English (ENGL) 211

Prose Forms (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None. Students without prior writing instruction are strongly urged to take ENGL 255.

Precluded Course:ENGL 211 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ENGL 210.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 211 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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ENGL 211 introduces students to four literary forms: the short story, essay, novella, and novel. By examining specific works and the accompanying commentaries in two study guides, students encounter major literary concepts and terms, as well as key authors and works from British, Canadian, and American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among the authors studied in this course are Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Laurence, William Faulkner, Katherine Mansfield, Alistair MacLeod, Joseph Conrad, and George Orwell.


  • Unit 1: Short Prose Forms: The short story, the novella, and the essay.
  • Unit 2: The Novel: A nineteenth-century British novel, an early twentieth-century American novel, and a contemporary Canadian novel.


To receive credit for ENGL 211, you must achieve an overall grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and at least “D” (50 percent) on the final exam. All assignments are required in order to pass the course. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Essay 1 Essay 2 Essay 3 Final Exam Total
10% 25% 25% 40% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. New York: Penguin, 1999.

Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. New York: Oxford UP, 2008.

Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. New York: Simon and Shuster (Scribner Paperback), 1954.

King, Thomas. One Good Story, That One: Stories by Thomas King. Toronto: Harper Perennial, 1993.

Laurence, Margaret. The Stone Angel. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1964. rpt. 2004.

Roberts, Edgar V. Writing About Literature. 13th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2012.

Stewart, Kay L., Marian Allen, and Shelley Galliah. Forms of Writing: A Rhetoric, Handbook, and Reader. 6th ed. Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall, 2012.

Stott, Jon C., Raymond E. Jones, and Rick Bowers, eds. The Harbrace Anthology of Short Fiction. 5th ed. Toronto: Nelson, 2012.

Thompson, Veronica, comp. The Mercury Reader. Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2004.

Other materials

All other materials are available online; this includes two study guides and a student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 211 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 per cent on the examination and a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) overall.

Critical Essay Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, October 25, 2012.

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