internet course; not applicable
This is a survey course in American history. Its goal is to make the student aware of the major events and issues in American history from the decisive encounter of Europeans with America in 1492 through the American Civil War.
In addition to the textbook, you will find, on the Blackboard/WebCT home page for this class, under "Course Content," Essays, which correspond, more or less, to the textbook's chapters. (Each Essay will tell you exactly what textbook chapter(s) it relates to.) These Essays should be treated like the lecture portion of a traditional classroom course. Therefore, they are of equal importance with the textbook, and you should take notes from all of them. The Essays will often have information not in the textbook, and vice-versa. Exam questions will be taken from both the textbook and the Essays.
College courses presume that a student studies outside of class 2 to 3 hours per semester hour credit; in other words, a 3-hour semester credit course like this one requires aminimum of 6 to 9 hours of work each week, more when preparing for an exam. Please budget your time accordingly.
There are three exams required in this course. Having three exams in a course is standard for college-level history courses, including the traditional classroom sections taught at Midwestern State. A college graduate will be expected (by future employers) to handle large amounts of information, and so this course begins to develop that skill by having students learn and synthesize several chapters for each exam.
Each exam will consist of 50 multiple choice questions worth two points each. Each exam will cover the material assigned for that exam period, including the textbook and the Essays on the web site. Each test is self contained. The "final" will not be comprehensive. The course grade will be the average of the three exams. Grading is done on a standard 100-point scale (i.e., 100-90=A, 89-80=B, etc.)
This course will be conducted entirely over the internet. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that he or she has reliable and adequate computer access and capability for the course. This includes the computer itself, the browser being used, and the internet service provider (ISP). If you have not already, please go through the "Browser Check" tutorial on the WebCT log-in page, in order to avoid problems later. Also, if your computer or ISP has a tendency to freeze up or lose connection, DO NOT USE THEM TO TAKE AN EXAM, but find a more reliable system. Students will not get consideration for technical problems during exams if those problems are on the student’s end. However, if you feel the problem occurred at MSU’s end, with WebCT itself, you can report it to Tech Support and IF Tech Support verifies there was a problem at MSU’s end, then consideration may be given. However, this consideration will ONLY be given for technical problems at MSU’s end verified by Tech Support, NOT for any problems arising from the student’s own system.
All exams will be taken through WebCT. You can find the exams under "Exams" on the home page or under "Assessments" on the left. Each exam will be available for a period of time during which you may log on and take the exam. (See the course schedule below for the dates.) You may not log on before or after the specified time. Once you log on you have 50 minutes (1 minute per question) to take the exam. If you go over the allotted time, two points will be deducted from the exam grade for each minute that you go over the allotted time. Once you have submitted the exam and logged off, you cannot log back on.
Therefore, please note: You should not log on to the exam until you are ready to take it!
Exams must be completed by the established deadlines. Make-ups will only be given to students who can present documentation of a major emergency or technical problem which prevented them from taking the exam during the scheduled window. Incompletes will only be given to students who can present documentation of a major emergency, occurring after the last date to drop, which prevented them from completing the course within the specified time.
There is no extra credit given in this course.