Literature and the Art of the Narrative


Course Code:  None
Credits:  Noncredit
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Credit Information
Course Title:Literature and the Art of the Narrative
Course Code:None
Credits:Noncredit
Certificate Provider:Westcott Courses
Transfer:No, the noncredit version of the course is not transferable.
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
See the Certificate & Preapproval tab for more details.

Course Requirements
Enrollment Type:Schedule8 week course - Class starts on the 1st of the month!
Requires Textbook?YesThis course requires a textbook.
Proctored Final:NoA final paper is to be submitted.
See the Course Details tab for more details.

Course Description
This course will survey various narrative techniques across a broad spectrum of genres, including novels, short stories, graphic novels and comic books, television, and the movies. The student will examine how we tell stories, but also ask the question why narrative is so integral to the human condition.

Prerequisite:   English Composition with a grade of C or better, assessment test placement or consent of instructor.

Course Pricing
The full cost of the course is $325.00; however, you may use the payment plan to split the cost into two payments.

Payment Plan:
1st payment: $182.25   (Start your class immediately!)
2nd payment: $149.75   (Automatically charged 30 days later.)

Enroll Now - Noncredit - $325   View Credit Option - $525

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Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and a certificate of completion is issued by Westcott for students who receive a C or better in the course. This course under the noncredit option does not go through our partner universities; thus, a transcript is not included with the course. If you need academic credit and/or a transcript, click on the button above or below to switch to the 'credit option'.
See the Certificate & Preapproval tab for more details on this topic.

The noncredit course is the exact same class as the credit course; it is just less expensive since it is not sent through our partner university for credit. The noncredit courses can be used for remediation, personal enrichment, or students can learn the material and then receive credit at a home college using their college's Credit by Examination option.

Enrollment Information
This class is an eight week course, and starts on the first of each month. Please see the yearly schedule.

Next course starts: 10-25-18
Late enrollment through: 11-8-18
Drop date: 11-1-18
Course end date: 12-19-18

Note: Students who enroll after the 14th will be activated on the 1st of the following month.

Textbook Requirement:
IMPORTANT! Make sure you order your books using overnight delivery! You are required to use your books on the first day of class for assignment #1. Not having your books on time means you will quickly fall behind in the course.

1. Joyce, James. Dubliners. Dover Thrift Publishing.
2. Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Dover Thrift Publishing.
3. Brooks, Max. The Harlem Hellfighters. Broadway Books.
4. Bechdel, Alison. Funhome: A Family Tragicomic. Mariner Books.
5. Students will also need access to Netflix, similar streaming media services, or a video rental source.

Proctored Final Requirement:
No, a final paper is to be submitted.

Student's Requirements:
You must have internet access.
You must have access to email.
Omega MathTM Courses - you must be at or above a 7th grade reading level. Other courses require at least a 10th grade reading level.

Payment Plan:
The cost of each class can be divided into two payments by checking the payment plan box when you enroll. The first payment is 55% of the total amount, and the second payment is 45% of the total amount. Your first payment will be charged when you enroll, and the second payment will be charged in 30 days. Your course is activated once your first payment is made. There is a $3.50 additional fee for the credit card split for each of the two payments.

If paying by check, you can either send in a check for the two payments 30 days apart. Or you may send in both checks at the same time, with one post dated by 30 days for the 2nd payment. Just click on "Check by Mail" under Payment Information when you enroll. The form at the end of your enrollment will give you the address for mailing the checks.

Certificate Information:
A certificate of completion is issued from Westcott Courses, which includes a letter grade and an overall percentage earned in the class. This course under the noncredit option does not go through Brandman University; thus, it does not carry any units and an official transcript is not included with the course. Some colleges such as Cal State Maritime, San Francisco State University, College of the Desert, etc., accept the certificate of completion for this class as a prerequisite towards another course on their campus. Please see our Associated Schools page to see if your college will accept this class under noncredit. If your college is not on this list, then they most likely want you to take the class under the credit option, which will go through Brandman University.

If you would like preapproval from your school, please see the section below on "Preapproval from your School".

Transfer Information:   No, the noncredit version of the course is not transferable.

Courses under noncredit are not transferable. If you would like to take this class for personal enrichment, the noncredit course is the exact same class as the credit course; it is just less expensive since it is not sent through our partner university for credit. If you want to transfer the course to your college, you will need to enroll under the semester credit option. If you would like preapproval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link to this page. The noncredit courses can also be used to learn the material and then receive credit at a home college using Credit by Examination.
(K-12 use)

Preapproval from your School:
Westcott Courses/Omega Math is the teacher of the course, and a certificate of completion is issued. A course under the noncredit option cannot be used towards college graduation; however, it may be able to be used as a prerequisite at some colleges, such as College of the Desert, and/or graduate programs. View the Associated Colleges page to see if your school is listed. If your school is not on our list, they will most likely want the official transcript and semester credits from our credit option. Click on the link above "View the Credit Option", and then view the Preapproval tab.

Course Information


Course Title:Literature and the Art of the Narrative
Course Code:None
Credits:0 credits
Certificate Provider:Westcott Courses
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
Proctored Final: No

Textbook Requirement:
IMPORTANT! Make sure you order your books using overnight delivery! You are required to use your books on the first day of class for assignment #1. Not having your books on time means you will quickly fall behind in the course.

1. Joyce, James. Dubliners. Dover Thrift Publishing.
2. Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Dover Thrift Publishing.
3. Brooks, Max. The Harlem Hellfighters. Broadway Books.
4. Bechdel, Alison. Funhome: A Family Tragicomic. Mariner Books.
5. Students will also need access to Netflix, similar streaming media services, or a video rental source.

Course Description

This course will survey various narrative techniques across a broad spectrum of genres, including novels, short stories, graphic novels and comic books, television, and the movies. The student will examine how we tell stories, but also ask the question why narrative is so integral to the human condition.

Prerequisite:   English Composition with a grade of C or better, assessment test placement or consent of instructor.

Learning Outcomes

After this course, students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in both speech and writing.
  2. Read, notate, and analyze narrative techniques used in a variety of texts.
  3. Apply critical thinking to the reading of a literary text and discuss the relationship between form and content.
  4. Conduct research using a wide range of college-level resources to find support for analysis and arguments in writing a variety of essays.
  5. Initiate conversations based on observations and reactions to various narrative texts.
  6. Identify when and where a source is required to support an argument. Justify why a citation's content gives depth and validity to the student's claims and/or thesis.
  7. Compose various argumentative essays with proper sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, spelling and usage.
  8. Evaluate arguments from both non-fiction and literary sources and write essays that are uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of an intelligent citizen in a world with diverse cultural views including environmental, global and cultural awareness.
  10. Write an objective fully supported paper that not only demonstrates the ability to think critically but also supports a challenging thesis.
  11. Assess and follow accurately MLA research and documentation guidelines as they pertain to various forms of media and texts.


Methods Of Evaluation

Essays 30%
Research project 25%
Discussion Boards/participation 25%
Tests, Quizzes, Final Exam 20%

Assignments


  1. Readings from a range of texts from a wide range of genres and media forms, including novels, short stories, graphic novels, television shows, and movies.
  2. Analyze a variety of written, audio, and visual texts.
  3. Participate in online discussion boards and collaborative assignments.
  4. Write argumentative and analytical essays using the techniques learned in the prerequisite class.
  5. Complete an analytical or argumentative research project: 2500 word paper requiring library research on an extended narrative work, such as a television series or a film director's oeuvre.
  6. Through writing and oral discussions, analyze texts to develop logical conclusions, original ideas and an analytical and investigative thought process.


Assessment

A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

Time on Task

This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

Schedule

Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.

  1. Review of narrative types, including refractive, reflective, and linear narration; standard plot diagram; use of foreshadowing and flashbacks; unreliable narrators; and character development in written texts: 2 weeks
  2. Review of narration in an extended work (James Joyce's Dubliners) : 3 weeks
  3. Review and analysis of narration in the novel genre (Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness): 3 weeks
  4. Review of narration in the graphic novel genre: 3 weeks
  5. Review of narration in electronic media, including television and cinema: 3 weeks
  6. Final project


Code of Conduct:


Code of Ethics:

Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

Respectful communications:

When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

Grading information and proctored final policies:

The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

Examples of academic misconduct:

Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

Unauthorized collaboration:

Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

Important Notes:

This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.


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Teachers for the course:

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