HIST 2310

US History to 1877

Summer I, 2009

McMURRY UNIVERSITY ONLINE CLASS

Instructor: Dr. Robert F. Pace

Instructor email: rpace@mcm.edu

 

Course Description: General survey of American history to 1877, concentrating on colonial foundation, national growth, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Problems of the nature of history.

NOTE: THIS CLASS IS EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED ONLINE THROUGH MCMURRY’S MOODLE SERVER. Go to http://moodle.mcm.edu

 

Required Reading:

Mark C. Carnes and John A. Garraty, American Destiny: Narrative of a Nation--Volume I, Third Edition (New York: Pearson/Longman, 2008).

 

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should:

¡ be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major people, events, organizations, and actions that shaped the history of the United States to 1877.

¡ be able to communicate analysis and insight about historical problems and causational actions in a written format.

 

Course Schedule:

      WEEK ONE (June 1- June 7): Colonization & the Road to Independence

o      Listen to the week’s lectures; Read Chapters 1-3; take online exams over lectures and all three chapters; participate in discussion forum on all three chapters.

      WEEK TWO (June 8-June 14): Revolution and the Early Republic

o      Listen to the week’s lectures; Read Chapters 4-6; take online exams over lectures and all three chapters; participate in discussion forum on all three chapters.

      WEEK THREE (June 15-June 21): Nationalism and Jacksonian Democracy

o      Listen to the week’s lectures; Read Chapters 7-9; take online exams over lectures and all three chapters; participate in discussion forum on all three chapters.

      WEEK FOUR (June 22-June 28): Manifest Destiny and Sectionalism

o      Listen to the week’s lectures; Read Chapters 10-12; take online exams over lectures and all three chapters; participate in discussion forum on all three chapters.

      WEEK FIVE (June 29-July 5): Civil War and Reconstruction

o      Listen to week’s lectures; Read Chapters 13-15; take online exams over lectures and all three chapters; participate in discussion forum on all three chapters.

 

Grading Policies

The assignments in the class are worth the following:

Lecture/Chapter Exams (15 @ 50 points apiece): 750 points

Chapter Discussion Forum participation (15 @ 16.6 points apiece): 250 points

Total possible points: 1000 points

The following grading scale will be observed for your semester grade.

930-1000= A; 900-929 = A-; 880-899 = B+; 830-879 = B; 800-829 = B-; 780-799 = C+; 770-779 = C ; 700-729 = C-; 680-699 = D+; 630-679 = D; 600-629 = D-; <600 = F

 

Lecture/Chapter Exams:

You will read three chapters a week, but the chapter online exams are all due at the same time for the week (11 PM on Sunday). Of course you will not be able to wait until 10:30 PM on Sunday to start or you will run out of time. Chapter exams will consist of 14 multiple choice questions from the book chapter and from the lectures that correlate to the chapters. You may take each chapter exam up to three times to improve your score, and you may use your book and any lecture notes while you take the exam. Remember, however, that you must make all attempts before the deadline of the week, and you will not get the same questions on each exam.

Also, each exam is timed, with only 20 minutes allotted for you to take it, so make sure you have read the chapter and listen to the lectures before you attempt to take the exam. I advise going ahead and trying multiple times if you do not score 100% because the computer will take your highest grade, not your last grade.

 

Discussion Forums:

The discussion forums are all online, and you will be expected each week to complete your discussion participation for the week by 11 PM on Sunday. On Moodle, you will be asked to write a paragraph or two on one of the questions for each chapter. If someone else has already

posted a response to the question you intend to answer, then your paragraph(s) need to contain some new insights or information on the topic (in other words, I don't want any "what he said" answers). Also, I expect you to use proper spelling and grammar in writing these  paragraphs. This is not a "texting" forum. This is a discussion forum for an academic course. See the grading rubric below for more detail about how the reading discussion will be graded.

 

READING DISCUSSION GRADING RUBRIC:

“A” Reading Discussion

Distinguished/ Outstanding

“B” Reading Discussion

Proficient

“C” Reading Discussion

Basic

“D-F” Reading Discussion

Below Expectations

Students earning an “A” for discussion activities have responded directly to the question posted about one of the readings, and the response posted contains outstanding information.

Students earning a “B” for discussion activities have responded directly to the question posted about one of the readings, and the response posted contains proficient information.

Students earning a “C” for discussion activities have responded directly to the question posted about one of the readings, and the response posted contains basic information.

Students earning a “D-F” for discussion activities have responded directly to the question posted about one of the readings, and the response posted was below expectations.

“A” discussion postings:

•are made in time for others to read and respond

•deliver information that is full of thought, insight, and analysis

•make connections to previous or current content, to the lectures, or to the textbook

•contain rich and fully developed new ideas, connections, or applications

“B” discussion postings:

•are made in time for others to read and respond

•deliver information that shows that thought, insight, and analysis have taken place

•make connections to previous or current content or to the lectures or to the textbook, but the connections are not really clear or are too obvious

•contain new ideas, connections, or applications, but they may lack depth and/or detail

“C” discussion postings:

•may not be made in time for others to read and respond

•are generally competent, but the actual information they deliver seems thin and

commonplace

•make limited, if any, connections to previous or current content or to the lectures or to the textbook, and those are often cast in the form of vague generalities

•contain few, if any, new ideas or applications; often are a rehashing or summary of other comments

“D-F” discussion postings:

•may not all be made in time for others to read and respond

•are rudimentary and superficial; there is no evidence of insight or analysis

•contribute no new ideas or connections to previous or current content or to the lectures or to the textbook

•may be completely off topic

 

 

 

Course Learning Assessment:

Each student will take the online "Pretest" on the site. This is a 30-question multiple choice exam on the first half of American History. Students will not receive a grade for this exam, but it is required that all take it. Then, at the end of the semester, all students will take the same exam again, but this time for bonus points (and to measure  improvement as a result of the class).

 

Note on Academic Honesty

All work for this class is to be the student's own work. Plagiarism (representing another person’s words or ideas as one’s own) will not be accepted, and cheating will not be tolerated. Evidence of cheating on any assignment will result in failure of the class. Additionally, cheating on exams, through use of assistance by others or any other means, will result in failure of the class.

 

Note on Disabilities

McMurry University abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stipulates that no otherwise qualified student shall be denied the benefits of an education "solely by reason of a handicap". If you have a documented disability that may impact your performance in this class and for which you may require accommodations, you must be registered with and provide documentation of your disability to the Disability Services Office, located in Old Main, Room 102. Their phone number is 793-4880. Feel free to contact the instructor with any questions related to disabilities.