House Bill 2504 Spring 2014 Course Syllabus HIST-1301-03 - American History - History of the United States, 1763 to 1877
Spring 2014 Course Syllabus
HIST-1301-03 - American History - History of the United States, 1763 to 1877
|Instructor||Durso, Cassandre Renee|
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|Course Description||Survey of United States history through reconstruction.|
|Course Prerequisites||Prerequisite: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.|
American History: Connecting with the Past, Volume 1, Alan Brinkley, McGraw-Hill
Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692, Richard Godbeer, Oxford University Press
The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner’s Fierce Rebellion, Stephen B. Oates, Harper Perennial
|Attendance Policy||Success in this course is directly tied to attendance. Any absence can cause the student to miss vital lecture information. Therefore, regular and on-time class attendance is expected as excessive absences will be detrimental to your final grade. Please arrive to class on time and do not enter and disrupt class once class has begun. Role will be taken at the beginning of every class to ensure that a proper attendance grade is received. If absent, students are responsible for obtaining lecture notes and announcements from a classmate.|
|Course Grading Scale||
540-600 points A
480-539 points B
420-479 points C
360-419 points D
0-359 points F
|Determination of Final Grade||
Syllabus quiz 25 points
Plagiarism quiz 25 points
Escaping Salem test 50 points
Attendance 100 points
First exam 100 points
Second exam 100 points
Book review 100 points
Final exam 100 points
Total 600 points
|Final Exam Date||May 2, 2014 - 2:00 PM|
Week One: Welcome, syllabus review, syllabus quiz, Collision of Cultures
Week Two: Plagiarism quiz, Transplantation and Borderlands, hand out review for book test
Week Three: Society and Culture in Provincial America, Discuss and review for Escaping Salem book test, and take book test.
Week Four: The Empire in Transition
Week Five: The American Revolution, hand out review for first content exam, wrap up content for first exam
Week Six: The Constitution and the New Republic, Take content exam
Week Seven: The Jeffersonian Era, begin information for second content exam
Week Eight: Varieties of American Nationalism,
Week Nine: Jacksonian America
Week Ten: America’s Economic Revolution, hand out information on book review
Week Eleven: Cotton, Slavery, and the Old South, wrap up information for second content exam, and hand out review
Week Twelve: Begin unit three: Antebellum Culture and Reform, review for unit two exam, take unit two exam
Week Thirteen: The Impending Crisis
Week Fourteen: The Civil War, Fires of Jubilee book review due
Week Fifteen: Reconstruction and the New South, wrap up unit three and hand out review for final exam
Week Sixteen: Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Dawn of exploration, syllabus quiz 1/17
Week 2: Establishing the colonies, plagiarism quiz 1/24
Week 3: Life in Colonial America, book test 1/31
Week 4: Road to revolution
Week 5: American Revolution
Week 6: Forging the new republic, first content exam 2/21
Week 7: Jeffersonian Era
Week 8: American nationalism
Week 9: Jacksonian Era
Week 10: Economic revolution
Week 11: Old South
Week 12: Antebellum culture, second content exam 4/4
Week 13: Crisis and civil unrest
Week 14: The Civil War, book review due 4/18
Week 15: Reconstruction
Week 16: Final Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.
|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.|
|Additional Information||Grades will only be discussed with the student, in person, not through email or on the phone.|
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue 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 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.|
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.
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
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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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