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PO 200 American National Government
Pasley, James F.


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

U1T 2010 DL

Faculty

Pasley, James F.

Title

Associate Professor of Political Science

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.  Political Science

Office Location

Mackay 20.5

Office Hours

Online

Daytime Phone

6593

E-Mail

james.pasley@park.edu

Semester Dates

S1T

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Bardes, Barbara.  2009.  American Government and Politics Today:  The Essentials 2009.  Belmont, CAThomson/Wadsoworth.

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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

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:

Each week, you will have regular assessments:

20pts-- Discussions. Participate in the weekly discussions. There will be a random sampling of discussions for evaluation.

40pts--Core Assessment Artifact due Wednesday midnight CST of week 7

30pts--There will be 3 required written assignments.

100 pts Exams. There are 2 exams. The exams consist of multiple choice questions. 50pts Exam 1. 50pts exam 2.

50pts -- Final Exam. Complete a proctored final exam during week 8.

The final will be proctored. You must follow the Park University procedures for obtaining an approved proctor. Please refer to the Help and Resources page to review the requirements for locating a proctor and the procedure for completing a Proctor Request Form.

Grading:

Course Assessments include:

Homework assignments to demonstrate mastery of information in the text, postings to forums discussing various aspects of assessment, two tests and final along with Core Assessment Artifact.

This is a detailed table for ALL of the assignments and assessments that are graded.

  • You are required to post your introduction, and complete the proctor request form on time.
  • Failure to complete a proctored final exam (for any reason) will result in an automatic F in the course.
Assignment Possible Points Total Points
8 Discussion Postings
(4 random samplings)
5 pts per evaluation 20
2 Exams and Proctored Final 50 points each 150
Homework Assignments
 Must be placed in the Dropbox
3 @ 10pts each 30
Core assessment—Portfolio
(Due - Wednesday midnight of Week 7)
40 40
TOTAL   240 points

Components of Each Week
(Items are in the order in which they appear in the left-hand column)

TOTAL Points: 240

 

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Course Home

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Lecture

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Activities (dropbox-pts.)

 

X (10pts)

X

X (10pts)

X

X

X

X(10pts)

Discussion Threads (pts.)

 

Random sampling of 4 discussions for total of 20 pts

 

 

Exam(pts.

 

 

X (50)

 

 

X (50)

 

 

Core Assessment

 

 

 

 

 

 

X (40)

 

Final Exam (pts.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X (50)


Letter Grading Policy –how a letter grade is awarded - rounding is .5 --
Letter Number of Points Percentage
A 215 to 240 points >90%
B 191 to 214 points >80%
C 167 to 190 points >70%
D 143 to 166 points >60%
F 142 or below 59.9% or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Students must submit writing assignments on time.  Each day an assignment is late a one letter grade penalty will be assessed.  Make-ups are not given for the exams so do not miss them.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please be respectful of other student's opinions and do not make personal postings on the discussion board.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Weeks/Assignments

Week One*
  • Bardes 1 & 2
  • Discussion Board
Week Two*
  • Bardes 3 –5
  • Discussion Board
  • Assignment
Week Three*
  • EXAM 1
  • Bardes 6
  • Discussion
Week Four*
  • Bardes 7 & 8
  • Discussion Board
  • Assignment
Week Five*
  • Bardes 9 & 10
  • Discussion Board
Week Six*
  • EXAM 2
  • Bardes 11 & 12
  • Discussion Board
  • Assignment
Week Seven*
  • Bardes 13 & 14
  • Discussion Board
  • Core Assessment due by midnight Wed
Week Eight*
  • Bardes 15
  • Assignment
  • Discussion
  • 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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