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ENG-2370-VO01 - Detective Fiction


Synonym: 155314
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2017 to 08-14-2017
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2017 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Janice Mitchell-Love | View Faculty Credentials

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Course Description:

This course introduces detective fiction, a unique mystery subgenre, that will be studied with an emphasis on defining and appreciating its evocative style and influence on a variety of cultures.

Essential Objectives:

1. Identify specific characteristics associated with detective fiction.
2. Define basic literary elements such as theme, character, plot, imagery, point of view and narrative technique, and explain how these elements are used to express ideas, emotions and values in specific works.
3. Compare and contrast important authors and their works.
4. Describe the social, cultural and historical factors that impact specific writers and their works.
5. Evaluate significant contributions of detective fiction writers to literature, cinema and culture.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Here are the six books that will be read this summer.  Included is one novella and five novels: three British authors, two American authors, and one Canadian author.

Let it be known that we aren't even scratching the surface of the wonderful mystery reading that's out there, but this will give us all a fun start.

Christie, Agatha. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.  William Morrow, 2011.

          (First published in 1927). ISBN 9780062073563  304 pp. 

Doyle, Arthur Conan.  The Hound of the Baskervilles. 

         CreateSpace  Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.  (Originally

         published in 1902). ISBN 978-1503312753. 112 pp.

Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon. Vintage Books, 1992. (First

         published in 1930). ISBN 9780679722649. 217 pp.

Parker, Robert B. God Save the Child. Dell, 1987. ISBN 978-0440128991.

         208 pp. 

Penny, Louise. Still Life. St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008.  IBSN 978- 

         0312541538. 312 pp. 

Winspear, Jacqueline. Journey to Munich. Harper's Perennial, 2017. ISBN

 

        978-0062220615. 320 pp.

 

          

 

 

Methods:

The methods and materials for Dectective Fiction  will primarily consist of weekly reading assignments and then discussions about the readings with classmates on the discussion board.  There will also be a writing component:  one short essay (two to three pages) during the semester that gives students the opportunity to gather their thoughts and reflect on topics pertinent to course readings plus the second, longer essay which is either a short story (mystery genre) or a researched essay (on a topic related to our semester readings); either would be eight to twelve pages in length.

Overview:

Your work this semester is to be able to read widely in the mystery genre, specifically in fiction that promotes the role of the detective.  You will also get the opportunity to synthesize and communicate your thoughts via the written word.  This is largely a self-directed course, and I hope that it is one that you will learn from but also one that you will thoroughly enjoy.

It is critical for your success in Detective Fiction to complete the reading assignments so that you can discuss what you've read with your classmates. 

Course Structure:

For purposes of this course, the week begins on Tuesday morning, when the Discussion Board for the week opens.  Generally the due dates for homework tasks (consisting of readings, discussions on the discussion forums, and the occasional writing) will be Monday nights at 11:59 p.m.  Students are expected to participate fully in the weekly discussion forums; it is understood that they will post on several days rather than all on one day so that their classmates have time to respond and engage in a conversation with them.  Each week ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday nights. 

Late Work:

All work is due on the assigned due dates.  If you have an emergency situation that arises, talk to me (you will have both my CCV and personal e-mails), and we'll see if we can work something out.

Absences

 

If you miss more than two (2) classes of ENG 2370 for any reason, it will be difficult to succeed in this course.  Class attendance is based on discussion board attendance; if you miss a class you not only are marked absent for the week, but you receive a zero on the weekly Discussion Forum grade.  Since the fifteen weekly Discussion Forums count as 60% of the semester grade, more than three zeroes would really hurt.  

 

However, just attending does not ensure a good discussion forum grade.  If you contribute at all during the week, yes, you will get credit for attendance.  However, attendance and the discussion board grade are two different entities:  the grade for Discussion Board  is dependent on the quality of your participation, the quality of your written posts..

 

Evaluation Criteria:

Your grade will be derived from the following:  participation in discussion forums, several short essays, and one longer original piece of writing or researched essay.

The final grade will be derived using the following weighting of components:

60%          Participation in discussion forums 

10%          One shorter essay: two to three typed pages in length

30%          One longer essay which is either an original short story in the mystery genre or a researched essay based on the readings or subject matter of the course.  This short story/essay will be eight to twelve typed pages in length.

Evaluation of Discussion Forums:

See details under introductory course documents and on the course description.

Explanation of Grading in the Course.

See details under introductory course documents and on the course description.

 

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

0:  Work that receives a zero was not submitted at all or was intentionally plagiarized.  Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

Grading for Discussion Board 

A = Outstanding Quality:  Postings demonstrate a solid understanding of the concepts, topics and ideas as evidenced by thoughtful responses and questions that show a clear connection with and/or are integrated with the course material at hand.  Postings show depth and include many supporting details.  A posting of outstanding quality might demonstrate, for example, a critical analysis of an existing posted idea or introduce a different interpretation to an existing concept or idea.  When discussing literature, quotes from the reading, when appropriate, are included.   Outstanding postings demonstrate the following characteristics:  they are thoroughly developed; they are completely free of major grammatical or mechanical errors; they demonstrate a reasonable attempt to be free of minor grammatical or mechanical errors; they are well argued with many supportive examples and illustrations from readings and discussion; and they show strong evidence of original thinking.  In outstanding postings, the tone is clear and respectful  Postings are submitted on-time and are distributed throughout the week.  All directions, such as required number of sentences per post, are followed.  (Note:  underlining is simply to emphasize points often overlooked by past students.)

 

B = Good quality:  Postings demonstrate an adequate understanding of the concepts, topics, and ideas as evidenced by posting more general statements in the forum.  A good quality posting might, for example, indicate agreement or disagreement with an existing discussion including a limited explanation or justification but would not offer depth of critical analysis or a different interpretation to an existing concept or idea as an outstanding post might.  When discussing literature, quotes from the reading, when appropriate, are included.  Postings are thoroughly developed, largely free of major and minor grammatical or mechanical errors, are reasonably argued with some supportive example and illustrations from readings and discussions, and show evidence of original thinking.  In good postings, the tone is clear and respectful.  Postings are submitted on-time and are distributed throughout the week.  Directions, such as required number of sentences per post, are generally followed.  (Note: underlining is simply to emphasize points often overlooked by past students.)

 

C = Fair quality:  Postings demonstrate a restricted understanding of the concepts, topics, and ideas as evidenced by posting information that could be derived from prior posts and/or including highly general comments.  When discussing literature, quotes from the reading, when appropriate, are not included.  Postings show average development, contain consistent major and minor grammatical or mechanical errors, incorporate few supportive examples and illustrations from readings and discussion, and/or show marginal evidence of original thinking.  In fair postings, the tone is clear and respectful.  Postings are submitted on-time but are not distributed throughout the week.  Directions, such as required number of sentences per post, are not followed.  (Note: underlining is simply to emphasize points often overlooked by past students.)

 

D = Poor quality:  Postings do not contribute materially to discussion.  There is insignificant interaction with peers and little development of thought or technique. Demonstration of acceptable grammar and mechanics usage is poor.  In poor postings, the tone is respectful.  Postings may not be submitted on-time and may not be distributed throughout the week. 

 

F = Unsatisfactory quality:   Postings are not submitted on-time or postings are not submitted at all.  Student work could be plagiarized.  Student work is so insubstantial that credit cannot be awarded.  Posting could be so unintelligible that a determination of tone cannot be rendered. 

 

0 = Zero:  no postings submitted for the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textbooks:

Summer 2017 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

ENG-2370-VO01 Textbooks.

Murder of Roger Ackroyd : A Hercule Poirot Mystery, ISBN: 9780062073563, William Morrow & Co   $11.89

Journey to Munich, ISBN: 9780062220615, Perennial   $13.59

Still Life A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, ISBN: 9780312541538, Minotaur Books   $14.44

God Save the Child, ISBN: 9780440128991, Dell   $6.79

The Maltese Falcon, ISBN: 9780679722649, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard   $12.71

The Hound of the Baskervilles, ISBN: 9781503312753, Createspace Independent Pub   $8.58

Contact Faculty:

Email: Janice Mitchell-Love
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Alberico

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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