English 366E: Assignments - Overview

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The assignments in this course are designed to promote your understanding of the context of Shakespeare's works, and of his language. You will participate in an electronic discussion of his works to stimulate thought about the issues raised in the Course guide. In the research essay you will be given an opportunity to find out how to access the kinds of research materials that are fast becoming available on the Internet, and you will write an essay, or a project that connects other kinds of interests or skills to the work you have been doing on Shakespeare.

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Due Dates for Assignments

Here are the dates for submitting your assignments and the weight given each in your final grade:

Assignment Due Date Length Weight
Web Board Friday 16 January n/a
(but mandatory)  
Major essay Friday 27 February (1600-1800 words)
Explication Friday 19 March (800-1000 words)
Web Board Participation
Final Examination [TBA] (3 hours)

  Please note: All assignments are to be handed in by email, and must arrive by midnight on the due date.

Policy on Rewrites

If you wish to do so, you can submit a rewrite of any assignment. If you do so, I shall follow this procedure:
  1. I shall give a rapid assessment of the paper (I shall read it but will make few, if any, comments)
  2. The mark will be recorded separately from the original mark
  3. At the end of the course, if your mark is close to a borderline I shall consider the mark on the rewrite, and will move your final grade above the borderline if the additional mark justifies it
No mark can be reduced by a rewrite.

Late Assignments

There is no penalty for late assignments when you have received an extension before the due date. Late assignments will be marked, but will be assessed a penalty of at least 5% and not more than 10%.

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How to Submit Assignments

Assignments will normally be submitted and returned by e-mail. Please do not send in assignments as attachments; I may be able to read your work, but must convert it to plain text before I can mark it. The Internet project will be submitted by email and by the creation of a "home page" on the space the University allows you on the system. Your final project may also be submitted in hard copy or on disk, subject to negotiation.

Formatting Email Assignments

Because plain text files cannot support formatting (italics, headings and so on) you should adopt the following sort-of-format:

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How Assignments Will Be Returned

E-mailed assignments will be returned marked by e-mail. You will find that your original assignment is returned, with all comments keyed by footnotes in the text. The comments will be gathered at the end of the paper, together with an analysis of your paper and the final grade. If you have negotiated the right to submit material on disk or in other formats you should pick them up from the box inside the front partition of the English Department General Office.

A Note on Plagiarism

Remember that all direct quotations and borrowed ideas that you use in your writing must be identified. Failure to give others credit for their words and ideas is plagiarism--a serious offence. See A Writer's Guide for more on plagiarism, and for instructions on the way you should cite material you quote or use in your work.

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