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Online · College of Arts & Sciences · English

Composition and Literature

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 09/25/2023

Course Description

Composition and Literature continues the emphasis on writing. Two analytical papers—based upon studies of the short story, poetry, and drama—and a research paper, sequentially developed, are required.


For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


English 102 continues the development of college-level writing skills and practice, providing the student with opportunities to: evaluate literature from a biblical worldview; examine structure, aesthetics, and issues; and organize thinking in written form. In addition, the research paper requirement strengthens the student’s skills in investigating, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating the ideas of others while also sharpening the student’s expression of his/her own conclusions. The introduction to literature enriches the student’s general understanding of human experience, which will assist him/her in subsequent courses and in life.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate literature from a biblical worldview.
  2. Analyze a literary work.
  3. Apply standard usage in English grammar, word choice (diction), phraseology, sentence structure, and essay organization.
  4. Proceed independently through the various stages of research and integrate sources accurately and effectively.
  5. Identify the theme and structure of each literary selection as well as the significant characteristics or elements of each genre studied.

Foundational Skills Learning Outcomes

Foundational Skills Learning Outcomes: Communication and Information Literacy (CIL):

  1. CIL 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.
  2. CIL 2: Communicate information effectively in the English language, orally and/or through writing, for a variety of purposes, using technology when appropriate.
  3. CIL 3: Analyze and assess various forms of information and expression to determine their meaning, employing technology when relevant.
  4. CIL 4: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of research and scholarship in order to apply it in various contexts.
  5. CIL 5: Relate communication and information literacy to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Course Resources

Click on the following link to view the required resource(s) for the term in which you are registered: Liberty University Online Bookstore

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Canvas recommended browsers
    4. Creating and submitting files in Microsoft Word
    5. College dictionary such as The American Heritage College Dictionary or Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
    6. Access to a current writing style guide (APA, MLA, or Turabian)

Course Assignments

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 1 classmate’s thread. For Discussion: The Importance of Literature to the Christian, the thread must be 250–300 words and the reply must be 250–300 words. For Discussion: Christian Worldview Assignment, the thread must be 100–150 words and the reply must be 75–100 words. Both the thread and the reply must demonstrate correct, formal writing style. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, G, H, I)

Fiction Essay Assignment

The student will compose a 750-word essay (3–4 pages) that compares and contrasts 2 stories from the Fiction Unit. The essay must focus on 1 or more of the elements of fiction that is covered in the course. The essay must include a title page, thesis statement, and outline followed by the essay. The student will have the opportunity to receive instructor feedback by submitting the thesis and outline prior to the essay. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, F, G)

Poetry Essay Assignment

The student will compose a 750-word essay (3–4 pages) that analyzes 1 piece of poetry covered in the Poetry Unit. The essay must include a title page, thesis statement, and outline followed by the essay. The student will have the opportunity to receive instructor feedback by submitting the thesis and outline prior to the essay. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, F, G)

Research Paper Assignment

The student will compose a final research paper of at least 1,500 words (5–7 pages) that incorporates a minimum of 6 citations, including the primary source and at least 5 secondary, scholarly sources. The research paper must have a title page, thesis statement, and outline followed by the paper and a correctly documented works cited page. The student will have the opportunity to receive instructor feedback by submitting the thesis, outline, draft, and bibliography prior to the research paper. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Quiz: Pre-Quizzes (3)

In the module before each Quiz, the student will take a pre-quiz that will help him/her prepare for the subsequent quiz. Each pre-quiz will be open-book/open-notes; consist of 20 multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions; and have a 1-hour time limit. The student may take each pre-quiz as many times as he/she likes until the due date. The final attempt will be counted toward the final grade. (CLOs: C, F, H, I)

Quizzes (3)

The student will take 3 quizzes. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; consist of 50 multiple-choice, true/false, and reading comprehension questions; and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. Unlike the pre-quizzes, the student may only take each quiz once. (CLOs: C, F, H, I)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussions (1 at 100 pts, 1 at 50 pts)


Fiction Essay Assignment


Poetry Essay Assignment


Research Paper Assignment


Quiz: Pre-Quizzes (3 at 20 pts ea)



(3 at 80 pts ea)




Course Policies

Writing and Formatting Policy

The student will be permitted to use the writing style that corresponds with his/her degree program (current APA, MLA, or Turabian) for all of his/her written work. All written assignments must be formatted correctly and consistently according to the style being used.


Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussions, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Course Overview
Student Acknowledgements

Course Requirements Checklist

Module 1: Week 1

Read: 5 items

Watch: 4 items


Discussion: The Importance of Literature to the Christian

Module 2: Week 2

Read: 17 items

Watch: 6 items


Quiz: Pre-Quiz Fiction

Module 3: Week 3

Read: 5 items

Watch: 2 items


Fiction Essay Assignment

Quiz: Fiction Unit

Module 4: Week 4

Read: 23 items

Watch: 6 items

Review: 1 item


Quiz: Pre-Quiz Poetry

Module 5: Week 5

Read: 14 items

Watch: 4 items

Review: 2 items


Poetry Essay Assignment

Quiz: Poetry Unit

Module 6: Week 6

Read: 7 items

Watch: 3 items


Quiz: Pre-Quiz Drama

Module 7: Week 7

Read: 8 items

Watch: 2 items


Research Paper Assignment

Module 8: Week 8

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item


Discussion: Christian Worldview

Quiz: Drama Unit