Welcome to ENG 251: Fundamentals of Literary Interpretation

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the literary genres of fiction, poetry, and drama. In addition, students will use various literary theories to interpret literature.

Course Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will do the following:

1. Develop the ability to analyze a literary text closely.

2. Develop the skill to read a literary text via a critical theory.

3. Arrive at and defend valid interpretations of literary texts.

Course Schedule

This course has been designed to follow a weekly schedule. You are expected to complete all of the learning activities for each week in the order that they are listed. Also, you should complete each week in order and avoid skipping ahead without finishing a week. For example, you should complete all of the learning activities in Week 01 before beginning any learning activities in Week 02. The instructor may shift the order of completion for some assignments, and may even extend the deadlines on a few assignments if circumstances warrant it for the whole class.

Due dates and times for all assignments may be found by accessing the Calendar tool in I-Learn. In addition, all required assignments and tests have been set up to appear in the "Coming Up" list that you will see whenever you log into I-Learn. Also, all activity directions will have information on when the assignment or assessment opens and when it closes (due date and time). These due dates and times listed in the activity directions are based on Mountain Time in the United States of America, and are set up to be aligned with the due dates and times of students on campus at BYU-Idaho. If you are in a different time zone, you may see some adjustments for your own time zone in the I-Learn Calendar and "Coming Up" list. If you have any questions about when an assignment is due, you should contact your instructor.

The deans of the colleges at BYU-Idaho have determined that the average amount of study time that students will put in per week per credit is 3 to 4 hours. So, for a 3-credit class, the deans expect students to spend on average between 9 and 12 hours of total study time. For this course, on average, it will take students approximately 9 hours of study time to complete all the learning activities for each lesson. This is the amount of time that you should expect to put into this class each week if you want to get a passing (C) grade. If you want a higher grade, you may need to put in more study time, maybe even beyond 12 hours per week. Students working towards an A or B grade will usually need to put in more study time than 9 hours a week. In order to keep up with the assignments and learn the most from this class, you should make sure you schedule about 1 to 2 hours a day to study for this class. Also, be aware that with this course, there is no "time off" for holidays that might occur during the week. Consequently, you should make sure to arrange your study schedule so that any holiday activities do not keep you from completing learning activities by the posted due dates and times.

Required Materials

There are no required texts for this course. However, you are required to have access to a computer on which you may use Microsoft Word. You are also required to have a microphone for your computer and a set of earphones that will work with your computer. You will use both of these to participate in a variety of learning activities in this course.

There is no course cost for this course.

Virtual Office Hours

Each week you will have the opportunity to participate in virtual office hours with your online instructor. You may do so through participating in the weekly Notes from Instructor discussion board and/or meeting with your instructor face-to-face through video conference. Please refer to the Instructor page (accessed through your homepage) to view your instructor's available hours, as well as to access to the link to the video conference. The video conferences are held using the tool Zoom. For a quick tutorial on how to setup a Zoom account, please go here


Grades will be based on a weighted percentage of the total number of points students may earn from major exams, assignments, quizzes, and completion of any other learning activities assigned by the instructor. You can find information in your I-Learn gradebook on the different weighted grading categories and their percentages. You may check your progress in the course at any time by accessing the gradebook.

In assigning final grades for this course, the instructor will use the BYU-Idaho Standard Grade Definition criteria listed below.


The grade of ‘A’ represents outstanding understanding, application, and integration of subject material and extensive evidence of original thinking, skillful use of concepts, and ability to analyze and solve complex problems. It demonstrates diligent application of Learning Model principles, including initiative in serving other students.


The grade of ‘B’ presents considerable/significant understanding, application, and incorporation of the material, which would prepare a student to be successful in next level courses, graduate school, or employment. The student participates in the Learning Model as applied in the course.


The grade of ‘C’ represents sufficient understanding of subject matter. The student demonstrates minimal initiative to be prepared for class. Sequenced courses could be attempted, but mastering new materials might prove challenging. The student participates marginally in the Learning Model.


The grade of ‘D’ represents poor performance and initiative to learn, understand, and apply course materials. Retaking a course or remediation may be necessary to prepare for additional instruction in this subject matter.


The grade of ‘F’ represents failure in the course.

Weighting of Graded Assignments

Grades will be based on a weighted percentage of the total number of points students may earn from assignments and quizzes, participation in online class meetings, and completion of any other learning activities assigned by the instructor. The following percentages show the approximate weight the different types of assessments will have in this course. The instructor may vary these weights if it is determined that adjustments need to be made in order to ensure fairness in grading.

1. Question and response activities: 20%

2. T-Analysis reports: 25%

3. Major papers: 30%

4. Tests and quizzes: 20%

5. Weekly surveys, participation in Office Hours, and other work assigned by the instructor: 5%

You may use your I-Learn gradebook to check your total number of points for all assignments and to determine an estimated grade based on the work you have completed.

Course Policies

You should read the following course policies and make sure that you understand what these policies mean to you regarding your interactions with the instructor and other students in this course. If you have questions about any of these policies, you should contact your instructor immediately.

Personal Honor

In this class, our interactions with each other should be guided at all times by the following principles of personal honor.

Principles of Personal Honor – "True at all Times"

You should make sure that you understand the above principles of personal honor. It is important for all class members to strive to follow the above principles in our associations with one another. Please visit the University Policies page to read BYU-Idaho’s policies on student honor, students with disabilities, sexual harassment, and complaints and grievances.