Thompson Rivers University

Department of English and Modern Languages

Course: ENGL 1110-08 (Tues., Thurs. 10-11:15, AE 266)    Instructor: Dr. Ken Simpson

Semester: Winter, 2016                                                    Office: AE 193

Email:                                                 Phone: 371-5558

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9-9:50, 2:30-3:30; Wednesdays: 12-2; or by appointment


English 1110 is designed to help students appreciate the art of prose fiction and continue to develop reading, writing, and thinking skills. Through the study of parables and fables, short stories, a novella, and one novel we will consider the nature of personal identity, the elements of a good plot, the role of narrative point of view, and the importance of setting, imagery, characterization and other elements of fiction. We will also begin to develop a critical vocabulary with which to describe fiction and to appreciate both the consistency and variety of the forms of literature. Brief essays, blogs, and oral presentations that encourage students to evaluate, analyze, and create in response to a story will be assigned throughout the term.


Organization and Methods

Lecture, discussion, and small group problem solving methods will be used most often, but brief student presentations will extend and augment class activities as well. A writing workshop approach could also be used for parts of some classes when the group is in the process of writing an essay.


Required Texts

Dick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? New York: Ballantyne, 1968.

Kennedy, X. J., and Dana Gioia, eds. An Introduction to Fiction. 11th ed. New York: Pearson/Longman,




Essay # 1 (1,000 words)  –  20%

Essay # 2 (2,000 words) – 30%

In-class writing (satisfactory/unsatisfactory, unannounced, no re-writes) – 10%

Oral/Visual/Digital/Dramatic Presentation – 15%

Final Exam – 25%


Class Blog and Email Communication

Every student is required to subscribe to the class blog. The blog helps students share information and insight and allows the instructor to share information with students. Your name (and an alias if you want to use one) must be provided to the instructor. Your mytru email address should always be used for professional communications with instructors rather than a personal address.


Peer Tutors

Peer tutors are available in the Writing Centre (OM 2674) if you feel you could benefit from further instruction. The peer tutors offer one-on-one assistance, but are not proofreaders or editors of class assignments. Make an appointment by signing up at the Writing Centre.


Academic Honesty, including Plagiarism

See the online calendar for the university’s policy about plagiarism, including definitions (go to Student Academic Policies, Regulations, and Procedures//Index of Policies, Regulations, and Procedures//Academic Integrity [ED 5-0]). Avoiding plagiarism is each student’s responsibility.

The consequence for the first occurrence is a 0 for the assignment.



Assignments should be handed in at the beginning of the class designated as the due date (after 15 minutes from the beginning of class, the paper is late), unless an extension has been granted in advance. Extensions are almost always granted when a reasonable explanation is given before the due date. When an advance extension cannot be obtained, as in the case of sudden and serious illness, injury, or personal emergency, a doctor’s note may be required, but please notify the instructor as soon as possible. Also, note that a computer “crash” or printer failure are not valid reasons for handing in a paper late; writers should back up their work frequently. A late assignment will be penalized 5% for each business day it is late.

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