Syllabus: Summer 2014
Instructor: Lisa M. Lane
Welcome! Each week, students should:
1. read/listen to the textbook reading and lecture
2. take the Quiz (by Tuesday midnight)
3. post a primary source in the Primary Sources Board (by Wednesday midnight)
4. post a thesis/writing post in the Writing Assignment Board (opens Thursday - post by Sunday midnight)
5. participate in Discussion Forums (2-3 times each week)
Links to all of this are at the class website.
How do I get into this class?
- Register at MiraCosta College.
Online courses fill quickly!
- Please make sure SURF has your
correct email address.
- The class will be open by Thursday, May 29. At that time,
the URL in the box above will allow you
to enter the class. This
course is offered in Moodle, not
- Add policy: I will be adding up to five students over the limit of 40. After class begins, the wait list in SURF is defunct. Preference will be given to students who have emailed me before the first day of class, were on the official wait list, and who need this class as the last class for a degree at MiraCosta or a public university. NO students will be given permission codes after midnight on Tuesday, June 4, and students who receive a code must register with 24 hours of the time of my email or they will be dropped when they do register.
How much of my time will it take?
- About 18 hours per week (standard for a 3-unit university transfer class offered in the 8-week format) -- that's about 3 hours a day
- If you have basic computer skills, read well, and work well independently, the time may be less.
- If you have weak computer skills, poor study habits, and require much guidance, the time may be more. In this case, you may want to consider whether you are a good candidate for online classes.
Is it a hard class?
- As required by law, the class is taught at the freshman/sophomore university level.
- This class goes beyond the facts of history, into interpretation and analysis. This may be quite different from what you are used to.
Do I need to own a computer? What if something goes wrong with my computer?
Online classes require reliable access to a good computer with a reliable internet connection. If you don't own one or something goes wrong with your system or connection, you are expected to use computers at the campus library, other college library, or public library to complete your work on time.
It's an online class. Can't I just cheat?
- I'm very tough on plagiarism and academic dishonesty (see the college catalog). I give F's for work that is similar to that of your colleagues, past or present, and check all written passages. Quotation marks should be used when citing your sources.
- Quizzes are designed to be taken as open book, open note.
- The process of developing and practicing
historical themes is designed to ensure
that you develop your own interpretations
Can I take the class at my own pace? Can I turn in late quizzes?
- This class is not self-paced because
participation is on a minimum 3x
weekly basis. Late quizzes may be
submitted for one week only for reduced credit, except for the last week.
What books do I need?
- Textbook: Noble, et al
Western Civilization: Beyond Boundaries, Vol I: to 1715
Cengage Advantage edition
7th edition ONLY (2014)
Buy the textbook at the Oceanside campus bookstore, or from the publisher, or from efollett.com, or Amazon, or elsewhere online.
- There is one copy on reserve at the San Elijo campus library.
- There is much more reading online, inside the lectures!
What's this course cover? What's it count toward?
- This course covers the history of Western Civilization from 1648 to the present
- You need not have taken History 103
- General Education: Humanities
Where is the class schedule? When are things due?
The class schedule is an "interactive syllabus" consisting of the main page of the class in the Moodle learning management system. It is organized by date, like a syllabus you would be handed in class, but each item is a link. With the exception of the Contribution Assessment, all assignments are due on a set schedule (see the top of this page).
How does the grading work?
The course is graded
on a simple 100-point scale, so that's a simple percentage.
These contain multiple-choice
questions from the textbook, lectures, and documents.
|Primary Sources Boards
Posting a good source with full citation.
Following instructions fully for writing.
|Discussion and Contribution
by fulfillment of student expectations (below).
Based on thematic essay.
Class feedback is provided through Latest News emails on an as-needed basis, and through closing posts in writing assignment boards. Individual feedback is provided throughout the class: numeric percentage immediate grading on quizzes, scaled marking of primary source posts, and scaled grading of writing assignments. Late assignments are given lower priority and may not receive feedback. All feedback can be viewed in Grades. All work submitted on time will be graded within one week.
What are the Student Learning Outcomes for the course?
At the end of the course, students will
be able to:
1. construct a historical thesis that could
be supported by selected primary sources
from the era covered by the course
2. estimate the correct era from which a
primary source derives
3. articulate the causal and/or consequential
elements of an event from the era covered
by the course
4. analyze cultural expressions as evidence
of an historical theme
What are the expectations for student work in this class?
- Lectures and primary source readings should be completed weekly.
Lectures and primary source readings have been completed every week on schedule (A), weekly (B), most weeks (C), few weeks (D), rarely (F).
- Textbook readings should be completed weekly.
Textbook readings have been completed every week on schedule (A), weekly (B), most weeks (C), few weeks (D), rarely (F).
- Students should post at least one primary source in the Primary Sources Board by Wednesday night each week.
Primary sources have been completed every week on schedule with primary source (A), weekly (B), most weeks or some sources weren't primary (C), few weeks or many secondary sources (D), rarely or all sources secondary (F).
- Students should post every Writing Assignment, and on time.
All Writing Assignments are posted on time every time (A), all but once (B), occasionally (C), rarely (D), not at all (F)
- Writing assignment theses must be interpretive.
Theses are highly interpretive (A), solidly interpretive (B), primarily factual with some interpretation (C), factual (D) or not a thesis (F).
- Writing assignments must use the required number of primary sources from the Primary Sources Boards.
The required number of sources used in the essay are all primary and from Boards (A or B), mostly primary or not all from Boards (C), mostly secondary or not from Boards (D), all secondary or not used(F).
- Use of information from class materials, lectures, and assigned readings is expected.
Writing Assignments, discussions, and comments on primary sources have made full use (A), good use (B), some use (C), little use (D), or no use (F) of class materials and activities.
- Posted Primary Sources and those used in Writing Assignments must be fully cited with artist/author, title, date, and a live link to a page where the item is featured.
Sources are fully cited (A), almost all fully cited (B), mostly cited (C), not all cited (D) or not cited (F).
- Discussion should be participated in at least three times a week, and comments posted that respond to others and move the discussion forward.
Full participation took place with every discussion and were responsive (A), one or two comments were posted in discussion and/or were helpful and responsive (B), a helpful comment was posted in each discussion or just answered posted question (C), a discussion was missed or comments posted were mostly "I agree" or just answered posted question (D), little participation (F)
- Writing must be at the college level.
Writing in the essay is at the college level or higher (A), at the college freshman English 100 level (B), at the high school level (C), below the high school level (D or F).
- Students should log in at least three times a week.
Logs in more than three times a week (A), 2-3 times a week (B), once a week (C), less than weekly (D or F).
- Students should respond to guidance from the instructor, learn from full-group (rather than individual) feedback, and get help from the Help page and college resources as needed.
Responds to instructor guidance as provided through summary posts, Thursday posts, Latest News, examples, replies, and messages - always (A), almost always (B), mostly (C), occasionally (D), never (F).
- Students should be helpful to others through commenting, suggesting, or providing good examples in the Boards, Help page, or discussion.
Is helpful to other students weekly (A), regularly (B), occasionally (C), rarely (D), not at all (F)
- Student work should reflect the student's own interests.
Writing for theses and essays has been obviously related to the student's own interests every week (A), most of the time (B), occasionally (C), rarely (D), never (F).
What about cheating and plagiarism?
Academic dishonesty can lead to F grades
on quizzes, contribution assessments
(as a result of plagiarism in discussion
forums), and the final exam. If
cheating or plagiarism is discovered
at any time (and I'm very good at
it), all of the student's previous
work will be checked, and grades
revised as determined by the instructor.
Cheating includes copying phrasing
or paraphrasing from the textbook,
documents, or other course materials
without quoting and/or citing the
source. It also includes creating
work together with another person
University's plagiarism self-quiz).
While you are welcome to study and
talk together, all work you turn
in or post must be your own, since
all grades are individual. To
protect yourself in an on-line environment,
make sure that your quiz/test answers in
no way resemble those of your colleagues.
What about my disability?
If you have a disability, you may contact Disabled Student Programs and Services at the Oceanside campus at 760-795-6658. DSPS-registered students are entitled to accommodations, some of which will not be needed. There is no timed testing in this class, and all material should be drafted outside the system and pasted in. Lectures are available in both text and audio, and most videos have text files. If you have difficulty with any assigned item, please let me know.
How do I ask questions?
- For class issues, use the "I have a question!" discussion
me with any other questions. I respond within 48 hours during the work week.
- Google Chat: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For access and password problems, contact the Student Helpdesk.
Last updated: 20 May 2014