Pamela West
Office BD 209 A, Phone 856-6050
 E-mail:  Please use Blackboard
Website: http://faculty.jeffstateonline.com/pwest
History 202 Internet Calendar
Summer 2015

 

The following is a tentative Calendar for this term.

06-10                           Class Orientation :  12:30pm, or 6:30pm, Room BDH 210

05-28-06-17                Unit One: Reconstruction & Settling the West
                                                  
06-17                           Unit One Homework and Extra Credit Due by 6:00pm    
                       

06-18-07-01                Unit Two: The Industrial Revolution & Progressive Era
                                                
07-01                           Midterm:  (Opening and Closing times TBA Orientation) Movie Review Discussions Unit's One and Two as well as your
                                    Unit Two Homework and Extra Credit due by 6:00pm

07-02-07-15               Unit Three: US Imperialism, World War I & the 20ís
                                         
07-15                          Unit Three Homework and Extra Credit Due by 6:00

07-16-08-05              Unit Four: The Great Depression, WWII, and Cold War
                                                   

08-05                         Final Exam: Unit's Three & Four: 12:30-2:30 or 6:30-8:30, BDH 210, Center Point Campus in Northeast Jefferson County (if you are not        
    exempt)  Unit Four Work Due by 6:00    Unit's Three and Four Movie Reviews are due today by 6:00pm!


Attendance:
Since this is an internet course, our physical contact will be limited to Orientation and your Final exam, which will be given at the Jefferson State North Campus in Center Point.  Orientation is mandatory if you have never taken an on-line class with me before; I do things differently than most other internet instructors.  Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered.  Students who are unable to attend class regularly, regardless of the reason or circumstance, should withdraw from that class before poor attendance interferes with the studentís ability to achieve the objectives required in the course.  Withdrawal from class can affect eligibility for federal financial aid.

Testing:     Your Mid-Term will be given on line and over a 24 hour time period.  We will vote on when you wish the test to open at orientation, so that is another good reason to come, if at all possible.  Your Mid-term will consist of Four essay questions,  and the student's essay answer should at least 5 paragraphs long and double spaced.  I will give three questions from both Unit's One and Two; you pick the (from each unit) you think you can answer most thoroughly.  Each essay will be worth 50points and total test will be worth 200pts, and you may use your notes.

The Final exam will be given at the North Campus of Jefferson State in Center Point and will
consist of Matching, Identify, Short answers and a black map of the United States where you will label all Fifty on the map.  There are links to a blank map and a practice site where you can brush up on your Your final will also be worth 200pts. You must take your Final in an exanimation Blue-book, which you can find at any campus bookstore.  Together both exams equal 400pts. 

However, if you do all of your assigned material (Homework questions and Movie Review Discussions) and turn the work in on time, through Blackboard, as required; you may be exempt from taking the final exam.  I am going to schedule two movie days, so we can watch all four films that make up your Movie Review Discussion questions.  If you attend these two days and answer the questions on the sheets I will give to you on that day, and complete abovementioned requirements, you will be exempt from the final and receive a 200/200.

For those of you who cannot come to orientation and have not contacted me, and can't make it to the movie days, you will have to take the Final.   Because Proctors are so hard to find, you are allowed only one made up exam.  If you miss your mid-term, you will make it up on the day of your final @12:30.  If you miss the final, you will take an I for the class and make the final up at the beginning of the next term.  All make up exams will be harder because students will have had more time to study.  Trust me, you do not want to miss the Mid-Term. 

Class Structure:  I have put all the pertinent history information on the web divided into units.  You will find all the notes you need under Dora's backpack folder.  Just click on it and start reading.   

Homework Assignments:  The book you need for this class is, Sources of the American Past, Vol. II, 3rd edition.    You will have four homework assignments from this reader worth 25pts each for a total of 100pts, due the on the days listed above and below.  All work should submitted by 6:00 on the dates listed above and below.  I will have assignment slots for you on blackboard, so you can upload the documents there.  Remember all assignments are due at 6:00 pm, not Midnight; I am not your other internet teachers.  

Movie Reviews:   I will post a discussion question for each unit on blackboard.   These Movie Review discussion questions are worth 25pts each for a total of 100pts and are due by 6:00pm on the dates above; Unit's one and two on July 1st, and Unit's three and four on the day of your final,  August 5th.   I am requiring you to respond to at least two of your classmates as part of your grade; one you agree with and one you disagree with.  I'd like to see some lively debates out there.  

This term your discussions will consist of movie reviews.   After you watch the films I post, you will post a review in which you discuss three literary/theatrical aspects of the film and how it relates to the time period we are covering.  I have posted the format for you on the front page of the course under the movie reviews icon. You will use this same format for all movie discussions. 
Your will also have an extra credit Movie Review worth up to 25points available for Unit Four

I've had students complain about internet access to movies, so we have two choices: we have two movie days were you come in and watch the films, or I put links to Amazon up and you do it on your own.  I have found students do much better if they are here to discuss it with me.  If you want to be exempt from your final exam, You must come in both movie days.  I am doing an experiment and you are my little
guinea pigs.

Assignment Submissions:   Homework assignments are due on the dates above and below.  If you have problems with attaching documents, e-mail me and I'll walk you through it.   All Unit Discussion questions must be posted on the discussion board by 6:00pm on the dates above; no exceptions!  If you don't know how to post a discussion answer, e-mail me and I walk you through it. 

Extra Credit: 
I will offer an extra credit assignment for each unit.  These assignments will be posted under the Assignments tab or sent via e-mail and may have different due dates than your other assignments.  These assignments will range form 5 to 25 extra credit points.  My tests are thorough and some say difficult; it might behoove you do these assignments to hedge your bets.  You will have a total of 600 points this term and I will give you an opportunity to earn at least 60 points or more in extra credit.  This is equal to a letter grade. I guess what I am trying to say is if you do your requirements in this class, even if you are not exempt from the final, no one should receive below a C in this class. 

E-mail Communications:  Students are expected to respectful when communicating through e-mail or at any other time.  If you send an e-mail that I deem rude, I will not respond.  If you have a question or concern, for example, about a grade you make, call and if need be set up an appointment so we can talk about it in person.  Rule of thumb, don't send anything in an e-mail that you would not say in person or over the phone.  Remember, I cannot, nor can you, tell a person's tone via e-mail, so we all need to be thoughtful and polite. 

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Americans with Disabilities

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Homework Due Dates: 

Unit One Questions, due 06-17

Unit Two Questions and Movie Reviews due 07-01 (Don't forget your Mid-Term on-line) Open and closing times TBA at orientation!

Unit Three Questions, due 07-15

Unit Four Questions and Movie Reviews due 08-05 (If you are not exempt from your Final Exam, it will be between 12:30-2:30 or 6:30-8:30 at the Jefferson Campus in Center Point, and must be taken in an Examination Blue-book!)