PO 200 American National Government
F2RR 2009 MT
Waldrop-Elam, Maureen R.
Professor of Political Science/Adjunct Faculty
B.S. Political Science/History from Lander UniversityMPA in Public Administration from Troy University
665 Falcon Street - MHAFB Education Center
19 October 2009 - 13 December 2009
7:40 - 10:10 PM
Textbook: Volkomer, Walter, American Government, 12th Edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN: 9780132364553
Additional Resources: Suggested Readings and/or handouts may be discussed in class.
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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
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Quizzes, Assigned Readings, Issue Portfolio, Classroom Assignments and Participation.
30 Points: Class Assignments and 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.)
Letter Grade Policy - how a letter grade is developed - rounding is 0.5.
Number of Points
210 to 250 Points
186 to 209 Points
162 to 185 Points
138 to 161 Points
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. Disrespect will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave the class and not earn your daily participation points for the day.
If a schedule adjustment is needed students with be notified by the instructor.
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Last Updated:9/18/2009 3:11:00 PM