NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

General Sociology

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: General Sociology
    B. Course Number: SO 213 - 30382
    C. Semester: Fall 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Reed, Kenneth
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 212
    H. Email Address: KReed@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2810
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Summer 2018 office schedule work phone 575-492-2810, C-575-441-4817 PLEASE leave a voice mail! as NMJC Student Kreed@nmjc.edu & canvas e-mail I will respond within a 24 hr period.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This is an introductory review of the history of sociology using the major sociological principles for emphasis on personality and human behavior as a product of group life. Organization of society, population, the community, cultural life, and other factors of social life are all studied in this course. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of social life and society. It provides a foundation for all succeeding Sociology courses. This course has transferability to other colleges, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Required:

    Andersen, Margaret; Taylor, Howard. Sociology, The Essentials. Cengage Learning.9th Edition.

    MindTap Sociology, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card, Enhanced for Andersen/Taylor's Sociology: The Essentials ISBN 9781337569101

    This text is in digital format and available via an Access Code that can be purchased at the NMJC Bookstore. You MUST have an access code for this class in order to participate in MindTap activities and requirements.

    Suggested:

    As an option, if you want a hard bound copy of the text, it can also be purchased at the NMJC bookstore. It is available in a bound textbook or a loose-leaf format. Loose-leaf with MindTap Access Code: ISBN# 9781337883450. Bound text packed with MindTap Access Code: ISBN# 9781337883412. Digital format is required however.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

    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
    

    This is an 8 week online course. Students will be responsible for the content of the material presented in the online classroom.

    At the end of each chapter there will be an exam. This exam is due before Sunday evening at 11:59PM. No late work accepted except by prior arrangement with the instructor.

    ONLINE EXAMS
    For this 8 week course,there will be 2 exams a week.These online exams are taken from textbook and online lectures and materials. Exams are worth 50 points each. Combined exam scores are worth up to 800 points for the semester.

    ONLINE DISCUSSIONS
    There will be 5 pertinent topics throughout the semester that will be used for online discussion. Students will provide meaningful dialogue with one another through quality contribution that delivers more than mere agreement or disagreement but provides ideas, thoughts and perceptions that add to the discussion. For full credit, students will respond to the topic and then comment on at least two other student's remarks. Discussions are worth 40 points each and combined scores are worth 200 points for the semester.



    Evaluation Breakdown
    you will be "offered" 1000 points for the semester.
    800- 16 (50 pts. each) Exams
    200- 5 (40 pts. each) Discussions


    900+= A
    800-899= B
    700-799=C
    600-699=D
    Below 600= F
    The total number of points you "earn" will be your semester grade.

    Student grades received will be according to the following general standard:
    90-100 = A
    80-89 = B
    70-79 = C
    60-69 = D
    59 or less = F

    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. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:


    A. Identify, describe and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions and processes within the contexts of diverse communities.

    B. Articulate how beliefs, assumptions and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history and social institutions.

    C. Describe on-going reciprocal interactions among self, society and the environment.

    D. Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain and critically evaluate relevant issues ethical dilemmas and arguments.

    Selected, specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Upon completion of this course a student will have had an opportunity to:

    - Describe the historical development of sociology including its development as a scientific field
    - Analyze the ways culture influences behavior
    - Explain the causes, extent and control of deviance
    - Discuss the process by which a societies members acquire proper behavior
    - Recognize an understanding of how a societies members influence development of personality
    - List and define the major characteristics and functioning of social groups
    - Identify inequalities within society and how they affect behavior
    - Explain variations in marriages and families - along with reasons for their existence
    - Recognize the causes and consequences of population growth
    - Discuss the causes of an aging population and its impact on society
    - Explain the features of cities and their inhabitants
    - Recognize major social movements, collective behavior and characteristics of crowds

  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





    This class will be run in a lecture format, drawing from the readings, class exercises, videos, and presentations as well as the experiences and perspectives of the instructor and students. Assignments are to be read prior to the scheduled class time for that topic on the syllabus. Your questions, comments and reactions to the text can be important contributions to our class discussion. In addition to lecture, students will complete assignments in MindTap, a learning system provided by the publisher, Cengage. Work will be required out of class.

    Chapter Quizzes: Quizzes will be administered at the end of each chapter. Quizzes will be taken on Canvas and will be multiple choice and/or short answer. All quizzes will be opened at the end of lecture for that chapter material. Once you open the exam in Canvas, be prepared to complete it. Quizzes will be open enough days that there should be no excuse for not taking the quiz on time. Questions will be randomly generated from a question test bank and quizzes will be timed in order to minimize cheating.Students must use Proctorio. In addition to a reliable computer to complete homework assignments, students must have a reliable Internet connection to complete exams.
    Proctorio is a test monitoring system whereby the student is observed taking an exam remotely. Proctorio utilizes Google Chrome and there is a $20.00 fee for that test monitoring service.
    Discussions: This class opens itself up to discussions and some students are hesitant to speak up and share their opinion in a classroom setting. Discussions allows all students to express their opinion. Discussions will be based on material and/or questions posed by the instructor. Students are required to respond to a minimum of two of their fellow students, but encouraged to “discuss” with more. Discussions should be posted by Wednesday of the week to allow students time to read posts and respond. This allows everyone the opportunity to express their opinion on topics and discussions are not limited to topics posed by the instructor. Discussions are graded and points may be deducted for not responding to a minimum of two classmates or not providing some depth in the response, either in your response or reply. We will remember that everyone is entitled to their opinion and be considerate of other’s opinions.
    Papers: This class opens itself up to many interesting topics. The instructor will post either a video, an article of interest or an assignment on the Canvas site. Students will be required to read/watch the information on their own time and then write a paper on the material presented. Papers will be a minimum of one page, a maximum of three pages. Guideline questions will be provided for each assignment. Papers will be uploaded to Canvas for grading. Papers will be double spaced, 12 pt. font, and sources are always cited in ASA (American Sociological Association) format. Links are provided on how to cite ASA. Papers should be written in Word in order to be uploaded to Canvas. “Turn It In” will be utilized for papers to ensure that there is no plagiarism. If a student has problems with writing skills, please utilize the Academic Success Center where a tutor will gladly review your written work, whether in discussions or a paper, to ensure it meets proper communication standards.
    In order to receive the best possible grade for all written work, refer to the rubric that is attached to each assignment. Grading will be done via the rubric in order to standardize grading.
    Attendance: As in a job setting, you are expected to attend class and notify the instructor if you are unable to attend class. Failure to attend regularly and participate has been shown to result in a lowering of your grade as well as affecting your financial aid eligibility. Attendance therefore is encouraged. Since attendance is 10% of the grade in this class, excessive absenteeism will affect your grade. Roll will be taken every class and attendance will also be maintained in Canvas where absences and tardy are tracked. Points are lost by being absent and tardy. A roll sheet is passed around each class period and failure to sign in could result in being counted absent.
    The Final Exam will be comprehensive and cover the material from the entire semester. All past exams will be opened for review, as well as the PowerPoint notes. Final exam questions will be selected to ensure that students have an understanding of the learning objectives from the institution and the State of New Mexico.
    Module Zero: Please complete Module Zero in this class. Module Zero is designed to help you get an understanding on how to navigate Canvas. Module Zero is a requirement, but the scores will not count toward a grade. If you are a first time student at NMJC and have never worked in Canvas, this is a resource for you to learn many of the skills necessary to utilize Canvas and be a successful student.
    Communication Standards: Concerning the use of proper English, grammar, and spelling: In this class you are being taught skills to help you become a successful student and eventually a successful employee. The expectation at NMJC is that you turn in professional college level work. If there is work turned in with poor grammar, spelling, English, or text type language, you will lose points on a written assignment. There is a link in Canvas on the proper communication standards for this class as well as the grading rubric.

    CANVAS:
    The recommended programs to use on your computer when working on Canvas is Firefox or Google Chrome. The software that is most compatible when writing papers is Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Consider downloading Office 365 if you need this software or please use a NMJC computer or convert your work prior to submission. Uploading assignments via your phone or tablet may not be compatible with Canvas. There is a link on Canvas on how to use Office 365 and download it for free onto your computer if you are a student at NMJC and need those programs.

    The Canvas Help Desk is the resource when needing help with any issues that arise with Canvas. The phone is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Leave a message if no immediate answer. If you call the help line, give them your name, class you are having problems with, your A number and the CRN of the class you are calling about. The CRN can be located at the top of your online class and is a five digit number. The Canvas Help Desk phone number is 399-2199.

    If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the Canvas app. This will enable you to see notices and changes that are made to Canvas assignments. Make checking Canvas a regular habit as the Instructor will send messages and notices via Canvas. Mobile and tablet devices are for viewing the courses only and not for submitting assignments.

    Your grades are maintained in Canvas so that you can easily track your progress. If assignments are not graded in a timely manner, please contact the instructor to make sure your assignment was uploaded correctly.

    The first week of class, review the course information module. This will familiarize you with Canvas and NMJC resources for being a successful student. Then complete Module Zero on Canvas. This will familiarize you with Canvas as well as completing a variety of assignments that will help you to get comfortable with Canvas

  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 Tuesday, November 20, 2018. 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

    Introduction to Sociology 8 WEEK online
    Subject to change at the discretion of the professor


    Week 1-Course Introduction & Syllabus review. Chap.1, Exam, Chap.2 Discussion, Exam

    Week 2-Chap.3 Exam, Chap.4 Exam, Semester Writing

    Week 3-Chap.5 Exam, Chap.6 Discussion, Exam

    Week 4-Chap.7 Exam, Chap.8 Exam, Semester writing

    Week 5-Chap.9 Exam, Chap.10 Discussion, Exam

    Week 6-Chap.11 Exam, Chap.12 Exam,Semester Writing

    Week 7- Chap.13 Exam, Chap.14 Discussion, Exam

    Week 8- Discussion, Semester Writing

    Finals week Chap.15&16 Exam (Dec.10-12, 2018)