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Distance Education · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Summer I 2019
  • Section N10 CRN-30464
  • 3 Credits
  • 06/03/2019 to 07/01/2019
  • Modified 05/31/2019

Meeting Times

This is an online distance education course.  It is open throughout the semester but there are assigned due dates for submitting assignments and tests.

Contact Information

Professor: Lena Noel Denman

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Online Classroom


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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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.


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:


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.




  • EDITION:   11E
  • ISBN:   9780393622850


Course Requirements

Final Exam

You will have a comprehensive final over the course of this semester.  The final will be 100 questions. The final is cumulative and will have a total of one hundred multiple choice questions. 

Research Assignments

You will have two research assignments on a prompt provided by the instructor in ecampus. Research assignments should be saved in a Word or .rtf format with normal alignment and font size 12 Times New Roman settings.


Online quizzes are assigned for each chapter. Quizzes will consist of 10 questions over the assigned readings, documentaries or lecture. Quizzes cannot be made up or taken afterwards, unless a school approved trip or religious activity interferes that you have proper documentation for to present to me prior to that activity occurring. Grades will be made available immediately after submission through the "Progress" tab on ecampus, underneath "grades."  

Discussion Board

You will have a discussion board for each chapter of the course. Students will write an original post based on the prompt assigned in the discussion forum. Students will also respond to two other students posts each chapter. The original post and replies due as listed in the syllabus schedule.




Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Discussion Boards 450 Points

There will be fifteen discussion board assignments worth a maximum of thirty points per assignment.

Research Assignments 200 Points

There will be two research assignments worth 100 points.

Quizzes 150 Points

There will be fifteen quizzes worth a maximum of ten points per quiz.

Final Exam 200 Points

There will be a cumulative final examination worth 200 points.


A 900-1,000 points  
B 800-899 points  
C 700-799 points  
D 600-699 points  
F 0-599 points

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations 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 Blinn Buc 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 Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Q Drop Date

The last date to drop this course with a "Q," is Friday, June 21, 2019.

Late Work

  • There are no make-ups for anything in the course.  If properly paced, there is plenty of time to complete all assignments.  If there is a scheduling conflict with the final date for each section, complete the assignment early!
  • Unless the Academic Help Desk sends me an email stating that e-campus was unavailable for you for a specific amount of time, I will not accept late work. It is your responsibility to make sure your computer is functioning properly and that you are maintaining a secure internet connection.   

Grading Policy

  • Discussion Posts will be graded within one week of submission.
  • Quiz scores will be graded immediately after their submission.
  • The Final Exam will be graded immediately after its submission.
  • Research Assignments will be graded within one week of submission.

Attendance Policy

In this online format, failure to complete the assignments for each module will count as one week of unexcused absences.

Proctored Final Exam

You are required to download Tegrity Recorder and record yourself taking the final examination.


Tegrity is an audio-video recorder built into Blinn’s Learning Management System, eCampus, which allows faculty to require students to record themselves taking an exam.   Blinn College pays for access to Tegrity and there is no direct cost to students when proctoring occurs via Tegrity. 


Week Day Section(s) Covered Topics Covered Weekly Online Hours
1 M 6/3/2019 Welcome Introduction & Orientation Due 10.8
T 6/4/2019 Culture Chapter 1 quizzes & Discussion Due
W 6/5/2019 Constitution Day of Record- Chapter 2 quizzes & Discussion Due
R 6/6/2019 Federalism Chapter 3 quizzes & Discussion Due
F 6/7/2019 Civil Liberties Chapter 4 quizzes & Discussion Due
Sa 6/8/2019    
Su 6/9/2019    
2 M 6/10/2019   Research Assignment #1 Due 10.8
T 6/11/2019 Civil Rights Chapter 5 quizzes & Discussion Due
W 6/12/2019 Opinion Chapter 6 quizzes & Discussion Due
R 6/13/2019 Media Chapter 7 quizzes & Discussion Due
F 6/14/2019 Participation Chapter 8 quizzes & Discussion Due
Sa 6/15/2019    
Su 6/16/2019    
3 M 6/17/2019   Student Updates Due 10.8
T 6/18/2019 Parties Chapter 9 quizzes & Discussion Due
W 6/19/2019 Interest Groups Chapter 11 quizzes & Discussion Due
R 6/20/2019 Congress Chapter 12 quizzes & Discussion Due
F 6/21/2019 President Chapter 13 quizzes & Discussion Due
      Last Day to Drop with a "Q"
Sa 6/22/2019    
Su 6/23/2019    
4 M 6/24/2019   Research Assignment #2 Due 10.8
T 6/25/2019 Judiciary Chapter 15 quizzes & Discussion Due
W 6/26/2019 Immigration Immigration quizzes & Discussion Due
R 6/27/019 Foreign Policy Chapter 18 quizzes & Discussion Due
F 6/28/2019   Make up Work Due
      Last Day of Class
Sa 6/29/2019    
Su 6/30/2019    
5 M 7/1/2019   Final Exam 4.8
        Total Contact Hours 48