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Course Syllabus Department of English English 300.500 and .501 -- Mythology Summer II 2011

This is an on-line section of English 300 taught by Mrs. Anne M. Duncan.

Instructor Contact Information

Anne M. Duncan Office: Ferguson 288 E-Mail Address: [email protected] Home Phone: (936) 564-0830 (Please use my home phone number as an office number as all of my teaching this semester is on-line.) Office Phone: (936) 468-2028 English Office Phone: (936) 468-2101 You may contact me using the e-mail tool in the course. If necessary, you may call me using my home phone number. I will meet with any student in my office by appointment.

Course Description

English 300, Mythology, is the study of world myths with special focus on Greek, Roman and Hebrew myths and emphasizing the role of myth in history, culture, and consciousness. Prerequisite: six semester hours of English


The Norton Anthology of World Literature: Beginnings to A.D. 100, Volume A. 2nd edition. Lawall, Sarah, General Editor. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. 978-0-39392450-3 The World of Myth. Leeming, David Adams. 1990, Oxford University Press. 978-0-19507475-8

English 300 Course Goals and Outcomes

Students in English 300, Mythology, will read myths from a variety of world cultures for the purpose of examining the similarities and differences among them. Special emphasis

is given to Greek myths and literature. The writing assigned is an integral part of the course.


Students who take English 300 must have a C or better in English 131 and English 132, or equivalent credit.

Course Requirements

For this course, students will complete reading assignments from the two required textbooks. Students will respond to the literature by writing discussion posts and reading and commenting on posts from classmates. Students will take reading quizzes and three major exams. The course work includes sending e-mails, using the discussion board and participation in virtual office hours. The course requires that the reading and writing be done in a timely fashion so that students can participate in discussion and submit writing assignments when they are due.

Face-to-face Class Meeting

At the beginning of the semester, a face-to-face class meeting will be scheduled at which time the instructor will go over the syllabus, the course requirements and technology requirements for the course. Students are strongly encouraged to attend this class meeting. All students have on-line access to the information discussed at the face-to-face meeting and are encouraged to ask questions via e-mail.

Prior to Beginning the Class

Be sure that you do the "Getting Started" module provided by OIT. Also have your login and password for Blackboard in order. Purchase copies of the textbooks either from the bookstore or online at the SFA Bookstore or or another on-line bookstore.


All writing assignments must be typed and submitted as a Microsoft Word (or Rich Text Format) document online through MyCourses. All assignments will be graded for proper format, soundness of content, attention to rhetorical context, resourcefulness, grammar, and mechanics. All assignments must be completed in the order in which they are given. Assignments should be turned in by the due date in the Timeline. If you need extra time, you should consult with me. Work that is more than one week late will earn no more than 70%. Allowing yourself to get behind, in an on-line class especially, can be disastrous. No assignments will be accepted after midnight of the last day of classes.

You will be required to submit writing assignments twice ­ one copy to Turnitin (i.e. Turn It In, a plagiarism detection service), and one as a regular assignment. The process is easy and can be completed entirely in MyCourses.


In order to pass, students are expected to do all the reading and writing assignments required in the class. Doing all the assignments as they are described in the course increases the possibility of academic success.

Assignments and Point Values

Practice Quiz

5 points Orientatio n Module Practice 5 points Compositio n Module One Virtual Discussion 8 points

Vocabulary 12 points Quiz 2 discussion posts 2 Reading Quizzes Group Discussion 2 Reading Quizzes Exam 2 Discussion Posts 4 Reading Quizzes 10 points 0 points 20 points 0 points 50 points 10 points 0 points 50 points 10 points 0 points 10 points 10 1 1

Module Two


Module Three EXAM ONE


Module Four

points 10 points 10 points Module Five 2 Reading Quizzes Essay Discussion Post Module Six 2 Reading Quizzes EXAM TWO 10 points 10 points 100 points 20 points 20 points 20 points

Final Exam 70 points

Total 530 points 477 points or more = A 424 points to 476 points = B 371 points to 423 points = C 318 points to 370 points = D 317 or less = F Grading Policy: There is very little wiggle room in this system of allotting points. With each assignment, students have the opportunity to ask questions, write thoughtfully and carefully, and submit work on time. Another option for students is to be an active participant in Virtual Office Hours. These are behaviors that might, in the case of a grade that is at the margin between one letter grade and another, encourage the teacher to acknowledge merit by adding a point to a grade. The decision to do this is entirely at the discretion of the teacher. Withheld Grades Semester Grades Policy (A-54) Ordinarily, at the discretion of the instructor of record and with the approval of the academic chair/director, a grade of WH will be assigned only if the student cannot complete the course work because of unavoidable circumstances. Students must complete the work within one calendar year from the end of the semester in which they receive a WH, or the grade automatically becomes an F. If students register for the same course in

future terms the WH will automatically become an F and will be counted as a repeated course for the purpose of computing the grade point average. Students with Disabilities To obtain disability related accommodations, alternate formats and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS), Human Services Building, and Room 325, 468-3004 / 468-1004 (TDD) as early as possible in the semester. Once verified, ODS will notify the course instructor and outline the accommodation and/or auxiliary aids to be provided. Failure to request services in a timely manner may delay your accommodations. For additional information, go to Plagiarism Academic integrity is a responsibility of all university faculty and students. Faculty members promote academic integrity in multiple ways including instruction on the components of academic honesty, as well as abiding by university policy on penalties for cheating and plagiarism. Definition of Academic Dishonesty Academic dishonesty includes both cheating and plagiarism. Cheating includes but is not limited to (1) using or attempting to use unauthorized materials to aid in achieving a better grade on a component of a class; (2) the falsification or invention of any information, including citations, on an assigned exercise; and/or (3) helping or attempting to help another in an act of cheating or plagiarism. Plagiarism is presenting the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own. Examples of plagiarism are (1) submitting an assignment as if it were one's own work when, in fact, it is at least partly the work of another; (2) submitting a work that has been purchased or otherwise obtained from an Internet source or another source; and (3) incorporating the words or ideas of an author into one's paper without giving the author due credit. Please read the complete policy at Major assignments in this course will be submitted to

Other course policies

Acceptable Student Behavior Classroom behavior should not interfere with the instructor's ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to learn from the instructional program (see the Student Conduct Code, policy D-34.1). Unacceptable or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Students who disrupt the learning environment may be asked to leave class and may be subject to judicial, academic or other penalties. This prohibition applies to all

instructional forums, including electronic, classroom, labs, discussion groups, field trips, etc. The instructor shall have full discretion over what behavior is appropriate/inappropriate in the classroom. Students who do not attend class regularly or who perform poorly on class projects/exams may be referred to the Early Alert Program. This program provides students with recommendations for resources or other assistance that is available to help SFA students succeed. Attendance Policy There is no "Attendance Policy" for this class in the usual sense, something that can attract students for the wrong reasons. Obviously, students are often happy not to be locked into a class attendance policy. However, students in on-line classes have a greater responsibility for creating their own class time. You should log-in to the course every day. You may, of course, do so as it suits your schedule, but this on-line class will require the same sort of discipline that is required in a face-to-face class. Deadlines and late work You are expected to turn in all assignments on time. Late work will be accepted only according to the following guidelines: If you are running into delays completing any assignments, CONTACT YOUR INSTRUCTOR AHEAD OF THE DUE DATE to explain the problem and ask for a short extension (which will under many circumstances be granted). Assignments submitted more than one week late will earn no more than 70%. Paper format All papers should be in MLA format, with one inch margins, no cover page, and a Works Cited page if specified in the assignment instructions. Text should be either Cambria or Times New Roman 12 point, and double-spaced. Pages should not be right or full justified. Pages should be numbered at the top right hand side of all pages, along with the author's last name. Difficulties If you do not understand an instruction, or if you have questions or are having difficulties with the reading or writing assignments, please contact me as soon as possible. I can work with you (online or in person) to solve the problem. Email and phone messages The most reliable way to reach me is by sending an e-mail through MyCourses. But if you need to send e-mail through mySFA/Titan instead, please include "English 300" in the subject line. If you need to reach me by phone, use my home phone number; as long as all my teaching is on-line, my home phone number is my office number.

EEO's for ENG 300 Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts EEO 1: To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities. Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts EEO 2: To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context. Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts EEO 3: To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities. Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts EEO 5: To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities. Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts EEO 6: To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts. Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts EEO 7: To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.

Course Timeline

Summer II 2011

VOH = Virtual Office Hours

July 12 Getting Started Module

VOH -6:00 PM Orientation July 13 Module Face-toFace-to-Face Face Meeting Meeting, July 14 5:00 PM, (recommended--not Ferguson required) 476 July 14 Module Module One - July One 15 July 12

Orientation to the Course

Mythology, the Basics

July 15

Discussion posts due

Complete July 18 Module One July 18 - July 21 Module Two VOH-6:00 PM Discussion Posts due Complete Module Two Module Three VOH -6:00 PM

Module Two Cosmic Myth

July 19 July 20

July 21 July 21 - July 27 July 21

Module Three Women in Myth

VOH-6:00 July 26 PM Exam Review Group July 28 Discussion Due Complete July 28 Module Three July 28 Exam One July 28 Module August Four 3 VOH 6:00 July 28 PM


Module Four

Gods and Heroes, the August Discussion Greeks 1 posts due

Complete August Module 3 Four

Module Five



Themes in Myth

3Five August 8 August VOH-6:00 4 PM Module Five Essay due--essays August will be 5 accepted through August 8 Complete August Module 8 Five

August 8Module Six August 11 Module Six VOH 6:00 August PM Exam 9 Myth in Cultural Review Heritage August Discussion 10 posts due August Complete 11 Module Six No work, except the Final Exam, will be accepted after 12:00 midnight on Thursday, August 11 Exam Two August - Final Exam 12 Exam


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