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General course information

Required Texts

Recommended Texts

A good writer’s handbook/reference book, such as:

Course Objectives

Preparation and Participation

You are expected to participate in class in an informed manner. At the very least, you are expected to come to class regularly, having read all assigned reading for that class. Ideally, you will have thought about the reading, taken notes on the reading, and have prepared opinions on and notes and questions about the reading. Ideally, you will participate in class discussions. Keep in mind that participating in class is usually a highly rewarding experience, greatly enhancing your ability to understand the course material and helping ensure your success in the course. Everyone is expected to be courteous and professional at all times in class.


All assignments are due in class on the date indicated for each assignment. Assignments may be submitted up to seven days (including weekend days) late without penalty. After that, there will be a 2%/day (including weekend days) penalty on all assignments. Assignments that are more than seven days late after the seven-day extension will be graded, with little to no comments/feedback, and receive a 20% penalty. No assignment will be accepted after the start of the final exam.


The Department of English Studies and Nipissing University maintain a strict policy on all forms of academic dishonesty. Each assignment must be original work produced by the student only for this course. All referencing and documentation must be complete and accurate for both direct and indirect quotations. The Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines for essay preparation are the standard in English Studies. Nipissing subscribes to Turnitin.com in order to ensure the integrity of the academic enterprise. Students shall submit their take-home essays electronically to Turnitin.com prior to submitting a hard copy to their instructor on the due date. Ignorance of what constitutes plagiarism will not be accepted as an excuse: if you are uncertain about any of this information, see your instructor immediately. All essays and tests are subject to an additional oral and/or written test at the instructor’s discretion. All suspected plagiarism will be reported to the chair of the department, the dean of the faculty, and the registrar of the university.

Marc R. Plamondon, Ph.D. Department of English Studies Nipissing University