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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


16 / 34 - Late Spring Session
February - April 2017

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Course Syllabus
16 / 34 - Late Spring Session
February - April 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 112 A
Course Title: English Composition II
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Wed 
5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Additional Notes:

We will take two breaks during the course of each class period. The time will vary depending on lecture and discussion materials.

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Continued practice of argumentative academic writing, applied to literary texts and culminating in a research paper. Students who do not earn a grade of C or higher must reenroll in ENGL 112 the succeeding term. G.E. Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in ENGL 111, or placement by ACT English Score or by SAT Writing Score: students whose ACT English Score is from 30 to 36 or whose SAT Writing and Language Score is from 35 to 40 (650 to 800 for Writing Section prior to spring 2016) will be placed in ENGL 112.


Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in ENGL 111, or placement by ACT English Score or by SAT Writing Score: students whose ACT English Score is from 30 to 36 or whose SAT Writing and Language Score is from 35 to 40 (650 to 800 for Writing Section prior to spring 2016) will be placed in ENGL 112.


The Norton Introduction to Literature 12 edition
Author: Alison Booth and Kelly J. Mays (Norton)
ISBN: 9780393938913
Category/Comments - literature anthology with apparatus
The Little, Brown Handbook 13 edition
Author: Ramsey Fowler (Pearson)
ISBN: 9780321988270
Category/Comments - handbook with discussion of research

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the process of argumentative academic writing, including organizational clarity, use of evidence, and revision.
  2. Utilize research in argumentative writing about literature.
  3. Analyze complex texts using literary concepts and terminology.
  4. Discuss the meanings of literary texts.

Special Course Requirements

The shorter analysis papers and the research project should conform to strict MLA format, with 12-point Times New Roman font, 1" margins on all sides of the page, double spacing (without extra space between paragraphs), and all appropriate documentation. All final drafts of papers must be submitted through Dropbox before they will be graded. All journals must be submitted through the Discussion Boards on D2L before they will be graded.
Essays are due to Dropbox by 11:59 pm on the due date listed on the syllabus. Journals are due to the discussion boards in D2L by 5:00 pm on the due date listed on the syllabus. You are allowed to turn in one paper up to five days late, but you will receive a 10% reduction for that assignment. Any subsequent late assignments will be scored a zero.
Technical difficulties are not a valid excuse for late work. "Technical difficulties" include (but are not limited to) your computer crashing, loss or destruction of your USB drive, or failing to complete your submission through Dropbox. These difficulties can often be avoided by having a backup of your school work, saving your work at every page or half page, and turning your work in more than thirty minutes before the due date/time. If you encounter technical difficulties which affect your ability to complete class work, contact me ASAP.

Instructional Methods

This course is discussion based, meaning that most of class time will be used to explore the assigned readings. Everyone is expected to participate. Occasionally, I will lecture to provide context for the works or introduce new concepts, but in general, I encourage students to engage in the dialogue that is literature. Because of this method, students should read and consider all assigned readings before coming to class.
Discussion boards in D2L will be available for posting additional questions or comments during the course of the week.

Out of Class Activities

Students will be expected to read assignments, think critically about the texts and respond to them, write specified essays, and be prepared for exams and quizzes covering the texts.

Graded Activities

Research Project300 Points30% of grade
Description -

Students will write a 2,500 word (minimum) research paper incorporating primary and secondary sources on a topic of their choice regarding a work of literature. Students will submit a topic proposal, an annotated bibliography, and a rough draft for peer review prior to the due date of the final draft.

Method of Evaluation -

A rubric will be distributed with the assignment. The proposal is worth 30 points, the annotated bibliography is worth 50 points, the rough draft is worth 70 points, and the final draft is worth 150.

Analysis Papers150 Points15% of grade
Description -

Students will write two (1000 word minimum) analysis papers that examine a text of their choice from a critical perspective (formalist, historicist, feminist, Marxist, or biographical).

Method of Evaluation -

A rubric will be distributed with the assignment. Each paper is worth 75 points.

Reading Response Journals180 Points18% of grade
Description -

Students will write six (300-350 word) reading response journals. For each week that out-of-class reading is assigned, students will respond in writing to the selection, following a quotation-response-question format. These will be posted to the discussion boards on D2L.

Method of Evaluation -

A rubric will be distributed with the assignment. Each journal is worth 30 points.

Peer Review100 Points10% of grade
Description -

Students should be prepared to offer thoughtful and thorough responses to peers' rough drafts (looking at content, organization, voice, and mechanics) of both analysis papers.

Method of Evaluation -

Credit for peer review includes both coming to class prepared with a completed rough draft as well as participating in group peer review and individual peer review.
Individual peer review credit will be based on the quality of students' feedback to their peers. ("Good work" does not constitute acceptable feedback.) Specific feedback that is both positive and constructive is ideal.

Exams200 Points20% of grade
Description -

Students will complete comprehensive midterm and final exams composed of three parts. Part I is passage identification: students must identify the author, title, and significance of the passage to the overall work when given a representative sample from that work. Part II is explication: students choose four passages from Part I to explicate/analyze/explain in a well-developed paragraph. Part III is composed of objective and application questions primarily derived from lecture and material covered in The Little, Brown Handbook.

Method of Evaluation -

Parts I and III are objective.
Part II (explication) is scored against the same rubric as the reading response journals.
Each exam is worth 100 points.

Presentation70 Points7% of grade
Description -

Students will be expected to give an 8-10 minute presentation of their research project. The presentation should include a summary of the work being analyzed, an explanation of the sources used, and an analysis of the work as a whole. Students should also be prepared for questions at the end of the presentation. Visual aids are not required but are acceptable.

Method of Evaluation -

A rubric will be distributed with the assignment.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

There is no rounding of final grades. Please note that 89.9% is considered a B. Likewise, 69.9% is considered a D.
Also, I will take role at the beginning of class and after each break. You will be counted either "absent" or "present" in order to avoid class disruption. Please see the "Campus Policy" for information regarding possible consequences of absences.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Introduction to Literature

Introductions and expectations. Figurative language. Explain, practice, and assign reading response journals. Explain and discuss research projects.

Week 2
Writing about Literature

Introduction to literary criticism. Explain and assign Analysis Paper 1.


"Reading & Writing about Literature" The Little, Brown Handbook p. 718-741
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" p. 543-554
"Good Country People" p. 554-568
"A Jury of her Peers" p. 666-681
"Hills Like White Elephants" p. 788-792
"A Rose for Emily" p. 730-736


Reading Response Journal 1 due to the discussion board on D2L before 5pm Wednesday of Week 2.
Submit Proposal for Research Project to Dropbox in D2L before 11:59 pm Wednesday of Week 2.

Week 3
The Short Story

MLA citation and Annotated Bibliographies. Incorporating quotations. Continue discussion of literary criticism. Group peer review. Discuss Midterm Exam.


Review "MLA" The Little, Brown Handbook ch. 46
"The Cask of Amontillado" p. 165-171
"Sonny's Blues" p. 95-118
"The Rocking-Horse Winner" p. 792-803


Reading Response Journal 2 due to the discussion board on D2L for 5pm Wednesday of Week Three.
Write first draft of Analysis Paper 1 essay for peer editing. (Must be submitted to D2L prior to Week Three's class.)
Peer reviews through D2L are due before 11:59pm Sunday of Week Three.

Week 4

Supporting an interpretation with textual evidence. Continue literary criticism discussion. Take Midterm Exam.


"The Birth-Mark" p. 340-351
"The Thing in the Forest" p. 352-379
"Symbolism in 'The Birth-Mark' and 'The Thing in the Forest'" p. 380-383


Reading Response Journal 3 due to the discussion board on D2L before 5pm Wednesday of Week Four.
Submit final draft of Analysis Paper 1 to Dropbox in D2L before 11:59 pm Wednesday of Week Four.


Be prepared for the Midterm Exam in class.

Week 5
Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to poetry, theme, symbol, form, tone. Work on Analysis Paper 2, including finding scholarly sources and individual peer review.


"Introduction to Poetry" p. 881
"Theme and Tone" p. 947-959
"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" p. 1078
"[Because I could not stop for Death--]" p. 995
"[Death, be not proud]" p. 1340
"Ozymandius" p. 1359
"[When I consider how my light is spent]" p. 1093


Reading Response Journal 4 due to the discussion board on D2L before 5pm Wednesday of Week Five.
Submit Annotated Bibliography to Dropbox in D2L before 11:59 pm Wednesday of Week Five.

Week 6
Introduction to Drama

Introduction to drama, characterization, setting, props, symbol, staging, theme. Continued word on research project.


"Oedipus Rex" p. 1563-1602


Reading Response Journal 5 due to the discussion board on D2L before 5pm Wednesday of Week Six.
Write first draft of Analysis Paper 2 essay for peer editing. (Must be submitted to D2L prior to class.)
Peer reviews through D2L are due before 11:59pm Sunday of Week Six.

Additional Notes:

You will sign up for your presentation times this week. If you are not present to sign up for a time, one will be assigned for you after everyone else has chosen theirs.

Week 7
Research Projects

Continued work on the research projects. Presentations and peer review.


Submit final draft of Analysis Paper 2 to Dropbox in D2L before 11:59 pm on Tuesday of Week Seven.
Write first draft of Research Project essay for peer editing. (Must be submitted to D2L prior to class.)

Week 8
Final Thoughts

Finishing the drama discussion. Tying up loose ends.


"A Midsummer Night's Dream" p. 1655-1709


Reading Response Journal 6 due to the discussion board on D2L before 5pm Tuesday of Week Eight.
Submit final draft of Research Project Essay to Dropbox in D2L before 11:59 pm Tuesday of Week Eight.


Be prepared for the Final Exam in class.


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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