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PO 200 American National Government
James, Ray S.


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

F1J 2006 DN

Faculty

James, Ray S.

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.A., Westminster College, 1963
M.P.A., University of Missouri, 1989
Chancellor's Certificate in Public Administration, U. of Mo., St. Louis, 2006

Daytime Phone

816-842-4820  x220

Other Phone

816-931-5293  (h)

E-Mail

ray.james@park.edu

ray@kceb.org

rsjames@pngusa.net

Semester Dates

August 24th through October 12th

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

American Government, Power & Purpose, Lowi, Ginsberg, & Shepsle, 8th Edition, W.W. Norton & Co.

The U.S. Constitution and Fascination Facts About it, Edited by Terry L. Johnson

Texbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

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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.

There will be an empasis on the importance of civic participation as a responsibility of citizens in a free, elective system of governance and a socially just community.

Educational Philosophy:
Students will be expected to exhibit an understanding of the American Governmental System on all 3 levels.  The historical background of the American Federal Ssytem will be included.  Examinations, oral presentations, and class discussion will be used.  A "Socratic Style" will be employed:  students will show they have read the assigned material, and be able to respond to questions about it.

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


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1.  Respond to appropriate questions about American Government
  2. 2.  Exhibit an awareness of the importance of Civic Engagement
  3. 3.  Know the basic 3 levels of the American Federal System
  4. 4.  Have an understanding of the origins of the U.S. System
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:

Two scheduled Examinations

One unscheduled Quiz, or an equivalent

4 brief papers corresponding to the Rubric Requirements, @ 25 points for 20% of total points

Attendance

Instructor's evaluation of class participation

Grading:

Each Scheduled Exam, 100 points, total 200

Quiz or equivalent, 50 points

4 brief papers (3-4 pages each) on Constitutional and related topics to tie to Rubric requirements

Attendance, 80 points

Class Participation, 70 points, total 500 points

100% to 90%, A

80% to 89%, B

70% to 79%, C

60% to 69%, D

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submissions will not receive Full Credit

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Timely arrivals will be expected.  Ordinary courtesy and mutual respect should be exhibited; for example, students should be recognized to speak, and not interrupt one another.  Only the instructor dismisses class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Meeting 1, August 24th: Opening Class, Orientation, Reading Assignment, brief lecture

Meeting 2, August 31, Lecture/discussion, additional reading assignment

Meeting 3, September 7th, Lecture/discussion, additional reading assignment

Meeting 4, September 14th, Lecture/discussion, assignment,  Mid-Term Examination

Meeting 5, September 21st, Discuss Mid-Term Examination, additional assignment

Meeting 6, September 28th,  lecture/discussion, and additional assignment

Meeting 7, October 5th, Rubric Papers Due,  additional assignment, review for final examination (may be "take-home")

Meeting 8, October 12th,  Final Examination, taken, graded or discussed in class.  Any other business, including late assignments due

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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 "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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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