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Shaping America HIST 1301: U. S. History to 1877 Section 21404 INET (3 credit hours) Brookhaven College/Dallas TeleCollege, Fall 2014, August 27 – December 11 Instructor: Tara Kirk, M. A. E-Mail: Office Hours: Available for questions by e-mail. Phone: 972-860-7444 x21221

Welcome to Shaping America - History 1301 online! This course examines an exciting time in U.S. history, from exploration and settlement to the Civil War and Reconstruction. This syllabus is designed to give you all the information you need to successfully complete this course. Please pay special attention to the Course Work and Course Calendar sections to stay up to date with assignments and exams. COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES Prerequisite: Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0444 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading. A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government. Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number: 54.0102.51 25 History 1301 Core Objectives: 1. Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information 2. Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication 3. Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities 4. Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making

History 1301 Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs): Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence. 2. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources. 3. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history.

FALL 2014, HIST 1301-21404 pg. 1

COURSE MATERIALS There are TWO books required for this course (a Textbook and a related Documents Reader) Roark, et al. The American Promise Value Edition, Volume 1: To 1877: A History of the United States. 5th Edition, Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2012. ISBN # 1-4576-1346-8 Johnson, Michael P. Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents, Volume 1: To 1877. 5th Edition. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2012. ISBN # 0-312-56413-9

NOTICE TO STUDENTS: This notice is to make you aware that alternative sources exist for purchasing textbooks. A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a college- or university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook also may be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer. The Dallas County Community College District cannot guarantee the quality of textbooks purchased from other sources and cannot provide information regarding their pricing and refund policies.

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There is a video series called Shaping America that is also required for the course. Videos are available through the course website as streaming video in the specified Unit section of the course menu. Videos are also available free of charge to all students enrolled in the course in the campus library. These videos must be picked up in person with a valid photo or campus I.D., and promptly returned at the end of the semester. You must purchase or have access to all of these materials (both books and videos) in order to successfully complete this course. COURSE WORK All course work is due on specific deadlines. Check the course calendar for deadlines. Readings and Videos All of the required readings from the text and the specific videos are organized by lesson within each of the four units. To access the videos through the course website, go to the specified Unit section (1 – 4) on the course menu. Click on the appropriate unit and then select a lesson. Next, scroll down and click on the “Lesson Content” folder. Once the content loads up, click on the desired Lesson button in red at the bottom, then the Resources button under the Home Icon. Exams (100 points each) Four 90-minute exams, one on each unit, will be given during the semester. All four exams are located in the Exams section of the course menu. Check the course calendar for due dates. Each exam will cover the assigned readings and the video programs. Each of the four exams is composed of 30 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each and 5 short essays worth 8 points each. The Short Answer Questions should be answered in 150 – 200 words. Online Class Discussions (15 points each) Participate in 4 online discussions, which will be posted on the Discussion Board located on the course menu. The first discussion will be your introduction to the rest of the class, while the other three discussions will focus on one or more of the lessons in Units 1-4. Each discussion should be completed by the due date on the Course Calendar. The last three discussions will make use of online museum exhibits, in which I will post a short list of these related to the course material (reading these lessons is necessary for the discussion). Visit one of the online exhibits and then discuss it on the forum, using the areas of focus provided in the discussion guidelines. One 100 – 200 word post is worth 15 points, however I encourage you to participate as much as you wish and will award one extra credit point, up to five total, for each 50 word response to another student’s post. I will be the moderator, and will participate in the discussions only sparingly. To participate, go to the Discussion Board, read the guidelines, visit the online exhibit, and start a new thread and/or respond to someone else's thread. Everyone in the class can see when a new thread has been posted and can respond to it.

FALL 2014, HIST 1301-21404 pg. 3

Topical Paper (45 points) You are required to submit one topical paper for the course based on a topic that is covered in the first half of the course. The topics for the paper must be chosen from the list of topics located in the Papers section of the course menu. Please indicate which topic you are addressing in your paper. Each paper should be 3-4 pages long, typed, double-spaced, in a 10-point Arial or 12point Times New Roman font size, with margins no more that 1 inch. At the top of your paper, you must list the specific topic you are addressing. You are not required to use any outside sources. However, your paper will be submitted through a plagiarism checking software, so be sure to cite any direct quotes you may use. If you use direct quotes cite your source(s) in the paper as well as in a Works Cited section at the end of the paper. Please submit your paper via the View/Complete links located in the Papers section of the course menu. The Topical Paper is due on October 2, 2014. Primary Document Response Paper (45 points) You are required to submit one response paper to a primary document found in the Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents book. Further details regarding this assignment and its requirements will be given later in the course. The Primary Document Response Paper is due on November 20, 2014. Extra Credit Paper (25 points) You may earn a maximum of 25 extra credit points by submitting an Extra Credit topical paper. For this paper, you must use the same guidelines for the Topical paper, choosing a topic from the list (located in the Papers section of the course menu). Any extra points you earn will be added to your total points and calculated into your final grade. Extra Credit papers are due by December 4, 2014. Please submit this paper via the View/Complete link located in the Papers section of the course menu.

FALL 2014, HIST 1301-21404 pg. 4

COURSE CALENDAR (with deadlines) This course is divided into four units with corresponding course work as follows: First Discussion Board – Student Introduction Due: September 4, 2014 Unit 1 Colonial America to 1760 “A City on a Hill” - Lessons 1-6 Unit 1 Exam Due: September 18, 2014 Revolutionary America, 1754-1801 “All Men are Created Equal” - Lessons 7-12 Topical Paper Due: October 2, 2014 Unit 2 Exam Second Discussion Board Both due: October 16, 2014 Unit 3 America in Transition, 1801-1848 “Manifest Destiny” - Lessons 13-18 Unit 3 Exam Third Discussion Board Both due: November 20, 2014 America in Crisis, 1848-1877 “A New Birth of Freedom” - Lessons 19-26 Primary Document Response Paper Due: November 20, 2014 Unit 4 Exam Fourth Discussion Board Extra Credit Paper All due: December 4, 2014 GRADING POLICY All assignment grades will be posted in the My Grades section located on the course menu in eCampus.
Exams (4) Research papers (2) Online class discussions (4) TOTAL Extra credit Grading Scale A B C D F 400 points 90 points 60 points 550 points 45 points

Unit 2

Unit 4

495-550 440-494 385-439 330-384 329 or below FALL 2014, HIST 1301-21404 pg. 5

STUDY TIPS The textbook describes significant developments in the history of the United States. To do well in the course, you must read the appropriate textbook assignments indicated in Lessons. The video programs provide visual and narrative information, as well as analysis of significant developments by some of the nation’s leading historians. To do well in this course, you must thoughtfully view all of the video programs. Please do not hesitate to contact me if have any questions. The best way to contact me is through my e-mail, Typically, I will respond to your email within 24 to 48 hours, usually less than 24. Be aware that while this is my general and intended practice, it is subject to the changes and chances of life. Technical Support and other Distance Learning Services HIST 1301 requires access to a computer, the Internet and e-mail. If you should have any technical difficulties, send an e-mail to or call 972-669-6402. Also alert the instructor concerning any technical problems. For everything you need to know about the Dallas Community Colleges and distance education, please refer to the Brookhaven Distance Learning Webpage. OTHER INFORMATION DROP/WITHDRAWAL POLICY: Withdrawing from a course is a formal procedure which YOU must initiate; the instructor cannot do it for you. You may withdraw from a class in either the Admissions office or Advising Center. If you stop attending or are unable to complete this class and you do not withdraw before the official drop date, you will receive a performance grade, usually a grade of “F.” Students sometimes drop a class when help is available that would enable them to continue. Please discuss your plans with the instructor if you feel you need to withdraw. The full drop and withdrawal policy is online in the college catalog. STOP BEFORE YOU DROP: For students who enroll in college level courses for the first time in the fall of 2007, Texas Education Code 51.907 limits the number of courses a student may drop. You may drop no more than 6 courses during your entire undergraduate career unless the drop qualifies as an exception. Your college counseling/advising center will give you more information on the allowable exceptions. Remember that once you have accumulated six nonexempt drops, you cannot drop any other courses with a “W.” Therefore, please exercise caution when dropping courses in any Texas public institution of higher learning, including all seven of the Dallas County Community Colleges. The full drop and withdrawal policy is online in the college catalog. FINANCIAL AID STATEMENT: Failure to attend classes could result in a loss of Financial Aid (FA). If you are receiving any form of financial aid, you should check with the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing from classes. Withdrawals may affect your eligibility to receive further aid and could cause you to be in a position of repayment for the current semester. Students who fail to attend or participate after the drop date are also subject to this policy.
FALL 2014, HIST 1301-21404 pg. 6

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Students on an F-1 visa cannot withdraw from classes without jeopardizing their official status. If you are on an F-1 visa, you MUST NOT withdraw from any class without the permission of an International Student Advisor in the Multicultural Center, in Room S-136 or at 972-860-4192. RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS: A student shall be excused from attending classes, or other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for that purpose. A student whose absence is excused under this provision may not be penalized for that absence and shall be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment within a reasonable time after the absence. ADA STATEMENT: If you feel you may need special assistance or accommodation (such as help with taking notes, extra time on tests, etc.) because of any type of physical disability or learning difference, please contact the Special Services office in Room S124 or at 972-8604673. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Scholastic dishonesty is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and is punishable as stated in college policies. Please review the full Student Code of Conduct as listed in the college catalog for additional information. Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct is to provide guidelines for the educational environment of the Dallas County Community College District. This environment views students in a holistic manner, encouraging and inviting them to learn and grow independently. Such an environment presupposes both rights and responsibilities. REPEATING THIS COURSE: Each college of the DCCCD charges additional tuition to students registering the third or subsequent time for a course. All third and subsequent attempts of the majority of credit and continuing education/workforce training courses will result in additional tuition being charged. Developmental Studies and some other courses will not be charged a higher tuition rate. Third attempts included courses taken at any of the DCCCD colleges since the Fall 2002 semester. The District’s policy for tuition charges relating to a third attempt is in the college’s catalog. GRADE REPORTS: Final grade reports are not mailed to students. You may obtain your final grades online at eConnect, From the student menu, select “My Grades” under “My Personal Information.” If you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to do so. Select the grade type you wish to review. Press the submit button and all grades for the selected grade type will be displayed. INSTRUCTOR’S RIGHT TO MODIFY: The instructor has the right to add, delete, or revise segments of this course syllabus. FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. More information about the FERPA guidelines is available online in the college catalog at
FALL 2014, HIST 1301-21404 pg. 7

IMPORTANT DATES FOR FLEX-TERM COURSES: August 27 (W) Classes Begin September 1 (M) Labor Day Holiday September 10 (W) 12th Class Day November 12 (W) Last Day to Withdraw November 27 (R) Thanksgiving Holidays Begin December 1 (M) Classes Resume December 8-11 (M-R) Final Exams December 11 (R) Semester Ends December 15 (M) Last day for faculty to submit grades electronically through eConnect to the Registrar's Office December 24 (W) College buildings and offices close for the holidays at end of workday

FALL 2014, HIST 1301-21404 pg. 8

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