Course Format:

The class will meet once a week for two and a half hours. We will follow a seminar format; the instructor will present material each week, but every member of the class will be expected to participate through discussion, group work, blogging, and possibly some (ungraded) in-class writing.
This course is part of the core curriculum for the English Programme. It will assist students in the development of their reading and writing skills, their oral expression, and their understanding of the discipline. Students are expected to have already successfully completed at least 6 ch of the discipline’s introductory offerings.

Office Hours:

All students are invited to attend office hours (Tues./Thurs. 11:30am-12:30pm, and by appt.). If anyone is having any difficulties with the material or the assignments, they are particularly encouraged to come in as soon as possible. But office hours are not just for those with difficulties; all students are welcome to come and discuss any questions or issues, or to get feedback on their work.

On-line Resources:

Grades will be posted on-line on WebCT. Any PDF files will also be posted there. Everything else will be here on this blog. I encourage you to correspond with me via email about any issues or questions, at jones at unbsj dot ca.


Anyone with specific needs is encouraged to discuss them with the instructor within the first month of classes. UNBSJ is committed to accessibility for all students. Regulations which pertain to students with disabilities are listed in the undergraduate calendar. For further information check the Student Services webpage for students with disabilities.

General information about written work:

  • Format—All written work must be computer-generated or type-written, and must follow the MLA format. See “Essay Checklist” and “MLA Reference Style” for additional tips.
  • Due Dates—All assignments are due at the beginning of class (i.e. DON’T skip class and then come in as everyone is leaving to hand in your assignment because you were up all night and were just over at the lab printing it out.)
  • Rewriting—The essay may be rewritten. Students will have two weeks to rewrite, and the two marks will be averaged. Students are welcome to bring early drafts of any of the assignments to the instructor.
  • Writing CentreAll students are actively encouraged to take their work to the Writing Centre. Even the best writers (especially the best writers) want and need feedback on their work. For appointments phone 648-5501 or drop in at G18, Oland Hall. Book early, as the Centre gets busy.
  • Gender-neutral language—According to UNB policy, all papers are expected to use respectful, inclusive language. When in doubt, check with the course instructor or a Writing Instructor.

In accordance with the commitment set out in the University’s Mission Statement to provide an environment conducive to the development of the whole person, all members of the University community – staff, faculty, students and administrators – have the right to work and/or study in an environment which affords them respect and dignity, and is free from danger, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and behaviour which is destructive, disruptive, or unlawful.

From “General Regulations on Conduct” from the Undergraduate Calendar.


All written work will receive a letter grade. Students who work together will share a grade on that assignment. The following grading scheme is recommended by the Faculty of Arts:

A+ 90-100%  
A 85-89% A = excellent performance
A- 80-84%  
B+ 77-79%  
B 73-76% B = good performance
B- 70-72%  
C+ 65-69%  
C 60-64% C = satisfactory performance
D 50-59% D = minimally acceptable
F 0-49% F = inadequate performance

Code of Student Ethics:

Each assignment must be the original, independent work of the student responsible. Sources, when used, should be properly cited. If students have questions about whether their work is original and independent, they should see the instructor. When students are involved in groupwork, the contributions of each student must be acknowledged. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense with significant consequences; check the calendar for full details.

Plagiarism includes:

  1. quoting verbatim or almost verbatim from a source (such as copyrighted material, notes, letters, business entries, computer materials, etc.) without acknowledgment;
  2. adopting someone else’s line of thought, argument, arrangement, or supporting evidence (such as, for example, statistics, bibliographies, etc.) without indicating such dependence;
  3. submitting someone else’s work, in whatever form (film, workbook, artwork, computer materials, etc.) without acknowledgment;
  4. knowingly representing as one’s own work any idea of another.

NOTE: In courses which include group work, the instructor must define and warn against plagiarism in group work. Unless an act of plagiarism is identified clearly with an individual student or students, a penalty may be imposed on all members of the group.

From “Academic Offenses” in the Undergraduate Calendar.

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