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Contact Information

Office: Sierra Tower 812

Phone: (818) 677-3410

Ofc. Hours: Tuesdays 12:15-1:15p.m.

email: nancy.taylor@csun.edu




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Required Materials

1. An Introduction to Fiction, 11th edition

X.J. Kennedy , Editor


A Film by Ang Lee (rent or purchase)

(ISBN-10: 0743294165)

Story by Annie Proulx
Screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana


Course Policies

Late Work

Late essays and forum posts will NOT BE ACCEPTED!


Your final grade will be determined as follows:

1. Moodle Forum Responses to Anthology Readings: 35%

2. Turntin Responses to Anthology Readings: 30%

3. Brokeback Mountain Major Paper: 35%

NOTE: Whole-class forum postings will be graded based upon effort and thoughtfulness. Original postings must be a minimum of 300 words, unless otherwise stated. Responses to the postings of your peers must be a minimum of 50 words. Please leave yourself enough time to read and respond to your peers. You will receive a letter grade for each assignment posted on our Turnitin page.

Note that each Whole-Class Forum has its own question and posting instructions - please click on the discussion link listed on our Moodle page. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

If you miss more than two forums, you can not earn an A.

Academic Dishonesty

According to the CSUN catalogue, plagiarism is the act of “intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or works of another as one’s own in any academic exercise,” and will result in a failing grade for the assignment. In addition, it may result in a failing grade for the course and disciplinary action on the part of the university. Internet software is available to assist CSUN faculty to scan student writing. ALL student assignments will be scanned for plagiarism.

Please adhere to the CSUN Student Conduct Code for all course activities, including email, forum and chat discussions, and written and oral analyses.


Course Description & Requirements

English 364OL - The Short Story - Spring 2015

Course Number: 14274

Online - Time Arranged

Course Prerequisites:

Completion of the lower-division writing requirement and upper division standing. Not allowed for credit in the English major and minor.

Enrollment Procedures

CSUN regularly enrolled students register for online courses in the same manner as they register for any course. If you wish to add the course after the semester begins, you must email the course Professor for a permission number.

Students from other CSU Campuses who wish to enroll, must submit the Concurrent Enrollment Form to their home Campus. Anyone in the world may take the Online Courses through CSUN's Open University!

Student Learning Objectives

During the semester, you will learn to:

1. identify the elements of fiction;

2. trace different attitudes as seen in literature during different periods of writing;

3. evaluate style and thematic ideas;

4. discuss theoretical approaches to literature.

Course Requirements

Welcome to English 364OL, an upper division general education course in the genre of the short story! In this discussion-based virtual classroom, we will study a variety of stories with varying themes, written at different periods of time, and authored by a diverse group of writers. The goal of our course is to appreciate the short story as a genre of literature and to enhance students' analytical reading and writing skills.

NOTE: This class will NOT meet live; All homework must be completed by the times listed on MOODLE.

Since this is mostly a discussion class, the success of this course depends on active participation. We will apply "Reader Response Theory" to all discussions. In other words, I want to hear how you, the reader, interact with the readings. All thoughtful opinions and insights are valued and welcomed -- just be prepared to explain your theories!

NOTE: CSUN's GE Upper Division Writing Policy states that all upper-division required GE courses be designated writing-intensive. In each such course, students will be required to complete writing assignments totaling a minimum of 2,500 words. To fulfill the GE Upper Division Writing Policy, you will be required to post responses to our readings in a variety of ways.

Technical Requirements

Students will need to have access to the Internet - either Microsoft Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari - and an active CSUN email account to access the Moodle system. To activate your CSUN e-mail address or reset its password use the account utility page.

Can't login? If you see the main Moodle login screen repeatedly, despite entering a valid e-mail address and password, then you may need to enable cookies in your web browser's options or preferences area. Moodle requires access to cookies and will not allow a successful log-in until and unless your web browser has them enabled.

Instructions will be provided for all computer activities; you may visit CSUN's IT for Students site for information on technical requirements and applications. CSUN also provides information on computer resources and availability. Please be familiar with CSUN's online applications, particularly Moodle, prior to our first meeting.