Literature and Composition: Certificate Course

Welcome to Literature and Composition

The TEL Library English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of the literary genres of the epic, poetry, drama, and prose, including novels, short stories, and essays. Students will read a survey of literature from the 8th century through the 19th century BCE. Students will examine the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works. A final project will include the study of a specific novel with the goal of writing a research paper about that novel and preparing and delivering a visual presentation.

This course contains 12 modules, each with multiple lessons that support varied approaches to help a student learn and engage with the topic, including readings, video, and a knowledge-check quiz.

To earn a Certificate of Completion for this course, you must complete all of the content in the course lessons, as well as earn a passing grade of at least 80% on each of the 12 module quizzes.

Before you start the course

  • Review the Course Learning Outcomes, located in the the tab above
  • Download and review the Course Requirements Document, located in the Documents tab above.
  • Review the Technology Requirements, located in the Technology tab above.

To complete this course and receive a Certificate of Completion

  • Study all of the lessons within each module and complete the Check Your Knowledge activity at the bottom of each Lesson to receive participation credit.
  • Complete each module quiz with at minimum grade of 80%.

Ready to learn more about Literature and Composition?

To enroll in this course, click “Take this Course” below, or click on the Modules below to get started.

This course focuses on the following learning outcomes. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Read and analyze literary works from major authors in the genres of the epic, poetry, drama, and prose, including novels, short stories, and essays. 
  • Explore the backgrounds and writing styles of the authors presented in the course, and examine the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. 
  • Create writing assignments including expository, analytical, and argumentative essays based on an understanding of specific literary texts and their structure, style, and themes, as well as their use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. 
  • Create and revise a final project consisting of reading a specific novel, writing a research paper about that novel, and preparing and delivering a visual presentation.

This course is delivered fully online and you will be required to have access to a computer, laptop, or web-capable mobile device – along with consistent access to the internet – to access course material and complete assignments. Review the information below to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements necessary to complete a course.  

PC Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Windows 7 or above

Macintosh Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Mac OS 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or above

Tablet or Smartphone

Hardware

  • 2 GHz process or faster
  • 1 GB RAM or greater
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • Microphone and speakers
  • Wireless internet connection