Online Courses

ENG 4 - Critical Thinking/Writing Lit

Instructor: Steven Budd
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Course Description

Develops critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as they apply to the analysis of fiction, poetry and drama; literary criticism; and related non-fiction from diverse cultural sources and perspectives. Emphasis on the techniques and principles of effective written argument as they apply to literature. Some research required. Prerequisite: English 1A (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 3 hours.

To take this class, you must have daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and experience using a web browser. You will also need to utilize your college Zonemail account. Learn more about Zonemail.

Check the college catalog for CSU/UC transferability and to see if this course meets AA/AS degree requirements.

The instructor may drop students who miss the first meeting of a course. The first meeting of online or hybrid Distance Education courses is the first day of the class as specified in the class schedule listing. For these courses, instructors may drop students who do not log into their Blackboard course and/or complete indicated activities by the third day of classes. DE instructors may drop students if they have not submitted work and/or accessed the class for two consecutive weeks.

There might be an instructional materials fee associated with this course. Learn more about instructional materials fees.

This class begins Mar 21 and ends May 19.

On-Campus Meetings

There are no required on-campus meetings for this class. You can attend an OPTIONAL, on-campus orientation to Online Learning on Jan 13 from 1 - 2:30 pm or Jan 14 from 5:30 - 7 pm in Room 2410. A virtual session will be offered on the Internet on Jan 19 from 5:30-7 pm. Learn more about these orientations, which are NOT course-specific.

How This Class Operates

This is not a self-paced class; there are due dates throughout the semester that you are expected to meet, just like in a traditional, face-to-face class. Some assignments will be done on your own, others will be done in groups. Active participation is required. This is a fast-paced course which packs the material and requirements of the usual 17-week English 4 curriculum into an 8-week online format.

Communications will take place primarily via email, the class discussion board and chatrooms. Other possible forms of communication include telephone and face-to-face meetings during on-campus office hours.

This class is divided into Modules, and each Module contains various activities. All the Modules will be accessible from the Course Materials area, but students will only be able to access currently active and open Modules. All Modules open at 12:05 a.m. on a Monday and close at 11:55 p.m. on a Sunday.

Module 1 is designed, in part, to help you become familiar with some the technological aspects of taking an online course. You have 7 days to complete Module 1. Modules 1-9 cover course content from the required textbook (the Norton Anthology) and will include fiction, poetry, and drama.

Class Activities

Modules 1-9 have content activities to supplement your readings. Module Activities are one of two types: readings from your primary source text (the Norton Anthology) and class discussions. Each module has a link to its Module Activity.

Class Project(s)

You will be assigned two or three 2-page papers, and two 5-7-page papers, at least one of which will require outside research from academic sources.

Other activities include online Discussions and some group work, in which you will be required to collaborate with some of your classmates to produce a report or PowerPoint presentation.

How Students Are Graded

All of your assignments, including weekly Discussions, will be graded according to criteria established and published in the course. In addition, expect each Module to contain a quiz that is open-book. Quizzes will involve multiple-choice and short answer questions, and will timed tests.

Succeeding in an Online Course

Students who succeed in online courses tend to be independent, self-motivated learners with good computer skills. If you are a procrastinator who relies heavily on the instructor for motivation, can't use a computer too well, have taken less than 21 units of college credit in your lifetime, and/or have a grade-point-average under 2.0, you should probably consider enrolling in a face-to-face course instead.

Also, don't enroll in this class if you believe the myth that learning online requires less effort than learning face-to-face. This course covers the same content and has similar activities as the face-to-face version of the course; only the method of delivery changes.

LPC offers a tutorial called "Succeeding in an online course" that will not only tell you if you are a good fit for online learning, but it also offers many strategies -- among other pertinent information -- that will help you succeed online. Please complete the tutorial.


This course will use the Blackboard course management system as its virtual classroom. To learn how to log in to Blackboard, go to the Blackboard Login Procedures page. Once you enroll, you will not be able to log in until the first day of class.

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Page last modified: March 21, 2016