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CH 203_American Experiences and Constitutional Change: SPRING 2020: Syllabus

Syllabus

Core Humanities 203 Spring 2020

Instructor                    Joseph Domitrovich

Phone                          673-7000 (Extended Day)

E-mail                          jdomitrovich@tmcc.edu

Office Hours                By appointment

Class Time                   9:30-10:45 A.M.                      20012              Red Mountain 412

                                    11:00 A.M.-12:15n P.M.         20013              Red Mountain 412

                                    12:30 P.M. – 1:45 P.M.           20014              Red Mountain 332

Textbook:        The American Yawp (OER)      http://www.americanyawp.com/

 

ADA statement: http://www.americanyawp.com/

 

Qualified, self-identified students with documented disabilities have the right to free accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities at Truckee Meadows Community College.  For assistance, contact TMCC’s Disabled Resource Center at 775-673-7277.  TTY   775-673-7888.  Come by the office at Red Mountain Building room 114.

 

Course Description: Prerequisite – Eng 102 or Eng 114

Identities, ideas, and institutions from pre-contact to present, emphasizing civil rights, liberty, individualism, federalism, environmentalism, urbanization, industrialization, and cultural diversity. Satisfies the U.S. and Nevada Constitution requirements

 

Grading Policy:            Grades will be based on the following          

  1. U.S./Nv. Constitution Quiz                                    25 pts.
  2. Bill of Rights Quiz                                                  25 pts.
  3. First Amendment Paper                                       50 pts.
  4. U.S./Nv. Constitution Paper                                 50 pts.
  5. Amendments XVII through XXVII Quiz                  25 pts.
  6. Dinner Conversation Paper                                  50 pts.
  7. You Are There Paper                                             50 pts
  8. Questions from Primary Sources                          50 pts.
  9. Three Exams @ 100 pts each                              300 pts.

625 pts

        

THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA CREDIT IN THIS CLASS

Do not ask if you can do extra credit because you need an A for financial aid or for your GPA.  Do not ask if I “round up” or grade on a curve.   The fact that the exams are online and, therefore, take-home and open book is quite a curve in itself.  “Trying hard” is not a reason to get a grade raised.  I have no idea who is “trying hard” and who is not.   Your grade will be what it is.

 

Grades will be figured on a percentage of points earned compared to the total possible points.

The following grading scale will be used

            A          93-100             B-         80-81               D+        68-69  

            A-         90-92               C+        78-70               D          62-67

            B+        88-89               C          72-77               D-        61-62

            B          82-87               C-         70-71               F          below 60

 

Attendance Policy:  Since half of each exam is from lecture, attendance is important.   I realize that sometimes things happen that prevent you from coming to class. Along those lines, you get FOUR misses during the course of the semester. That is two weeks’ worth of class. You will not need an excuse for missing those classes. After those four, you will lose one point from your final average for each miss. There will be no such thing as an excused absence. An absence is an absence. Save those four that I give you.

 

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SIGN THE ATTENDENCE SHEET!  “I was in class.  I don’t understand why I am not marked.” Will NOT get you marked if you are not signed in.  There will be NO exceptions to this.

 

Deadlines:  Deadlines are non-negotiable.  Being absent does not change due dates for assignments. Assignments may be turned in up to 24 hours late for one full letter grade reduction.   Assignments turned in between 24 and 48 hours late will receive a MAXIMUM of 50%. Papers turned in more than 72 hours late will receive a zero.

All Assignments are due ON CANVAS by 11:55 P.M. on the due date.

Make-up Exams: I know that sometimes things happen.  Therefore, you have until 48 hours after the exam is due to turn it in on Canvas.  Please, make every effort to get it in on time.

In accordance with TMCC policy, I may issue a plus or minus grade.  You may fail the class in the event that you turn in work that is unsatisfactory or incomplete or you do not withdraw by the deadline for the term (June 20 for first summer session).

 

Important dates:

Last day to withdraw for 100% refund                                                           Feb, 2                                     

Last Day to Withdraw for 50% Refund                                                           Feb. 16

Last Day to withdraw from the class or change to Audit                               April 2

                       

Course Objectives: Successful students will demonstrate the ability to:

1. Demonstrate growth in knowledge & understanding of the characteristics of political ideas, cultural values, & social issues influencing the nature of American society.

2. Recognize & explain the relationship between American social & political values and the aesthetic expression of those values.

3. Understand & describe the contribution of central political figures, philosophers, and artists       significant in establishing the foundations of American culture.

            4. Read & understand the contributions of key fiction & non-fiction works.

            5. Recognize & understand the significance of the U. S. & Nevada Constitutions.

 

Statement of Academic Integrity:

In writing assignments, the use of an author’s ideas or words without proper citation (whether quoted directly or paraphrased, intentionally or not) constitutes plagiarism & will result in a failing grade for that assignment & possible expulsion from the college.

           

College conduct: Students are expected to exhibit the highest standards of social conduct in the classroom.  This includes not just during the time of the class but from the time the student enters the classroom until he/she leaves.  Talking out of turn, interrupting others, sleeping in class, making disrespectful comments, using profanity, texting, talking on the phone, being on the internet, coming to class late, leaving early, showing intolerance toward others, attempting to influence the agenda of the class & other such behaviors will not be tolerated and are grounds for administrative withdrawal from the class.

 

Be courteous and treat others as you would like them to treat you.  If you are in doubt as to whether something is appropriate or not, it is best to err on the side of caution.

 

Exams:  There will be three exams: two mid-terms and a final. 

The exams will consist of multiple choice, matching, short answer and chronological order questions.

The exams will consist of two parts.  One part will be from the recorded lectures and one will be from the textbook.  Each part will be worth 50 points.

Truckee Meadows offers a student academic support program that includes study skills, tutoring services and help in writing papers.  See section 4 in the Student Handbook.  Also, the reference librarians are great at helping with your papers.  Please use them.

 

­Important dates: (Make certain you are aware of these dates, especially the last one.  If you do not withdraw by then, we MUST give you whatever your average is at the end of the semester.)

 

Last day to withdraw for 100% refund                                               Feb. 2                                     

Last Day to Withdraw for 50% Refund                                               Feb. 16

Last Day to withdraw from the class or change to Audit                   April 2

 

PLEASE do not drop this class without talking to me.  Most problems can be worked out.  Let me help you if problems arise.

 

THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA CREDIT IN THIS CLASS     

Do not ask if you can do extra credit because you need an A for financial aid or for your GPA.  Do not ask if I “round up” or grade on a curve.   The fact that the exams are online and, therefore, take-home and open book is quite a curve in itself.  “Trying hard” is not a reason “Trying hard” is not a reason to get a grade raised.  I have no idea who is “trying hard” and who is not.   Your grade will be what it is.