Winter Mini 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301- Section: 71
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Tina Kibbe
Phone(409) 984-6229
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 228
Hours:Online via Blackboard Collaborate by appointment
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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 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

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.

Required Materials:
All course materials are available online. There is no need to purchase any course materials.
Lecture Topics
Week 1
The Chesapeake in the 17th Century
Puritan New England
British North America
Slavery and the Atlantic Economy
Transitions in the Empire

Week 2
The American Revolution
Post-War Political Order
A New Nation

Week 3
The Early Republic
The Market Revolution
Democracy in America
Religion and Reform
Slavery and the Antebellum South

Week 4
Westward Expansion
Sectional Crisis
The Civil War
Major Assignments

Week 1
The Chesapeake in the 17th Century
Puritan New England
British North America
Slavery and the Atlantic Economy
Transitions in the Empire
Assignments: Course Introduction (Read over the syllabus and get familiarized with Blackboard; Syllabus Quiz; Introduction Discussion Board; Exam I Bonus Practice Quiz; Exam I; Discussion Board (#1)

Week 2
The American Revolution
Post-War Political Order
A New Nation
Assignments: Video Summary (#1); Discussion Board (#2); Exam II Bonus Practice Quiz; Exam II

Week 3
The Early Republic
The Market Revolution
Democracy in America
Religion and Reform
Slavery and the Antebellum South
Assignments: Video Summary (#2); Discussion Board (#3); Video Summary (#3); Exam III Bonus Practice Quiz; Exam III

Week 4
Westward Expansion
Sectional Crisis
The Civil War
Assignments: Discussion Board (#4); Exam IV Bonus Practice Quiz; Exam IV
Final Exam Date January 13, 2021 - 6:0 AM   Through  January 13, 2021 - 6:0 PM
Grading Scale Grade Scale
Letter Final Total Pts. Percentage

A 716-800 (89.5-100%)
B 636-715 (79.5-89.4%)
C 556-635 (69.5-79.4%)
D 476-555 (59.5-69.4%)
F 0-475 (0-59.4%)
Determination of
Final Grade
Syllabus Quiz     100 pts. (13%)
Introduction Discussion Board     100 pts. (13%)
3 Discussion Boards (50 pts. each)     150 pts. (18%)
3 Video Summaries (50 pts. each)     150 pts. (19%)
3 Exams     300 pts. (37%)
Total     800 pts.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Late Assignment Policy:
    A) Discussion Board Responses: Discussion Boards are open from the beginning of the session. Your initial post and your responses to your classmates should be submitted by the due date @ 10:00pm. 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. I do not accept any emailed discussion responses.
    B) Video Summaries: Video summaries are open from the beginning of the course. These assignments are due by 10:00pm on the due date. Video summary assignments will be accepted only one day late (@ 10:00pm) with a 10-point penalty. All three summaries are required for the course.
    C) Exams: I essentially have a no make-up policy for these exams. If you are unable to complete these exams 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 four 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. Any points missed will be deducted upon completion of the exam. In addition, I reserve the right to administer a different version of the exam to any student who missed the original one. I will not reset an exam after the due date.

Students must use your LSC-PA email account, include your first and last name, and your course and section number.
The course is 1301. The section number is 71.
My email is and will get back to you usually within 24 hours unless it is a weekend. Emails received after 4:00pm on Fridays may not be answered until Monday.
Please note that most questions can be answered by reading the class syllabus and schedule or consulting the �Course Assignment Help� tab on Blackboard.
I do not use Blackboard email, so you may not get a response if you use the Blackboard messaging system.
For any announcements concerning class, I will send out an email announcement on Blackboard, so please make a point to check often.
You can also make an appointment for an online �real-time� meeting via Blackboard Collaborate. If you find yourself struggling in the class, I recommend doing this since it is difficult to communicate back and forth via email.

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 these 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� an exam 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 an exam due will not suffice for a reason to re-set it, so do not ask. You have plenty of time to take the exams, so plan ahead.
I will not reset an exam after the due date under any circumstances.

Extra Credit:
    There are several opportunities for extra credit built-in to this class available to every student.
1. For each exam section there is a five-question, multiple-choice bonus practice quiz. You have 2 attempts to take each of these quizzes. Your highest score will be added as bonus points to your final grade total. Each of these bonus quizzes will close on its due date at 10:00pm.
2. On all four exams, there are bonus questions providing additional points toward your overall grade accumulation.
3. If you submit all the Discussion Boards and complete all of the Exams, I will drop your lowest score for each.

These are the only extra credit opportunities available in this class and, by definition, they are extra credit. This means that students who put forth the time and effort throughout the whole mini session� reading the assigned material, viewing assigned videos, completing assignments, and studying as recommended---will be able to make the most of these extra points. I will not, under any circumstances, entertain any requests at the end of the mini session for an �extra credit assignment� to help improve your grade or pass the class.

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 or something from the internet.
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 board responses or video summaries is found to be plagiarized, you will receive a zero for the assignment, with no possibility for make-up. 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 answer any questions you may have. It�s not worth the penalty. So, it�s best to do your own work.

Attendance Policy Since this is an online course, your participation grade will come from your contribution to posted discussion forums on Blackboard.
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.
Inmate Instruction
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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