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Des Moines Urban Campus Syllabus Academic Standards Commission Instructor Information Name Julie Sandblom address Phone number xxx Fax number xxx Office location none Office hours -- Course Information Semester Spring Year 2011 Course title Humor Literature Course number Lit 193 Credits 3 Section number Ww3 CRN number Days & Time Online Location Online Course description Course competencies du 1) Identify the elements of poetry, fiction and drama as they apply to humor literature. 2) Differentiate at least five critical approaches to literature. 3) Analyze a wide range of humorous literary works/comedy, emphasizing critical interpretation and evaluation. 4) Demonstrate an understanding of a wide range of humorous literary works through reading, discussion and writing 5) Develop an appreciation for the importance of comedy and humor literature in culture. Important Dates Midterm Final See Bb Announcements and Content Folders for deadlines Textbooks & Materials Required Selected Canterbury Tales. Ed. Ward. Dover thrift edition textbooks ISBN Don Quixote. Cervantes. Trans. Grossman. Ecco/HarperCollins ISBN Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare. Ed. Braunmuller. Penguin (Pearson) ISBN Oxford Book of Comic Verse. Ed. Gross ISBN The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde. Ed. Gillespie. Norton Critical Edition. ISBN Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women s Humor. Ed. Dance. Intro Giovanni ISBN Several primary texts to access online (ranging from Mark Twain to David Foster Wallace): see Bb Content Folders and Announcements. Required materials Regular access to the internet and DMACC . Course Policies 1 Attendance It is not possible to receive an above-average grade (average = C) without participating in all or almost all weekly discussion threads, and passing all quizzes over weekly readings. Grading criteria Discussion Thread Submissions = 35% Quizzes/Midterm = 30% Blog (5%) + related thematic project (10%) = 15% Final exam = 20% Final Course Grade: % A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- Ground Rules for Online Conduct Refer to the DMACC Student Handbook: s must be sent to me from your DMACC address, not any other personal address. Be sure you have regular access to your DMACC , and that your inbox isn t full. Please indicate the specific course in which you are enrolled in your subject line. s should be reserved only for concerns particular to you. For questions or concerns of general interest to yourself and fellow classmates, please use the running discussion thread ( Ask Away ) within your course (in each week s Content Folder); there you may post questions and comments such as students commonly ask at the start and end of classroom sessions. Netiquette: As in a physical classroom, please observe common civility in your discussion postings. Read fellow students postings with care and respond with courtesy. While your postings to the discussion threads need not be so polished as a formal essay, they should be more academic in structure and considered in content than an informal chat among friends in, say, text messages. Part of your discussion grades will depend upon your correct spelling and grammar, logical organization, and particular evidence from the readings (using correct quotations). Tech Support Late assignments, Missed Exams Extra credit If you have technical problems, please do the following: 1. Contact the instructor immediately 2. Search the DMACC online website at 3. Contact the helpdesk or 4. Contact the distance learning office at , ext or I do not accept late work. Excused absences do not affect this policy. The usual deadlines for your weekly online submissions will be 11:30 p.m. Thursdays. Your Blackboard course is set up to not accept any weekly submissions (quiz, blog or discussion) after this time. All quizzes and tests must be taken within the time frames specified for each, and most are open for taking for a week. See the Bb Content Folders Assessments. No additional assignments for extra credit are available. Work of extraordinarily high quality may be granted additional credit. 2 Study expectations Weather policy Academic dishonesty Plan to devote as much time to an online course as you would to a classroom course, including (the online equivalent of) classroom time. For each weekly Content Folder (in Blackboard), you should expect to work on reading and writing for eight to twelve hours. This does not include time you may need to spend learning to navigate the Blackboard system, or learning any other technical aspects of online learning, such as accessing web links and using DMACC s online research databases. First, when accessing your Bb course, complete the Online Orientation. Online students should check Announcements within Bb for any changes to their class s schedule, as well as DMACC regarding campus closings. All writing submitted to this class s discussion topics or in essays must strictly conform to all MLA guidelines against plagiarism. Ignorance of the laws prohibiting plagiarism is no excuse for breaking them, and will not protect you from the penalties. 1) Know the rules: all college writing handbooks, print and online, contain instructions on how to avoid plagiarism. 2) Know the penalties: if you borrow anyone else s words or ideas, from any source, without correctly acknowledging this, you risk getting no credit for that assignment and you risk failing this course. Plagiarism can also be grounds for dismissal from the college. See DMACC Educational Services Procedures ES 262 VII. A and B. Refer to the DMACC Student Handbook: DMACC Information Web Sites DMACC home page Admissions & registration Student handbook Add/drop dates Refund policy Support Services Accommodations It is the policy of DMACC to accommodate students with disabilities. Any student with a documented disability who requires reasonable accommodation should contact the special needs coordinator at voice or TTY. Services for students with disabilities Academic & educational advising Career counseling Contact the special needs coordinator at voice or TTY or contact the counselor on the Urban campus at for an Application for Accommodation. 3 Library (Urban Campus. Note: Be sure to have your DMACC library card, so that you may access the library s resources online.) Academic Achievement Center (Urban Campus. Note: This course is designated as an Urban Campus course, but you may use any campus s services.) Computer labs (Urban Campus) Room 122 Monday-Thursday: 7:30am to 9:00pm Friday: 7:30am to 5:00pm Saturday: 7:30am to 1:00pm Services include academic help, tutoring, GED, testing (Compass), pre-admission courses, high school diploma courses, and several credit classes or Room 204/206/208 Monday Thursday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm Friday 8:30 am to 2:30 pm Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (fall & spring semesters only) Room 202 M-Th 2:30pm-9:30pm Friday 8:30am-2:30pm Sat 8:00am-1pm Room 218 M-Th 8am-9:30pm Friday 8am-4:40pm Sat 8am-Noon Library Research Lab, Urban Library, Building 1** Monday Thursday 7:30am to 9:30pm Friday 7:30am to 5:00pm Saturday 7:30am to 1:00pm **Please see the Urban Library for special guidelines on the use of this lab Disclaimer This syllabus is representative of materials that will be covered in this class; it is not a contract between the student and the institution. It is subject to change without notice. Any potential exceptions to stated policies and requirements will be addressed on an individual basis, and only for reasons that meet specific requirements. If you have any problems related to this class, please feel free to discuss them with me. 4 Nondiscrimination Policy Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedures. Complaint forms may be obtained from the DMACC Web site, the Ombudsperson, Judicial Officer, Human Resources Department, the campus Provost's Offices, and Academic Deans Offices. Students who wish additional information or assistance may contact the Executive Dean, Student Services, Laurie Wolf, Building 1, or the EEO/AA Officer, Dr. Sandy Tryon, Human Resources, Bldg. 1, or they may refer to Student Services procedure 4645 located on the DMACC Intranet at Go to Policies & Procedures and choose Student Services Procedures. Employees and applicants who wish additional information or assistance may contact the EEO/AA Officer, Dr. Sandy Tryon, Human Resources, Bldg. 1, or refer to HR Procedures 3000, 3005, 3010, 3015, and 3020 at For requests for accommodations, the Accommodation/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Sharon Bittner, can be contacted at Students with requests for accommodations should refer to the Student Services procedure 4610 located on the DMACC Intranet at Go to Policies & Procedures and choose Student Services Procedures. 5 Course Schedule Lit 193 Humor Lit Spr 2011 Sandblom Week or Date Assignments: All weekly Introductions, Study Guides, Specific reading assignments, Discussion Topics and Assessments are within your Blackboard Course (referred to as Bb ). Week 1: Jan. Canterbury Tales : Jan Much Ado; some theories of comedy ancient and modern 3: Jan Much Ado, continued 4: Jan. 31- Don Quixote, Books Feb. 4 5: Feb Don Quixote, Books cont d and more theories of comedy 6: Feb Selections from Oxford Book of Comic Verse 7: Feb More selections from Oxford Comic Verse 8: Feb. 28- Mar. 4 The Importance of Being Earnest, with literary criticism Due Date: Announcements and due dates within Bb More detailed data within your Blackboard Course Content Folders Reminder: Supplemental materials in Bb Content Folders include required readings. 9: Mar. 7(midterm)- 11 Spring Break Mar : Mar : Mar. 28- Apr. 1 Mark Twain and American Humor Honey, Hush! Honey, Hush!, continued Midterm test due Mar. 24 Mar. 29 last day to drop 12: Apr. 4-8 Modern and Contemporary Fiction: T. C. 6 13: Apr : Apr : Apr Boyle, Alice Munro, Rick Moody, Zadie Smith Contemporary Humorous Nonfiction: Nora Ephron, Bill Bryson, David Sedaris, David Foster Wallace, Steve Martin Contemporary Humorous Poetry: Li-Young Lee, Billy Collins; More theories of comedy. Final (with Blog Project) DUE 11:30 p.m. Friday, April
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