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Distance Education · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2020
  • Section N20 CRN-20902
  • 3 Credits
  • 09/23/2020 to 12/10/2020
  • Modified 08/26/2020

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

Instructor: Mr. Joseph Denman

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Online Classroom

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

WE THE PEOPLE 

REQUIRED |By GINSBERG

  • EDITION:  12E
  • PUBLISHER:   NORTON
  • ISBN: 9780393431261

 

Course Requirements

Discussion Posts

Students will write a well reasoned post to the discussion questions posed by the instructor for each chapter. Each post will be due by the date listed in the syllabus. Students will also briefly respond to 2 other students posts with their opinion or questions about the post. The responses are due by the date listed in the syllabus. Grades will be available within 3 days after the due date through the "Progress" Tab.

Quizzes

Students will complete five multiple choice questions covering the material in each chapter of the assigned textbook. Students will also complete five multiple choice questions covering the posted lecture for each chapter assigned in each week. Grades will be available immediately upon submission in the "Progress" Tab.

Research Assignment

Prompts are found in the ecampus dropbox. The prompt and answer should be typed in a word document with Times New Roman, 12 point font. All citations must be cited correctly internally and in the works cited page in MLA format. Grades will be available within 5 days after due date through the "Progress" Tab or in the assignment dropbox.

Final Exam

Students will complete one hundred multiple choice questions covering the material in each chapter of the assigned textbook. Grades will be available immediately upon submission in the "Progress" Tab.

Evaluation

Criteria

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Discussion Posts 400 points

There will be twenty discussion post projects worth 20 points maximum per project.

Quizzes 200 points

There will be twenty quizzes worth 10 points maximum per quiz.

Research Assignment 200 points

There will be two research assignments worth 100 points maximum per assignment.

Final Exam 200 points

There will be a Final Exam worth a maximum of 200 points.

Breakdown

Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A 900-1000 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.

Attendance

For the online format, failure to complete the assignments for each days will be counted for a week's absence in the attendace policy.

"Q" Drop

The last day to drop the course with a "Q" grade will be Monday, November 30th.

Proctored Exam

This course requires proctoring of the final exam. You must use HonorLock to proctor this exam. A failure to comply with the proctoring requirements will result in a grade of zero.

HonorLock

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 www.honorlock.com/extension/install.

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.

Schedule

Week One

Meeting Details

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LAB

Weekly

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

12 Week Classes Begin

 

 

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Student Introductions & Chapter 1 Discussion Posts Due

 

 

Friday, September 25, 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Orientation & Chapter 1 Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Student Introduction & Chapter 1 Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Two

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Monday, September 28, 2020

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

 

 

 

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Chapter 2 & Chapter 3 Discussion Posts Due

 

 

Friday, October 02, 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, October 03, 2020

Chapter 2 & Chapter 3 Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Chapter 2 & Chapter 3 Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Three

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Monday, October 05, 2020

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

 

 

 

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Chapter 4 & 5 Discussion Posts Due

 

 

Friday, October 09, 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Chapter 4 & 5 Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Chapter 4 & 5 Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Four

 

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LAB

Weekly

Monday, October 12 2020

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

 

 

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Chapter 6 & Chapter 7 Discussion Posts Due

 

 

Friday, October 16, 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Chapter 6 & Chapter 7 Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Chapter 6 & Chapter 7 Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Five

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Monday, October 19, 2020

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

 

 

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Chapter 8 & Chapter 9 Discussion Posts Due

 

 

Friday, October 23, 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Chapter 8 & Chapter 9 Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Chapter 8 & Chapter 9 Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Six

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Monday, October 26, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

 

 

 

Thursday October 29, 2020

Chapter 10 & Chapter 11 Discussion Posts Due

 

 

Friday, October 30, 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Chapter 10 & Chapter 11 Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Chapter 10 & Chapter 11 Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Seven

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Monday, November 02, 2020

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

 

 

 

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Chapter 12 Discussion Posts Due

 

 

Friday, November 06, 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Chapter 12 Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Chapter 12 Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Eight

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Monday, November 09, 2020

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

 

 

 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Chapter 13 & Chapter 14 Discussion Posts Due

 

 

Friday, November 13, 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Chapter 13 & Chapter 14 Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Chapter 13 & Chapter 14 Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Nine

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Monday, November 16, 2020

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 18 2020

 

 

 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Chapter 15 & Chapter 16 Discussion Posts Due

 

 

Friday, November 20, 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Chapter 15 & Chapter 16 Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Chapter 15 & Chapter 16 Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Ten

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Monday, November 23, 2020

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Student Update 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

Big Sky, Big Money Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Student Update Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Eleven

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

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 & 18 Discussion Posts Due

 

 

Friday, December 04, 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, December 05, 2020

Chapter 17 & 18 Quizzes Due

 

 

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Chapter 17 & 18 Discussion Replies Due

 

 

Week Twelve

 

LEC

LAB

Weekly

Monday, December 07, 2020

Final Exam Open

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

 

 

 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Final Exam Due

 

 

 

Total Contact Hours

   

48