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Distance Education · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Fall 2020
  • Section N84 CRN-20933
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/24/2020 to 12/10/2020
  • Modified 08/18/2020

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, 4:00 PM to 5:00 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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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:  12E
  • ISBN: 9780393431261


Course Requirements

Discussion Board

You will have a discussion board for each module 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 module. The original post and replies will be due by the due date listed in the schedule.

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."  

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. 




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.


Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
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.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the Fall semester: Back with Blinn.


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

"Q" Drop

The last date to drop this course with a "Q," is Monday, November 30, 2020.

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.   


  • 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

Proctored Exam


Honorlock will proctor your exams this semester. Honorlock is an online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam from the comfort of your home. You DO NOT need to create an account, download software, or schedule an appointment in advance. Honorlock is available 24/7 and all that is needed is a computer, a working webcam, and a stable Internet connection.

To get started, you will need Google Chrome and the Honorlock Chrome Extension. You can download the extension at

When you are ready to test, log into D2L, go to your course, and click on your exam. Clicking "Launch Proctoring" will begin the Honorlock authentication process, where you will take a picture of yourself, show your ID, and complete a scan of your room. Honorlock will be recording your exam session by webcam, as well as recording your screen. Honorlock also has an integrity algorithm that can detect search-engine use, so please do not attempt to search for answers, even if it's on a secondary device.


Week One

Meeting Details



Weekly Hours

Monday, August 24, 2020

First Day of Class



Tuesday, August 25, 2020



Wednesday, August 26,2020



Thursday, August 27, 2020

Student Introduction & Chapter 1 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, August 28, 2020 



Saturday, August 29, 2020

Orientation & Chapter 1 Quizzes Due


Sunday, August 30, 2020

Chapter 1 Discussion Replies Due


Week Two




Monday, August 31, 2020




Tuesday, September 01, 2020



Wednesday, September 02, 2020



Thursday, September 03, 2020

Chapter 2 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, September 04, 2020



Saturday, September 05, 2020

Chapter 2 Quizzes Due


Sunday, September 06, 2020

Chapter 2 Discussion Replies Due


Week Three




Monday September 07, 2020

Labor Day Holiday



Tuesday, September 08, 2020



Wednesday, September 09, 2020



Thursday, September 10, 2020

Chapter 3 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, September 11, 2020



Saturday, September 12, 2020

Chapter 3 Quizzes Due


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Chapter 3 Discussion Replies Due


Week Four




Monday, September 14, 2020




Tuesday, September 15, 2020



Wednesday, September 16, 2020



Thursday, September 17, 2020

Chapter 4 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, September 18, 2020



Saturday, September 19, 2020

Chapter 4 Quizzes Due


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Chapter 4 Discussion Replies Due


Week Five




Monday, September 21, 2020




Tuesday, September 22, 2020



Wednesday, September 23, 2020



Thursday, September 24, 2020

Chapter 5 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, September 25, 2020



Saturday, September 26, 2020

Chapter 5 Quizzes Due


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Chapter 5 Discussion Replies Due


Week Six




Monday, September 28, 2020




Tuesday, September 29, 2020



Wednesday, September 30, 2020



Thursday, October 01, 2020

Chapter 6 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, October 02, 2020



Saturday, October 03, 2020

Chapter 6 Quizzes Due


Sunday, October 04, 2020

Chapter 6 Discussion Replies Due


Week Seven




Monday, October 05, 2020




Tuesday, October 06, 2020



Wednesday, October 07, 2020



Thursday, October 08, 2020

Chapter 7 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, October 09, 2020



Saturday, October 10, 2020

Chapter 7 Quizzes Due


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Chapter 7 Discussion Replies Due


Week Eight




Monday, October 12, 2020




Tuesday, October 13, 2020



Wednesday, October 14, 2020



Thursday, October 15, 2020

Chapter 8 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, October 16, 2020



Saturday, October 17, 2020

Chapter 8 Quizzes Due


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Chapter 8 Discussion Replies Due


Week Nine




Monday, October 19, 2020




Tuesday, October 20, 2020



Wednesday, October 21, 2020  



Thursday, October 22, 2020

Chapter 9 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, October 23, 2020



Saturday, October 24, 2020

Chapter 9 Quizzes Due


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Chapter 9 Discussion Replies Due


Week Ten




Monday, October 26, 2020




Tuesday, October 27, 2020



Wednesday, October 28, 2020



Thursday, October 29, 2020

Chapter 10 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, October 30, 2020



Saturday, October 31, 2020

Chapter 10 Quizzes Due


Sunday, November 01, 2020

Chapter 10 Discussion Replies Due


Week Eleven




Monday, November 02, 2020




Tuesday, November 03, 2020



Wednesday, November 04, 2020



Thursday, November 05, 2020

Chapter 11 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, November 06, 2020



Saturday, November 07, 2020

Chapter 11 Quizzes Due


Sunday, November 08, 2020

Chapter 11 Discussion Replies Due


Week Twelve




Monday, November 09, 2020




Tuesday, November 10, 2020



Wednesday, November 11, 2020



Thursday, November 12, 2020

Chapter 12 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, November 13, 2020



Saturday, November 14, 2020

Chapter 12 Quizzes Due


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Chapter 12 Discussion Replies Due


Week Thirteen




Monday, November 16, 2020




Tuesday, November 17, 2020



Wednesday, November 18, 2020



Thursday, November 19, 2020

Chapter 13 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, November 20, 2020



Saturday, November 21, 2020

Chapter 13 Quizzes Due


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Chapter 13 Discussion Replies Due


Week Fourteen




Monday, November 23, 2020




Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Student Update & Chapter 15 Discussion Posts Due


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving Holiday


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Holiday


Friday, November 27, 2020

Thanksgiving Holiday


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Chapter 15 Quizzes Due


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Chapter 15 Discussion Replies Due


Week Fifteen




Monday, November 30, 2020

Last Day to Drop with a “Q”



Tuesday, December 01, 2020



Wednesday, December 02, 2020



Thursday, December 03, 2020

Chapter 17 Discussion Posts Due


Friday, December 04, 2020



Saturday, December 05, 2020

Chapter 17 Quizzes Due


Sunday, December 06, 2020

Chapter 17 Discussion Replies Due


Week Sixteen




Monday, December 07, 2020

Final Schedule TBA



Tuesday, December 08,2020



Wednesday, December 09, 2020



Thursday, December 10, 2020







Total Contact Hours


48 hr.