Feb 21, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

LIT2511 - Introduction to Literature (3 hrs.)

[KRSN ENG1030]

This course is an introduction to the short forms of literature, designed to develop understanding and appreciation of good literature. Study includes short stories, dramas, and poems.

Course Classification:



Completion of ENG2211 Composition I or instructor approval.

Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help students develop understanding and appreciation of good literature. Students should perceive that literature is an attempt by authors to verbalize and share with others basic or universal ideas or concerns relating to human conditions.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student should have improved understanding and appreciation of literature, specifically in the genres of fiction, poetry and drama. Students should be able to understand literature through literary devices and elements studied. Thus students will come to see a relationship between what the authors have said on certain subjects and what the individual students believes to be true and relevant in life and society.

Core Outcomes:

The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course procedure meet, or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Outcomes Project for this course, as sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

Unit 1:  Literature and Human Experience

Outcomes:  The student will demonstrate a college-level ability to communicate an awareness of the complexity and diversity of human experience as expressed through literature.

  • Assess the importance of literature in culture and/or society.
  • Integrate the universal insights found in literature to the recurring themes of values, questions, and concerns of the human condition.
  • Relate the theme of the literary work to life situations.

Unit 2:  Creation of Meaning from Literature

Outcomes:  The student will demonstrate a college-level ability to examine the interaction of reader and writer in the creation of meaning.

  • Evaluate the element’s purpose and effectiveness in developing understanding of the literary work.
  • Debate the motivation and conflicts of characters.

Unit 3:  Literary Genres

Outcomes:  The student will demonstrate a college-level ability to articulate distinctive features of various genres.

  • Define the basic elements of fiction, poetry and drama.
  • Appraise the importance of the use of specific elements in the different genres.

Unit 4:  Literary Assessment

Outcomes:  The student will demonstrate a college-level ability to analyze structures and figurative language of literary texts.

  • Detect literary devices used in specific literary works.
  • Assess the use and effectiveness of selected literary devices in literature.
  • Interpret the use and effectiveness of symbolic devices.

Unit 5:  Literary Criticism Application

Outcomes:  The student will demonstrate a college-level ability to apply modes of critical inquiry specific to the discipline.

  • Explain the elements of various types of literary analysis.
  • Examine literary works using various styles of analysis.
  • Create presentations of selected literature using specific types of analysis.

Unit 6:  Composition

Outcomes: The student will demonstrate a college-level ability to write thoughtful literary analysis using appropriate terminology and conventions.

  • Create a paper analyzing the development of a type of formal literary criticism found in a literary piece and/or writer (MLA documentation).
  • Analyze literary works and concepts in short writing assignments.

* These Learner Outcomes were developed by K-Write, a Kansas consortium of university English instructors.

Projects Required:

As assigned by instructor


Contact the bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program:

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.