ENGL 1027: Music in Literature: January - April 2015
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Course Expectations or Outputs

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. identify the defining features of major literary forms.
  2. identify and use key literary and critical terms in the process of analysis.
  3. apply basic critical and theoretical methodologies to close, critical readings of a wide variety of texts.
  4. discuss texts and ideas comfortably and respectfully in class.
  5. construct and sustain analytical arguments in clear, coherent prose and proper essay format.

Course Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate:

  1. an introductory knowledge of some key concepts and methodologies of English Studies.
  2. a promising ability to comprehend primary texts and offer analytical commentary.
  3. a promising ability to analyze texts and propose persuasive answers to interpretive questions.
  4. a promising ability to communicate in clear, correct prose.

Participation and Attendance

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. You are expected to 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.


Essays are due in class, on the date indicated by the assignment. There will be no lateness penalties for the first seven days after the essay is due. For every additional day (including weekend days) that an essay is late, the grade on the essay will be reduced by 2%.


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. 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