HIU104 American History Survey Through the Civil War

for F2T 2008

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HIU 104 American History Survey Throughthe Civil War


F2T 2008 DLA


Toro, Paul R.


Senior Instructor


BS Economics - USAFA
MA History - Norwich University

Office Location

San Antonio TX

Office Hours

1:30 - 2:30 Mon - Fri Central Time

Daytime Phone

210 732 7479



Semester Dates

F2T 2008

Class Days

10/20/08 - 12/14/08

Credit Hours



Robert A. Divine, T. H. Breen, George M. Fredrickson, R. Hal Williams, Ariela J. Gross, H.W. Brands, and Randy Roberts. America: Past & Present, 7th Brief Edition. (New York: Pearson/Longman, 2007). ISBN: 0536232997)

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Course Description:
HIU 104 American History Survey Through the Civil War: Introduction to the social, cultural, political and economic history of the United States from the conquest and colonization of North America to the reunification of the nation at the conclusion of the Civil War. The survey shall comprise and inquiry of period literature. (United States Concentration) Offered as required. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Course material is presented utilizing a variety of methods including lecture, required readings, discussion, and multimedia. Students are evaluated based on competency standards and demonstrated improvement in written assignments, discussion, and exams.

Class Assessment:

Each student is responsible for completing:
Discussion of the readings (each Week): 80 points total
Written Assignments (due in Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7): 120 points total 
Midterm Exam (due in Week 4): 100 points
Proctored Final Exam (due in Week 8) : 200 points

Total Points for Term: 500 points


Written Assignments: There are six written assignments for this course, worth 20 points each. You are to write your responses to the assigned questions in a Word or Rich Text File (.rtf) document. Once completed, you will need to submit your assignment via the Drop Box. Assignments are due by Midnight, Central Time, on the last day (Sunday) of each week.

Assignment Grading Rubric: Your responses to each assignment question must be written in complete paragraph format. Each paragraph must have a topic or introduction sentence, be well supported, and include a conclusion sentence.

Content: 15 points total

Fully respond to all questions of the assignment. Responses are accurate and well supported

Writing Mechanics: 5 points total
Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, Length, and Format
Total Possible on each Writing Assignment: 20 points

Weekly Discussions
: Your comments in discussion should be written in your own words. To support your comments you may use brief quotations from our textbooks or other scholarly sources; however, you must properly document all borrowed material. If you cite our textbooks, a parenthetical citation with the author's name and page number is sufficient. If you use an outside source, please provide a full citation. There are two discussion topics each week, worth 5-points each, for a total of 10 discussion points.

Discussion Grading Rubric
: Early in the week, post your main response to the question in each discussion topic, your responses will be graded on the following criteria:
Length: minimum of 100 words on the initial discussion: .5 point
Conventions (grammar/punctuation/spelling/and citation if needed): .5 point
Content (relevant to the discussion question): 2 points
Peer Responses: post two (2) separate Peer Responses consisting of thoughtful and detailed comments (minimum of 25 words): 1 point each
Total Possible on each week's Discussion: 10 points (5 points for each topic)

Exams: There are two exams in this course: a Midterm and a Proctored Final Exam.

Midterm Exam Grading: The midterm exam covers Week 1-4, chapters 1-7.

    • Multiple-Choice Questions (50 questions worth 2 points each), select the best response from the choices offered.

Proctored Final Exam Grading: The proctored final exam is the Core Assessment for this course. It is comprehensive, covering materials from Week 1-8, chapters 1-15.  

    • Multiple-Choice Questions (65 questions worth 3 points each), select the best response from the choices offered.
    • Short Answer Essay Question (1 question worth 5 points), Your response should be between 150 and 300 words in length; in other words, one well-developed paragraph (including an introduction, supports, and conclusion). Your response should be written entirely in your own words. It should fully address all parts of the question.

Length 150-300 words: .5 point
Conventions grammar/punctuation/spelling: 1 point
Content (relevant to the discussion question): 2.5 points
Format : 1 point
Total Possible on the final exam essay: 5 points

For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. You will also need to check with your proctor to see if they will need for you to bring paper to the exam since this is a short answer and essay exam. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.

      • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
      • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
      • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
      • Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade.
      • Final Exams cannot be taken before Monday of Week 8. Request for a waiver from this time restriction must be submitted directly to Dr. Tim Westcott, Chair of the Social Sciences Department at: tim.westcott@park.edu. Requests must be made at least seven working days prior the commencement of Week 8.
Grading Philosophy:
A exceptional and an uncommon achievement.
B is above the average performance of a 1st or 2nd year college student and is earned by exceeding the standard.
C is the average expected of a 1st or 2nd year student and is earned by meeting the standard.
D is below average and marginally meets the course standard.
F is obviously failing to meet the course standard.

Course Grading Scale

A = 90 - 100% (or 450 to 500 points)

B = 80 - 89% (or 400 to 449 points)

C = 70 - 79% (or 350 to 399 points)

D = 60 - 69% (or 300 to 349 points)

F = < 60% (299 or fewer points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All work is due on the due date. If you will miss work and need to submit late (for TDY or emergency), make arrangements with the instructor ahead of time. Late work will penalized 10 percent per day late unless prior arrangements have been made.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The fundamental objective of this course is to learn. That means we must all work together and learn from each other. In order to accomplish this, we must treat each other with respect. Everyone will have the opportunity and freedom to express their ideas. Be sure to review the Park Student Code of Conduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weeks Topics Assignments
Week 1 New World Encounters Read Lecture 1; Chapter 1; Assignment 1; and Discussion
Week 2 17th & 18th Century America Read Lectures 2A & 2B; Chapters 2, 3, & 4; Assignment 2; and Discussion
Week 3 American Revolution, & Republican Culture Read Lectures 3A & 3B; Chapters 5 & 6; Assignment 3; and Discussion
Week 4 Democracy in Distress, 1788-1800 Read Lecture 4; Chapter 7; Discussion; and Midterm Exam
Week 5 Jeffersonianism, Nationalism and Andrew Jackson Read Lecture 5; Chapters 8, 9 & 10; Assignment 4; and Discussion
Week 6 Slavery and Perfectionism Read Lectures 6A & 6B; Chapters 11 & 12; Assignment 5; and Discussion
Week 7 Expansionism and Sectionalism Read Lecture 7; Chapter 13 & 14; Assignment 6; and Discussion
Week 8 Sectionalism & the Civil War Read Lecture 8; Chapter 15; Discussion; and Proctored Final Exam

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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Last Updated:10/13/2008 2:10:01 PM