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Blinn College • Distance Education • Social Sciences • Government - GOVT


American Government GOVT-2305

  • Summer I 2018
  • Section N04 CRN-30083
  • 3 Credits
  • 06/04/2018 to 07/02/2018
  • Modified 05/23/2018

Meeting Times


Please Read: There are "officially" 21 days in the Summer 1 Semester.  Since this is an internet course, the class is available 24/7 throughout the semester.  While you do NOT have anything due on the weekends, you will have things that need to be completed throughout the semester.  You will have about a week to ten days to complete each section (4) and in some cases two sections may overlap.  The tests will be open for three or four days at the end of each section and each section will end at 11:55pm on the date specified. ALL deadlines this semester will be Friday nights with the exception of Section 4 which will end on July 2, which is a Monday. Also, Section 4 will close at 12:00pm (NOON) instead of at 11:55pm. It is very important that you do not miss deadlines as they will not be extended due to forgetfulness.

Contact Information


Professor: Matt Stellges

Office Number: A288

Office Hours: Most communication will be handled through email. I monitor the class several times throughout the day. 

Office Telephone: 979-209-8981

Email Address: [email protected]

Description


Government 2305 is a study of the organization, functions, and administration of the several branches and agencies of the national government, including a study of the federal constitution. The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction of these subsystems. 48 contact hours. Credit: Three semester hours.

Requisites

Student must be college reading ready according to Texas Success Initiatives Standards (TSI). Please see the Catalog section under Texas Success Initiative.

Core Curriculum Statement


Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:

http://www.blinn.edu/academics/core_curriculum.html

Outcomes


Explain the origin and development of constitutional democracy in the United States.

Demonstrate knowledge of the federal system.

Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice.

Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.

Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.

Analyze the election process.

Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics.

Materials


ALL:

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You will also need:

  • Reliable Internet Access (broadband is best)
  • Required browser (Respondus Lockdown Browser) and required plug-ins
  • YOU must have a workable computer / Laptop (you cannot use the lockdown Browser with tablets or iPads)
  • Individual materials, including but not limited to other supplies may be required by the instructor.

Course Requirements


Please Read: There are "officially" 21 days in the Summer 1 Semester.  Since this is an internet course, the class is available 24/7 throughout the semester.  While you do NOT have anything due on the weekends, you will have things that need to be completed throughout the semester.  You will have about a week to ten days to complete each section (4) and in some cases two sections may overlap.  The tests will be open for three or four days at the end of each section and each section will end at 11:55pm on the date specified. ALL deadlines this semester will be Friday nights with the exception of Section 4 which will end on July 2, which is a Monday. Also, Section 4 will close at 12:00pm (NOON) instead of at 11:55pm. It is very important that you do not miss deadlines as they will not be extended due to forgetfulness.

Here are the Sections and the chapters that you will be tested on:

Exam 1: Chapters 1, 2 and 3 (Section 1)

Exam 2: Chapters 8, 9, 10 and 11 (Section 2)

Exam 3: Chapters 12, 13, 14, and 16 (Section 3)

Final: Chapters 15, 4, 5, and Comprehensive (Section 4)

There are no excuses to miss class. This is an Internet class and is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If a situation arises that you feel will cause you to miss several deadlines and generally put you behind in class, PLEASE consider withdrawing from class as I do not grant extensions or exceptions to the class work for any reason. Yes, the class is available on weekends and holidays. You are required to “attend” this class just as if you were taking a “traditional” class. Failure to complete at least ONE item per deadline will result in your receiving an unexcused absence. Two of these will result in your being dropped from the course.

Exams (35%):

There will be three exams and a comprehensive final. Each regular exam has 70 multiple choice and true false questions. The questions will cover material covered in your assigned readings, the class lectures (power point presentations), and any outside material you are directed to read. Each test is worth 100 points. All tests will be taken in eCampus. You must complete the quizzes, assignments and posts in each section PRIOR TO taking the exam. These first three exams are worth a total of 300 points. Please note: Be sure you have completed everything in each section before you attempt the test! When you take the test, you are telling me that you are done with that section and you WILL NOT be permitted back into that section other than to review the lectures.

Final (30%):

The final exam will cover the material after the third exam AND material from the previous three tests (comprehensive). The final will be worth 200 points. All class work MUST be completed before attempting the final! It will also be taken in eCampus and may be taken once all previous sections have been completed. However, once the final exam has been taken, access to the rest of the class WILL BE DENIED!!! Be sure you are done with the entire class BEFORE you take the final!

Daily work:

There are three types of “daily work” that you will be expected to complete: quizzes, short writing assignment, and assignments.

Quizzes (10%):

Each section will have approximately 4 quizzes over the lectures (PowerPoint presentations) and each will be multiple choice or true/false questions. There are a total of 15 quizzes in the course and the lowest three grades will be dropped giving you a total of 12 quizzes for the course. Some of the quizzes will have questions from the outside readings that you are directed to as part of the lectures. These quizzes are part of the "participation" part of the class. Failure to complete at least 1 quiz per section will count towards your “attendance”

Assignments (15%):

You will also have a number of assignments that cover the material in the book that you are being asked to read in each section. There are a total of 12 assignments in the course and the lowest two grades will be dropped giving you a total of 10 assignments for the course.

Special Projects (10%):

There is one special project in the course (Section 2).  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: the special project is a combination of short answer questions (4) and matching.  The short answer questions will be graded based on how well you explain your answer. In other words, the MORE you explain (write) the BETTER your grade.  Or to put it another way, the LESS you write the WORSE your grade will be

Participation: Absences

You must complete at least one item per part of each section. This can be a quiz, an assignment, a test, or submitting a short writing assignment. You do not have to earn points; you must only complete an item in that section. Each section (and part) has the start and end dates listed on the eCampus (D2L) calendar.

Please note, it is NOT enough to just log in to class, substantive work must be completed or submitted for you to be counted as attending class. Reading the lectures does not count. Sending an e-mail does not count.

If you do NOT complete at least one item, you will be submitted to Blinn as having “missed” or “not attended” for one week’s worth of classes.  If you achieve two such weeks, you are subject to be dropped from the class according to the Blinn Attendance Policy (see attendance policy below). Keep in mind that if this is after the above “Q” date, your grade will be recorded as a “QF.”

In short, Blinn College is “employing” you in the job of education. As in real life, if you do not show up for work, you can be dismissed for cause. This Blinn College policy allows me to “fire” you when you do not show up for class.

Evaluation


Your grade will be weighted accordingly:

Percent of Grade

CRITERIA FOR GRADING:

15 Quizzes over lectures (drop lowest 3)

10%

A= 90.0 – 100.0%

12 assignments (drop lowest 2)

15%

B= 80.0 – 89.9%

Special Project

10%

C= 70.0 – 79.9%

Three major tests

35%

D= 60.0 – 69.9%

Comprehensive Final

30%

F= 0.0 – 59.9%

Total

100%

 

 **All grades will be rounded using a regular .5+ system. This means if you have 79.5% at the end of the semester, you will receive a 'B' in the class.  If you have a 79.4% at the end of the semester, you will receive a 'C' in the class.  This is not up for debate, especially during the last week of the semester...**

 

CLASS “Quick Look” CALENDAR

First day of class Monday, June 4

Let's Get Started section June 4 – June 7

Section 1 June 4 – June 8 (Test 1 open June 4 – June 8)

Section 2 June 8 – June 15 (Test 2 open June 8 – June 15)

Section 3 June 15 – June 22 (Test 3 open June 15 – June 22)

Last day to Q drop June 22

Section 4 June 22 – July 2 (Final open June 22 – July 2)

Please check course calendar for test dates (when tests are available for each section). 

 

Blinn College Policies


All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Procedures Manual are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s BlinnBuc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for BlinnBuc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies


As this is an internet class, the entire course will be available 24/7 during the semester. No work will be expected of you on holidays. However, you may still access and work on the course during this time. The class is available as long as the Blinn eCampus (D2L) server is running. If the server goes down or there are significant connectivity problems, I will make the necessary adjustments. If you have any problems, contact me as soon as you have them – do not wait until after a deadline has passed to inform me as to why you could not complete the assigned work. Finally, your computer problems are not an excuse to miss deadlines.

Even though this is an internet course, students are still expected to “attend class”. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor concerning absences. Students MAY be dropped from the course by the instructor (see participation section above). If a student chooses to drop the course, it is the student’s responsibility to do so at the Office of Admissions and Records. Failure to do so will result in a grade of “F” for the course.

Schedule


 

SECTION

 

DATES

CLASS CONTENT

CONTACT HOURS

 

June 4 – June 7

Let’s Get Started Section (Closes June 7)

 

1

June 4 – June 8

Complete Section 1 (June 4 – June 8)

   Part 1: Chapter 1 and accompanying work

   Part 2: Chapters 2 / 3 and accompanying work

   Test 1 Open June 6 – June 8       

(section 1 will close at 11:55pm on June 8)

11.33

 

2

 

June 8 – June 15

Complete Section 2 (June 8 – June 15)

   Part 1: Chapters 8 / 9 and accompanying work      

   Part 2: Chapters 10 / 11 and accompanying work

   Special Project #1 Due

   Test 2 Open June 13 – June 15

(section 2 will close at 11:55pm on June 15)

 

 11.33

 

3

 June 15 – June 22

Start Section 3 (June 15 – June 22 )

   Part 1: Chapter 12 and accompanying work

   Part 2: Chapter 13 and accompanying work    

   Part 3: Chapters 14 / 16 and accompanying work

Test 3 Open June 20 – June 22

(section 3 will close at 11:55pm on June 22)

 

 11.33

 

 

NOTE: June 22 Last day to Q Drop

 

 

 

4

 June 22 – July 2

Complete Section 4 (June 22 – July 2)

   Part 1: Chapter 15 and accompanying work

   Part 2: Chapters 4 / 5 and accompanying work

 

 11.33

Final

June 28 – July 2

Final Open June 28 – July 2

(section 4 will close at noon on July 2)

2.7

 

 

NOTE: The coursework listed above is consistent with the requirement of 48 contact hours.

 48