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Distance Education · Social Sciences · Government - GOVT

American Government
GOVT-2305

  • Fall 2021
  • Section N44 CRN-20344
  • 3 Credits
  • 11/18/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 09/23/2021

Meeting Times

Internet Class

12:00 AM to 11:59 PM, URL: https://ecampus.blinn.edu 

This is an online distance education course. All assignments are available for at least ten days before they are due with the exception of the Orientation Quiz, Introduction Discussion and Final Exam. It is expected that students work on this class every daily.

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Tyler Young

Email: [email protected] (preferred)
Phone: 512-587-3753 (only for emergency, no texting)

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The primary factors considered relate to the three branches of government -- judicial, executive, legislative -- major historical documents, the events that shaped the nation, and current events.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

https://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:  13E
  • PUBLISHER:   NORTON
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-53902-8

First Day Inclusive Access

 

Print upgrade ISBN 978-0-393-87633-8

Course Requirements

Orientation Quiz: This is worth a 1%

Introduction Discussion: This is worth 2%

Weekly News Quiz: This is worth 10%

InQuizitive Assignments: This is worth 20%

Analysis Paper: This is worth 7%

Unit Discussions: This is worth 20%

Unit Tests: There will be 3 Unit tests combined for 25%

Final Exam: This is worth 15%

 

Orientation Quiz will be delivered via Canvas and is mostly from reading the syllabus.

Introduction Discussion: Follow the instructions and post photo. 

Weekly New Quizzes will be available through Canvas.

InQuizitive Assignments: follow the link in each chapter as well as a couple in the Start Here module to complete these assignments.

Unit Discussion Posts: There is a discussion for each of the first three Units; students need to have one original post and two responses to classmates posted by the deadline. A quality original post is no less than 250 words with no grammatical errors. A response post needs to be thoughtful, respectful and no less than 100 words.

Unit Tests will be delivered online and there will be three throughout the term. Your lowest one will be dropped. Tests will not be restarted for technical errors or in the event of failure to login on the student’s part. If one does have a technical issue than that will be the test that grade that is replaced. Notice: it is the instructor’s position that a test is replaced in the event of life events and technical difficulties; not to better one’s grade although this will likely be the result. It is recommended that tests be taken at a secure location such as the school computer lab. Do not use tablet computers. Your lowest Unit test score will be replaced with the score you get on the final exam (assuming the final exam score is higher than at least one of your unit test scores; in the event it is not then your original unit test scores will remain unchanged).

Analysis Paper: This will be a brief research assignment. 

Final Exam will be delivered online and will ask questions from all material covered in the class.

Feedback: Students can generally expect to have feedback delivered within 72 hours of the assignment due date. This will be available through Canvas when you click on the grade for that particular assignment.

 

Last Day to Drop Course with a Grade of Q is 12/3/21. 

Evaluation

Criteria

Your grade will be calculated as follows:

 

90% or higher will be an A

80-89.99% will be a B

70-79.99% will be a C

60-69.99% will be a D

Less than 60% will be an F

 

Individual assignments within categories have point values that comprise the total score for that category. For example, Exam 1 is worth 25% of the “Exams” category; that category is worth 40% of your overall grade. So if a student got the following exam scores: 90, 80, 95, 75 they would have 340 or 85% of the possible 400 points in that category. So of the possible 50% they will have 42.5 go towards their final average.

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

It is expected that you will continually work on this class throughout the term and you must achieve the deadlines for all assignments. It is expected that you will devote 3-6 hours per week to learning the material and doing the assignments. It is the opinion of the instructor that 3-6 solid hours on each chapter will be sufficient for most students to read the chapter, review the key terms and complete the host of assignments for that chapter. This of course may vary by student. Failure to login and attempt any assignment for an entire week will be considered one week of absences and it  will be reported in MyBlinn. Failure to login in and attempt any assignment for a second week at any time during the semester will be considered two weeks of absences and it will be reported in myblinn and you will be dropped from the course.

I will not be sympathetic to a computer/internet issue the day assignments are due; you will find that we have many more options if you attempt something more than 24 hours before the deadline. It is your responsibility to procure reliable computer access to complete this course. I would suggest having a backup plan such as the school or a neighbor/friend's computer/internet that you can use just in case you run into trouble. As a rule, the instructor does not accept late work. Students have from the first day to work on the entire course; so waiting until the moment before something is due is simply not a reason for it not to be done; that is to say there are no "make-ups." With that said, in the event of a "catastrophe" exceptions may be granted with supporting documentation.

The instructor checks his email regularly and students can expect a response within 24 hours during the week and by noon on Monday if sent after noon on the prior Friday. Virtual "Office" hours are everyday from 4-5PM wherein students can feel free to call or email and will likely get a prompt response. 

Papers will be graded within seven days and other assignments (Including Discussions and Exams) within three. 

Honorlock Test Proctoring: 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 atwww.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

Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Orientation Quiz
11/18
Syllabus

Read the syllabus and take the quiz.

Introduction Discussion
11/19
Personal Introduction to the class

Be sure to read the instructions carefully when making your initial post and reply posts.

InQuizitive Orientation
11/20
How to Use InQuizitive and How to Read Charts and Graphs

Complete How to Use InQuizitive and How to Read Charts and Graphs

Chapter 1 Exercises
11/21
Norton Activities for Chapter 1

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapter 2 Exercises
11/22
Norton Activities for Chapter 2

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapter 3 Exercises
11/23
Norton Activities for Chapter 3

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapter 4 Exercises
11/29
Norton Activities for Chapter 4

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapter 5 Exercises
11/30
Norton Activities for Chapter 5

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Unit 1 Discussion and Test
12/1
Chapters 1-5

Complete the Unit Discussion and Unit Test

Chapter 6 Exercises
12/2
Norton Activities for Chapter 6

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapter 8 Exercises
12/3
Norton Activities for Chapter 8

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapters 9 Exercises
12/4
Norton Activities for Chapter 9

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapters 10 Exercises
12/5
Norton Activities for Chapter 10

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapter 11 Exercises
12/6
Norton Activities for Chapter 11

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Unit 2 Discussion and Test
12/7
Chapters 6, 8-11

Complete the Unit Discussion and Unit Test

Chapter 12 Exercises
12/8
Norton Activities for Chapter 12

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapter 13 Exercises
12/9
Norton Activities for Chapter 13

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapter 14 Exercises
12/10
Norton Activities for Chapter 14

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapter 15 Exercises
12/11
Norton Activities for Chapter 15

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Chapter 16 Exercises
12/12
Norton Activities for Chapter 16

Read the relevant chapter and complete the News and InQuizitive exercises.

Unit 3 Discussion and Test
12/13
Chapters 12-16

Complete the Unit Discussion and Unit Test

Analysis Paper
12/14
Foundational Course Concepts

Complete the paper; found in own folder on D2L class course menu.

Final Exam
12/16
Chapters 1-6, and 8-16

Complete Exam covering chapters 1-6, and 8-16