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Bryan · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government

  • Fall 2021
  • Section B48 CRN-19008
  • 3 Credits
  • 10/25/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 10/21/2021

Meeting Times

Class 9:10 am - 10:25 am MW T Building 121 Oct 25, 2021 - Dec 16, 2021

Contact Information

Ron Quiram

Email:  You can access D2L (eCampus) email by clicking on 'Tools > Email' at the top right of your eCampus screen.  My email within eCampus is: [email protected](You can only email to this address from within eCampus)

You can also email me at [email protected] in the event eCampus is down. If using this email, please add your class section to the email title.  (You can only email this email address from outside eCampus)

Office T 211

Office Hours   TTH  9:30-11:00

Before you send the email is it one of these question?

Frequently Asked Questions in emails and Answers

  • Can I turn in quizzes late? NO
  • Can I turn my essay late? NO
  • Can I take my exam late? NO
  • Can I take my final late? NO
  • I know you said I couldn’t but……. NO
  • But? NO
  • When are office Hours? They are announced and posted in ECAMPUS
  • Can I get extra extra credit? NO
  • How much are quizzes worth ? It is in the syllabus
  • How much is the essay worth? It is in the syllabus
  • How much is the exam worth? It is in the syllabus
  • How much is the final worth? It is in the syllabus
  • How do I Figure out my grade? It is in the syllabus
  • The exam says enter password what do I do? You must use chrome.
  • I am having problems with honorlock what do I do? Contact honorlock just like it tells you to do if there is a problem.
  • Can I look at previous exams? Yes but only during office hours
  • Is there a curve? NO
  • Another section of you class is doing………. Are we doing that too? Pay attention only to your class not others


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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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:  13E
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-53902-8

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Course Requirements

During the semester students will be assigned the following:

Three exams(100 points each) Honorlock is required on exams

One optional exam(100 points) that if taken will replace students lowest exam grade. Honorlock is required on Optional exam.

Nine  Participation Quizzes  (10 points each )

One Essay  (10 points)

One  comprehensive Final  (200 points) Honorlock is required on Final Exam







F=359 and below

Grades are not subject to negotiation.  Do not ask me to round up your grade or for additional extra credit.

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.

Course Policies

Make-up Exams

Your  exams quizzes discussion questions and final will be taken online. You will have multiple days to take the exam; therefore, without prior approval, a missed exam may not be made up.


Late Assignments

Online assignments must be taken by the designated due date. These will not be reopened for any reason. Quizzes ,Questions and extra credit can not be turned in late.

Academic Dishonesty

Using others' work to pass off as your own is plagiarism and includes, but is not limited to: not citing sources even when paraphrasing, using direct quotes without quotation marks, using direct quotes without a citation, changing the wording of a direct quote without a citation, not citing statistics you did not compile yourself, copying another student's work, etc.

Copying another's work and simply changing a handful of words is still plagiarism - it is generally obvious as the words chosen are often out of context. Please submit only original work, unless citations are used correctly.

Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in an "F" on that assignment, with further action if necessary.

Cheating on an exam will result in an automatic zero. Contrary to popular belief, online courses are not meant to be easy A's - do the work and you will do well in this course. 

Computer Access

Since this is an online course, you must have reliable access to both a computer and to the Internet. This is your responsibility. Be aware that online courses do not work well, if at all, with tablets and smartphones. To make things easier, do your work on either a laptop or a desktop computer. Also be aware of the challenges of different browsers; always have a backup browser.

Please take potential technical issues into account and submit your assignments in advance of the deadline rather than the last few hours before the deadline. Deadlines are strict. 

Given the great deal of time that is given to complete the various assignments, using the excuse of computer problems is not valid and will not be accepted. If you are having technical problems logging on, saving answers, etc., please contact the Distance Learning Office (979-209-7298 or and click on ‘technical assistance’ or ‘student assistance’) as soon as the problem occurs. 

Can your use of group messaging apps get you in trouble? The answer is YES. Participating in or joining a Group Messaging App is not an academic misconduct violation; however, the exchange of answers to graded work and the exchange of copyrighted materials (instructors’ exams are considered copyrighted material) are examples of academic misconduct.

Examples of appropriate group messaging activities are questions related to due dates or specific instructions about assignments or where to find materials on eCampus. Again, if you distribute answers to quizzes/tests to everyone in a group chat, that is academic misconduct. If you upload answers to quizzes/tests to a file-sharing service and then allow people to access those notes, then that is academic misconduct.


Week One

Meeting Details




Monday, October 25th , 2021

First Day of Class

Chapter 1




Tuesday, October 26th , 2021




Wednesday, October  27th , 2021

Chapter 2



Thursday, October 28th , 2021




Friday, October 29th , 2021




Week Two





Monday, November 1st , 2021

Chapter 2




Tuesday, November 2nd , 2021




Wednesday, November 3rd , 2021

Chapter 3



Thursday, November 4th , 2021




Friday, November 5th , 2021




Week Three





Monday, November 8th , 2021

Chapter 4






Tuesday, November 9th , 2021

                               Quizzes Due



Wednesday, November 10th , 2021

Chapter 4  

Exam 1 CHAPTER1,2,3,4  Opens



Thursday, November 11th , 2021




Friday, November 12th , 2021




Week Four





Monday, November 15th , 2021

Chapter 12




Tuesday, November 16th , 2021




Wednesday, November 17th , 2021

Chapter 12



Thursday, November 18th , 2021




Friday, November 19th , 2021




Week Five










Monday, November 22nd , 2021

Quizzes Due

Chapter 13 Exam 2 Chapter 5,12,13 open




Tuesday, November 23rd , 2021




Wednesday, November 24th , 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday



Thursday, November 25th , 2021




Friday, November 26th , 2021




Week Six





Monday, November 29th , 2021

Chapter 15




Tuesday, November 30th , 2021




Wednesday, December 1st , 2021

Chapter 15



Thursday, December 2nd , 2021

                              Quizzes Due



Friday, December 3rd , 2021

Last Day to Drop with a “Q”



Week Seven





Monday, December 6th , 2021

Chapter 10,11

Exam 3 Chapters10,11,15 opens




Tuesday, December  7th , 2021

Paper due



Wednesday, December 8th , 2021

Review Optional Exam 4

Chapters 6,7,8



Thursday, December 9th , 2021




Friday, December 10th , 2021




Week Eight





Monday, December 13th , 2021

Review Final   Final Exam Opens







Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Final Exam Due












Total Contact Hours