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PO 200 American National Government
Waldrop-Elam, Maureen R.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PO 200 American National Government

Semester

S2RR 2008 MT

Faculty

Waldrop-Elam, Maureen R.

Title

Professor of Political Science/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Political Science/History from Lander University
MPA in Personnel Management from Troy State University

Office Location

665 Falcon Street - MHAFB Education Building

Office Hours

By Aoointment

Daytime Phone

208-514-7996

E-Mail

Maureen.WaldropElam@park.edu

Semester Dates

17 March, 2008 - 11 May, 2008

Class Days

-MTWR--

Class Time

11:00 - 12:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Volkomer, Walter E., American Government, 12ed, Prentice Hall         

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Suggested Reading and/or handouts may be discussed in class.

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Course Description:
A survey of the functions and processes of the three branches of American national government. The changing roles of the branches and their relationship to the public will be emphasized. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
We are here to learn together. The course will not consist of me giving lectures, but will include student participation in class discussions. I look forward to learning with you.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the historical and constitutional basis for the federal government's structure and its system of checks and balances
  2. Evaluate the role of public opinion, media and interest groups in the development of public policy and elections
  3. Analyze the conduct of elections and explain group and individual voting behavior.
  4. Analyze the creation of policy and administration of government programs


Core Assessment:

Core Assessment

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures Departmental Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.  The core assessment for this course is a portfolio of written work and will account for at least 20% of the total grade for the course and cover all four of the Core Learning Outcomes.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Quizzes, assigned readings, issue portfolio assignments and participation.
 
30 Points:         Class Participation
120 Points:       Quizzes (3 Quizzes at 40 Points each)
100 Points:       Core Assessment - Issue Portfolio (4 Assignments at 25 Points each) 
 
Students preparation, attendance and active participation are required and will be a part of your final grade. Students should come to class ready to answer basic questions or participate in group activities revolving around the assigned readings for that session. I also suggest students try to read a daily newspaper and/or watch the national news.
 
Three quizzes will be given to test student comprehension of both the readings and information presented/discussed in class.
 
The Core Assessment for the class is an Issue Portfolio. The portfolio is a cumulative body of work you will complete throughout the term. The entire portfolio, which will consist of four 2-3 page single-spaced papers, will be handed in at the end of the semester for evaluation and assessment. Your portfolio consists of four parts: a paper prepared that defines the issue (Assignment 1); two papers you will have a choice between two different topics (Assignment 2 and 3)  and a paper that describes the type pf political participation you have completed with regards to your issue (Assignment 4). Additional information will be provided on each of these assignments at the beginning of class.
 
SUGGESTION: For easy reference and study aid keep a notebook in a three ring binder of all class materials. Use dividers of some kind and label each section (Notes, Assignments, Handouts, Quizzes, Misc.)
 
 

Grading:

Letter Grade Policy - how a letter grade is developed - rounding is 0.5.
 
 
Letter
Number of Points
Percentage
A
210 to 250 Points
>90%
B
186 to 209 Points
>80%
C
162 to 185 Points
>70%
D
138 to 161 Points
>60%
F
137 or Below
59.9% or below

Opportunities for Extra Credit may be given at the instructor's discretion.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students must be submit all assignments in time. Each day an assignment is late one letter grade will be deducted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Enter the class with a willingness to learn and be respectful of other students' opinions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

March
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
17
Introduction &
Syllabus Review
18
Chapter 1
19
Chapter 2
20
Chapter 3
24
Chapter 3
25
Chapter 4
26
Chapter 4
27
Chapter 5
31
Chapter 5
 
 
 
April
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
 
1
Chapter 6
2
Portfolio #1
Chapter 6
3
Quiz #1
(1-6)
7
Chapter 7
8
Chapter 7
9
Chapter 8
10
Chapter 8
14
Chapter 9
15
Chapter 9
16
Portfolio #2
Chapter 10
17
Chapter 10
21
Quiz #2
(7-10)
22
Chapter 11
23
Chapter 11
24
Chapter 12
28
Chapter 12
29
Chapter 13
30
Portfolio #3
Chapter 13
 
May
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
 
 
 
1
Chapter 14
5
Chapter 14
6
Portfolio Due
7
8
Quiz #3
(11-14)
 
If a schedule adjustment is needed students with be notified by the instructor.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Artifact demonstrates ability to explain American National Government (ANG) structure and operation based on English political history, colonial experience, and Constitutional Convention events Artifact demonstrates ability to explain ANG structure and operation based on colonial experience and  Constitutional Convention events

 
Artifact demonstrates ability to explain ANG structure and operation based on colonial experience and  Constitutional Convention events

 
Artifact fails to explain any foundational aspects for creation of the ANG 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Artifact demonstrates student's ability to identify and explain voting behavior by all demographic groups and how these decisions impact on the creation of policy and administration of government programs.
Artifact demonstrates student's ability to identify and explain voting behavior by all demographic groups and how these decisions impact on the creation of policy and administration of government programs. 
Student demonstrates ability to identify and explain voting behavior by all demographic groups

 
Student demonstrates ability to identify and explain voting behavior by some demographic categories

 
Student does not identify and explain voting behavior by demographic categories. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Student demonstrates ability to explain the influence of third party groups and the media on elections and public policy citing specific current events

 
Student explains influences of third party groups and the media on elections and public policy by referencing textbook examples

 
Student explains the influences of some third party groups and/or media on elections and public policy

 
Student does not explain any influences

 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Artifact demonstrates proper use of terminology with no errors Artifact demonstrates proper use of terminology with no more than one error Artifact demonstrates proper use of terminology with two errors

 
Artifact shows three or more errors 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Artifact demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the concepts in all the relevant learning objectives

 
Artifact demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the concepts in 3 of the relevant learning Objectives

 
Artifact demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the concepts in 1 or 2 of the relevant learning objectives Artifact does not demonstrate an understanding of concepts in any of the relevant learning objectives

 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Artifact demonstrates ability to relate current events to all learning objectives Artifact demonstrates ability to relate current events to 3 learning objectives Artifact demonstrates ability to relate current events to 1 or 2 learning objectives


 
Artifact does not demonstrate any ability to relate current events to any learning objectives 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Artifact demonstrates as a whole the ability to analyze ANG and apply all learning outcomes in an integrated and appropriate way

 
Artifact demonstrates as a whole the ability to analyze ANG and apply 3 learning outcomes in an integrated and appropriate way

 
Artifact demonstrates as a whole the ability to analyze ANG and apply 1-2 learning outcomes in an integrated and appropriate way

 
Artifact does not demonstrate the ability to analyze and apply any of the learning outcomes 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Component demonstrates no errors in analyzing the creation of policy and administration of government programs

 
Component has one or two factual errors Component has three or four factual errors

 
Component does not exhibit the ability to analyze the creation of policy and administration of government programs.

 

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