HISTORY 192-370--ONLINE TRITON COLLEGE
"The HISTORY OF ASIA and the PACIFIC ISLANDS II "
Dr. Allen Salzman
Off. hours: TBA
This is a "BlackBoard C E 8" (formerly known as "WebCt") course in the History of ASIA AND THE PACIFIC, with most of the emphasis on Australia and the South Sea Island Peoples in the modern period dating from European explorations and contacts, from the 17th century to the present.
(Note: for your convenience this syllabus will also be printed in hard copy. If you cannot drop by D-102 and pick one up, please run off a copy on your own printer. I suggest sticking it up on your refrigerator. )
It makes use of a text book and extensive use of a computer.
As for the latter, you will need the following:
For your first assignment, there are two things I want you to do in the Learning Modules area:
HERE IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT TO DO INSIDE EACH OF THE LEARNING MODULES :
4. This information is for the printed copy of this syllabus. Here is how to sign in to your course. Even if you are already logged in and reading this from inside the BlackBoard course already, it would not hurt to read it again anyway.
PART I: COURSE OBJECTIVES
1. To introduce students to some very basic tools with which we can look at the histories of non-Western peoples. We will learn about the above by examining some real life historical examples and narratives which reveal problems faced by their societies and their times.
2. To give us an
insight into our own time and society by looking at a culture that is
“other” than our own.
PART II: METHODS OF PRESENTATION
Learning Modules: your online lessons and lectures are
in 4 Learning Units which you will find by clicking the icon takes you
learning modules by clicking on the "Learning Modules"
icon on the left-hand toolbar.
2. Online Class discussions found in "Discussions" area .
3. "Assignments" found in the "Assignments" area.
PART III: MULTIMEDIA AND COMPUTER INFORMATION
1. Dr. Salzman's email address: email@example.com
(Note: You can also use BlackBoard’s internal email system to contact me.)
2. A DVD which explores the history of the Enlightenment view of nature, which informs Cook's era (18th century), but it undergoes a transformation in Darwin's (19th century). [The DVD is given to you without charge.]
starring Mel Gibson and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
4. Master and Commander
starring Russel Crowe.
PART IV: Suggested TEXTS AND MATERIALS (Note: These are recommended. You do NOT have to purchase them.) :
Donald DeNoon, et al, The Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders, (Cambridge University Press, 1997)
Marshall Sahlins, How “Natives” Think: About Captain Cook, for Example
Ditto, Islands of History
Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding
Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country
PART V: GRADING = "Assessments" (Exams) + "Bulletins & Discussions" + "Assignments" (You may access the raw assignments if you click on the "Assignments" icon. However, it will be more convenient if you access the Assignments by opening the LEARNING MODULES icon instead. )
1. What is it based on? Your grade will be based on satisfactory performance (a grade of 60% or better is passing) on 4 multiple-choice, fill-in and/or essay timed tests to be taken online (consult "Assessments" area and / or "Announcements" area for dates and times). I expect you to participate and will grade your participation in the "Discussion" area, and in the "Assignments” area. (HINT: to repeat what I said above, it will be more convenient if you access the ASSIGNMENTS by going into the LEARNING MODULES area instead.)
2. Your participation in each of the last two will form my subjective judgement of your performance in the course (see PART VII: "Bulletins & Discussions" and "Subjective Judgement" below.)
a) VALUES: Here are the values of each exam, and the value of your participation in the "Bulletins & Discussion" forums:
Exam 1: 15 per centIF THERE ARE ASSIGNED DAYS FOR THE EXAMS, AND IF YOU MISS THE FIRST EXAM, I MUST WITHDRAW YOU FROM THE CLASS. You will simply be too far behind to pass the course.
MIDTERM: 20 per cent
Exam 2: 15 per cent
FINAL EXAM: 30 per cent
BULLETINS & DISCUSSIONS: 20 per cent
b) DAYS OF EXAMS: check in 1. the course calendar and in the "Assessments" area.
3. Are there makeups? Extensions? What if I decide to Withdraw? When does the course end and what is the last day I can submit materials or post in the Discussion Forums? What if I am always going to be busy during all 24 hours of each exam day so that I cannot take the exams? You will reset the exam for me, right?
There are absolutely no makeups nor extensions of exams or of other "deadlined" materials for any reason. All tests will be based exclusively on the text and what is covered in the lectures, discussions, exercises and other materials in this website and pages it links out to.
Withdrawal date? I will sign legitimate withdrawal forms up to the withdrawal date published in the official course schedule found in the Dean's office. After that no form will be signed for any reason. Withdrawal is the student's responsibility, not the teacher's. Do not expect me to withdraw you if you just drift away and cease participating in the class.
WHEN DOES THE COURSE END? I will accept assignments, Bulletin Postings, or whatever you have, until 11:59:59 P.M. on the last regular class day of the course, or the same time (11:59:59 P.M) on the Friday night before the beginning of EXAM WEEK, whichever comes first.
(Please NOTE the following EXCEPTION to the above: Exams are different. They always shut off at 11:55:00 p.m. instead of 11:59:59. )
This means you will have all exams, postings, everything completed and turned in BEFORE exam week. At the stroke of Midnight, 12:00:00 A.M. on the morning after the last regular class day (usually 12:00:00 A.M. Saturday), I will not accept or look at anything you post or submit.
4. What is on the tests? How do I prepare? When are exams taken? Can I take the exam from home?
What is on the tests? Much of what we discuss in the "Online Discussions" Forum and learn in the various "Assignments" and "Learning Modules" and their associated sub-lessons will reappear on the tests. Therefore, you need to create thorough study notes and outlines. This is what is known in the academic world as a reading class. You are responsible for any assigned readings.
How do I prepare? The bottom line is: when in doubt . . .
KNOW THE READINGS. You should clearly understand all of the other online materials, because you will be tested on those too, but the assigned reading is your foundation. The assigned reading is your beginning and your end.
When are exams taken? Your exams will be offered to you during a 24-hour period (check the "Assessments" area for exact dates.). You may take it at any point during that 24 hours. I highly recommend you don't wait until 1/2 hour before the test shuts down to start taking the test.
Can I take the exams from home? You may take the test from outside the "A" Building if you wish. HOWEVER, I strongly urge you to take tests in the "A" Building on the Triton College campus. If anything happens to crash your computer, you can get a note from the tech person and show it to me, and I may consider your problem after discussing it with the tech person. OR I may not. It is my discretion and my call. But if you take the exam from outside the "A" Building, I will not consider technical breakdowns.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are taking
HIS 192 during the "interim" session between regular semesters, the "A"
Building may have limited hours to accomodate testing. Please stop by
the "A" Building to make sure of the times it is open. 5. HOW WILL I BE GRADED? a) "Assessments"= 80 per cent:
will be 4 multiple choice and/or fill in and/or essay exams (taken
online on a
designated day and time during a 24 hour period) of varying size. The
each question is always 1.0 per cent of your course grade. Exception:
a variable per cent value. b) "Bulletins & Discussions" and other
exercises and contributions which demonstrate so-called
"Participation", and which are evaluated using the professor's
discretion and "Subjective Judgement : = 20 per cent (See Part VII
A PART VI: WEEKLY SYLLABUS of REQUIRED
READINGS AND ACTIVITIES: My Plan right now
is to have enough material for you to do so that you are fully engaged
for each class day of the term. You will also
be taking exams on some of the class days you are also reading and
participating in discussions. PART VII: "Discussions" grade =
20 per cent What is it comprised of? It is mostly comprised of my SUBJECTIVE
JUDGMENT. This is simply my personal impression of you as
a student in this class who interacts with your fellow students and
with me. Teachers need to know that the individuals who will be
performing in their classes are serious and oriented to success. For
example, I ask myself, does he or she measure up to my idea of what a
college student and a mature person should be based on my experience? I
consider such factors as :
5. HOW WILL I BE GRADED?
a) "Assessments"= 80 per cent: There will be 4 multiple choice and/or fill in and/or essay exams (taken online on a designated day and time during a 24 hour period) of varying size. The value of each question is always 1.0 per cent of your course grade. Exception: an essay question may have a variable per cent value.
b) "Bulletins & Discussions" and other exercises and contributions which demonstrate so-called "Participation", and which are evaluated using the professor's discretion and "Subjective Judgement : = 20 per cent (See Part VII below.)
6. GRADING SCALE
60%--69% = D
70%--79% = C
80%--89% = B
90%--100% = A
PART VI: WEEKLY SYLLABUS of REQUIRED READINGS AND ACTIVITIES:
My Plan right now is to have enough material for you to do so that you are fully engaged for each class day of the term. You will also be taking exams on some of the class days you are also reading and participating in discussions.
PART VII: "Discussions" grade = 20 per cent
What is it comprised of? It is mostly comprised of my SUBJECTIVE JUDGMENT.
This is simply my personal impression of you as a student in this class who interacts with your fellow students and with me. Teachers need to know that the individuals who will be performing in their classes are serious and oriented to success. For example, I ask myself, does he or she measure up to my idea of what a college student and a mature person should be based on my experience? I consider such factors as :
[NOTE]: Here is another possible situation that has caused some students confusion and anxiety: they see that a posting in the "Discussions" area, or an exam date, or something else in the course, is from a previous semester or year. Is this not an error? Probably not. Sometimes I carry over student postings that are particularly good from semester to semester. Often I do not update the testing date on an exam until a week or so before the target date, so an old date will still appear. You should not concern yourself with this. If it is in the "Discussions" area, go ahead and respond to it as if it was just posted 5 minutes ago. But if you want to email me that you noticed an older date, please go ahead and do so.]P.S. Oh yes! I almost forgot! The "GROUND RULES" : I do not have too many ground rules in these discussions. It is pretty much common sense.
Here they are. Study them very carefully. Perhaps you should
run off a copy and put it on the refrigerator alongside your SYLLABUS
for the class:
QUESTION: Why all the fuss about correct posting of submissions in the DISCUSSIONS area?
Answer: Have you seen how much credit DISCUSSIONS are worth? TWENTY per cent !!!
That's about it !! Please contact me if you believe I have overlooked something. Let's get down to business and have a great, FUN semester !! See you online !! --Dr. Salzman