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 - 30073
    C. Semester: Fall 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Thompson, Kori
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129F
    H. Email Address: KThompson@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2825
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Available at different times by appointment
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): none
    M. Corequisite(s): none
    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:

    In place of a textbook, this course uses online readings. These readings are available online on a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection at no cost to you and appear in Canvas. If you prefer to print out the readings for offline reading, set aside a budget for printing.

    Suggested:
    None.

    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
    

    Exams: 15%
    Small assignments: 20%
    Google Map entries: 15%
    Annotations: 20%
    Research Assignment: 15%
    Webquests: 15%


    Extra Credit
    There may or may not be extra credit offered through the semester. If extra credit is offered, then students will be given plenty of notice and will have one week to complete. Extra credit can range anywhere from 10 to 15 points depending on the assignment and circumstances.

    Late Work
    All coursework is due at the beginning of class on the due dates listed in the syllabus, unless otherwise stated by the instructor. You will be given plenty of time to prepare your work in advance of the due date. Ineffective time management strategies on your part do not obligate me to give you more time on an assignment. However, I will give you up to three days past the due date to turn in the assignment for a reduce grade; for the first day overdue, I will reduce your grade by 5 points, the second day I will reduce your grade a total of 15 points, and the third will be a total of 25 points. After the third day, you will receive a zero for the assignment. If you are having trouble organizing your time, come and see me, or avail yourself of the resources on campus for college student trying to balance their coursework. If you must be absent from class on the date an assignment is due, it must be for a documented emergency or a documented university event, and you must turn in your work by 5:00pm the day the assignment is due.

    Make Up Work/Tests
    Make-ups are allowed only if students miss an exam due to athletics or are extremely sick the day of the exam. If students are sick and miss, then they need to produce a doctor’s note. Students are only allowed to make-up ONE exam for the semester. Make-ups will be administered at the end of the semester during final’s week, but not before. Students allowed to make-up exams will inform the instructor which exam needs to be made up no later than two weeks before final’s week. Failure to do so will result in the student not being allowed to make it up and receiving a zero. It is not the instructor’s responsibility to remind students of the need to make up an exam and which one. If student is an athlete and needs to make-up an exam their coach needs to email the instructor excusing them for that day and way. The instructor has the right to refuse to allow a student to take a make-up exam.

    I allow students to make-up one assignment for full credit if they receive a low grade; however, students have one week to redo the assignment for full credit. If not handed in within a week, the assignment will be recorded with the original score.

    Rounding Policy
    The instructor will round the final grade up IF the student is within .5 of the next percentage AND if the student has shown genuine participation within the course throughout the entire semester. The instructor has full discretion on whether to round a grade up.

    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 Humanities Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    • Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film).
    • Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (e.g., political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual).
    • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.
    • 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.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After completing this course, the successful student should be able to:
    · Generalize pivotal ideas, persons and events in America’s past.
    · Articulate key historical events and figures.
    · Analyze events of the past and their bearing on the present by utilizing various primary and secondary sources.
    · Integrate historical perspectives into personal citizenship/civic engagement.
    · Describe the contributions of influential historical figures, both well-known and lesser known, in American history.
    · Recognize causal relationships between the past and present.

  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

    Attendance:
    Students are expected to attend all scheduled class and examination meetings. In compliance with federal policy, students who have not attended class in 14 calendar days will be administratively withdrawn by the Registrar. Students are also expected to maintain satisfactory progress in each of the classes in which they are enrolled.

    Participation/Attendance:
    Attendance and punctuality are basic requirements for an effective highly detailed course. Beyond that, each person's frequency and quality of contribution to the class discussion will be assessed and reflected in the class participation score. If you cannot attend a class, it is a courtesy to inform your professor in advance if possible. Bear in mind you are now in a professional school, and a member of a learning community. Thus, you are expected to comport yourself as a professional person. For instance, be on time for class, do not leave the class while it is in progress for other than emergencies, turn off cell phones and be respectful of others’ viewpoints even if you disagree with them, and dress appropriately for a professional activity.

    If you should up to class later than 15 minutes from the schedule start time of class, you will be asked to leave for the day and will be marked as absent for the day. If you know that you will be absent due to illness or a family emergency, please let me know via email and we can set up a meeting to discuss what we covered during your absence. However, you must contact me immediately once something occurs and not a week later. If you know something is coming and you will not be in class, then you need to tell me as soon as you know. Failure to give adequate notice will result in the absence being unexcused.


    Email Communication and Etiquette:
    I hold office hours each week and you should use them whenever possible to discuss the course, to pose your questions, and to seek feedback. Outside of office hours, you may email me. I will usually respond to emails within 24 hours (except on weekends when there will be a much longer delay). If you don’t get a response from me in this time period – email again because it is highly likely I didn’t receive the message.

    • Please note: I do not respond to emails that contain questions that may be answered by: reading this syllabus, listening to/reading class announcements/emails, or attending class
    • If you have a complicated question, you need to come to office hours.
    • I will not respond to questions about your grade via email.
    • I do not respond to emails about exams or papers that are due the next day after 3 p.m. the day before the due date/exam date

    When you write to me, you need to treat it as if you are addressing a formal correspondence. Thus, some general email etiquette guidelines:
    • Begin your email with a formal greeting as if you were addressing a letter (i.e. “Dear Professor Grunder,”)
    • Use complete sentences in your email and proper grammar, capitalization, and punctuation
    • Be clear and concise – make sure your question or concern is evident
    • Sign your email with your full name and include your course number, meeting dates, and times (History 103, M/W, 12:30) so that I may easily determine what class you are in (I teach six classes, so this is important)

    Please note: If you fail to follow the above guidelines, I reserve the right to not respond to your email.

    Finally, the office phone: At the top of the syllabus you’ll find the phone number for my office. I only check the voice mail on days I am on campus, M-F (once in the morning when I arrive and right before I leave for the day). I will pick up the phone during office hours if I do not have a student in my office. However, this is not an effective way to reach me and should not be used unless there is a critical emergency.

    Parents/Grandparents/Guardians/Aunts/Uncles/and-others-who-care-about-you: You are adults: is not appropriate for your parents/guardians, etc. to contact me unless there is an extreme emergency (which prevents you from contacting me directly). By law, I may not speak to them or even admit that you are in my class (and yes, that’s true even if they are paying the bills).


  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 TBA. 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 1: Collision of Culture: Colonization by the Spanish, French, and Dutch

    Module 2: British Colonization

    Module 3: Colonial Life and the 18th Century

    Module 4: Conflict in the Empire

    Module 5: American Revolution

    Module 6: Contest Republic

    Module 7: Republic in Transition

    Module 8: Emergence of a Market Economy, Nationalism, and Sectionalism

    Module 9: Jacksonian Democracy

    Module 10: Religion, Romanticism, and Reform

    Module 11: Manifest Destiny

    Module 12: Politics of Slavery

    Module 13: the Civil War

    Module 14: Reconstruction

    Final: