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Old English Language & Literature

Course Details

Course Number
4753 & 5753
Section Number
4753 & 5753
Semester
Fall 2014
Location
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
342
Days & Times

MW 9:30-10:50 AM

Professor
Dr. Peter Fields (view Profile)

Textbooks

Beowulf 2nd edition
Broadview Facing Page Translation by Liuzza
ISBN:
Old English Reader
Broadview by McGillivray
ISBN:
A Gentle Introduction to Old English
Broadview by McGillivray
ISBN:
Course Objectives

English Department Goals

GOAL 1. Critical Inquiry

Objective 1.1:  Student engages in an increasingly sophisticated discourse and demonstrates aesthetic and critical discernment through close textual analysis.

Objective 1.2:  Student evaluates secondary sources and applies skills in information gathering and management, and document design, using traditional sources and emerging technologies.

GOAL 2.  Knowledge of Language and Literature

Objective 2.1:  Student understands the usage and structure of the English language.

Objective 2.2:  Student recognizes the stylistic techniques that distinguish key literary texts relevant to subject and genre.

Objective 2.3:  Student is familiar with the legacy of important ideas and contexts associated with literary periods.

Objective 2.4:  Student is introduced to academic and professional publications in the field.

GOAL 3.  Writing as Process

Objective 3.1:  Student reflects on his or her arguments over multiple stages of development.

Objective 3.2:  Using traditional resources and emerging technologies, the student references and formats primary and secondary sources in MLA style.

GOAL 4.  Engagement

Objective 4.1:  Student is aware of a cultural context for his or her own values and those of his or her sources. 

Objectives in Old English Language & Literature

  • Write thoughtful “argument” styled essays in support of a point that answers the question of a prompt.
  • Use MLA style to distinguish the student’s words from translation and direct quotes from required texts.
  • Develop and demonstrate a thoughtful appreciation for the diction, syntax, and themes of Beowulf, The Wife’s Lament, and The Wanderer.
  • Develop and demonstrate a thoughtful appreciation for the diction, syntax, and themes of Bible verses translated into Old English
  • Develop and demonstrate a thoughtful appreciation for the diction, syntax, and themes of Old English riddles.

Final Exam

The Final exam is an in-class Blue Book of at least four paragraphs that follows MLA style standards and answers a prompt reflecting on an important passage from Beowulf.

Course Expectations

The course is based entirely on the written response of students to Old English passages in our required texts. They will receive a prompt ahead of time that requires an answer to a question. Students can prepare notes to help them (on the inside Blue Book covers). The Blue Book is OPEN book and follows MLA format. The response—while utilizing grammar, definitions, and actual Old English—should be in the form of insightful argument. Length should be about four paragraphs. Paragraph length is whatever does justice to the topic. NOTE: The OUT OF CLASS Blue Books are written outside of class and may be TYPED (12 pt. Times New Roman/double-spaced). Whether in-class or out-of-class, the paragraphs should integrate original language from our required texts within quotations marks with line numbers (for poetry) in parentheses according to MLA style with Works Cited. Citing Bible verses requires quotation marks and verse numbers in parentheses. Citing from essays in our required books should feature quotation marks and the parenthetical number stands for the page. Long quotes (4 or more lines of poetry; 5 or more lines of prose) should be set in an extra 10 spaces on the left instead of using quotation marks. For in-class Blue Books, the Works Cited may be pre-entered on last page or the back inside cover of the Blue Book.

Grading Standards

Grading

Every Blue Book counts 20 percent of the overall semester grade.

Final Exam 12/08/2014 8:00-10:00 AM
Submission Format Policy

Format for Typed Out-of-class Blue Books (which may also be handwritten)

  • All typed documents must be 12 point Times New Roman double-spaced.
  • For header and page number in the .5 default position: click on “insert,” then “page number,” “top of page,” and “plain number 3.” The cursor will show to the immediate left of the page number. Simply type your last name, and it will magically appear. Space once between name and number.
  • Top, right, and bottom margins should be set at one inch; the left margin should be an inch and a quarter. NOT A HEADER: On the first page of an essay, the student name, instructor name, course, and date should be in the upper left, double-spaced. These items do not appear on subsequent pages.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

An assignment is late if submitted after the class period it is due. If late by one period, the assignment will be penalized 10 points. If late by two class periods, the essay is penalized 20 points (the penalty is capped at 20 points). No late work may be submitted after the last official class period of the semester according to the MSU official calendar. A class period is officially over when the instructor dismisses it. All late work must be submitted IN PERSON.

If students are too ill to submit their work personally, they should submit it when they return to class. They may avoid penalty for late submission by obtaining documentation from a relevant professional in a timely fashion (e.g., a doctor or the Dean of Students’ office). NOTE: Documentation cannot excuse an absence—only the lateness of an assignment.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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 believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy

SEVEN absences from class (excused or not) will result in an automatic F for the semester grade. Roll is taken right away as soon as class begins. Late is the same as ABSENT. Naturally, some of these seven absences may be due to unforeseen accident, car breakdown, natural disaster, illness (even documented illness), illness of a relative (including child or parent), court date (including for custody or to avoid jail), or university sanctioned event (sports, theatre, etc)—but the reason does NOT matter. SEVEN of any sort of absence (except official closing of the campus) means an F for the semester.

Other Policies

Academic Dishonesty

Blue Books are “open” book. Students may “flag” their textbooks and use them at will throughout an in-class essay. Students may have notes or an outline on the inside Blue Book covers. Students may have a long quote pre-entered at the top of the first page of their Blue Book and the Works Cited complete and pre-entered in the back. In-body citing of Old English and translation should be enclosed with quotation marks followed by parenthetical line numbers. If citing grammar, definitions, etc., from a required book, quotation marks also apply but the parenthetical number is for the page. However, pre-WRITING the four paragraphs themselves is considered academic dishonesty.

The out-of-class Blue Books may be typed or hand-written. They are also four paragraphs and require in-body citing and Works Cited in MLA format. Only our required texts are authorized for use in Blue Books (whether in-class or out-of-class). They must be acknowledged by in-body attribution including MLA in-body citing and Works Cited. Utilizing non-authorized sources will be considered academic dishonesty.

Plagiarism and Proper Documentation

Any use of a non-documented source as if it were a student’s original work is considered plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Plagiarism can be of ideas; it can be of exact phrasing. In either or both cases, if the student has failed to acknowledge the source in the body of the essay and to document it in the Works Cited, the grade will be a “0” (no points) for the assignment even if the rest of the assignment is original and use of other sources properly documented. Upon being informed of the plagiarism, the student is no longer welcome in the class. The student may withdraw from the course with a penalty-free “W” if available; if not, the student must cease attending and the grade will be whatever points the student has accumulated minus the plagiarized document and any other tests or assignments as yet not completed (which are forfeit).  If the student continues to attend, the instructor will contact the Dean of Students or Student Conduct office and withdraw the student with a WF. 

Phrasing that is too close to the student’s own documented sources.

Students who reproduce the phrasing of their documented source(s) as if it were their own phrasing will be penalized for language that is too close to source. Students can use terminology they find in their documented sources, but four words in a row are too much without quoting. Verbatim use of a documented source must be confined to QUOTES set off with quotation marks or ten extra spaces on the left if the verbatim passage works out to be five or more lines of student typing or handwriting. All such quoting requires parenthetical page numbers if provided in the source. Even if page numbers are not provided, the language must be clearly attributed to the author and set off by quotation marks or an extra ten inches on the left. 

Classroom Policies

  • Except for emergencies, students shouldn’t text or talk on their “cells” during class. If something serious is at stake, students should take the call outside.
  • Students may go to the restroom as the need arises except when the instructor is explaining a detailed point to the whole class.
  • Most importantly, students should know that we write translation and answer grammar & definition questions in class.
  • Students will be expected to answer questions and participate.
  • During discussion, students will contribute suggestions and answers which may be broadcast on the big screen.
  • Participation may include presenting in front of the room including use of the big screen.
  • Students must have the instructor’s permission to leave class early.

Americans with Disabilities Act

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 believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

 Safe Zone Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment. 

Contacting Instructors

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor’s phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement (as of 60 earned credit hours)

All students seeking a Bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they have 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours.  You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113.  Please keep in mind that, once you have earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit-hour course.  If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.

 

 

 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.