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Course Code: ENGL498 Course ID: 2876 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

So the end is in sight … now it’s time to show us what you can do. In this course we will work through the process of creating a formal thesis in the form of a literary analysis essay that demonstrates the critical skills you have developed in your years as an English major. You will pick one literary work and dive deeply into it to engage the critical conversation surrounding it. The 10-15 page essay you produce will not only demonstrate your skills, but also serve as a formal writing sample for those of you intending to pursue graduate education. (Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 105 hours towards your program)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
03/29/2022 - 09/02/2022 09/05/2022 - 10/30/2022 September Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/2022 - 09/30/2022 10/03/2022 - 11/27/2022 October Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/2022 - 11/04/2022 11/07/2022 - 01/01/2023 November Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
07/25/2022 - 12/30/2022 01/02/2023 - 02/26/2023 January Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session
08/29/2022 - 02/03/2023 02/06/2023 - 04/02/2023 February Winter 2023 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Throughout this course, you will be conducting research on a subject of great interest to you and work very closely with your professor, one-on-one, in order to realize this research project. The course objectives are as follows:

CO1. Describe senior thesis project.

CO2. Create a subject for the project that is appropriately ambitious and yet properly focused.

CO3. Demonstrate critical and interpretive skills gained from earlier English courses.

CO4. Analyze sources that are relevant, reliable, peer-reviewed, and current.

CO4. Develop research questions and thesis statement that trace the trajectory of a literary issue through text(s) or articulate a new, valid way of understanding literary work(s).

CO5. Provide sufficient evidence (primary and secondary) in a well-organized way that supports thesis statement.

CO6. Clearly and effectively communicate, organize, and synthesize complex and often contradictory information from sources.

CO7. Quote, paraphrase, integrate, and cite information correctly to meet protocols in the current MLA style manual.

CO7. Develop a cohesive, substantive senior thesis paper.

CO8. Revise, edit, and proofread documents, integrating feedback from peers, instructor, and advisor.

The semester grade will be computed as follows:

Eight discussion board posts worth a total of 30 percent
Two short assignments and a final research essay worth a total of 70 percent

General Guidance on Grading:

There are several important areas I review when grading academic writing.

First, I examine the idea: Was the assignment addressed thoughtfully and creatively? Did the student try to challenge him/herself? Did the paper demonstrate critical reading and clear analysis?

Second, I look for documentation: Are the ideas expressed in this paper supported by MLA style citations that come from both primary and secondary sources? Does the author not only cite
but also, analyze the citations in order to demonstrate his or her interpretations/assertions? It is very difficult for me to evaluate your work without your demonstrating to me throughout the course where your conclusions are coming from through careful documentation and analysis of the required readings.

Third, I look for organization: Is the paper organized in a logical manner? Are there effective connections between ideas? Are the sources relevant and integrated effectively?
Fourth, I look at the mechanics of the paper: Does the paper demonstrate sentence variety and control of grammar and punctuation? Does it follow MLA, APA, Chicago, or some other style format?

Fifth: It is also very important to manage your text. In an essay of this length and depth students sometimes wander off and/ or rave on. Be to the point and clear. Do not see the page length as a green light to let loose. A well-managed, focused, and concise essay is more likely to receive an A than an essay that loses that control. On the subject of this….do not hand in a 30 page essay. Anything over fifteen pages will lose points.

Sixth: Is the research academic, relying primarily on scholarly articles?

A paper earning the letter grade of an A will be exceptional in each of the above areas; a strong paper will earn a B, and an adequate paper will earn a C.

I am always available to answer questions and comment on ideas you may have about your writing assignments. Please contact me anytime via messages within the classroom.

All assignments should be completed and submitted on time. Please contact me if something is causing you to fall behind so that we can work out an extension schedule as soon as possible.

Late AssignmentsStudents are expected to submit assignments by the due dates listed in the classroom. Late assignments, including but not limited to Assignments, Discussions, posts and responses, quizzes, and exams, may or may not be accepted after the course end date. Submitting an assignment after the due date may result in a penalty of up to 10% of the grade per day late, not to exceed a maximum 50% of the grade. The amount of the penalty is at the faculty member’s discretion. Faculty recognize that students have limited time and may be more flexible if potential delays are communicated ahead of time.*

*Doctoral and Programs with specialty accreditation may have different late policies.

**Students with DSA accommodations may have different late policies applied. For more information regarding our DSA services, please contact DSA@apus.edu.

NameGrade %
Discussions 35.00 %
Welcome Discussion 5.00 %
Week 2 Discussion 5.00 %
Week 3 Discussion 5.00 %
Week 4 Discussion 5.00 %
Week 5 Discussion 0.00 %
Week 6 Discussion 5.00 %
Week 7 Discussion 5.00 %
Week 8 Discussion 5.00 %
Assignments 65.00 %
Annotated Bibliography 14.95 %
Sentence Outline 14.95 %
Senior Thesis Paper 35.10 %

Throughout this course, you will be conducting research on a subject of great interest to you and work very closely with your professor, one-on-one, in order to realize this research project. The course objectives are as follows:

CO1. Describe senior thesis project.

CO2. Create a subject for the project that is appropriately ambitious and yet properly focused.

CO3. Demonstrate critical and interpretive skills gained from earlier English courses.

CO4. Analyze sources that are relevant, reliable, peer-reviewed, and current.

CO4. Develop research questions and thesis statement that trace the trajectory of a literary issue through text(s) or articulate a new, valid way of understanding literary work(s).

CO5. Provide sufficient evidence (primary and secondary) in a well-organized way that supports thesis statement.

CO6. Clearly and effectively communicate, organize, and synthesize complex and often contradictory information from sources.

CO7. Quote, paraphrase, integrate, and cite information correctly to meet protocols in the current MLA style manual.

CO7. Develop a cohesive, substantive senior thesis paper.

CO8. Revise, edit, and proofread documents, integrating feedback from peers, instructor, and advisor.

Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
ISBN:D2L Note
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.