English 122 - Introduction to Literature ONLINE



English 122 introduces literature through the reading, analysis, and discussion of various genres, such as myths, folktales, essays, short stories, poems, plays and novels. The literature will encompass different time periods and a variety of male and female authors from around the world. Students will use the literature to write critical and appreciative essays.


Now that you've read through the official description, I can tell you that this is a fun and interesting course that allows you to read a lot of different authors from different time periods. The class is very interactive, and much of the time is spent with students talking about what they read, what they thought about it, and why. As this is an on-line class, class discussion will take place via the course management site, Blackboard.


You must attend the on campus orientation for this class. You will receive materials and instruction about the course, it's requirements and how to be an on-line student. You should also complete the student information form by the first day of class.


I use Blackboard for class management (quizzes, grades, turning in work, discussion). The course Web site has a link to the Blackboard login. You will not be able to log into class until you attend the Orientation.


To get started with the class, go to the online schedule and do everything listed for the current week. Click any links in the schedule for instructions, demonstrations, presentations, etc. You'll want to begin every class session by visiting the online schedule.


If you are new to online learning, it will probably take a few weeks to get used to how I do things. Plan to spend a little extra time at first and don't hesitate to email or call if you feel lost. That's what I'm here for.


Dr. Lyn Neylon 


Course Content

  1. Study aspects of the major literary genres: short story, drama, poetry (novels, essays, myths, folklore may be added)
  2. Read prose, poetry, plays, etc., from a wide range of time periods by authors of both sexes and variety of cultural perspectives
  3. Learn to analyze literature using genre theory and major literary themes
  4. Write critical (analytical) and/or appreciative essays of different lengths and varying intensity, in and out of the classroom, in reaction to the works read in the course
  5. Study basic literary vocabulary dealing with genres and analysis of literature
  6. Learn basics of critical theory and how it helps us understand and/or appreciate different aspects of literary works

Course Objectives (Expected Student Learning Outcomes)
Students will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate the different literary genres and their respective properties in order to identify the value and roles of literature.
  • Identify major literary themes in prose, poetry and plays in order to understand and/or appreciate different aspects of literary works.
  • Utilize basic literary vocabulary in writings and discussion in order to identify the value and roles of literature.
  • Read and analyze prose, poetry and plays written in a minimum of three centuries (two of which must be before the 20th century) and from a minimum of three continents. Identify literal, symbolic and inferred meaning supporting by information in these texts.
  • Write organized, coherent, developed, and largely error-free critical (analytical) and/or appreciative essays which properly cite sources per MLA methodology and avoid plagiarism, in and out of the classroom, in reaction to the works read in the course.
  • Articulate orally and in writing the value and roles of literature in human civilization.


The Communication Arts Department has a zero tolerance policy for cheating or plagiarism.  
According to the Cuyamaca College Catalog, Student Code of Conduct, Academic Dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarizing, is grounds for instructional and administrative sanctions. That means that if you present the words (even three or more in a row), ideas, or work of someone else as your own, or if you have your work heavily rewritten by someone else and turn it in as your own, your instructor has the right to fail the assignment. The same is true if you are seen or otherwise caught cheating on a quiz, exam or other non-collaborative assignment.   In addition to whatever penalty the instructor applies to your graded work, he/she will report your misconduct to the Department Chair, the Instructional Dean and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. The Associated Dean of Student Affairs will keep a master list of cases of student misconduct. Any student who is reported to have cheated or plagiarized twice will be called in for a meeting with that dean. It will be up to the dean's discretion to determine what action to take, but students may be SUSPENDED FROM THE COLLEGE OR PERMANENTLY EXPELLED for repeated acts of cheating or plagiarism. Please feel free to consult the college catalog for further information or visit the Student Code of Conduct page. 



Dr. Lyn Neylon-Craft




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This class will be offered as an online class.


FRIDAY 8/21/15 11:00am-12:50pm


Please see online course information for details about how an online class works. Students need to have access to a reliable computer with a good Internet connection (high bandwidth) and word processing software.


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