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BYU Course Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate basic proficiency in reading and interpreting fiction, drama, and poetry.
  2. Demonstrate your understanding of literature through written and oral assignments, including papers and exams.
  3. Be able to discuss the ethical and aesthetic implications of choosing particular reading strategies including those that center on texts, genres, authors, readers.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Get more pleasure out of reading literature and increase your desire to read.
  2. Become more competent in understanding and appreciating literature.
  3. Distinguish between the good and the mediocre when evaluating literature.
  4. Use literature to become a more aware and sensitive person, more in touch with your own values, and more sympathetic to the needs of others.
  5. Develop and sharpen your thinking and writing skills by writing about the literature you read.


I want your experience in ENGL 230 to be one that is enriching, valuable, and successful. To increase your chances of success in this course it is required that you be at a minimum of a 10th-grade reading and writing level for a native English speaker. Because this college-level course focuses on particular skills that help you to read and analyze literature more perceptively, it isn’t a class where I can reasonably remediate English at the sentence level for unprepared students, and I cannot teach students for whom English is a second language the basic rules of English grammar, punctuation, and usage as part of this course. For all students who take this course, your enrollment in it presupposes that you will carefully check each assignment for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage before submitting it to me for grading. Errors in these areas distract from your good ideas and cause me to spend my assessment time in areas which are not the primary focus of what you hired me to teach you. Thanks for your attention to these details, since it will help both of us to be satisfied with the work you’ll complete.

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(The second text is optional. The literary terms you need to know are defined and illustrated in the Perrine text, but the Holman, Harmon text explains them in more detail and can be a helpful resource if you need the extra assistance.)

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The course consists of ten lessons and the final examination. Lessons are composed of three parts: a Self Check exercise, a computer-graded quiz, and an instructor-graded assignment to be submitted for evaluation. These are designed to give you important background material to assist you in understanding the literature and in gaining as complete an experience from it as possible. You will not be graded on the Self Check exercises. However, work through that material carefully as a means of gaining the greatest benefit from the literary works that you will read in order to complete the assignment to be submitted for each lesson.

To complete the lesson assignments, you must read the indicated literary works carefully, both for enjoyment and understanding. Keep referring to them as you answer the questions. Only the instructor-graded assignments should be submitted via Turnitin for evaluation. These assignments consist of both multiple-choice and essay questions. The assessments are an invitation to learn as much as possible and obtain the greatest benefit from your reading. The multiple-choice questions give us an opportunity to cover more material and give you specific help in understanding the literature. The essay questions give you an opportunity to express yourself more freely and fully. The primary thing to remember is that the amount of enjoyment and benefit you will receive from this course is directly proportional to the amount of effort you put into it.

Submitting the Instructor-graded Assignments through Turnitin
This course uses Turnitin (plagiarism checker technology), which lets you post your assignments online for me to grade. The first time you use Turnitin, you will need to agree to the “Terms of Use” agreement. Please do that, or you will not be able to submit your asignments. Once you've completed that, you will be able to submit assignments by:

  1. Going to the specific assignment within the course, and clicking the Upload button missing image.
  2. Typing a title for your assignment (for example, ENGL230_JaneSmith_Lesson1Assignment).
  3. Clicking Select the file to upload, or drag the file onto the Submit File window.
  4. When the submission is complete, preview your file, then click Accept submission-save.

Hint 1 : Click the "summary tab" within your assignment for more information about grading, instructions, dates, resubmissions, and originality reporting. You will notice that the "summary tab" has a due date (most likely set up as Dec 31, 2020) for the assignments. Ignore the dates. It is a Turnitin feature that does not apply to BYU courses. You will know that your assignment has been graded when the score appears in the grades section of this course.

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The final exam consists of 55 questions. It is closed book/notes. There is no time limit, but most students finish within 3 hours.

The exam will count for 30 percent of your final grade and each assignment will be worth 7 percent, equaling up to 70 percent of your final grade. So you can see that it is necessary to do well on both the lesson assignments and the final exam to do well in the course.

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Assignments to be submitted

Assignment Weight %
Lesson 1 Quiz 2%
Lesson 1 Instructor-Graded Assignment 5%
Lesson 2 Quiz 2%
Lesson 2 Instructor-Graded Assignment 5%
Lesson 3 Quiz 5%
Lesson 3 Instructor-Graded Assignment 2%
Lesson 4 Quiz 2%
Lesson 4 Instructor-Graded Assignment 5%
Lesson 5 Quiz 2%
Lesson 5 Instructor-Graded Assignment 5%
Lesson 6 Quiz 5%
Lesson 6 Instructor-Graded Assignment 2%
Lesson 7 Quiz 2%
Lesson 7 Instructor-Graded Assignment 5%
Lesson 8 Quiz 2%
Lesson 8 Instructor-Graded Assignment 5%
Lesson 9 Quiz 2%
Lesson 9 Instructor-Graded Assignment 5%
Lesson 10 Quiz 2%
Lesson 10 Instructor-Graded Assignment 5%
Final Exam 30%
Total: 100%

Grading Scale

A 100 94 C 76 73
A- 93 90 C- 72 70
B+ 89 87 D+ 69 67
B 86 83 D 66 63
B- 82 80 D- 62 60
C+ 79 77 E (fail) 59 or below

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Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.

As determined by your instructor or the BYU administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

Second Offense of Plagiarism

Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


10 computer-graded assignments (multiple choice) which MAY NOT BE resubmitted and 10 instructor-graded assignments (essay questions) which MAY NOT be resubmitted.


1 proctored instructor-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course.  You must pass the final examination with 60 percent or better in order to pass the course. 

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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