Office Hours:
Dr. Robin Anne Reid
Hall of Languages 125
Online: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Face to Face: Wednesdays 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursdays 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Time Zone: Central United States
Office Phone:
Office Fax:
Robin.Reid@tamuc.edu (Preferred form of communication)
I check my email several times a day during the week and at least once a
day on weekends.
I have online office hours for checking the Virtual Office in my classes and/or
communicating with learners via email. Questions posted in the Virtual Office
will be answered within 24 hours during the week.
I have face/face office hours two days a week for students who wish to meet
with me.
If students are not free during that time, they may email to make an
appointment for another time when we are both free.
Required Textbooks
Barker, Martin and Ernest Mathijs. Watching the Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's
World Audiences. New York: Peter Lang. 2007. ISBN-10: 0-82046396-5. ISBN-13: 978-0-8204-6396-4.
Graff, Gerald, and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say, I Say. New York: Norton.
2014. ISBN-10: 0393935841 ISBN-13: 978-0393935844.
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Margolis, Harriet, Sean Cubitt, Barry King, and Thierry Jutel. Studying the
Event Film: The Lord of the Rings. Manchester: Manchester UP. 2012.
ISBN-10:0-7190-7199-2. ISBN-13: 978-0-7190-7199-7.
Mathijs, Ernest and Murray Pomerance. From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays
on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. New York: Peter Lang. 2006.
ISBN-10: 90-420-2062-8. ISBN-13: 978-90-420-2062-7.
Thompson, Kristin. The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern
Hollywood. Berkeley: U of C P. 2007. ISBN-10: 0-520-25813-4. ISBN13: 978-0-520-25813-6.
Note: I have ordered the paperback version of all the required reading; you
can order online from our campus bookstore. Other companies, including
amazon.com, have new and used versions on sale as well. Electronic copies
are fine (although unless they have the hard copy page numbers, you will
have to paraphrase rather than quote in your writing).
Course Description
Catalog Description: Literary Genres. Three semester hours. An
examination of one or more literary genres. Topics and approaches may
vary, but might include a focus on a particular historical period, theme, or
critical approach to selected poetry, drama, non-fiction prose, fiction, or film.
May be repeated for credit when the emphasis changes.
Fall 2015 Topic: The focus this fall will be on a cultural studies approach to
the genre of "event film," focusing on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.
Students do not need to be familiar with either Tolkien's book or Jackson's
film, and we will not be reading or viewing them for class. This class will not
only be the first time this topic is taught at A&M-Commerce, it may be the
first time this approach is taken in a graduate course.
We will be reading scholarship on the production and reception of the film,
as well as making use of the data collected for the "Lord of the Rings
International Audience Research project: World Questionnaire Dataset,
2003-2004" (reported in Barker and Mathijs, also archived at
http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue?sn=5179). We will be
creating our own curated collection of secondary and primary sources online.
You do not need to access the raw data at the UK Data Service in order to
do well in class: we'll be working with the data in the collection.
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Learning Outcomes
Learners will demonstrate that they can:
1. Engage in scholarly discussion with peers and articulate:
a. The dialogic nature of academic rhetoric;
b. The types of arguments made in scholarship on reception theory
and audience interaction with the films, specifically scholars'
rhetorical strategies, authorial voices, and cultural context;
c. The different assumptions and approaches in arguments and
counterarguments in the scholarship and in online interpretive
d. The differences in methodologies used in scholarship (qualitative
and quantitative).
Assessed by selected reading discussion posts and responses.
2. Collect and summarize recent (within the last ten years) online
primary sources written by viewers of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the
Rings Film reflecting different receptions of the film by three
interpretative communities.
Assessed by selected primary source discussion posts and responses.
3. Apply principles from the assigned scholarship to analyze the primary
sources collected within the context of the "event film" and
connections between production, text, and reception in global and/or
economic terms.
Assessed by selected primary source posts and final drafts of the two
short papers.
4. Communicate complex and/or ambiguous ideas, issues, and
conclusions clearly and effectively in written work through summaries
and paraphrases as well as direct quotes.
Assessed by the final drafts of the short papers.
5. Analyze the knowledge and needs of different audiences (online and
print, academic and non-academic) in order to write effectively for
each audience.
Assessed by the wiki posts and the curated collection final drafts.
6. Develop an original research question considering the reception
trajectory that extends to the present, drawing on quantitative and
qualitative evidence (from the "Lord of the Rings International
Research Project" and the class collection of primary sources) and
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address that question in presentation-length papers which include an
original argument, a review of relevant scholarship, and an
explanation of how evidence supports the argument.
Assessed by the final drafts of the two short papers.
7. Collaborate with the class and instructor to create a collection of
information about primary and secondary sources that will allow other
scholars to explore the extent to which The Lord of the Rings' function
and political implications are connected to aesthetic elements.
Assessed by the primary source discussion posts and the curated
collection final drafts.
Course Requirements
Learners will:
 Access and follow all course instructions found in the content area
(navigation bar) of the online course platform.
 Read all online materials (assignments, handouts, and instructor
feedback and rubrics in the gradebook).
 Complete and submit assignments electronically using the online
course platform's tools/tabs for the Dropbox.
 Use the Writing Workshops in the external program, Dropbox.com, to
give feedback to classmates on assigned materials.
 Access their grades in the Pearson Learning Studio (eCollege)
gradebook, including the rubrics in the gradebook as well as comments
on drafts uploaded to the assignment Dropboxes.
 Use the Virtual Office to post questions about class assignments.
This is a fully online course led by the instructor. The class schedule in this
syllabus identifies due dates for assignments.
The course is composed of weekly units grouped in large themed units which
contain an organized series of assignments and assessments to assist
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learners in achieving the course learning objectives. These assignments
include discussions, writing assignments, and peer response assignments.
The five themed units are: Introductions, Production, Marketing, and
Reception, and Final Drafts.
The Introductions and Final Draft units which frame the course are process
The three body units (Production, Marketing, and Reception) are content
oriented. They include discussions where learners will practice various
dialogic and academic rhetorical moves (active reading exercises,
summarizing, analyzing, comparing and contrasting) while discussing
selected readings from the textbooks; discussions where learners will report
on online primary sources from an interpretive community they have
researched; writing assignments that writing for an academic audience
(presentation-length essays) and a general audience (wiki entries). There
will also be workshop assignments (responding to classmate's drafts in
dedicated folders in an external program, Dropbox.com.
The final drafts process involves selecting specific posts and drafts from
earlier work to revise and submit for final drafts for Wiki Entries (2), the
Curated Collection (2), and presentation-length papers (2).
The assignment handouts found in the course shell in the Home Page and
Weekly Units contain detailed information on due dates, objectives, required
content, format, structure, along with information on resources, and grading
rubrics. I expect those handouts to be studied, whether online or via hard
copy that is printed out, read, and annotated if necessary.
Any questions about the assignments should be posted in the Virtual Office.
Each assignment will be assessed according to the criteria on the assignment
handouts. I will complete the rubrics and enter the grades, and include
feedback on drafts on how to revise.
Any questions about grades should be sent to me at my university email.
Discussion postings and the first drafts of writing assignments will be
assessed half on effort and half on critical thinking. Effort is defined as
turning work in on time (by the No Penalty Zone—explained below—or later,
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with a documented excuse), on topic, and meeting the assigned word count.
"Critical thinking" is defined based on the criteria relating to the rhetorical
dialogic moves of academic scholarship (explained in Graff and Birkenstein,
shown in the assigned readings, and identified in assignment prompts).
Final drafts will be assessed based on a rubric that instructor and learners
finalize in a collaborative process, drawing on the standard criteria for
academic writing for experts (for the papers and the curated collection) and
academic writing for a general audience (for the wiki entries).
Learners should prioritize work based on the amount of points each
assignment is worth and the number of criteria used in evaluation. The
higher the percentage and greater the number of criteria, the more time
needs to be spent on the assignment. Remember time for revision is built
into the course.
There are late penalties if work is turned in past the No Penalty Zone (NPZ)
without a documented excuse. See the course policies section for more
information about the NPZ.
This course embeds a process of revision and development through strong
connections made between the discussion posts for the reading and primary
source collection assignments and the writing assignments. The discussion
assignments are written to allow learners to generate early versions of work
that can be revised and developed for the writing assignments (wiki entries,
curated collection entries, and short papers).
This process allows for ongoing feedback from instructor and classmates in
the discussions and then with more in-depth feedback from the instructor
and graded peer responses from classmates on the paper, wiki, and curated
collection drafts.
The curated collection is a collaborative effort to create an online collection
of materials relating the primary and secondary sources read and researched
for this class. The collection entries will be revised from discussion posts.
This collaborative effort differs from traditional group work in that learners
do their own work, share it with the class in discussions, evaluate each
other's work, engage in revision, and prepare materials based on that
process. This process will take place online (in our course shell and in a
cloud program, Dropbox.com, which allows for easy response and
communication). Although there are no group assignments, no group
grading, and no requirements to meet others offline, the final product will be
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posted as a class product, with learners given credit for their contributions
and individually graded.
Learners will able to access their grades, see the points earned, and read
feedback on the assignments as soon as the instructor grades the work and
enter the points. An email and a class announcement will be sent out with a
group of assignments has been graded.
The final class grade is based on the number of points earned. The
gradebook function in the course shell will show the percentage of total
points earned throughout the term. The points will be translated to a final
letter grade using the following equivalencies:
NOTE: To access the rubric and feedback, click on the blue hyperlink grade
to access the Dropbox where drafts with comments are uploaded. These
comments give you suggestions for revision and editing the drafts. Be sure
to review them before turning in a revision.
If at any time you have a question about the comments or concern about
your grade (which only you and I can access), please contact me (by email)
or come to visit me during my office hours. If we are unable to resolve your
concern, you may then wish to meet with your program director (see the
Department Grievance Procedure on page 21).
Please do not post about grades in the Virtual Office which is a public space.
Methods of Evaluation
This overview posted below gives basic information and point values for all
of the assignments in 509.
The assignment handouts are posted in PDF form associated with a Dropbox
in the course shell in the appropriate weekly unit or as information posted in
the threaded discussions.
Word versions of the major assignment handouts are uploaded in Document
Sharing and may be downloaded from there.
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Personal intro
100 points
and narrative
50 Post
50 3 Responses
Syllabus Discussion
100 points
50 Post
50 3 Responses
2000 points
Reading Discussions
Five Posts in Response to my Prompt
20 @ 100 points
1. They Say, I Say
2. SEF, FF, WLoTR, FHH Intros
3. Production Essays
4. Marketing Essays
5. Reception Essays
Primary Sources
12 @ 200 points
Evaluation Posts
8 @ 150 points
Responses to 3 classmates in each
reading discussion (15)
2400 points
Primary Source Discussion Posts (3)
Responses to 3 classmates in each
Source Discussion (9)
1200 points
Evaluations of Reading and Primary
Source posts that show promise for
development for later assignments.
1200 points
Wiki 1
Paper 1
Wiki 2
Paper 2
Wiki 3
Paper 3
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(6 @ 100 points)
600 points
3000 points
Wiki 1
Paper 1
Wiki 2
Paper 2
Identify an error
(grammatical or
mechanical or stylistic)
in a class handout, or a
dead link on a handout,
for 50 points. Copy and
paste the text including
the error and explain it
briefly in a word
document you upload to
the Extra Credit Folder.
Final Drafts Rubric
300 points
200 points
To fully participate in online courses you will need to use a current Flash
enabled browser. For PC users, the suggested browser is Google Chrome
or Mozilla Firefox. For Mac users, the most current update of Firefox is
You will need regular access to a computer with a broadband Internet
connection. The minimum computer requirements are:
o 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB or more preferred
o Broadband connection required courses are heavily video
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o Video display capable of high-color 16-bit display 1024 x 768 or
higher resolution
You must have a:
o Sound card, which is usually integrated into your desktop or laptop
o Speakers or headphones.
o *For courses utilizing video-conferencing tools and/or an online
proctoring solution, a webcam and microphone are required.
Both versions of Java (32 bit and 64 bit) must be installed and up to date
on your machine. At a minimum Java 7, update 51, is required to support
the learning management system. The most current version of Java can
be downloaded at: JAVA web site
Current anti-virus software must be installed and kept up to date.
Run a browser check through the Pearson LearningStudio Technical
Requirements website. Browser Check
Running the browser check will ensure your internet browser is supported.
Pop-ups are allowed.
JavaScript is enabled.
Cookies are enabled.
You will need some additional free software (plug-ins) for enhanced web
browsing. Ensure that you download the free versions of the following
o Adobe Reader https://get.adobe.com/reader/
o Adobe Flash Player (version 17 or later)
o Adobe Shockwave Player https://get.adobe.com/shockwave/
o Apple Quick Time http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
At a minimum, you must have Microsoft Office 2013, 2010, 2007 or Open
Office. Microsoft Office is the standard office productivity software utilized
by faculty, students, and staff. Microsoft Word is the standard word
processing software, Microsoft Excel is the standard spreadsheet
software, and Microsoft PowerPoint is the standard presentation software.
Copying and pasting, along with attaching/uploading documents for
assignment submission, will also be required. If you do not have Microsoft
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Office, you can check with the bookstore to see if they have any student
For additional information about system requirements, please see:
System Requirements for LearningStudio
Pearson LearningStudio (eCollege) Access and Log in Information
This course will be facilitated using Pearson LearningStudio, the learning
management system used by Texas A&M University-Commerce. To get
started with the course, go to myLeo. http://www.tamuc.edu/myleo.aspx
You will need your CWID and password to log in to the course. If you
do not know your CWID or have forgotten your password, contact
Technology Services at 903.468.6000 or helpdesk@tamuc.edu.
It is strongly recommended you perform a “Browser Test” prior to the start
of your course. To launch a browser test, login to Pearson LearningStudio,
click on the “My Courses” tab, and then select the “Browser Test” link under
Support Services.
Pearson LearningStudio Student Technical Support
Texas A&M University-Commerce provides students technical support in the
use of Pearson LearningStudio.
Technical assistance is available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.
If you experience LearningStudio (eCollege) technical problems, contact the
LearningStudio helpdesk at 1-866-656-5511 (toll free) or visit Pearson 24/7
Customer Support Site http://247support.custhelp.com/
The student help desk may be reached by the following means 24 hours a
day, seven days a week.
Chat Support: Click on 'Live Support' on the tool bar within your
course to chat with a Pearson LearningStudio Representative.
Phone: 1-866-656-5511 (Toll Free) to speak with Pearson
LearningStudio Technical Support Representative.
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Accessing Help from within Your Course: Click on the 'Tech Support'
icon on the upper left side of the screen inside the course. You then will be
able to get assistance via online chat or by phone.
Note: Personal computer problems do not excuse the requirement to
complete all course work in a timely and satisfactory manner. Each student
needs to have a backup method to deal with these inevitable problems.
These methods might include the availability of a backup PC at home or
work, the temporary use of a computer at a friend's home, the local library,
office service companies, an Internet cafe, or a bookstore, such as Barnes &
Noble, etc.
Policy for Reporting Problems with Pearson LearningStudio
Should students encounter Pearson LearningStudio based problems while
submitting assignments/discussions/comments/exams, the following
procedure MUST be followed:
1. Students must report the problem to the help desk. You may reach the
helpdesk at 1-866-656-5511.
2. Students MUST file their problem with the helpdesk and obtain a
helpdesk ticket number
3. Once a helpdesk ticket number is in your possession, students should
email me to advise me of the problem and to provide me with the
helpdesk ticket number
4. At that time, I will call the helpdesk to confirm your problem and
follow up with you
PLEASE NOTE: Your personal computer/access problems are not a
legitimate excuse for filing a ticket with the Pearson LearningStudio Help
Desk. You are strongly encouraged to check for compatibility of your
browser BEFORE the course begins and to take the Pearson LearningStudio
tutorial offered for students who may require some extra assistance in
navigating the Pearson LearningStudio platform. ONLY Pearson
LearningStudio based problems are legitimate.
myLeo Support
Your myLeo email address is required to send and receive all student
correspondence. Please email helpdesk@tamuc.edu or call us at 903-4686000 with any questions about setting up your myLeo email account. You
may also access information at myLeo. https://leo.tamuc.edu
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Learner Support
Go to the following link One Stop Shop- created to serve you by attempting
to provide as many resources as possible in one location.
Go to the following link Academic Success Center- focused on providing
academic resources to help you achieve academic success.
The Courses apps for phones have been adapted to support the tasks
students can easily complete on a smaller device. Due to the smaller screen
size course content is not presented.
The Courses app is free of charge. The mobile Courses Apps are designed
and adapted for different devices.
iPhone – Pearson LearningStudio Courses for iPhone
Android – LearningStudio Courses - Phone
iPhone - OS 6 and above
Android – Jelly Bean, Kitkat, and Lollipop OS
Once downloaded, search for Texas A&M University-Commerce, and it should
appear on the list. Then you will need to sign into the myLeo Mobile portal.
The Courses App for Android and iPhone contain the following feature set:
View titles/code/Instructor of all Courses enrolled in online
View and respond to all discussions in individual Courses
View Instructor Announcements in individual Courses
View Graded items, Grades and comments in individual Courses
Grade to Date
View Events (assignments) and Calendar in individual Courses
View Activity Feed for all courses
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View course filters on activities
View link to Privacy Policy
Ability to Sign out
Send Feedback
Students can be alerted to course activities via text on their mobile phones
or up to two email addresses.
Based on their preferences, students can automatically receive a push
notification with every new: course announcement, threaded discussion
post, grade, and/or assignment without having to login to the course.
Enrolled students will automatically receive email notifications for
announcements and can opt out of this feature. To receive text notifications,
students must opt in.
To begin setting up notifications, go into your course in LearningStudio and
click on the bell-shaped Notifications icon on the main menu ribbon.
By default the student’s university email address will appear. This cannot be
changed in LearningStudio. Additional email addresses may be added by
clicking the Add button. After all of the other selections are completed be
sure to click the Save and Finish button.
NOTE: Unless marked as [Department of Literature and Languages] or
[Course], the policies below are Texas A&M University-Commerce Policies.
By staying in the class after reading this syllabus, you are obligated
contractually to meet class requirements and follow *all* class, department,
and university procedures.
Please note that the Department of Literature and Languages and Texas
A&M-University-Commerce have implemented new procedures relating to
student grievances and academic dishonesty.
The full text of the relevant materials has been uploaded to Document
Sharing (in the Policies and Procedures Folder) for students to review. The
brief summaries provide in this syllabus are provided for basic information
and do not replace the full university documents.
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Academic Dishonesty
The text below is copied from the university procedure: 13.99.99.R0.10
Graduate Academic Dishonesty Definitions
Academic dishonesty includes the commission of any of the following acts.
This listing is not, however, exclusive of any other acts that may reasonably
be called academic dishonesty.
Clarification is provided for each definition by listing some prohibited
may not abuse or misuse computer access or gain unauthorized access to
information in any academic exercise.
CHEATING: Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials,
information, notes, study aids or other devices or materials in any academic
exercise. Unauthorized materials may include anything or anyone that gives
a student assistance, and has not been specifically approved in advance by
the instructor.
COMPLICITY: Intentionally or knowingly helping, or attempting to help,
another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
FABRICATION: Making up data or results, and recording or reporting them;
submitting fabricated documents.
FALSIFICATION: Manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes,
or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not
accurately represented in the research record.
FORGERY: Making a fictitious document, or altering an existing document,
with the intent to deceive or gain advantage.
MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: Submitting substantial portions of the same work
(including oral reports) for credit more than once without authorization from
the instructor of the class for which the student submits the work.
PLAGIARISM: The appropriation of another person's ideas, processes,
results, or words without giving appropriate credit. [See the Department of
Literature and Languages Plagiarism Statement for further details and
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information on the requirements for MLA attribution which apply in this
course and the Course Policy on Plagiarism.]
commits academic misconduct, the entire group could be held responsible
for it as well. It is important to document clearly who contributes what parts
to the joint project, to know what group members are doing, and how they
are acquiring the material they provide.
UNIVERSITY RULES ON RESEARCH: Students involved in conducting
research and/or scholarly activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce must
also adhere to standards set forth in 15.99.03.R1 Ethics in Research and
Academic Dishonesty Reporting Procedure
Procedure 13.99.99.R0.10
The faculty member will submit a copy of the Graduate Student Academic
Dishonesty Form to the Office of Graduate Studies with copies sent to the
student, student’s major Department Head/Director, the Academic
Dean/Director of School, and the Provost's office as soon as is practicable,
preferably within ten (10) university business days of discovery of the
alleged incident.
If the Office of Graduate Studies determines this alleged incident is a first
offense, the faculty member will be notified. If student accepts responsibility
for charge, and accepts/agrees with penalty (as determined by faculty
member which may be a grade reduction for course, a zero for the
assignment, requirement for extra requirements or training, or a
combination of the above), then that concludes the disciplinary action.
The faculty member must send the records of the penalty by submitting the
Faculty/Staff Adjudication of First Offense of Graduate Student Academic
Dishonesty Form to the Provost Office, Academic Dean/Director of School,
and Department Head/Director as soon as practicable, preferably within five
(5 days) of the agreement.
A student may appeal the charge or the penalty by writing to the
Department Head/Director, and then to the Academic Dean/Director of
School. The decision of the Academic Dean/Director of School regarding the
student’s appeal of a first offense is final. The Academic Dean/Director of
School must include the decision on the Student’s Appeal of First Offense of
Graduate Academic Dishonesty Form, submit the form and a copy of the
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records of the appeal for the first offense to the Provost Office as soon as
practicable, preferably within five (5) university business days of the appeal
If the Office of Graduate Studies determines that the student has a previous
finding of academic dishonesty on file, the disciplinary process will
immediately be transferred to the jurisdiction of the Academic Dean/Director
of School. (See section 2.8). A second offense may result in separation
(suspension or expulsion) from the University. The Academic Dean/Director
of School adjudicates all such cases via the hearing process in section 3 and
may impose less severe sanctions if the circumstances warrant.
Drop Policy: The university drop procedure allows for an online process.
Students who are eligible may drop their classes through their
myLeo with a “Q” drop grade without Instructor approval.
This procedure does not apply to students with advising holds (Athletes,
International Students, Honor Students, University College students etc.). If
you have an advising hold, you will have to complete a Drop/Add form and
get approvals manually and turn the form in to the Registrar’s Office for
NOTE: The process of dropping is manually done at the Registrar's office
and is not automatically posted when you submit the form through myLeo.
The Drop/Add form is located online at: TAMUC Drop Form
The deadline to drop with a “Q” drop grade can be found on the
Academic Calendar at: TAMUC Academic Calendar
The drop process steps are:
Go to myLeo
Go to Registration, Records & Grades
Register/Add or Drop Classes
Select a Term
Under “Action”, click on Course Drop
Click on “Submit Changes” at bottom form
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If you only are enrolled in one class or need to drop all your classes, you will
not be able to drop through the online procedure. The Withdrawal Form is
available at: TAMUC Withdrawal Form
These forms must be turned in to the Registrar’s Office for processing.
Incomplete Grades: The Incomplete grade is reserved for those students
who have been active in class and have maintained a passing grade until
nearly the end of the course. If circumstances in the last two weeks of the
semester (following the final course drop deadline) make it impossible for a
student to hand in the last assignments(s), then the Incomplete can be
granted. The student must request the incomplete grade and supply
documentation concerning the circumstances that have made it impossible
for course work to be completed.
Students who have failed to turn in assignments in earlier weeks are *not*
eligible for an Incomplete and will not be granted one. Anyone who is unable
to complete the work in the semester they are enrolled will not be able to do
it alone in the following term.
If the missing work is not handed in by the end of the following year, the
grade automatically goes to an F in accordance with university policy. There
is no appeal for that grade change.
As this class is an online class you should be aware of the following
university policy: You will be required to complete the course outside of the
Pearson Learning Studio (eCollege) platform. The class platform is available
for student access for only two weeks after the close of each semester.
Late Work: Late work is penalized 25% of the total points the assignment is
In this class, "late" means any time after the No Penalty Zone (NPZ)
without a documented medical or technological excuse.
Since all the writing assignments are weighted toward rewarding effort and
allow revision, your best strategy for success in the class is to turn all your
work in on time, understanding that rough drafts are graded on effort not
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No Penalty Zone (NPZ): The No Penalty Zone is a concept I created for my
online courses. The NPZ is an automatic extension of the writing assignment
and presentation deadlines.
The deadline for turning work in is 11:30 p.m. U. S. Central Time on the
assignment date. The NPZ is an automatic extension (you do not need to
ask) of 24 hours for an "on time due date" of 11:30 p.m. the next day.
As long as the work is turned in within that 24 hours period, it is "on time" in
terms of grade criteria (and qualifying for a peer response).
However, if problems keep you from completing work by the NPZ, email me
with the explanation by the NPZ and tell me when (within three days) the
assignment will be submitted.
Late work may not be graded as quickly because I prioritize work that has
come in on time over late work, but there will not be a late penalty as long
as you have communicated with me.
The only way to fail in this class is to fail to turn in work or to fail to do any
NOTE: If you have a medical condition, emergency or some other situation
(professional or personal) which affects your ability to do the work for this
class, please email me as soon as possible, and I will allow further short
If this situation is short-term (3-4 days), no external documentation is
needed. If it will affect your work for seven days or more, then please
submit documentation.
WARNING: Always aim to complete your work by the official deadline.
Then, if life intervenes, you have a safety net.
Department of Literature and Languages Policy: Instructors in the
Department of Literature and Languages do not tolerate plagiarism.
Instructors uphold and support the highest academic standards, and learners
are expected to do likewise. Penalties for learners guilty of plagiarism can
include disciplinary probation, suspension, and expulsion. (Texas A&M
University-Commerce Code of Student Conduct 5.b [1, 2, 3])
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The Department of Literature and Languages defines plagiarism as occurring
when a writer deliberately uses someone else's language, ideas, or other
original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source
both in the text of the essay or paper and in a Works Cited page.
Course Policy: Students must acknowledge and document all sources
(summarized, paraphrased, or quoted) using the MLA Handbook (7th edition)
rules. Students do not have to buy the MLA Handbook: there are copies in
the library and in the Hall of Languages Writing Center as well as multiple
online sites that give information on MLA guidelines.
Purdue OWL MLA resource: Purdue OWL
This acknowledgement must be in textual attribution, that is, in the text of
the sentences and not just in parentheses at the end of paragraphs and in
Works Cited pages. Textual documentation requires clear identification of the
source (including author’s name and title) within your text, as part of the
sentences that begin summaries and paraphrases, and often as the
introductory part of a sentence with a direct quotation. In addition, page or
paragraph numbers (for online sources) must be given for direct quotes.
Plagiarism is not excused by saying "I did not mean to do it!" Unintentional
plagiarism is still plagiarism. If you are summarizing/paraphrasing
information from the source and fail to incorporate textual attribution, it still
can be a case of plagiarism.
Using quoted material without parenthetical attribution and correct Works
Cited entries is academic dishonesty verging on plagiarism.
This policy applies to the discussion, wiki, and paper assignments.
The first instance of plagiarism on an assignment will result in a 0 for that
assignment. However, the student may turn in a of the assignment as long
as they complete the Plagiarism Prevention Exercise supplied by the faculty
member along with the revision.
The second instance of intentional or unintentional plagiarism will result in
the faculty member filing the form required by the Academic Dishonesty
Reporting Procedure which is described above.
Online resources on plagiarism:
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UNC Writing Center
Plagiarism: What it is and How to Recognize and Avoid it
Student Conduct
All students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common
decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning
environment. (See current Student Guidebook).
Students should also consult the Rules of Netiquette for more information
regarding how to interact with students in an online forum: Netiquette
Student Grievances [Department of Literature and Languages]
Students who have concerns regarding their courses should first address
those concerns with the assigned instructor in order to reach a resolution.
Students who are unsatisfied with the outcome of that conversation or have
not been able to meet individually with their instructor, whether in-person,
by email, by telephone, or by another communication medium, should then
schedule an appointment with the Department Head or Assistant
Department Head by completing a Student Grievance Form (available in the
main office, HL 141).
In the event that the instructor is the Department Head, the student should
schedule a meeting with the Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and
Humanities after following the steps outlined above; if the instructor is the
Assistant Department Head, students should schedule a meeting with the
Department Head. Where applicable, students should also consult University
Procedure 13.99.99.R0.05 (“Student Appeal of Instructor Evaluation”).
Departmental Chain of Command:
Graduate ENG courses:
1. Professor
2. Director of Graduate Program:
a. MA/MS-English: Dr. Susan Stewart
b. MA/MS-Applied Linguistics with TESOL emphasis: Dr. Lucy
c. PhD-English: Dr. Donna Dunbar-Odom
3. Dr. Susan Stewart, Assistant Department Head or Dr. Hunter Hayes,
Department Head
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ADA Statement
Students with Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination
statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with
disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students
with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for
reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you have a disability
requiring an accommodation, please contact:
Office of Student Disability Resources and Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Gee Library- Room 132
Phone (903) 886-5150 or (903) 886-5835
Fax (903) 468-8148
Email: Rebecca.Tuerk@tamuc.edu
Website: Office of Student Disability Resources and Services
Nondiscrimination Notice
Texas A&M University-Commerce will comply in the classroom, and in online
courses, with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination and related
retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability,
age, genetic information or veteran status. Further, an environment free
from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or
gender expression will be maintained.
Syllabus Change Policy
The syllabus is a guide. Circumstances and events, such as student
progress, may make it necessary for the instructor to modify the syllabus
during the semester. Any changes made to the syllabus will be announced
in advance.
Any changes to the class calendar will be announced on the course website
in advance of the week in which the change will occur and will be sent out by
the class email.
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Fall 2015 University Holidays
Labor Day
Christmas-New Year
Sept. 7, 2015
Nov. 26-27, 2015
Dec. 24, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016
NOTE: The discussions are set so that you will not be able to see what
others have posted until you post your assigned post(s).
There are two deadlines after Week One (and the NPZ applies to both of
them, with regard to all assignments): Monday and Thursday.
The Monday deadline is for responding to classmates' posts made during the
previous week; you may begin responding as soon as you have posted (as
long as there are a sufficient number of posts to which you can respond!).
The "responding to previous week's posts" is why this deadline does not
apply the first week!
The Thursday deadline is for posting in the current week's discussion. You
may begin posting as soon as you see the discussion is open which will
usually be the week before.
The course is organized into themed units: Introductions, Production,
Marketing, Reception, and Final Drafts. The first and last units are oriented
on process work: introductions to the class and the readings, and working
on final drafts.
The three units in between are the content units: each unit involves reading
from multiple textbooks, writing posts about selected readings from the
group assigned (you will be able to choose which ones), collecting and
writing about online primary sources from an interpretive community,
evaluating the most promising work for further development, writing drafts
for a short paper and a wiki entry as well as responding to classmates in
discussions and in Dropbox.com on drafts.
Later in the term, you will review all the work done and select the most
promising work that you want to develop for final drafts of: Wiki Entries (2),
the Curated Collection entries (2), and presentation-length papers (2).
Textbook Abbreviations:
SEF: Studying the Event Film (Margolis, Cubitt, King, Jutel)
FF: The Frodo Franchise (Thompson)
WLoTR: Watching The Lord of the Rings (Barker and Mathijs)
FHH: From Hobbits to Hollywood (Mathijs and Pomerance)
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Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Introduction Disc.
Syllabus Disc.
One post
One post
Sept. 7 Labor Day Holiday
Mon 11:30 p.m.
Introduction Disc.
Syllabus Disc.
Respond to three classmates
Respond to three classmates
One evaluation post
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
They Say, I Say Disc.
One post
Mon 11:30 p.m.
They Say, I Say Disc.
Respond to three classmates
One evaluation post
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
SEF Introduction 1-23 Read all four Introductions
FF Introduction 1-13
One post
WLoTR Introduction 1-20
FHH Introduction 1-16
NOTE: Please review the "Reading Choices Information" in the
Course Home to see further information on how to select your
essays. I provide a list of recommended essays from each of the
anthologies: you should pick *one* reading from each anthology.
When only one reading is listed for an anthology, read that one.
Mon 11:30 p.m.
SEF Introduction
FF Introduction
WLoTR Introduction
FHH Introduction
Respond to three classmates
One evaluation post
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Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Production Essays
Read one essay from each
SEF Chs, 8, 11, 13, 16
FF Chs 1, 3
One post
WTLotR 14
FHH Thompson, Mosher,
Mon 11:30 p.m.
Production Essays
Respond to three classmates
One evaluation post
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Primary Sources One post
Mon 11:30 p.m.
Primary Sources
Respond to three classmates
One evaluation post
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Paper Draft
Wiki Draft
Post in course Dropbox and
Dropbox.com for Response
Mon 11:30 p.m.
Peer Response
Dropbox.com 1 paper, 1 wiki
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Marketing Essays
SEF Chs 4, 9
FF Chs 2, 4, 5
WLoTR 1, 2,
FHH Conrich
One Post
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Mon 11:30 p.m.
Marketing Essays
Respond to three classmates
One evaluation post
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Primary Sources
One post
Mon 11:30 p.m.
Primary Sources
Respond to three classmates
One evaluation post
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Paper Draft
Wiki Draft
Post in course Dropbox and
Dropbox.com for Response
Mon 11:30 p.m.
Peer Response
Dropbox.com 1 paper, 1 wiki
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Reception Essays
SEF 5, 6, 22
FF 6, 8
WLoTR 1, 2, 4, 9
FHH Barker, Mathijs
Read one essay from each
One post
Mon 11:30 p.m.
Reception Essays
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Primary Sources One post
Respond to three classmates
One evaluation post
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Mon 11:30 p.m.
Primary Sources
Respond to three classmates
One evaluation post
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Paper Draft
Wiki Draft
Post in course Dropbox and
Dropbox.com for Response
Nov. 26-27 Thanksgiving Holiday
No work due.
Mon 11:30 p.m.
Peer Response
Dropbox.com 1 paper, 1 wiki
Thurs 11:30 p.m.
Wiki Final Drafts (Two)
Final Draft Paper #1
Mon 11:30 p.m.
Curated Collection Final Drafts (Two posts with
primary and selected secondary)
Thursday11:30 p.m.
Final Draft Paper #2
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