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English 205:
Masterworks of English Literature

Course Policy

Spring 1997
The University of Mississippi

Instructor: John B. Padgett

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Office: 310 Somerville (as of March 3, 1997)
Telephone: 232-7103
Office Hours: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday

Other hours by appt.
E-mail: egjbp@olemiss.edu
WWW: http://www.olemiss.edu/~egjbp

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This is the official policy for English 205: Masterworks of English Literature, Section 10, for the Spring 1997 semester at the University of Mississippi. Students enrolled in this course are expected to abide by the conditions and policies set forth herein. If you have questions about any of these requirements, please do not hesitate to ask me about them.

Required Text:

The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors, Sixth Edition (W.W. Norton, 1996)

Other texts to be assigned from on-line (World Wide Web) sources.


You are required to attend class. Hence, you will be allowed four (4) penalty-free absences. For each absence after the fourth, your final grade will be lowered half a letter grade.

In addition, you should be on time. Not only is it rude to enter class five or ten minutes late, late arrivals also are likely to miss any pop quizzes or other graded class work.


Your grade in English 200 will be calculated according to the following percentages:

Two essays 20%
Daily Work/Writing 20%
Midterm Exam 30 %
Final exam 30 %

You will be given a choice of topics for the two essays. The first will be due in about the fifth week of the semester; the second will be due roughly three weeks before the end of the semester. Both essays must be typed and double-spaced, and both will require outside research.

Daily work will include pop quizzes, in-class writing assignments, and class participation as well as regular participation in "SOPHLIT," the on-line E-mail discussion group for this class. (See "Computers" below.) All written work, including SOPHLIT entries, must be done during the day or week in which it is due (i.e., you cannot make up quizzes missed, SOPHLIT entries due two weeks ago, etc.).

Both the midterm and the cumulative final exam will include a variety of short answer, identification, and/or multiple choice questions, and each will require you to write an in-class essay.


Each student in this class is required to participate in "SOPHLIT," an on-line E-mail discussion group on the Internet, unless doing so would impose severe hardships to the student. Students should send E-mail to "SOPHLIT" on various topics relevant to literature a minimum of two times a week. (Both entries can be sent in a single sitting, though I recommend you log on more frequently.) For students who do not own a computer, microcomputer labs in Weir Hall allow first-come, first-serve access to E-mail, the World Wide Web and other Internet activities as well as word processing and other computer programs. The University Writing Center (located in the basement of Bondurant Hall) also has computers linked to the network that allow E-mail and World Wide Web access.

Students who cannot participate in SOPHLIT for hardship reasons (long-distance commuter students, for instance) must give me a signed, written statementdetailing their reasons on or before the fourth week of class. After the fourth week, all students who have not signed such a statement should be active participants in the on-line discussion. Students not on SOPHLIT should satisfy their daily work requirements by giving me two typed or handwritten reading journals each week. Each journal typically should be one full page.

Students must first subscribe to SOPHLIT to send and receive messages. To subscribe, send E-mail to listserv@olemiss.edu containing the single-line message

subscribe sophlit [Your first name] [Your last name]
Note: do not use the above link to listserv@olemiss.edu if the web browser you are using is not configured to your E-mail account. If you are using such a browser (such as those in Weir Hall), you may subscribe by logging onto the remote system. Here's how:
If you have an E-mail account on Sunset (sunset.backbone.olemiss.edu), you may telnet to that site and use the E-mail program Pine to send your request. After logging onto Sunset, type "pine" (without the quotation marks) and press [ENTER] to start the program. Then you may press "C" to compose an E-mail message. In the "To:" field, type listserv; since you're already in "olemiss.edu," the program will automatically fill in the rest. Use the [TAB] key to place your cursor in the Message Text area, then type subscribe sophlit [first name] [last name]. To send your mail, press ^X(the [Ctrl] key and "X" simultaneously).

E-mail messages meant to be read by other SOPHLIT members should be sent to


Other resources available to students on-line will include this policy statement and various other handouts, including your syllabus, at my home page on the World Wide Web. The URL (Universal Resource Locator) used to access my home page is listed in the information box on the first page.

Getting an E-mail account:

Students who do not yet have an E-mail account may obtain one at the Help Desk in Powers Hall. Other locations may also be set up on campus to accommodate students. You will need your student ID card (a photocopy of it will be made), and you will need to read and sign an appropriate use policy. If you need IBM or Macintosh software, take a 3.5-inch floppy disk with you.

For additional guidance on how to use computers and services on the campus network, call the Computer Help Desk at 232-5222.

Accessing the net:

Students who live in residence halls and own their own computers now have direct access to the campus network. Off-campus students can access the Ole Miss network for no cost using a telephone and modem (phone number 236-6633).

In the past, it has been difficult at certain times to access the Ole Miss network via telephone because of the intense demand among users. It remains to be seen whether the wiring of the residence halls will alleviate the problem. If home access becomes a problem, you may want to consider obtaining an account with Teclink, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) which has a local access telephone number. Their fee for unlimited Internet access is currently $13.95 per month, which includes an additional E-mail account (you can still access your Ole Miss E-mail account via Teclink) and Internet software. To apply for a Teclink account, you can use the World Wide Web browser program Netscape on the Weir Hall computers to access their home page; the address (or "URL") is "http://web.teclink.net".

Academic Honesty:

I expect that all work submitted by students for fulfillment of the requirements in this course, including E-mail and other on-line work, be performed by the student. Forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, cheating on exams and plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious form of cheating. To plagiarize is to claim another's ideas or writing as one's own. In a sense, it is a form of stealing.

Plagiarism can take several forms. Students often associate the term with writers who copy entire passages from a book, magazine, encyclopedia, or other printed source and turn them in to an instructor as their work. This is, perhaps, the most blatant form of plagiarism as well as the easiest for instructors to detect. After all, English instructors have spent years studying style, and they can usually recognize a passage lifted from Time magazine or other sources with distinctive styles. In fact, instructors can usually recognize professional writing, even if they cannot immediately identify its source.

But plagiarism takes several other forms. For instance, students plagiarize when they borrow ideas from other writers without giving them credit. In this case, students might not even use the other writer's language; nevertheless, they are stealing the writer's content. Students also plagiarize when they present another student's work as their own. Thus, documentation involves more than just citing the source of direct quotations.

Because plagiarism is such a complex concept to come to grips with in its entirety, take note of the following summary definition:
I. Plagiarism includes the literal repetition without acknowledgement of the writings of another author. All significant words, phrases, clauses, or passages in a student's paper which have been taken directly from source material must be enclosed in quotation marks and acknowledged either in the text itself or in the endnotes.
II. Plagiarism includes borrowing without acknowledgement another writer's general plan, outline, or structure of argument in the creation of one's own organization.
III. Plagiarism includes borrowing another's ideas and representing them as one's own. To paraphrase the thoughts of another writer without acknowledging is to plagiarize.
IV. Plagiarism includes allowing any other person or organization to prepare the paper and submitting it as one's own work.

Plagiarism in this course will not be tolerated. Any student who turns in plagiarized work in this course will be dealt with severely. Penalties for plagiarism include, but are not limited to, failure in the course, suspension, and permanent expulsion from the university.

Students are responsible for acquainting themselves with the University of Mississippi's policies regarding academic dishonesty. For more information, read the sections on "Academic Discipline Policy" in the M Book: Handbook of Standards and Activities, A Guide for Students.

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