SUNY CANTONCanton, New York
COURSE NAME AND NUMBER: Early American History, HIST 103
SEMESTER/YEAR: Winter 2020
CREDIT HOURS: 3
INSTRUCTOR: Duane Wesolicka
OFFICE ADDRESS: The Rocky Mountains of Colorado
OFFICE HOURS/VIRTUAL HOURS: Feel free to email me using our course email at any time!
EMAIL ADDRESS: My SUNY email is: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that I will respond to ALL emails within 24-36 hours! If you don't receive a response within that time, it means I did not receive your email and you should resend asap!
NOTE: Please make sure you include your NAME and the COURSE in the subject line of any emails you send me (ex: John Doe HIST 103)!
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course deals with the leading aspects of American history from discovery through the end of the Civil War. Attention is given to political issues, institutions, political parties, leadership, and diplomatic and constitutional questions, as well as economic, social and intellectual trends. This course also focuses on what is unique in the American historical experience, and relates American history to the broader global setting.
MINIMUM TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS: Access to a working computer with Internet capability is a must. Most recent version of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browsers is preferred. You will need Microsoft Word and PowerPoint as well.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this course, the student will demonstrate:
a. Cite important and basic knowledge of American history from the pre-colonial period to the post-Civil War period.
2. Crit. Thinking
b. Engage in active discussion with fellow students on various topics and aspects of American history.
2. Crit. Thinking
c. Engage in historical research, using both primary and secondary sources, of major historical topics during the timeframe of this class. Complete two written essays of no less than 800 words each.
2. Crit. Thinking
REQUIRED TEXT: America: A Narrative, brief combined ninth edition by Tindall & Shi. ISBN: 978-0-393-91265-4. You may instead use just volume 1 of the above text if you like (if you plan to take both HIST 103 and 105, the combined text would be best). Also, this text can be found (FREE!) in several places on the internet (in PDF format).
COURSE REQUIREMENTS/EVALUATION CRITERIA:
There will be four Discussion Forum assignments worth 25 points each (total=100 points). Four online quizzes worth 25 points each (total=100 points). And two analytical/primary source essays worth 50 points each.
Total Available Points: 300
A.....270-300 (equals 90-100%)
B+...255-269 (equals 85-89%)
B.....240-254 (equals 80-84%)
C+...225-239 (equals 75-79%
C.....210-224 (equals 70-74%)
D+...195-209 (equals 65-69%)
D.....180-194 (equals 60-64%)
F.....0-179 (equals 0-59%)
The Intro Assignment is worth 5 bonus points!
After you've read the syllabus and browsed the website, go to the Lessons/Content section and complete the Intro Assignment by 26 December.
After completing your intro assignment, please go to the “Student Lounge” forum and provide a brief (not too personal) introductions of yourself to the rest of the class.
There will be four discussion questions (forums) throughout the semester. To receive full credit for each post, you will be expected to respond to each of the questions posed with a thoughtful and detailed response. Your response should be a minimum of 250 words but can be longer if you wish. Be sure to back up your response with evidence from your readings/research. Your posts must be in YOUR OWN WORDS...it is not acceptable to "copy/paste" from the internet, etc.
Please DO NOT wait till the due date to submit your main post!! This doesn't allow your fellow students a fair chance to read/respond to it and points will be deducted if you do this!
After you have answered the question, you must then respond to at least two other student postings with a meaningful, thoughtful post (a minimum of 50 words each).
DISCUSSION GRADING RUBRIC
Failed to post some or any discussions or only very superficial (one or two lines) discussions.
Each entry is posted but is too brief or with very poor grammar.
a) It has little in the way of thoughtful, substantive ideas concerning the assignment and/or course content related to it.
b) It fails to respond to fellow student(s) or in response to a fellow student it is quite simple and just a personal remark not a substantive reply.
Each entry is posted but your main post (250 word minimum) may be lacking in completeness or not quite as detailed as may be appropriate.
AND/OR your two responses are not complete or thoughtful enough.
Also may contain some (minor) grammar errors.
Each entry is posted and the main argument is very detailed (250 words minimum) and explains the topic/your position clearly and thoughtfully. Main post was submitted prior to the due date.
Your two responses are also detailed, clear and thoughtful.
NO GRAMMAR ERRORS.
Beyond this basic requirement, feel free to respond to fellow students and engage in (friendly) debate. In other words, you may use the discussion forums freely, but you should stick to the subject/course material and avoid having personal discussions or asking personal questions.
Discussion Forum Due Dates (forums close PERMANENTLY at 11:30pm on the due date!):
FIRST DISCUSSION..........28 December
SECOND DISCUSSION.......3 January
THIRD DISCUSSION..........9 January
FOURTH DISCUSSION........15 January
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES (none...period) will posts be accepted after the due date. Please make sure to post to the forums on time or suffer the consequences (it doesn't make much sense to post to a dead forum, after everyone else has moved on). Again, please DO NOT wait until the due date to submit your main post! Points will be deducted if you do this.
The "Ask the Instructor" forum is a great place to ask general or specific course-related questions, since everyone will be able to see the question and my response. Chances are that if you have a question, others do as well. However, if you have any type of personal problem/question you should contact me via email.
I will usually check the forums at least once a day, so, again, feel free to ask questions!
Note on Discussion Manners: Please be mature and respectful when using the forums. It is fine to engage in debates about various topics (as long as you back up your arguments with evidence), but personal attacks and rudeness will not be tolerated. Anyone who engages in such behavior may be banned from the forums or dropped from the class. Also, remember that the forums are not there for personal "chats" with your friends. Please carry on such conversations via email on your own. In other words, when using the forums, be polite and stick to the course material! (and have fun:)
Analytical Essay Assignments
There will be two analytical essays worth 50 points each. These essays will be based on primary sources that cover various topics from the time period we are exploring in this class. A list of primary sources (with web links) can be found in each essay folder in the “Assignments” section on our class website.
Select any ONE primary source that interests you and, after reading the source, answer at least some of the following questions in your essay:
Who is the author(s) of your chosen source? What is the time period of the source and what is the topic? What does this article tell you about the time period? What is he/she trying to say? What is his/her point of view? Does he/she make a convincing case? Why or why not? What does the author leave out (if anything)? What can this source tell us about the time period it was written in? Is there anything in this source that might be relevant to the world today?
Note: Depending on the source you choose, not all of the above questions may be relevant. Answer those which are relevant to your source. Your essay should consist of a summary of the article (about 2/3 of your essay) and then an analysis of the article (about 1/3 of your essay).
Try to select a document section that interests you. If it is a topic/person that you are unfamiliar with, be sure to do at least a little research to give you a better background for analyzing the source. If you would like to use additional sources (internet web sites, books, periodicals, etc.,) you are more than welcome to, as long as your focus is on the primary source.
In writing your essays, you should follow the below guidelines:
- Your essay should be a MINIMUM of 800 words (it can be longer if you like).
- About 2/3 of your completed essay should be a summary of the article while the final1/3 should be an analysis/critique of the article.
- All persons, events, concepts in your paper should be introduced/explained clearly…in other words, write your essay as if your audience was another student!
- Your essay should follow the standard formatting rules for either APA, MLA or Chicago styles.
- Your essay should have a cover page and bibliography page in your chosen style (these pages do NOT count towards the essay length).
- Your essay should be double-spaced with #12 fonts and 1-inch margins.
- The essay needs to be written entirely in your own words. Use quotes very sparingly and only to highlight a point you are trying to make. Quoted material does NOT count towards the length of your essay.
- Your essay needs to be neatly written and grammatically correct (points will be deducted for sloppy papers).
- Your essay should be saved as either a Word (.doc or .docx) file or as a Rich Text File (.rtf). Essay files should be submitted to the “assignments” section on our class website. To be safe, you should upload your essay file and copy/paste your essay in the textbox on the submission page! It is your responsibility to submit a file that I can open and read. Late points will apply to files that I cannot open or that are in the wrong format.
- Any essay submitted after the assignment has closed will be docked 10 points per day! ABSOLUTELY NO excuses (legit or otherwise) will be accepted!
Plagiarism is defined as copying someone else's work (from the internet, books, magazines, etc.) and passing it off as your own (without putting it in quotes, or otherwise noting it is from another author). This also includes passing off your own old papers from previous classes as new research material.
To put it simply, your essay must be an original work, written entirely in your own words, for this class!
It is, of course, perfectly acceptable to use the information you get from the internet, books, etc., just put it into your own words and use direct quotes sparingly (to highlight points you are trying to make, for example). Click on this link for the SUNY policy: Plagiarism
The essays will be graded according to the below rubric:
45-50: An outstanding essay which covers the chosen topic in a clear, thoughtful, detailed manner and which has only a very few minor grammar errors or none at all.
40-44: A good paper which is covers the chosen topic in a clear, thoughtful, detailed manner but may be lacking in certain content areas or suffering from some more noticeable grammar problems.
35-39: An average paper which covers its topic, but not in a clear, thoughtful, or detailed enough manner or one which exhibits flawed grammar consistently throughout the paper.
30-34: A poor paper which does not cover the topic well and/or suffers from numerous major grammar problems.
0-29: A very poor paper which fails to cover the topic in any detail and/or is basically unreadable due to numerous major grammar flaws throughout the paper.
Essay Due Dates:
First Analytical Essay: 3 January
Second Analytical Essay: 15 January
It is YOUR responsibility to make sure that you've submitted your essay correctly. Late points will apply to essays that are not submitted properly!!!
There will be four online quizzes over the course of this semester. Each quiz will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions that will be based on the textbook readings. Each quiz will appear for a five day period in the "Quizzes" folder. You may take each quiz at any time during that five-day period. The quizzes are worth 25 points each.
Be sure to take a look at the quiz study guides before you take each quiz, they can really help you prepare!
You will have 45 minutes to take each quiz. QUIZZES MUST BE COMPLETED IN ONE SITTING. If your computer freezes, you need to log back in immediately and complete the quiz. Students with an accommodation/disability waiver may take up to double the test time if needed (the quizzes will not close when time expires).
No notes, books, or other sources may be used while taking the quizzes!
Each quiz will close (permanently) at 11:30pm (EST) on the last day it is scheduled to be open.
FIRST QUIZ (chapters 1-4)….....28 Dec-1 January.
SECOND QUIZ (chapters 5-8)…..3-7 January.
THIRD QUIZ (chapters 9-13)…....9-13 January.
FOURTH QUIZ (chapters 14-17)...15-19 January.
NOTE: Quizzes must be taken within their due dates! Make-up quizzes will only be given in the cases of MAJOR emergencies (such as hospitalization...doctor's note will be required).
NOTE ON EXTRA CREDIT: Aside from the Intro Assignment, there will be NO extra credit assignments in this class...EVER....FOR ANY REASON....so PLEASE DO NOT ASK! If you do all the assignments as instructed above there will be no need for extra credit anyway!
EMERGENCY OR INTERRUPTION IN COMPUTER SERVICE POLICY: Prepare for unexpected problems and emergencies. Understand that problems and glitches do occur in online learning, as they do in any learning environment. Have a back-up plan, such as using the computers at a local library, for submitting assignments in case your computer crashes or your service is interrupted. "Computer Problems" will not be acceptable as an excuse for late or missing work.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT INFORMATION:
(Contact the Help Desk email@example.com or phone 315-386-7448. The Help Desk is open Monday-Friday, 8 am -5 pm).
Students who simply stop taking the class without withdrawing properly will be given an "F" at the end of the semester. It is YOUR responsibility to see your advisor and withdraw properly from the class.
ACADEMIC CONDUCT: Students are expected to comply with all academic and behavioral standards established in the SUNY Canton Code of Student, Rights, and Responsibilities (Code). The Code is published in the Student Handbook and is accessible from the SUNY Canton homepage (www.canton.edu). Print copies can be obtained in the Dean of Student's Office (Faculty Office Bldg. 604).
ACCESSIBILITY POLICY: Any student with a documented disability who is eligible for, or has questions regarding accommodations, should contact the office of Student Accessibility Services at: 315-386-7392 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COURSE ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE
Intro Assignment: 26 December
First Discussion: 28 December
First Quiz: 28 Dec-1 January
Second Discussion: 3 January
First Analytical Essay: 3 January
Second Quiz: 3-7 January
Third Discussion: 9 January
Third Quiz: 9-13 January
Fourth Discussion: 15 January
Second Analytical Essay: 15 January
Fourth Quiz: 15-19 January
THE INSTRUCTOR HAS THE RIGHT TO MODIFY ANY SECTION OF THE SYLLABUS. EACH STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE SYLLABUS.