COL 130: Introduction to Literature
Anne Farmer, instructor
Office: A-Complex, Writing Center (in the Student Success Center) Phone: 365-5116, extension (and voice mail) 220
Office Hours: See attached schedule e-mail: email@example.com
Course Description: Introduction to Literature reviews and studies the major types of literature: short stories, plays,
novels, and poetry. Representative selections are read, discussed, and analyzed. Literary criticism is introduced via
theme, mood, characterization, style, tone, language, and other related characteristics.
Course Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, students must have taken or be concurrently enrolled in Composition I.
Course Outcomes and Competencies
Outcome 1: Demonstrate skills in the reading and interpretation of literature
Competencies: 1. Read literary works from the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama.
2. Analyze literature in terms of theme, mood, characterization, style, tone, language, and other
3. Express conclusions about literature in both oral and written form.
4. Support expressed conclusions through appropriate textual references.
5. Correctly use appropriate literary vocabulary in oral and written discussions of literature.
Outcome 2: Produce a required number of academic essays of required length.
Competencies: 1. Essays will demonstrate appropriate use of literary vocabulary.
2. Essays will utilize a central focus appropriate to the assignment.
3. Essays will include ample, specific evidence in support of a central focus.
4. Conclusions made in the essays will be based upon logical textual interpretation.
5. Essays will demonstrate logical organization of information.
6. Essays will use logical transitions.
7. Essays will utilize introductions and conclusions pertinent to development.
8. Essays will conform to Standard Edited English, including spelling, punctuation, and
Outcome 3: Participate constructively as a member of the learning community.
Competencies: 1. Contribute constructively to class discussion concerning reading assignments, writing
assignments, and other course material.
2. Adhere to course policies regarding regular attendance, behavior, tardiness, and classroom
Texts and Supplies: Please have text and all course supplies with you for each class meeting:
Roberts, Edgar V. and Henry E. Jacobs, Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. 6th ed.
Paper, writing utensils, handouts, notes, assignments that are due
Instruction Methods: Methods of instruction will include group discussion of reading and of literary issues, lecture, in-
class and out-of-class written analysis of readings, in- and out-of-class response to literary criticism.
Evaluation: Points will be assigned to course work as follows:
Essays 1-3: 300 pts. (100 pts. each) Final grades will be assigned according to the
Exams 1-3: 300 pts. (100 pts. each) following scale:
Special Project(s 100 pts. 900-1000 A
Homework, In-class 800-899 B
work, participation: 100 pts. 700-799 C
Final Exam: 200 pts. 600-699 D
TOTAL 1000 pts. below 600 F
NOTE: In order to earn a passing grade in Introduction to Literature, all essays must be submitted, and all exams must be
Attendance Policies: The following attendance policies will be observed in the course:
1. Attendance will be monitored. Students who miss five or more class meetings may be dropped from the course,
although students who desire to drop the course should fill out the necessary paperwork to do so formally, to ensure
that they do not fail the course due to missed work. The last day students will be allowed to drop this course—or any
course at the college—is Friday, November 18.
2. Except under extraordinary circumstances, homework and in-class work missed due to absence may not be made up.
Students who miss classes due to what they consider to be extraordinary circumstances must confer with the
instructor. Few circumstances will be considered extraordinary enough to warrant the acceptance of late work.
3. Late homework assignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor
Students involved in school-related activities that cause absence from class must notify the instructor prior to the
absence; late assignments will only be accepted if prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.
4. For all but extreme cases, excuses for missed days are neither necessary nor desired. Please refrain from calling with
“excuses” on the day of an absence.
5. Ten percent of the total points possible will be deducted from the grade of a late essay for each day that it is late.
6. In order to pass the class, all essays must be turned in. Even essays that are so late that they can only receive failing
scores must be turned in. Late essays will not be accepted after Friday, November 18. (Turning in all essays does not
guarantee a passing grade, but a passing grade may not be earned without having all essays turned in.)
7. Make-up exams will be administered at the discretion of the instructor. A student who anticipates missing an exam
must notify the instructor prior to the exam missed, and only absences due to dire emergency or school activity will
be accepted as sufficient to warrant a make-up exam. Make-up exams, in all cases, will be different in form from the
original exam taken in class.
8. Students who have five or more absences and who intend to stay in the class should schedule a conference with the
instructor. At the conference, a decision will be made concerning the student’s position and future in the course. At
all times, students will be held responsible for attendance and for the consequences of missing class.
9. In case of instructor absence, please come to class for specific instructions for the day.
Plagiarism and Cheating: Any student who uses another’s work as his or her own, allows another student to use his or
her work deceptively, submits work that is not his or her own, dishonestly uses or supplies aid during exams, or engages
in any behavior that violates the standards of academic integrity will automatically fail the course. If, at any time during
the semester, a student is unsure of what constitutes plagiarism, those concerns should be discussed with the instructor.
Ignorance is not an adequate defense for academic dishonesty.
Academic Assessment: Allen County Community College has implemented a student academic gains assessment
program. The purpose of this program is to ensure instructional excellence and to maintain regional accreditation. As a
part of this program all students are expected to take an entrance exam upon enrolling and an exit exam upon graduating.
Students will also be asked by their instructors to participate in some form of pre/post evaluation in each class.
Disability Statement: Allen County Community College is committed to assisting individuals with disabilities to
achieve their educational goals with appropriate accommodations and services based on individual, documented need.
Students having a disability (including learning disability), and needing accommodations, should inform the Director of
Guidance and each instructor of the student’s classes. The Director of Guidance coordinates all accommodations for
students with a disability.
Below you will find a complete schedule of my Iola Campus office hours.
ANNE FARMER: OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
8:00—9:00 A-Complex A-Complex A-Complex A-Complex A-Complex
9:00—10:00 A-Complex A-Complex A-Complex A-Complex A-Complex
or Writing Center or Writing Center
10:00—11:00 Composition I A-Complex Composition I A-Complex Composition I
or Writing Center or Writing Center
11:00—12:00 Online Office Introduction to Online Office Introduction to Online Office
Hour Literature Hour Literature Hour
12:00—12:30 12:00—12:30 12:00—12:30
12:00—1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30—1:00 12:30—1:00 12:30—1:00 12:30—1:00 12:30—1:00
A-Complex Lunch A-Complex Lunch A-Complex
1:00—2:00 Writing Center Writing Center Writing Center Writing Center Writing Center
2:00—3:00 Writing Center Writing Center Writing Center Writing Center Writing Center
3:00—4:00 Writing Center