UCOR 102 Course Goals, Common Statements, & Notices

UCOR 102 Course Goals

Knowledge of Literature

a. Students will engage in close, critical reading of literary texts
b. Students will identify traditional literary genres such as narrative fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as other genres such as film and creative nonfiction
c. Students will understand the fundamental literary devices and be able to analyze and explore how these fundamental literary devices create meanings in a text
d. Students will recognize that there are different frameworks for analyzing literature, such as social, historical, philosophical, generic, biographical, and others

Processes and Conventions

a. Students will write with an emphasis on process, and use drafting to improve their writing, critical thinking, and analysis skills
b. Students will apply the tools of rhetorical analysis to literary and other creative or imaginative texts
c. Students will be able to locate and use sources on usage and mechanics
d. Students will demonstrate an understanding of grammatically correct standard written English and will be held accountable for using standard written English in their written work

Research Writing Skills

a. Students will produce thesis-driven, coherently organized, evidence-based, academic analyses of literature
b. Students will read, understand, respond to, and incorporate into their own writing scholarly or peer-reviewed sources in literary criticism or other disciplines
c. Students will identify relevant scholarly secondary sources for a research paper on literature and integrate those sources correctly, relevantly, and ethically into their own work
d. In source-based writing, students will correctly use a recognized citation/documentation style such as MLA or APA

Academic Honesty

Please see the “Statement on Academic Integrity” included with this syllabus. If you have any questions about this policy or any part of it, please see me. If you are unsure about your own proper use of outside sources, please consult with me prior to handing in the assignment. I am happy to clarify whenever possible. You may also want to consult the Duquesne University Academic Integrity Policy found in your Student Handbook. All violations of the Academic Integrity Policy, intentional or inadvertent, will be recorded with the Director of Judicial Affairs, and intentional violations—ranging from unattributed cut-and-pasted sections in your paper to bought essays—will result in heavy sanctions ranging from failure on the paper to expulsion from the university.


The assignments for this class are interconnected and meant to build off of each other of the course of the semester. All assignments are to be submitted by the given deadline. If you know that you cannot attend a class, submit the assignment before that class time. “Computer catastrophes” are not acceptable excuses for late assignments. Be prepared for such problems, and give yourself enough time so that they do not delay your submission. A penalty will be assessed for late work. Additionally, all assignments must be completed in order to pass the class. Do not hesitate to contact me if there are issues or circumstances that prevent you from turning your work in on time.


If you have any disabilities that may impact your performance in this class, please speak to me within the first week of classes. Disabilities that require accommodation must be documented by the Office of Freshman Development and Special Student Services (x6657).


If you are involved in a university athletic program and will miss class because of it, you must bring an official list of the classes you will be missing from the athletic department in the first week of class. Moreover, ALL work is to be submitted prior to the excused absence. You are responsible for any announcements and/or class notes that you miss.

Resources Available

Your Instructor
I encourage you to come see me during office hours to talk about the class, about college life, or about anything else. Feel free to email me with questions. From Monday through Friday I’ll do my best to respond to email within in 24 hours of receiving it. I’m most active on email during the day and will generally not check my email in the evening. Email is best for quick questions and I am happy to help. However, I will not read and comment on drafts electronically over email. We gain the most from the collaborative power of writing and thinking by meeting face to face.

Writing Center
Writing is a complex process, and the University Writing Center’s consultants understand that it can be challenging at any stage. The Writing Center is here to help! The Center offers writing instruction and support for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff. The Center’s staff of trained graduate and undergraduate writing consultants provides one-on-one assistance for writers working on academic papers, professional applications, web sites, presentations, and other projects. The Center works with writing from all disciplines throughout your writing processes, from outlines and notes to drafts and revisions. You do not need to have a completed paper to come. All you need is a writing task and a willingness to engage in active conversation about your work. The Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service. Consultants do not correct or complete your writing for you. They offer a teaching service. It is more effective if you learn from your mistakes, and the Center’s consultants want to help you become more capable and confident in your writing. You can see the Center’s hours and make an appointment for a 25- or 50-minute session in 216 College Hall or Gumberg Library at http://www.duq.edu/writing-center.

Gumberg Library
Duquesne University’s library is an important resource for students, faculty, and the public. It has a lot of excellent resources available in-person and online. We will talk about the library and have a visit from a librarian during our time together. In the meantime, consider following Gumberg Library on Twitter (@GumbergLibrary), Facebook, and many other social media sites. Gumberg Library’s social media sites are a great way to learn about the resources of the library and to learn tips and tools to get the most out of your library.

University Counseling and Wellbeing Center
Located in 636 Fisher Hall, The UCWC offers free confidential personal psychotherapy to all currently enrolled Duquesne students. Confidential short-term personal psychotherapy is provided for a variety of reasons, such as difficulty adjusting to college life, personal and/or emotional distress, homesickness, test anxiety, sleep disturbances, etc. Students in need of more frequent, long-term psychotherapy will work with our case manager to find resources that will meet his/her needs. Phone: 412-396-6204. Crisis Support is available from the University Counseling and Wellbeing Center 24/7 by calling the University police emergency number, 412-396-2677 (COPS).