Jo Doran, Ph.D., M.F.A.

Assistant Professor & ESL Coordinator, Northern Michigan University

EN 493

Senior Seminar – English

Winter 2013

EN 493-1 & EN 493-2


The information below refers to 493-1 and 493-2 for Winter 2013 semester.

493 Assignments

Monday Class Information

Thursday Class Information


Instructor: Jo Doran

Instructor’s Email:

Office: 226 Gries Hall

Office Hours:

  • Monday 1:30 – 3:00
  • Thursday 10:00 – 1:00
  • Thursday 1:30 – 3:00
  • ~ And by appointment

Main Website:

Document Formatting


EN 493 Course Description: “A capstone course in which students review their experiences in the major and prepare for postgraduate careers. Students will prepare individual portfolios including a reflective essay, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a representative sample of previous work, and a significant new project.”

Objectives for this class

My goal for this class is to provide you with a beginning gauge of how well you feel you are prepared to graduate and apply your learning – to a response paper at the end of the semester (after you complete all the requirements) to determine how you feel at the end of the semester.

Additionally, the department uses this course to assess your work from when you began at NMU to where you are when you graduate, academically speaking. I will be assessing your skills in the following areas, but my assessment does not affect your grade: application of literary theory, ability to analyze and synthesize, ability to develop ideas, ability to exhibit original thought, and ability to use technical language (and here technical language refers to your major in that you know how to use the language specific to your field, whether this is poetry, fiction, literature, etc.).

Aside from the literary theory paper, you will either be sharing what you already know or working toward your own, personal goals… not my goals.

That said, your goals are my goals for this class! Consequently, I will give you due dates – based on your time limits, abilities, and plans – during conferences. It is never my plan or goal to play games, trick you, or make this a difficult course.

Class Structure

I will present materials and lectures during the first few weeks based on the assignments for this class. Because this class is individually focused, you may not be required to attend every lecture. This is applicable only if I am lecturing on project-specific work. For example, if you choose to work on the job project – and I am lecturing on query letters – you may choose not to attend that lecture.

Part way through the semester I switch to individual conferences where we meet every other week for 15 minutes. If you wish to meet with me every week, I will set this up for you. Please contact me via email, after class, or stop by my office during my office hours to discuss this.

I set the class up this way for several reasons:

  1. I am sure that by now you are tired of sitting in class. Additionally, this is only a two-credit course, and I try to adjust the amount of time you need to spend in class/conference time according the the credit level of the course.
  2. Additionally, you are probably in the process of organizing your graduation requirements. I am well aware that this is not the only class you are taking.
  3. In teaching this course for three years, I find that during one-on-one time you can get more done than if we tried to work as a whole class the entire semester.
  4. You are at the point where you should be able to manage your time and your needs on your own or at least with little guidance. Therefore, I feel this is a good way to help you manage your own time – or learn how to at this point. 🙂

I am not trying to cheat you out of class time. If you feel this way, please let me know, and I will gladly spend more time with you to go over any information you wish to discuss/learn. Please remember that I do not know how you feel about this class unless you tell me.

Please note that all conferences are held in my office: 226 Gries

While this class allows you a great deal of freedom, I will set deadlines – based on your checklist and timeline (that you create). Additionally, each conference meeting is worth 40 points. Please do not miss a conference time only to stop by at your convenience to see if we can meet. If you are ill and/or contagious, please email me and we will set up a time to meet – to make up for this absence.

None of your work is due until the end of the semester – in your Project Book – but I do expect you to work through several revisions of your work throughout the semester.

It is important to me that I make this class as helpful to you as possible. You have a great deal of freedom to work on what interests you and/or what you need to get done, related to one of the three project choices. Please stay in touch with me to make sure that you are accomplishing what you hope to – for this class.

Save Your Documents

Do not throw out any documents. Additionally, email all documents to yourself as a safeguard and/or post them on PBWorks. I will not accept the excuse that your computer crashed.

What Work is Due – and When?

This class culminates in a Project Book, which is turned in – to me in my office – during the Final Exam time for this class. I want you to plan on picking up this Project Book – as you (hopefully) will use this. Please refer to the Final Exam schedule for day/time information.

There is no final exam for this course.

There are no required textbooks for this course.

You must purchase a Presentation Book. This is available in the NMU Bookstore for under $3.00.

Basic Rules

  • No rudeness, racism, arrogance, etc. allowed in class
  • Attendance:
    • No unexcused absences are allowed, because you acquire five days off because of conferences days you do not have to attend
    • If you become ill and/or contagious and/or if you require hospitalization, I will excuse you without penalty, but you must communicate with me via email, email me your work for feedback, and meet with me once you are able.
  • Tobacco: No tobacco, in any form, is allowed in class or my office.
  • Cell phones and MP3 players must be turned off and zipped in your backpack/bag. If you do not abide by this, I will ask you to leave.
  • Being Late: I expect you to show up on time for class. If you have a justifiable reason for being late, please speak with me.

Email Rules

  • Email attachments must include the following attachment name: 493_1_YourName_Document Title.  If you do not abide by this rule, I will not open your emails and/or read your emails and documents.
  • Emails must include the following subject line: 493_1_YourName_Purpose for email.
  • Emails must also include a salutation, body paragraph with complete sentences, and a closing – or I will not read your email or open your attachment.
  • Read Email & Email Attachment Rules:  THIS IS REQUIRED

Conference Work Rules

You must email me any documents you want me to address during conferences three days before your conference day. Otherwise, I will not have time to read your documents and give you feedback before we meet for conferences.

Monday Class: Please email me your documents by Friday noon.

Thursday Class: Please email me your documents by Monday noon.


ADA Statement

If you have a need for disability-related accommodations or services, please inform the coordinator of Disability Services in the Disability Office at 2001 C.B. Hedgecock (227-1700).  Reasonable and effective accommodations and services will be provided to students if requests are made in a timely manner, with appropriate documentation, in accordance with federal, state, and University guidelines. Please inform me if you have a disability and need related accommodation/services.

Arriving late for class will earn you a deduction of 15 points from your total score for the semester.If you consistently arrive late each class period, even as little as five minutes, your grade will suffer.


Student Codes and Academic Honesty

From the NMU Student Handbook:

“No students shall submit as their own to an instructor any work which contains ideas or materials taken from another without full acknowledgement of the author and source” (Student Code,

Therefore, if you plagiarize you may receive a failing grade for the document submitted and/or the course, and your work may be potentially submitted to the Dean of Students.  Plagiarism can be intentional or accidental.  When you use sources, you will be required to use in-text citations and have a Source page (Please use MLA, APA or Chicago Style).

Please refer to the above links to find specific details on Student Codes and Academic Dishonesty.

Food & Beverage

You may bring in beverages and food, but please use discretion.


Refer to the Formatting information on the “Links” page on the class website (at the top and on the class webpage). I am strict about this. That said, your Main Project writing format should adhere to genre- and field-based decisions, in the end.

Late Assignments

Late assignments will not be accepted unless you have made prior arrangements with me. Refer to the calendar and plan accordingly. If you know ahead of time that you will miss class, please hand in work in advance. Deadlines for assignments are firm and you earn points for  having your work done on time. I will not accept excuses such as “My printer ran out of toner” or “I couldn’t get to a printer,” “My computer crashed,” etc. Please refer to where and how to print, later in this webpage.

Leave yourself plenty of time to complete assignments and to deal with unexpected problems. Email your work to yourself to prevent loss of work due to computer crashes.

NMU’s Non-Discrimination Statement
Northern Michigan University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, familial status, handicap/disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status in employment or the provision of services, and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities.

Anyone having civil rights inquiries may contact the Equal Opportunity Office, 502 Cohodas Hall, telephone number 906-227-2420.

Office Hours & Discussion/Concerns

Please visit me during my office hours to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the course objectives, your grade, your writing, etc. While I am open to discussion and questions in class, I require that all students remain professional in their use of language with the instructor and peers, within the class and/or during office hours and with our speakers.

493_PPT (save file and rename to .potx to open)