House Bill 2504

Spring 2012 Course Syllabus

HIST-1302-02 - American History - History of the United States, 1877 to Present

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2012
InstructorCopple, Monteel Strickland
Phone(409) 984-6548
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF:7:30-7:55,9:00-9:55,12:00-12:45 TR 8:-9:15, 12:15-1:00
Building:Student Center (SC)
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Course Information
Course Number10057
Course Description Survey of United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks AMERICAN HISTORY: A Survey, Volume II, 13 Edition. Alan Brinkley, author. McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend class. Role is checked daily and a grade commensurate with an exam is given.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Students will have three major exams, four quiz grades equal to a major exam, and an attendance grade. These combine for 500 total points.
Final Exam Date May 16, 2012 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments Week 1: Introduce syllabus. Settle attendance and review chapter 15 on reconstruction.

Week 2: Introduce chapter 16 on the west. Pass outline and get notes from lecture and discussion. Hand out first reading article on Teddy Roosevelt.

Week 3: View CDs on presidents. Pass fill in notes for chapter 17 on industrialization of America

Week 4: Discuss TR. Prepare for reading quiz. Do "jot note" for chapter 18. Pass review list of terms and event to prep for first major exam. Begin chapter 19 on Teddy and foreign policy and imperialism. Get notes from lecture.

Week 5: Take quiz over TR. Finish chapter 19. Review for exam

Week 6: Major exam 1 given, scored, returned and do reteaching of necessary items. Chapter 20 introduced and a lengthy explanation of the Progressives is given

Week 7: Pass pre and post WWI maps of Europe. Give assignment. Introduce the war with the first video of "The Century," by Peter Jennings. Review information and make necessary notes for chapter 21.

Week 8: Catch up on CDs of the presidents from the History Channel.

Pass second review sheet for second major exam. Work with chapter 22.

Week 9: Introduce Chapter 23/24, The Great Depression and the New Deal. Pass second reading on the war in Viet Nam. Use videos from The Century. Prep for major test.

Week 10: Administer major exam 2. Score, return and reteach. Work on article about Viet Nam.

Week 11: Catch up with all work and review. Begin chapter 25, Global rearmament and World War II. This also encompasses chapter 26. View CDs on presidents and videos on the concentration camps and Nazi Germany.

Week 12: Take quiz on Viet Nam. Continue with World War II, notes and terms.

Week 13: Introduce the Cold War in chapter 27. Pass third article on Watergate. Perhaps, show movie "All the President's Men." Pass review sheet of terms and events for the final exam.

Week 14. Do "jot notes" on Chapter 28, An Affluent Society. Thanksgiving break.

Week 15: Review as many chapters as possible before the end of the week. Prepare for final. Finish "The Century" and CDs of presidents

Week 16: Close out course and review. Administer final exam

Week 1. Continue chapter 25Cover as many
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1: Introduction to course

Week 2: Chapter 16, "The West" and assign first reading on TR.

Week 3: Chapter 17, fill in notes on chapter 17.

Week 4: TR discussion and read chapter 18

Week 5: TR quiz. Major exam review. Finish notes and review

Week 6: Administer first major exam. Begin second set of notes with Chapter 20 and progressivism.

Week 7: Assign map work. Get notes on chapter 21, The Great War

Week 8: War video. Student should be present in class for information

Week 9: Give out second major exam review of terms and events. Discuss depression and New Deal. Pass article on Viet Nam

WeeK 10: Review ad give second major exam. Continue on with information on Chapters 25/26, World War II.

Week 11: Catch up lecture and videos

Week 12. Quiz on Viet Nam

Week 13: Chapter 27, The Cold War. Pass final article on Watergate

Week 14: Cover chapter 28. Thanksgiving

Week 15: Quiz over Watergate and pull course together to prepare for final exam

Week 16: Final Exam
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Associate of Arts

1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.

        A. Demonstrates thesis clarity

        B. Organizes information

        C. Uses support

        D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression

2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.

        A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices)

        B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context

        C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others

3. Uses critical thinking skills

        A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed)

        B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation

        C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences

        D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion

4. Demonstrates technology literacy

        A. Locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device

        B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology

        C. Presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device

5. Transfers to a baccalaureate program

        A. Exhibits student contact hours completed at LSC-PA

        B. Number of AA majors who graduate

        C. Number of AA graduates who request transcripts sent to other universities

6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles

        A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task

        B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task

        C. Applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to         complete task

Course Student Learning Outcomes Relate the effects of the closing of the frontier

Identify how the United States emerged as an industrial power and its impact on business owners, farmers, workers, and immigrants

Analyze the development of US foreign policy through the age of imperialism and WWI

Trace the causes of the Great Depression and the measures enacted to aid the economy

Describe the role of the US in WWII and the Cold War

Chronicle the stages of American cultural movements and politics after the world wars

Understand how the US came to realize the limits of being a political, economic and military superpower.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

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  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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