned in on the due date in all of my classes before I grade late papers; thus, you may not receive your late essay as quickly as you might like.

Received essays/response papers: 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.

Warning: If your essays indicate a weakness in composition skills, I will require you to go to the Writing Center for help before I will accept your next paper. I will not grade research papers that are littered with comma splices, incorrect punctuation, spelling errors and the like.

Failure to make an appointment in good time of the essay's due date will not be accepted as a reason for a late paper. The Writing Center will send me notices of each session.



British Literature Grade Sheet



1 Essay______________________X 20%__________________________________


1 Response_____

2 Response_____

3 Response_____


Total__________divided by 3 =_____X 30%__________________


Discussion Group:________________X 30%________________


Final Exam_____________________X 20%___________________