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ENG 150  (post by Friday 11:59 pm) WebBoard

Please note a scheduling change:
There will be No Classes the week of 3/24-26 (so I can deliver a paper at the American Comparative Literature Conference convened this year at Harvard University).

If the WebBoard link won't work, use this address:`eng150spring09

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Professor: Bill McBride Credit hours: 3
Meeting time:  3:35-4:450 T & R Meeting place: STV  348
Office/Hours: Stevenson 336/10:45-11:45a T/R Office Phone 438-7998

email: Me

It is the weekly responsibility of each student to:

1) have closely read in advance the work scheduled,

2) prepare an analysis of a selected passage,

3) present analysis when called upon either Tuesday or Thursday

4) post (by Friday 11:59p) 300 words or more on weekly readings/discussions


Mandatory. Three absences excused.
Final grade will be reduced 1/2 a letter grade for each additional absence.

other Links`wmcbrid/public/

Merriam-Webster Dictionary/Thesaurus

the Gutenberg Project

Required TextsENG 150   Required Texts

Genesis: A New Translation With Introduction and   Commentary (Anchor Bible, Vol 1). 1964. Ephraim A. Speiser

The Holy Bible: King James Version Bible Gateway

-Hebrew Bible: Genesis, Judges, Job
-New Testament: Mathew, Acts, Romans

Homer. The Odyssey. Robert Fagles,   (Translator) Penguin Books

Sophocles.   The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone Harvest/HBJ Book

Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations Michael Sells. White Cloud Press, 1999

The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies. Marcel MaussW. D. Halls (

Beowulf (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback) by Heather O'Donoghue (Editor), Kevin Crossley-Holland (Translator)

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight (Oxford World's Classics)

Dante Alighieri. Vita Nuova Oxford   Mark Musa, trans. Oxford UP

Translator), Mary Douglas W.W. Norton & Company; (August 2000) ISBN-10: 039332043X

Grading Formula
15 points Weekly WebBoard posts/writing assignment
15 points Class Participation
30 points 5-7pp. Essay #1due 3/3 @ the beginning of class
40 points 8-12 pp. Essay #2 research paper

Grading Scale:
A = 92-100
B = 82-91
C = 72-81
D = 62-71
F = 61 or below

Format of Course

Lecture/Seminar/Discussion.  All students will

1. Post weekly responses (300 word minimum) to readings/lectures/discussion via WebBoard;
2. Write 5-7 pp essay on one of the texts due 3/3 @ the beginning of class.
3. Post Final Research Paper Thesis.
4. Final 8-12 pp Research Essay due end of semester.

Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated. You may be prosecuted to the full extent of University administrative procedures if you are caught engaging in these activities. You cannot turn in someone elsefs work, the same paper for two classes, nor a previously composed paper of your own. You must acknowledge all sources in your papers. Any time you use direct quotations or paraphrases, or borrow ideas or structures, you must cite your source. Failure to do so will result in an F for the entire course. I will pursue any evidence of plagiarism and report academic dishonesty to the dean of the college of the student in question. Charges of plagiarism become part of the student's permanent file and can be grounds for dismissal from the university.

The following material is from Illinois State Uninversity's UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG

p. 65 Academic Policies and Practices


Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. A studentfs name on any academic exercise (theme, report, notebook, paper, examination) shall be regarded as assurance that the work is the result of the studentfs own thought and study. Offenses involving academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:

a. Cheating on quizzes or examinations occurs when any student is found using or attempting to use any book, paper, or other article, or assistance from any individual intending to deceive the person in charge of the quiz or examination with reference to his or her work. No books, notes, papers or related articles shall be used at any quiz or examination unless specifically authorized by the person in charge. Conversation or other communication between individuals in examinations and quizzes is forbidden except as authorized by the instructor.

b. Computer dishonesty is the unacknowledged or unauthorized appropriation of anotherfs program, or the results of that program, in whole or in part, for a computer-related exercise or assignment.

c. Plagiarism is the unacknowledged appropriation of anotherfs work, words, or ideas in any themes, outlines, papers, reports, or computer programs. Students must ascertain from the instructor in each course the appropriate means of documentation. Submitting the same paper for more than one course is considered a breach of academic integrity unless prior approval is given by the instructors.

d. Grade falsification is any attempt to falsify an assigned grade in an examination, quiz, report, program, grade book, or any other record or document.

e. Collusion occurs when students willfully give or receive unauthorized or unacknowledged assistance on any assignment. This may include the reproduction and/or dissemination of test materials. Both parties to the collusion are considered responsible. No individual may substitute for another in any quiz or examination.

For more information consult the Community Rights and Responsibilities (formerly Student Dispute Resolution) Web site at:

I reserve the right to amend this syllabus