English: Agatha Christie

ENGS 096 WQ2 (CRN: 14283)

2 Credit Hours

About ENGS 096 WQ2

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Winter Session Online Course: 12/26/13-1/10/14; Open to both CE and Degree students. This course may or may not fulfill degree requirements for UVM students. Please consult with your Dean's Office if you have any questions about applicability of winter session courses toward graduation requirements.

Section Description

Known world-wide as the ?Queen of Crime,? Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. Her name, as well as that of Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, has become a part of our cultural imagination through the novels as well as numerous film and television adaptations. This course examines Christie?s life, the form of the classic detective novel, the breadth of themes within her work, and her creation of a female detective. Students will read 4 novels during the 2 week course in addition to shorter contextual pieces. So that everyone is reading together, and thus not accidentally giving away vital clues to the mysteries, I do not announce which novels will be studied until 2 weeks before the course begins.

Section Expectation

Using Blackboard, this completely online course gives you the flexibility of completing the class requirements while also living your life. As an asynchronous course, we never meet at a specific time, so you are free to do your coursework at any time of the day or night as long as you meet the due dates as stated in the Course Schedule. However, this class will cover in 2 weeks what typically gets covered in 10 weeks during a regular semester. As such, you should realize that this class will take up a great deal of your time if you wish to succeed. A 3-credit course at UVM that meets face-to-face requires 37.5-45 contact hours in the classroom. Thus a 2-credit course requires approximately 25-30 contact hours. In a 2-week, 2-credit course, we must meet for about 14 hours per week in virtual space. Notably, these hours do not include the amount of study time outside of class each week that students need in order to complete readings and assignments. Depending upon your skills and goals, you can expect to spend about 2 hours to prepare for every 1 hour of class time. As such, preparation time, at a minimum, will likely be about 28 hours a week. Doing the math, expect to spend approximately 40 hours a week working on the requirements for this class; basically, this course IS your full-time job during the 2 weeks we spend together! So, discipline and organization are absolutely necessities to your success in this online course.


Christie's novels read quickly and easily, but note that you will read approximately 100 pages each day for this course. You will then write a daily journal entry, tracking your personal response to the reading, as well as a daily blog post in answer to a prompt given to you about the reading. Additionally, you will have a quiz on each of the major texts, and a final written assignment.


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