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HIS 104 American History Survey Throughthe Civil War
Geier, Melissa L.


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Course

HIS 104 American History Survey Throughthe Civil War

Semester

S1T 2013 DL

Faculty

Geier, Melissa L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BA History, Valdosta State University
MA History, Valdosta State University

Office Location

Parkville MO

Office Hours

Mon thru Thurs 9:00 to 3:00

Daytime Phone

816-584-6273

E-Mail

melissa.geier@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 14, 2013 to March 9, 2013

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Robert A. Divine, T. H. Breen, George M. Fredrickson, R. Hal Williams, Ariela J. Gross, H.W. Brands, and Randy Roberts. America: Past & Present, 8th Brief Edition, Combined Volume. (New York: Pearson/Longman, 2011). ISBN: 978-0-205-76041-1.

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Course Description:
HIU 104 American History Survey Through the Civil War: LE - 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:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of combined interaction based on lectures, readings, quizzes, videos, websites, and writings. The instructor will engage students in an open dialogue to encourage an analytical exploration of all ideas. Discourse is encouraged. The instructor is here to assist and welcomes questions.

Class Assessment:

Each student is responsible for completing the following assignments:

Weekly DiscussionsYour 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. If you use a quotation from any source, you must use quotation marks. There are two discussion topics each week, worth 10-points each, for a total of 20 discussion points.

Discussion Grading Rubric: Post your main response to the question in each discussion topic by 11:59PM CST Fridays. Each week there are at least two topics, you must post one main response and two peer response (by 11:59PM CST Sunday) comments in each topic. Your responses will be graded on the following criteria:

Length of 2 main posts: minimum of 100 words on the initial discussion response: 1 point each main post, (2 points possible each week)

Conventions (grammar/punctuation/spelling/and citation if needed): 1 point overall on each topic, (2 points possible each week).

Content (relevant to the discussion question): 4 points overall in each topic, (8 points possible each week).

Peer Responses: in each topic, post two separate Peer Responses consisting of thoughtful and detailed comments: 2 points each for a total possible of 8 points possible each week

Total Possible on each week's discussion: 20 points overall, (10 points in each topic)

Journals: Students will be required to write four journals (Weeks 2, 3, 5, and 6) based on various topics as indicated. The Journal assignment will be placed in the JOURNAL tab at the top of your eCollege course platform.

 

Journal Rubric

0

1

2

3

Score Received

Student demonstrated no awareness of the context surrounding the journal question.

Student demonstrated an awareness of the context surrounding the journal question but did not explore it.

Student demonstrated an awareness of the context surrounding the journal question and made minimal comment.

Student demonstrated a high awareness of the context surrounding the journal question.


Analysis conveyed no personal response to the journal question.

Analysis conveyed little evidence of a personal response to the journal question.

Analysis conveyed some evidence of a personal response to the journal question.

Analysis conveyed evidence of a personal response to the journal question.





Student demonstrated that he/she reflected new interpretations of evidence.


Student demonstrated no evidence of command of the English language.

Student demonstrated some evidence of command of the English language.

Student demonstrated a good command of the English language.

Student demonstrated an excellent command of the English language.


Student demonstrated no ability to reflect on own work.

Student demonstrated some ability to reflect on own work but does not provide many examples.

Student demonstrated an ability to reflect on own work but examples provided were minimal.

Student demonstrated an ability to reflect on own work. Provided examples consistently.


Student demonstrated no comprehension of the journal question.

Student demonstrated some basic comprehension of the journal question.

Student comprehended the surface level meaning of the journal question.

Student was able to make inferences and comprehended deeper meaning.


Journal was 149 words or less.

Journal was 150-175 words.

Journal was 175-200 words.

Journal was proper length of 200 words.


Journal had 5 or more spelling and/or grammar errors.

Journal had 3-4 spelling and/or grammar errors.

Journal had 1-2 spelling and/or grammar errors.

Journal had no spelling and/or grammar errors.


Student developed and expressed no argument, opinion, or response to the journal question.

Student developed and expressed only one argument, opinion, and response to the journal question.

Student developed and expressed only two arguments, opinions, and responses to the journal question.

Student developed and expressed three or more arguments, opinions, and responses to the journal question.

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INSTRUCTOR

PERSPECTIVE




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TOTAL POINTS




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Exams: There are two exams in this course: a Midterm and a Proctored Final Exam. There are study guides in the course along with areas in the Instructor's Office for discussion of the material.

Midterm Exam GradingThe 100-point matching and multiple-choice midterm exam covers Weeks 1-4, chapters 1-7. You will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the exam – you must finish it once you have started. You will not be able to save it and return later. It is open-book, open-note.

 Final Exam Grading: The 100-point proctored matching and multiple-choice final exam is the Core Assessment for this course. It is comprehensive, covering materials from Week 1-8, chapters 1-15. This exam is NOT open-book or open-not.  


*    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 Department of Culture and Society at:tim.westcott@park.edu. Requests must be made at least seven working days prior the commencement of Week 8.

Grading:

Grading:

Weekly Discussion Threads

160 Points Total

Journals (Weeks 2, 3, 5 and 6)

200 Points Total

Midterm Examination

(Week 4)

100 Points Total

Proctored Final Examination

(Week 8)

100 Points Total


560 Points Total for Course

Grading:

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 = 560.0-504.0 points

B = 503.9-447.9 points

C = 447.8-391.8 points

D = 391.7-335.7 points

F = 335.6 points or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work is only accepted in the event of an emergency and then only on a case by case basis.  You must contact the instructor BEFORE the due time and date.  (Examples of acceptable emergencies: Hospitalization, TDY/TAD, or fell into a vortex)  In any scenario, proper documentation will be required.  

In the event that discussion posts are consistently late, such as discussion posts due on Friday posted later than that, anywhere from 10-25% may be deducted.  If warnings regarding late submissions go unheeded, then the late discussion posts may not be accepted.

In the event of an emergency, contact the instructor as soon as possible, before the due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Please, be respectful.  You can disagree without being disagreeable.

2. Please post your main posts by 11:59PM CST on Thursday of each week and respond to other students’ posts by 11:59PM CST on Sunday of each week.

3. When utilizing sources, please refer to our lectures and readings first.  Most of the discussion questions will refer directly to them.  Besides, they’re the readings everyone will be most familiar with.

4. If you find something from the internet that you think will help support your interpretations, or highlight a point, then that can be very useful to share.  However, please refrain from using encyclopedia sites (Wikipedia, ask.com, about.com, webmd.com, even Britannica, and the like) as encyclopedias are not considered scholarly sources.  They are references you can use to ground yourself in a topic before you embark on more scholarly research.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weeks

Topics

Assignments

Week 1

New World Encounters

Read Chapter 1

Perform Discussion Threads

View Lecture 1 (PPT)

Week 2

17th & 18th Century America

Read Chapters 2, 3 and 4

Perform Discussion Threads

View Lectures 2, 3 and 4 (PPT)

Complete Journal assignment

Week 3

American Revolution, & Republican Culture

Read Chapters 5 and 6

Perform Discussion Threads

View Lectures 5 and 6 (PPT)

Complete Journal assignment

Week 4

Democracy in Distress, 1788-1800

Read Chapter 7

Perform Discussion Threads

View Lecture 7 (PPT)

Complete the Mid-Term Examination

Week 5

Jeffersonianism, Nationalism and Andrew Jackson

Read Chapters 8, 9 and 10

Perform Discussion Threads

View Lectures 8, 9 and 10 (PPT)

Complete Journal assignment

Week 6

Slavery and Perfectionism

Read Chapters 11 and 12

Perform Discussion Threads

View Lectures 11 and 12 (PPT)

Complete Journal assignment

Week 7

Expansionism and Sectionalism

Read Chapters 13 and 14

Perform Discussion Threads

View Lectures 13 and 14 (PPT)

Week 8

Secession & the Civil War

Read Chapter 15

Perform Discussion Threads

View Lecture 15 (PPT)

Complete  Final Examination

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 95-96

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 95

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: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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