ENG 499: English Capstone

Course Description

In this capstone contract course, students demonstrate fulfillment of the various outcomes of their concentration courses. Each student will complete the capstone project to demonstrate that the student understands clearly his or her concentration, has mastered the content of the selected field(s) of study, and can synthesize and apply what he or she has learned. The capstone project may take one of several formats: a research paper, scholarly essay, portfolio, presentation of creative work, business plan, case study, or any other mode appropriate to the student’s interest and experience. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned to meet the requirements of the concentration. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • Students must have completed most of their concentration courses and take this course in their last semester. Academic Counselor approval is required to register.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who graduate with a concentration in English will be able to:

  1. Discuss literary traditions and themes in American and English literature and the literature of non-Western society;
  2. Explain the foundational elements of literary analysis, such as plot, setting, character, point of view, theme, and cultural expectations;
  3. Describe the traditional literary genres such as poetry, drama, and prose fiction; and
  4. Apply the techniques of literary criticism.
  5. Identify and apply the knowledge of various techniques of creative writing; and
  6. Produce creative stories, poems, plays or essays in the form, style, grammar, length and writing level appropriate to the literary context.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Using MLA formats accurately
  2. Ability to incorporate scholarly research from library databases skillfully and accurately into research writing
  3. Demonstration that you can take on a large, complex project and make it the best it can be—an important skill that employers and graduate schools appreciate.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Weekly Check-ins

30%

Proposal

20%

Final Project

50%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

  • There are no required textbooks to purchase, however, students may find it helpful to refer to materials from previous courses.

Course Schedule

Week

Topics and Assignments

1

Topics

  • Review learning outcomes of the concentration
  • Review lecture material
  • Consider topics and format for project
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Project Report
  • Begin project work

2

Proposals

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Project Proposal
  • Continue project work

3

Progress Reports

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Project Report
  • Continue project work

4

Progress Reports

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Project Report
  • Continue project work

5

 Progress Reports

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Project Report
  • Continue project work

6

Progress Reports and Drafts

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Progress Report
  • Submit Project Draft

7

Drafts

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Project Draft

8

Final Drafts

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Final Draft
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.