The goal of this course is to provide you with an overview of the major events and trends in western civilization up to the eighteenth century, or modern era. It is an introductory course; no prior knowledge is assumed.
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 a minimum of 6 to 9 hours of work each week, more when preparing for an exam. Please budget your time accordingly.
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.
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.)
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, and it is the student's responsibility to make certain that he or she has reliable and adequate computer access and capability for the course. If you have not already, please go through the "Browser Tune-Up" tutorial on the Blackboard/WebCT log-in page, in order to avoid problems later. Other tutorials offered there are helpful as well.
There is a link for reporting technical problems or questions on this course's home page under "Web Links." If you are unable to access WebCT, report the problem by going to the Midwestern website (www.mwsu.edu), click on WebCT/Blackboard, and then click on "Report a Problem" on the box on the left under "Student Resources."
All exams will be taken through Blackboard/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 outline 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.
The time limit means that, if you try to do the exams by looking up the answers, you will not do well. Instead, use all of the study resources made available to you in this course to learn the material in order to complete the exam successfully within the time limit.
The exams are set up so that you can go through and answer the questions you know right away, then return to those that require more thought. Therefore, you must remember to save each answer as you complete it!
Before you take the first exam, please read "Instructions and Troubleshooting" on which you can click at the bottom of the screen after you have clicked on the exam but before you have started it. Reading this will not take away any of your allotted time for the exam, and may be very helpful.
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!
Also, please note the following policy about technical difficulties during exams: If you have technical difficulties during an exam, contact tech support immediately and be sure to copy the instructor. Extensions or make-ups for technical difficulties during exams will only be given if these are documented and verified by tech support!
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.
Instructor Drops: Students must maintain adequate progress in this course in order to continue to be enrolled in it. If a student misses one or more exams, and does not contact the instructor regarding these exams, the student may, at the instructor's discretion, be dropped from the course.
There is no provision for extra credit!!!
I will be available to meet in person with any interested students in this course on Tuesday, September 7 from 4 to 5 pm in PY 202. However, as this is a Distance Education course, in fairness to students who are unable to come to campus, I cannot discuss or review course content.
Academic honesty involves the giving of credit to the original creator or publisher through citations, assuring that all submitted work is your own original work, not previously submitted in another course(s) at any institution and that all group members have contributed equally in graded group submissions. Your final earned grade in the course will be dropped one full letter grade if the above is not followed.
Academic honesty is also highly valued at MSU. A student must always submit work that represents his/her original work or ideas. Any words or ideas not original must be cited, giving all relevant sources. The student should also make clear the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citation, refer to the Little Brown or APA style guide requirements, include but are not limited to all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source.
As a member of the academic community, conduct yourself in person, in print, and online in a responsible way and in the spirit of courteous educational inquiry.
Be courteous, even when you disagree, and always provide clear, logical support for your views.
Clear communication of meaning depends entirely on your choice and visuals, so choose your words and visuals carefully to communicate effectively with your audience.
Avoid typing in all capitals because it is difficult to read and considered the electronic version of "shouting".
Americans with Disabilities Act:
Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and Public Law 101-336 in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any disabling condition that will require modifications.