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Hist 101_U.S. History to 1877: Syllabus

Syllabus - Fall 2019

History 101 Fall 2019

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary   (Vince Lombardi)

Instructor                    Joseph Domitrovich

Phone                          673-7000

E-mail                          jdomitrovich@tmcc.edu

Office hours                By appointment

Class Meetings            12:30-1:45  P.M.  Sierra 105

Textbook:                    The Enduring Vision Volume 1 Eighth Edition

 

FOOD, DRINKS AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS AR EPROHIBITED IN THE CLASSROOM

 

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:

Survey of U.S. political, social, economic, diplomatic and cultural development from colonial times to 1877. Satisfies the United States Constitution requirement.

Course Objectives:

Outcome 1. Students will describe the intellectual origins of the U.S. Constitution, its significant

elements, and argument for and against its ratification.

Outcome 2. Students will write a historical analysis of a historical problem or issue chosen by the

instructor.  The student should evaluate cause and effect, consider multiple perspectives, identify

reliable sources and valid arguments, and distinguish between primary source and secondary source

evidence.

Outcome 3. Students will describe and analyze the evolution of the sectional tensions between the

North and South, including the ways slavery, ideology, and cultural and societal differences contributed

to the Civil War.

 

Grading Policy:            Grades will be based on the following

  1. You Are There Paper  (2 @ 50 pts.)                      100 pts
  2. Dinner Conversation Paper (2 @ 50 pts.)             100 pts
  3. Primary Sources Questions (2 @ 50 pts.)             100 pts
  4. U.S./Nv. Constitution Quiz                                       20 pts
  5. Bill of Rights Quiz                                                    20 pts
  6. Exams   (3 @ 100 pts.)                                          300 pts
                                                                Total points 640 pts

 

            OTHER THAN THE TURNING POINTS LECTURES, 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.
 

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:  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 ATTENDANCE 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 48 hours late for one full letter grade reduction.   Assignments turned in between 48 and 96 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.

Exams: There will be three exams, two mid-terms and a final. Questions will be objective, consisting of multiple choice, matching and chronological order questions. Half of the questions will be from lecture and half from the textbook.

Make-up Exams: I know that sometimes things happen.  Therefore, you have until 48 hours after the date of the exam to make it up.

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 (October 31st for fall 2019 session).

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                                               September 1

Last Day to Withdraw for 50% Refund                                               Sept 15           

Last Day to withdraw from the class or change to Audit                   Oct 31 
 

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.

ANY OR ALL OF YOUR PAPERS MAY BE SUBMITTED TO AN ANT-PLAGIARISM SITE.  PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND!

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.

Cell phones must be turned off AND put away during class.  If you have an emergency that might require your getting a phone call. Let me know before class and then sit as close to the door as you can. 

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

OTHER THAN THE TURNING POINTS LECTURES, THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA CREDIT IN THIS CLASS