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SPC HIST 1301 - United States History I

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1 SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE HIST 1301.251 FALL 2011 SPCH 1301.001 MWF 8:00-8:50 HH 074 Instructor: Corye Beene, A.B.D. Email: [email protected] Office Hours: M/W 10-11am; 1-2pm (HH 036) T/R Levelland 10:30am-12:00pm (AD 152) By Appointment Office Phone: TTAP office (806)742-3364 Levelland office (806) 716-2958 Required Books: 1. Roark, Johnson, Cohen et al. The American Promise: A History of the United States. Vol. 1.4th edition. Bedford/St. Martins Publishers. 2. Finkelman, Paul. Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martins Publishers. 2003. Course Description and Purpose: This course is a chronological treatment of the history of the United States from its founding to 1876. It will not only highlight the major events, but also focus on the important political, social, economic and cultural structures of this timeframe. Materials used will include lectures, textbook, outside readings and audiovisuals. The purpose of this class is to provide students a general synopsis of the events, people and issues that have influenced the United States from its founding to 1876. Expected Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the major events and people of the period. Methods for assessing this expected learning outcome: Exams 1-4, Class Discussion, Blackboard Assignments, Final Project 2. Identify the social, political, economic and cultural structures that have impacted the period. Methods for assessing this expected learning outcome: Exams 1-4, Class Discussion, Blackboard Assignments, Final Project 3. Determine how historical events of this time period have influenced the United States today. Methods for assessing this expected learning outcome: Exams 1-4, Class Discussion, Blackboard Assignments, Final Project 4. Assess the major themes of governmental and political thought. Methods for assessing this expected learning outcome: Exams 1-4, Class Discussion, Blackboard Assignments, Final Project 5. Understand how the behaviors and interactions among groups developed2 throughout this period. Methods for assessing this expected learning outcome: Exams 1-4, Class Discussion, Blackboard Assignments, Final Project 6. Explain how interactions among individuals and institutions affect historical events of the time period. Methods for assessing this expected learning outcome: Exams 1-4, Class Discussion, Blackboard Assignments, Final Project GRADING: Exam 1: 10% Exam 2: 20% Exam 3: 20% Final Exam: 20% Blackboard Assignments: 20% Final Project: 10% Coursework: 1. Four regular exams will be given. The four exams will consist of: *25 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each (50%) * 1 essay worth 25 points each (25%) * 5 fill-in-the-blank questions worth 5 points each (25%) * 5 Bonus fill-in-the-blank questions The exams will consist of material entirely from lecture notes. If you miss a class, make sure and get the notes from a classmate. The Final Exam is NOT comprehensive. 2. Blackboard Assignments will be given using the textbook and the Defending Slavery book. Each assignment will be graded online. Each assignment will be worth 25 points. Go to the SPC Blackboard site to find each assignment. 3. A Final Project will be due Monday November 21. It will be submitted via Blackboard. The Final Project will be a PowerPoint presentation. Pick a person discussed in the textbook. Make a slide with 4 bullet points on each slide discussing this person, which answers each of the following questions (one question per slide): 1. What did he/she do that was memorable? 2. Why did he/she do that? Her purpose? What did he want to accomplish? 3. Why is this person important to the study of American History? 4. How has society today been impacted, positively or negatively, by what this person did? Use your textbook and two other academic sources (books, journal articles). JSTOR is a good database to use. Use websites, links, YouTube, Flickr and other online sources to enhance your presentation. Add four online sources that discuss or refer to the impact your person had on American History. Make sure you cite all sources used in a Bibliography page. Make the project as visual and technologically savvy as you want! Use clipart, music, or whatever! For example, if your subject is Susan B. Anthony, you could link to http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/anth-sus.htm, you could use http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiUsC3UKbSQ, or other web sources.3 Grading on Final Project: Factual/accuracy: 20 points Relevance/Impact this person has today: 20 points 4 slides with 4 bullet points: 20 points Bibliography: 20 points Originality/Visual Appeal: 20 points 4. Attendance will be taken every class period. Per the TTAPS program attendance policy, you are allowed to miss three classes. Here is a refresher on your Student Contract: There are no excused absences. Absences are reported to the TTAP office. An absence is defined as the following: · Failing to attend a scheduled class · Missing 15 or more minutes of a scheduled class · Leaving class early without notifying the instructor and obtaining approval from the instructor · Failing to come to class prepared. For example, failing to have class assignments, books, or other specified materials. Three absences are allowed during the semester for each 3 credit hour course. Arriving to class more than 15 minutes late will be counted as an absence in the class. No exceptions. A tardy is defined as arriving between 10 and 15 minutes late to class. For example if class begins at 10:00am and you arrive at 10:11am, you will be counted tardy. After receiving three tardies, you will accumulate an absence in that specific class. Excessive tardies will lead to dismissal from TTAP. Important Stuff: * ALL MAKE-UP EXAMS WILL BE ESSAY ONLY (4 questions). If you miss a Blackboard assignment due date, you will not get any points for that assignment. If you know you will be absent on exam day, you can take the exam early. There will be no curves on exam grades or assignments. Make-ups will be given at a time convenient to the student and me. IT IS UP TO YOU TO MAKEUP YOUR EXAMS. I EXPECT FOR YOU TO BE


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