ENGL 1001: Literature and Composition 1

This course introduces short stories and the novel through examples of the genres drawn primarily from the twentieth century. The course is not a chronological or historical survey of literature. Instead, it examines the general characteristics of fiction by focusing on short stories and a novel. This course also provides a review of basic grammar, punctuation, and instruction in composing critical essays. ENGL 1011 (Literature and Composition II) is the continuation of ENGL 1001 and focuses on drama and poetry.


After you complete this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify and correct faults in sentences and paragraphs.
  • Describe the components and basic structure of a short story and novel using specific examples from works studied in the course.
  • Identify and discuss the literary patterns in a short story or novel.
  • Read prose literature beyond the factual or literal level, for example, on a metaphorical level that reveals the human condition.
  • Write coherent and focused critical essays on literary texts and topics. Apply analytical techniques in a critical essay.
  • Apply analytical techniques in a critical essay.

Course outline

Module 1: Introduction to Short Stories

Module 2: Characterization

Module 3: Setting

Module 4: Plot

Module 5: Point of View

Module 6: Style

Module 7: Theme

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. 8 ed. R.V. Cassill et al.. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. (2015).
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-393-93775-6

Bundled with:

  1. Pride and Prejudice, A Norton Critical Edition. Austen, Jane. New York: Norton & Co. (2016).
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-393-26488-3

Bundle ISBN: 978-0-393-62641-4

  1. The Bare Essentials with Workbook LLF + APA Card. 9th ed. Sarah Norton & Brian Green. Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd. (2017).
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-17-692353-2

Note: The Workbook is looseleaf


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50 % on the final mandatory examination and 50 % overall. It is strongly recommended that students complete all assignments in order to achieve the learning objectives of the course. The total mark will be determined on the following basis:

Assignment 1: Diagnostic Essay 5%
Assignment 2: Critical Essay 15%
Assignment 3: Comparison and Contrast Essay 15%
Assignment 4: Research Essay on Pride and Prejudice 25%
Final exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is by phone if you are taking the print-based version of the course and through the “mail” tool in the Learning Environment if you are taking the web-based version. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.

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