The Experience of Literature
Online English 2030
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Welcome to Online Eng 2030, a general, introductory course in which you read world literature--American, English, Russian, and the like--dating from 400 B.C. to contemporary times. You must have successfully completed Eng 1010 and 1020 (two semesters of composition) prior to enrolling in Online 2030.  

Students interested in taking Online Eng 2030 will want to visit the Continuing Studies web site for general information on University policies, online offerings, and the like. I would ask that you read about general expectations of online students at this most helpful site. And if you want to find out more about me, visit About the Instructor.

The primary objective of this course of study is the understanding and appreciation of literature gained from active and critical reading and writing. You will acquire a basic knowledge of the literary terms and their applications as you read the many assigned selections within the three major genres, fiction, poetry, and drama. This process will also help you discover how literature can help in analyzing and understanding the human experience.  Additionally, you will strive to make thematic connections across time, cultures, and literary genres. What issues are important to you and to the rest of us as citizens of the world? How has our perspective of these issues changed or remained constant across time and across cultures? Competency in these areas will be demonstrated through three examinations (objective & essay), two formal essays, and a variety of homework assignments--including written assignments and discussion board participation (virtual chats will also be conducted, but participation will be optional).

In order to be able to pass the course you must 1) complete all assignments (homework, discussion boards, exams, formal essays), 2) meet all the guidelines for each type of assignment, 3) and complete assignments as detailed in the schedule. Final grades for the course will determined by dividing the points earned by the points possible (usually around 1000) and then, based on a ten point scale (70-79, C, 80-89, B, etc.). Final grades will not be curved at the end of the term. Additionally, I do not use the + or - on final course grades because I think they're detrimental to students GPA's.

There is only one required text for our course: Roberts' Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, 9th edition. You will also be required to have access to the Internet through a Java Script enabled (WebCT compatible) browser, Netscape Navigator 4.7 or better or Internet Explorer 6.0 or better. AOL is not compatible. Audio capability (sound card and speakers) would be preferable, but not required; the material is also presented in text format. Your enrollment in a course delivered via the Internet suggests your familiarity with navigating through a site, using a discussion board and virtual chat, sending email with attachments, as well as the ability to format your documents in Word or rich text format regardless of the program available on your computer. 

Our course will be available through D2L on the day the semester begins; however, I will send the class a Welcome to the Course email one week prior. As soon as you have access,  you should peruse the site to familiarize yourself with the course lay out, navigation tools, etc. Print out the Course Content to help you with this process. Then, once you have completed the 1st assignment, the Orientation Exercise and Orientation Quiz, the system will automatically make available to you a link to the username & password that allow you access to all the usual course materials (syllabus, schedule, etc.). Any time you find an error, say, a link that's not working, or have a suggestion for improvement or addition, please email me and identify the problem or share your suggestion. At the end of the semester, you will be asked to provide feedback on various aspects of the site.

Other MTSU faculty may obtain the password by emailing me and are welcome to borrow any material associated with this site for use in developing their own. They will also have an opportunity for providing feedback on its content or technical elements from the navigation prompts. Others who gain access should ask permission to use materials  first and should cite this page as the source of any material borrowed. Please report any links with problems via email.

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Last revised 22 August 2005