Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301- Section: 72
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Tina Kibbe
Phone(409) 984-6229
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 228
Hours:Office Hours: Online via Blackboard
Inmate Instruction
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
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Course Information
Description A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes After successfully completing this course, students will be expected to:
1. Relate the events that led to the exploration and colonization of early America
2. Summarize reasons for colonial discontent and actions that led to revolution and independence
3. Demonstrate an understanding of our documents of democracy
4. Describe our foreign policy as it developed in the 19th century
5. Analyze stages of economic development as the United States became an industrialized nation
6. Realize the causes of sectionalism as they moved us toward civil war
7. Discuss the major features of Reconstruction and their political impact
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

The American Yawp: A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook, Volume I: Before 1877, eds. Locke, Joseph, and Wright
Lecture Topics
Week 1: The Chesapeake in the 17th Century and Puritan New England
Week 2: British North America and Slavery and the Atlantic Economy
Week 3: Transitions in the Empire and Toward a Revolution
Week 4: The American Revolution and Post-War Political Order
Week 5: The New Nation and Early Republic
Week 6: Jefferson and the Expanding Nation
Week 7: Varieties of American Nationalism and Democracy in America
Week 8: The Market Revolution
Week 9: Religion and Reform; Anti-Slavery Movements and Women's Activism
Week 10: Slavery and the Antebellum South; Westward Expansion
Week 11: The Sectional Crisis
Week 12: The Civil War
Week 13: Reconstruction

Major Assignments
Final Exam Date December 2, 2020 - 6:00 AM   Through  December 6, 2020 - 6:00 PM
Grading Scale Grading Breakdown: Final Grade Scale:
Introduction Discussion Board 100 pts. A 851-950 (90-100%)
4/5 Discussion Board responses (50 pts. each) 200 pts. B 756-850 (80-89%)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Assignment 125 pts. C 671-755 (70-79%)
4/5 Module Exams (100 pts. each) 400 pts. D 566-670 (60-69%)
Wiki Participation 125 pts. F 0-565 (0-59%)
Total 950 pts.
Determination of
Final Grade
Introduction Discussion Board 11%
Discussion Board Posts 21%
Writing Assignment 13%
Wiki Study Guide Posts 13%
Module Exams 42%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Late Assignment Policy:
    A) Discussion Board Responses: Discussion Boards are open from the beginning of the course. Your initial post and your responses to your classmates should be submitted by the due date @ 11:30pm. These are intended to count toward your participation and engagement in the class. Once the Discussion Board has closed after its due date, you will no longer have access to your classmates’ posts—this means that you cannot participate and engage with other students. As such, no late discussion responses will be accepted. In addition, you can miss 1 discussion board assignment with no penalty. If you complete all the discussion board responses, your lowest score will be dropped.
    B) Writing Assignment: The Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl writing assignment is due by Sunday, 11/22 @ 11:30pm. You may turn your paper in early. Late assignments will be accepted only up to two days after the due date (Tuesday, 11/24 @ 11:30pm) and will be penalized ten points for each late day. No late writing assignments will be accepted after this two-day period.
    C) Wiki Participation: Module study guide wikis are open from the beginning of the course. The editing and commenting functions (you will still be able to view the study guide) will be closed on Mondays @ 11:30pm prior to each module exam opening the following Tuesday. No late Wiki entries will be accepted after that time.
D) Module Exams: I essentially have a no make-up policy for these exams. If you are unable to complete these assignments in the time allotted, you must contact me immediately to discuss your situation. I have provided a contingency plan for a missed exam since you can miss one without penalty. However, if you complete all five exams, your lowest score will be dropped.

The only way that I will reset an exam would be if the Blackboard site itself malfunctioned and if that is the case, you need to provide a screenshot or picture of the error message with your request to re-set it. In addition, I reserve the right to administer a different version of the exam to any student who missed the original one.

Communication: For any questions or concerns not covered in the syllabus or weekly schedule, please email me at kibbetm@lamarpa.edu and I will get back to you as quickly as I can—usually within 24 hours unless it is a weekend. Emails received after 3:00pm on Fridays may not be answered until Monday. I do not use Blackboard email, so you will not get a response if you use the Blackboard messaging system. In addition, when you email me you must use your LSC-PA email account, include your first and last name, and your class and section number. The class is 1301. The section number for this course is 72.
For any announcements concerning class, I will send out an email through the LSC-PA email or make an announcement on Blackboard, so please make a point to check often.

Important Information About Taking Exams: It is your responsibility to ensure that you have an adequate amount of time, the proper atmosphere, and a secure connection to the internet to take the exams. I strongly suggest using a laptop or desktop computer—not your phone—and using a wired internet connection to avoid wi-fi fluctuations that may occur. Finally, you should also give yourself enough time to take the exams— don’t wait until the last minute—so that if your internet is “down” you can find another place to take it. Blackboard is a stable platform, so the ONLY way I will consider “re-setting” a quiz is if you submit a screenshot or picture of the error message showing that the site itself was at fault; just “forgetting” that you had a quiz or exam due will not suffice for a reason to re-set it, so do not ask. You have plenty of time to take the quizzes and exams, so plan ahead.

Academic Integrity: Academic integrity is essential to online learning and I take it very seriously. I have a zero tolerance for cheating and plagiarism of any kind. Students are to submit their own work. I have to grade you on what you have learned and I cannot do that if you submit the work of someone else.
My class policy is that if any academic dishonesty is discovered, the student will receive a zero for that assignment—with no possibility for make-up. If the offense is flagrant, the student may receive an “F” for the entire course—with no possibility for make-up. This policy aligns with the policy of Lamar State College-Port Arthur as follows:
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Academic Dishonesty Policy:
Lamar State College-Port Arthur considers academic dishonesty, including collusion, cheating, and plagiarism as defined
in the Student Handbook, to be a serious academic offence. Students guilty of such behavior will be subject to the following penalties:
First offense: Student will receive a failing grade on the exam or assignment with no possibility for a make-up. If the offense is flagrant, the student may receive an ‘F’ in the course. The student's name and documented offense will be forwarded to the proper college officials.
Second offense: Student will receive an ‘F’ in the course with no possibility for make-up. The student's name and documented offense will be forwarded to the proper university officials. All accused students will be given a written notice of the offense, the penalty assessed, and the right of appeal to the department chair/advisory committee.

Again, to be clear. If absolutely any portion your discussion question responses or essay is found to be plagiarized, you will receive a zero for the assignment. If the offense if flagrant—meaning over 50% of the assignment—you will receive an “F” for course. There will be no exceptions to this. If you have any questions at all about what constitutes plagiarism, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be glad to help you out. It’s not worth the penalty. So, it’s best to do your own work.
Attendance Policy Since this is an online class, your attendance/participation will be graded through your participation in discussion forums with other students and myself. It is important that you keep up with the discussions and make every effort to fully participate.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.