HISTORY 151 : History of the U.S. to 1877 (HYBRID)
American Civil War Emphasis
This syllabus applies to either an 8 or 16 Week Semester
Check your Course Schedule or the Dean's Office for beginning and ending dates
Office: R 215D
Off. hours: 10 a.m. TH
HISTORY 151 is "a BlackBoard HYBRID course."
151 is linked concurrently with RHETORIC 102 - HYBRID.
Both courses make use of a text book (indicated
extensive use of a computer. As for the latter, you will
need the following:
2. Instructions for Completing Assignments:
HERE IS A BRIEF SUMMARY OF HOW TO PROCEED:
FINALLY, HERE ARE A FEW
1. To introduce students to different historical perspectives.
2. To demonstrate the uniqueness in history of the U.S., and especially the improbable sequence of events leading up to the Civil War.
3. To examine certain key documents which elucidate the above.
4. Through examining the unique polity of the U.S., to foster enlightened citizenship.
5. To achieve the ability to complete a written composition
(TERM PAPER) by completing research in history.
PART II: REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS
1. Out of Many, vol. 1 by
Faragher (HIS 151) A CDROM is on Reserve at the Help
Desk in the Computer Lab in the AT Building under "Dr. Salzman's
History CD-ROM". Its use is optional. There is an online edition
of the text in the "Supplementary Course Tools" page,
accessible from the HOME PAGE.
2. Writing for College History by Frakes, any edition. This little pamphlet will be used in composing your expository essays and your term paper in RHT 102, which is also your term paper for this course.
3. A computer, described above.
4. Writing Research Papers by Weidenborner for RHETORIC 102: (Note: It is required that you register in the associated course, RHT 102. Go back to the Home page to Find Rhetoric 102: Rhetoric and Composition II ).
Note: for information about your grade in RHETORIC 102, you need to go back to HOME; access the RHETORIC 102 Mainpage; and then access "Course Objectives and Grades." Remember, they are two separate courses which overlap because you need the one to complete the objectives for the other.
1. WHAT IS MY GRADE BASED ON? Your grade will be based on satisfactory performance (a grade of 60% or better is passing) on 5 multiple-choice, fill-in and/or essay tests to be taken online. There will also be self-paced, online work for you to complete in the "Completion of Short Responses in the Study Guides" area. You need to go into the "Frequent Postings in the Bulletins & Discussions" area on a regular basis share your thoughts. You must attend the on-campus seminars or classes. Lastly, the TERM PAPER which you write for both History 151 & Rhetoric 102 will also be a major factor.
2. WHAT IS ON THE TESTS? How do I prepare?
You are responsible for everything in each chapter from Ch. 6--17. This is what is known in the academic world as an online reading class. The bottom line is:
When in doubt, KNOW THE TEXT. A careful and comprehensive outline of the text, generated by you, is your best preparation.
3. WHEN ARE THE TESTS ?
The exam may or may NOT be taken at your own choice
of date and starting time (it depends on class size and other factors).
4. FROM WHERE SHOULD I TAKE THE TESTS?
You may take the test from outside the "M" Building on Triton's
main campus if you wish. HOWEVER, I strongly urge you to take tests in
the "M" Building. If anything happens to crash
your computer, you can
get a note from the tech person on duty there and show it to me, and I
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 "M" Building, I will not be able to
breakdowns. (For additional information, scroll up to the white
5. THE BOTTOM LINE:
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF MY GRADE IN HISTORY 151? (Note: for information
about your grade in RHETORIC 102, you need to go back to HOME; access
the RHETORIC 102 Mainpage; and then access "Course Objectives and
Grades." Remember, they are two separate courses which do overlap
because you need the one to complete the objectives for the other.)
a) 40 per cent of your grade will be based on 5 multiple choice and/or fill in and/or essay tests (taken online either on a day & time you choose or on a teacher-designated day and time) of approximately 25 questions each. I will drop the lowest score of the 5. (This means you have 4 exams X 25 questions each = 40 per cent maximum possible).
b) 50 per
cent of your grade will be based on the quality of your term
paper and the quality of the progress you make through the various
processes of producing it, such as finding a topic, submitting and
revising the drafts, etc. I know it sounds scary, but you
will be guided through these stages over in the Rhetoric 102 side and
on the History 151 side. You will see that it is not as scary as it
seems, and you will be well "armed" to take on term papers in all your
classes after this! I intend for you to learn to enjoy it.
c) An additional 10 per cent of your grade will be based on my assessment of the quality your online submissions in the "Study Guides & Written Responses" area (5%) and in the "Bulletins & Discussions" area(50%). The total available percentage is 100%.
6. GRADING SCALE IN HISTORY 151:
60%--69% = D
70%--79% = C
80%--89% = B
90%--110% = A
PART V: OFFICIAL WEEKLY SYLLABUS of REQUIRED READINGS IN HISTORY 151:
Work at your own pace, but 1 chapter per week will
get you to the end on time. (Adjust that to 2 chapters per week
if you are enrolled in an 8 week semester course.) If you need to
what the assignment is,
just figure out what week of the term we are in. Exam dates will
be posted in the "Calendar" section on the Main Page, if your class is
going to follow a schedule of exams. (Revised 12