NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

United States History to 1877

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: United States History to 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 113 - 10313
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Litz, Stephanie
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address: slitz@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    I look forward to working with you. For office hours, I am available via email, the chat tool within our course, and on Trillian/AOL Instant Messenger. My screen name is InstructorSlitz and you're welcome to contact me any time you see me online.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course surveys the discovery, establishment, and growth of the English colonies; their relations with Great Britain; the revolution; the Confederation; the Constitution; the growth of nationalism; westward expansion; slavery; the Civil War; Reconstruction; economic, political, and social development; and international relations. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge of United States history. This course provides an introduction in history for the associate degree. It establishes the basis for further historical study for a humanities requirement for a student's degree program.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    America: A Narrative History, Brief 9th edition, Vol. 1, by Tindall and Shi


    ISBN-13: 978-0393912661 - ISBN-10: 0393912663 - Edition: Brief Ninth Edition

    Suggested:

    Harbrace Essentials w/Resources for Writing in the Disciplines
    Glenn/Gray
    Cengage
    978-1285451817
    2nd edition

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    You will complete 8 Modules this term. Module Zero is a required start-of-term module which does count towards your total point value for the semester.

    Each of the 8 modules offer supplementary materials that are related to your chapter readings.

    You will have chapter quizzes, and/or discussion activities, eJournal writing activities, Historical Challenge writing activities, and a Final Exam to complete.

    Module Zero (0)

    Welcome! Introduce Yourself. . .(discussion)

    5 points for your introduction

    5 points for your reply to a fellow classmate

    10 points

    Module Zero (0)

    Acknowledgement of Course Schedule/Responsibility

    10 points

    10 points

    Module Zero (0) Watch Welcome Video from Mrs. Litz and/or Read Welcome Transcript from Mrs. Litz 10 points 10 points

    Module Zero (0)

    Syllabus Quiz

    10 points

    10 points

    Lesson Quizzes

    Eight (8) Module Quizzes (1 per module)

    40 points each

    320 points total

    Discussion Board

    Four (4) Discussion Activities (listed within the applicable module)

    35 points each

    140 points total

    eJournal Activities

    Four (4) eJournal Activities (listed within the applicable module)

    35 points each

    140 points total

    Historic Challenge Activities

    Four (4) Historic Challenge Writing Activities (listed within the applicable module)

    40 points each

    160 points total

    Final Exam

    One (1) Final Exam

    200 points

    200 points total

          1000 points total for the course

    There is no extra credit. Please do not ask.

    Practice quizzes do not count towards your grade.

    Grades are not weighted.

    Grades of 899 points, 799 points, 699, and 599 points are rounded up to the next point value/grade only when a student’s grade is at exactly the aforementioned point value and he/she has submitted all required work.

     

    RESPONSE TIME FRAMES

    The instructor will respond to student email within 24 hours on the weekdays and 48 hours on weekends.

    Grades for the course will be updated by the end of the day on Tuesday of each week.

     

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. In compliance with the State Matrix, all histories have been placed in Area V Courses under Humanities and Fine Arts. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    *A. Students will analyze and critically interpret significant and primary texts and/or works of art(this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film.)

    B. Students will compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual.)

    *C. Students will recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.

    D. Students will draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.

    Those general Course objectives marked with an asterisk satisfy the Institutional Outcome of Critical Thinking within the Department of Social/Behavioral Sciences. Data will be collected by the department to support this institutional outcome.


    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After completing this course the student should be able to:

    Chapter 1--"The Collision of Cultures"

    . Discuss Pre-Columbian Indian Civilizations.
    . Describe European Visions of America.
    . Explore the Expansion of Europe.
    . Describe the Voyages of Columbus.
    . Define the Great Biological Exchange.
    . Describe Professional Explorers.
    . Define the Spanish Empire.
    . Define the Protestant Reformation.
    . Examine the Challenges to the Spanish Empire.

    Chapter 2--"Britain and Its Colonies"

    . Describe the English Background.
    . Describe the settling of the Chesapeake.
    . Describe the settling of New England.
    . Explain about the Indians in New England.
    . Examine the English Civil War in America.
    . Describe the settling of the Carolinas.
    . Describe the settling of the Middle Colonies and Georgia.
    . Examine the thriving colonies.

    Chapter 3--"Colonial Ways of Life"

    . Explore the shape of early America.
    . Discuss the Society and Economy in the Southern Colonies.
    . Discuss the Society and Economy in New England.
    . Discuss the Society and Economy in the Middle Colonies.
    . Define Colonial Cities.
    . Examine the Enlightenment in America.
    . Examine the Great Awakening.

    Chapter 4--"From Colonies to States"

    . Examine English Administration of the Colonies.
    . Discuss the habit of Self-Government.
    . Describe troubled neighbors.
    . Define Colonial Wars.
    . Explain how to Regulate the Colonies.
    . Explore the potential for "fanning the flames" toward a worsening crisis.
    . Discuss the Shifting Authority.
    . Examine Independence.

    Chapter 5--"The American Revolution"

    . Explore 1776: Washington's narrow escape.
    . Describe American Society at War.
    . Explore 1777: Setbacks for the British.
    . Explore 1778: Both Sides Regroup.
    . Explore the War in the South.
    . Define the Treaty of Paris.
    . Define the Political and Social Revolutions.
    . Examine the emergence of an American Culture.

    Chapter 6--"Shaping a Federal Union"

    . Discuss the Confederation Government.
    . Discuss creating the Constitution.

    Chapter 7--"The Federalist Era"

    . Define a New Nation.
    . Discuss Hamilton's Financial Vision.
    . Discuss the Republican Alternative.
    . Define Foreign and Domestic Crises.
    . Examine the Settlement of New Land.
    . Define the Transfer of Power.
    . Examine the Adams' Administration.

    Chapter 8--"The Early Republic"

    . Discuss the New American Nation.
    . Discuss Jeffersonian Simplicity.
    . Describe the Divisions in the Republican Party.
    . Explore the War in Europe.
    . Describe the War of 1812.

    Chapter 9--"The Dynamics of Growth"

    . Explore the Transportation and the Market Revolutions.
    . Discuss the Communication Revolution.
    . Discuss the Agricultural and the National Economy.
    . Describe the Industrial Revolution.
    . Describe the Popular Culture.
    . Describe Immigration.
    . Describe Organized Labor.
    . Explain the Rise of the Professions.
    . Discuss Jacksonian Inequality.

    Chapter 10--"Nationalism and Sectionalism"

    . Define Economic Nationalism.
    . Explain "An Era of Good Feelings."
    . Discuss Crises and Compromises.
    . Define Judicial Nationalism.
    . Explain Nationalist Diplomacy.
    . Define One-Party Politics.

    Chapter 11--"The Jacksonian Era"

    . Examine the background for Nullification.
    . Describe Jackson's Indian Policy.
    . Explore the Bank Controversy.
    . Discuss Contentious Politics.
    . Describe Van Buren and the New Party System.
    . Analyze the Jackson Years.

    Chapter 12--"The Old South"

    . Examine the Distinctiveness of the Old South.
    . Describe White Society in the South.
    . Describe Black Society in the South.
    . Discuss the Culture of the Southern Frontier.

    Chapter 13--"Religion, Romanticism, and Reform"

    . Define National Religion.
    . Describe the Second Great Awakening.
    . Explain Romanticism in America.
    . Discuss the "flowering" of American Literature.
    . Describe Education.
    . Describe the Reform Impulse.
    . Describe the Anti-Slavery Movements.

    Chapter 14--"An Empire in the West"

    . Examine the Tyler Presidency.
    . Explore the Western Frontier.
    . Describe Moving West.
    . Describe Annexing Texas.
    . Discuss the Mexican War.

    Chapter 15--"The Gathering Storm"

    . Explore the Slavery in the Territories.
    . Examine the Compromise of 1850.
    . Examine the Kansas-Nebraska Crisis.
    . Explore the deepening Sectional Crisis and the Nation's center coming apart.

    Chapter 16--"The War of the Union"

    . Describe the period just prior to the Civil War.
    . Discuss the Balance of Force.
    . Examine the War's early course.
    . Define Emancipation.
    . Discuss the War behind the lines.
    . Describe the Government during the War.
    . Describe the faltering Confederacy.
    . Explain the Confederacy's defeat.
    . Examine a Modern War.

    Chapter 17 "Reconstruction: North and South"

    . Examine the War's Aftermath.
    . Describe the battle over Political Reconstruction.
    . Examine the assassination of Lincoln.
    . Explore the reconstructing of the South and its completion.
    . Examine the Grant years.

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Discussion Rubric

    When there is a discussion activity in a module, everyone must participate in the online discussion.

    1. Quantity of Discussion Posts
    • For full credit you must post your initial posting to at least ONE of the questions and respond to a minimum ONE of your fellow classmate's postings.

    • Be sure to properly cite any material you use.

    • DO NOT just copy and paste. . .formulate your own thoughts. I know what is on Wikipedia (which is not a scholarly resource for college students) and the rest of the Internet, I want to see what you think about the topic.

    • When responding to your classmate's posting, your response should be one that can continue the discussion. A response such as "Great job Jim, I like your post." will not receive credit.

    • Spread your postings out throughout the Module. Posting four times on one day will not fulfill this requirement. It is important that each student try to engage with the material and with the other students in the class, and the best way to do so is to engage in a true dialogue, which will require reading, posting, and waiting for a response before making another discussion post. Each student must make no less than four posts over no less than three separate dates for each discussion topic on the board. Posts made on the final day of the module will receive a deduction in points.

    2. Quality of Discussion Posts
    I will read all of the posts on the discussion board and I will evaluate the quality of those offerings based upon the following criteria:
    • Does each student engage the topic material, show an understanding of the principles and concepts involved, and synthesize this information into working models to prove this point?
    • Does each student explain and support each position with thoughtful, rational, properly supported academic arguments?
    • Does each student respect other student’s posts, and maintain a dialogue with other students in the class?
    • Does each student write on a college level with proper attention to spelling, grammar, punctuation, and show the ability to organize and present written papers?
    • Do the discussion posts consist of the bare minimum that is necessary to meet the basic requirements of the assignment, or does the student take the material to a higher academic level on occasion by broadening the discussion and introducing new information or resources to the rest of the class?

    3. Evaluating Discussion Posts
    The posts that each student will make in response to each discussion topic will be worth up to 12.5 points (12.5 x 2 = 25), which will be tallied according to the following elements.
    a. No less than 2 posts per topic (your main posting and a minimum of one reply to a fellow classmate's post).
    b. Proper spacing of posts over three or more days.
    c. Evidence of familiarity with topic and course material.
    d. Dialogue with other students during each topic.
    e. Taking and supporting a particular position in each topic.


    4. Things to avoid:
    Avoid these common mistakes when participating in threaded discussions.
    a. Posts that say “I agree” in so many words or less. Every substantive post must actually say something in its own right, and not rely on someone else’s posts for substance.
    b. Do not overload one topic or all the topics with numerous posts re-stating your own opinion or parroting information that everyone already has access to in the course. Balance your participation with the other students’ participation, and strive to make valuable contributions to the discussion.
    c. Be respectful of different opinions, and never resort personal attacks on other members of the class. Feel free to disagree, but always do so in the proper, polite, academic fashion.
    d. Do not stray from the topic at hand and keep your posts focused.
    e. Do not write too much in each post. Think about what you are trying to say and then keep your response short and to the point. The longest post should not exceed two complete paragraphs of 5-12 complete sentences.

    Extenuating Circumstances:  If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from accessing the course or completing the required work, contact your instructor as soon as possible.










  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

     

    Module

    Chapters Covered

    Module Start & End Dates

    Work Due & Dates

    Module Zero (0)

    N/A

    Tuesday, January 17 - Thursday, January 19

    • Module 1 will not open until all Module Zero activities are complete.
    • If you delay in starting Module Zero, you run the risk of falling behind and losing points.

    Module Zero activities are required and must be completed within the first 3 days of the term.

    Work not submitted by 11:59 pm Mountain Time (MT) Thursday, January 19th will be counted as a zero.

    • Introduction Discussion = 10 points (5 points for your introduction and 5 points for a quality reply to one of your fellow classmates).
    • Acknowledgment of Course Schedule Understanding/Responsibility = 10 points
    • Watch Welcome Video from Mrs. Litz and/or Read Welcome Transcript from Mrs. Litz = 10 points
    •  
    • Syllabus Quiz = 10 points

     

    Module One

    Chapters 1-2

    Tuesday, January 17 - Monday, January 30

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Monday, January 30 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Module Two

    Chapters 3-4

    Monday, January 30 - Monday, February 13

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Monday, February 13 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Module Three

    Chapters 5-6

    Monday, February 13 - Monday,February 27

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Monday, February 27 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Module Four

    Chapters 7-8

    Monday, February 27 - Monday, March 13

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Monday, March 13 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Module Five Chapters 9-10 Monday, March 13 - Sunday, March 26

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Sunday, March 26 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).
       

    SPRING BREAK

    Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31

     
    Module Six Chapters 11-12 Sunday, March 26  - Monday, April 17

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Monday, April 17  @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).
    Module Seven Chapters 13-14 Monday, April 17 - Monday, May 1

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Monday, May 1 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).
    Module Eight Chapters 15-16 Monday, April 24 - Sunday, May 7

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Sunday, May 7 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Final Exam

    Chapters 1-16

    Monday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 10

    Your final exam is available. Once you begin the exam online, do not back out. Your exam is NOT proctored and you may use your book/notes.

    You will have 2 hrs.

    Multiple choice/True & False questions.

    The final exam closes on Wednesday, May 10 @ 11:59 pm MT. Final exams not attempted will receive a zero (0).