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PO 200 American National Government
Pasley, James F.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

PO 200 American National Government

Semester

FA 2011 HO

Faculty

Pasley, James F.

Title

Associate Professor of Political Science

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Political Science
M.S.  Defense and Strategic Studies
B.A.  Political Science

Office Location

Mackay 20.5

Office Hours

M/W 10AM - Noon; T/R 10-11

Daytime Phone

6593

E-Mail

james.pasley@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/pasley/

Class Days

--T/R--

Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Bardes, Barbara.  2011.  American Government and Politics Today:  The Essentials 2011-2012Belmont, CAThomson/Wadsoworth.

 

Stinebrickner, Bruce.  2011.  Annual Editions:  American Government  11/12.  Guilford, CT:  McGraw-Hill/Dushkin.

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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:

Course Requirements:

 

Assignment                                                             Percentage of Final Grade

      Quizzes                                                                                             10%

Exam One –  September 8                                                                20%

      Exam Two –  October 6                                                                   20%

      Exam Three –  November 3                                                              20%

      Final Exam –  December 9                                                                30%

Grading:

Exams will consist of short answer questions and essays.  Each of the first three exams will encompass 20% of your final grade.  The final exam is comprehensive and constitutes 30% of the final grade.  Pop quizzes will occur periodically throughout the semester.  These quizzes will cover the assigned readings and will constitute 10% of the final grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Missed quizzes cannot be made up by students.  Students who miss one of the first three exams may make it up only with the permission of the instructor.  Make-up exams are significantly more difficult and students should make every effort to take exams on the date asssigned.  Make-ups of the final exam are NOT given and students who miss the final exam will receive a zero on it.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please be on time and attentive.

Children are not permitted in class.

Please turn off phones and wireless devices while in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

COURSE OUTLINE

Week                                                                                       Assignment

August 15                                                                               Bardes 1 & 2; Stinebrickner 1 - 4

August 22                                                                               Bardes 3; Stinebrickner 5-10

August 29                                                                               Bardes 4; Stinebrickner 11-15

September 5                                                                           Bardes 5
                                                                                              EXAM 1 - SEPTEMBER 8
                                                              
September 12                                                                         Bardes 6; Stinebrickner 9 & 42-45

September 19                                                                         Bardes 7; Stinebrickner 38 - 41

September 26                                                                         Bardes 9; Stinebrickner 35 – 37

October 3                                                                               Bardes 8; Stinebrickner 32 – 34                                           
                                                                                               EXAM 2 - OCTOBER 6 

October 10                                                                              FALL BREAK 

October 17                                                                              Bardes 10; Stinebrickner 23 - 26

October 24                                                                              Bardes 11; Stinebrickner 16 – 22

October 31                                                                              Bardes 12;  EXAM 3 NOVEMBER 3
 
November 7                                                                            Bardes 13 Stinebrickner 27-                                                                                               28                                                                                            

November 14                                                                           Bardes 14; Stinebrickner 46 – 52

November 21                                                                           Bardes 15
 
November 28                                                                           Bardes 15; Stinbrickner 53 - 55 
 
DECEMBER 9 FINAL EXAM
10:15 AM

                                                                                   

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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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