GOVT-2306-01 - Texas Government
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
GOVT-2306-01 - Texas Government
|Instructor||Capeles, Tina Lynn|
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|Course Description||Origin and development of the Texas constitution, structure and powers of state and local government, federalism and inter-governmental relations, political participation, the election process, public policy, and the political culture of Texas.|
|Course Prerequisites||Competency in reading and writing skills required.|
Required Text- Texas Government: Policy and Politics, Neal Tannahill, Pearson Publishing, 12th edition, ISBN-13:978-0-205-25172-8.
Available in bookstore or online.
Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Attendance is required; roll will be taken by means of a seating chart; punctuality is expected. You are responsible for all material covered in class, as well as any assignments. You may receive an “F” after five UNEXCUSED absences (class periods). Excuses must be doctor’s excuse, or return to work letter. This course recognizes court appearances and personal hospitalization as excused absences, not work, or doctor’s appointments, or waking up feeling “under the weather “ so use any absences you may have wisely. You may be dropped by the instructor for repeated absences. If you quit coming to class without a “DROP” you will receive an “F” for final grade.
Be on time, repeated tardiness will affect your grade. Entering class during lecture is disruptive to me as well as others.
There will only be makeup exams in cases of emergencies and with prior approval by the instructor. You must notify in advance. Test maybe in the form of essay.
Amending Syllabus: The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the course requirements and the dates that the material will be covered or changes in exam schedule. Any changes will be announced to the class at least one class before the effective date. It is also the students responsibility to check for any changes if absent.
|Course Grading Scale||20160112102143|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Three major tests will be given each counting as 25% of the grade. Students are responsible for reading material. Exams will cover class lecture and reading assignments.
Class projects/assignments total as 25% of the grade. Projects/assignments will be announced. Students are responsible for project/assignment material. No late projects/assignments will be accepted.
Beware of Plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as the use of another's words, thoughts, phrases, or ideas as if they were your own without proper documentation.Such practices will result in a failing grade.
Class participation is encouraged.
Repeated tardiness will affect your grade.
|Final Exam Date||May 11, 2016 - 8:00 AM|
Week 1: Introduction to Policymaking Process
Week 1: Chapter 1 The People, Economy, and Political Culture of Texas
Week 2: Chapter 2 The Texas Constitution
Week 3: Chapter 3 The Federal Context of Texas Policymaking
Week 4: Chapter 13 State Budget Policy
Week 5: Exam
Week 6: Chapter 4 Political Participation in Texas
Week 7: Chapter 5 Interest Groups
Week 8: Chapter 6: Political Parties in Texas
Week 9: Chapter 7: Elections, Campaigns, and Political Behavior
Week 10: Exam
Week 11: Chapter 8: The Texas Legislature
Week 12: Chapter 9: Executive Branch/Bureaucracy
Week 13: Chapter 10: The Judicial Branch
Week 14: Chapter 11: City Government
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||Assignments to be announced.|
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||20160105124330|
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||20160105124330|
|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.|
|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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to
attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot
divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|