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HISTORY 244 ONLINE COURSE GUIDE
David Hamilton Golland, Instructor



Emergency Information

December 12: Message to the following students: Cirami, DiSilvestro, Mohammed, O'Connell. You have not yet submitted your second essay. If you submit it before midnight tonight it will carry a late penalty of four days (40 points). Please note that I have made two e-mail addresses available, "dgolland@gmail.com" and "david.golland@csi.cuny.edu," and I recommended in class that you send your essay to both addresses. If you sent your essay to me at only one of those addresses and I have not received it, you will still face a late penalty.

November 9: Due to illness, I have canceled class for tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10. Students with active CSI e-mail addresses corresponding to the names in my roster were notified via cix e-mail. We will have Quiz 13 on Thursday.

November 4: I have clarified the requirements for the second essay, below. Please read them carefully.

October 24: According to my roster, the following students have not submitted essays: Bilotti, Brown, Cancilla, Chiaramonte, Curtis, Livoti, Mohammed, and Safatle. Please contact me immediately.

September 5: I have made a correction to the schedule for November 12.

Online Syllabus and Course Guide

This website contains the schedule of assignments, completed quizzes and exams, Dr. Golland's contact info, and important online links. Please read the information below. You can navigate the rest of the site using the list at the left.

8:00-9:55
Tuesdays, Room 2N-109
Thursdays, Room 2N-111

Jump To:
  • Description and Objectives
  • Required Texts
  • Participation and Blogging
  • Tests
  • Quiz and Exam Rules
  • Attendance and Lateness
  • Grade Weighting
  • Classroom Etiquette
  • Essay Rules
  • Statement on Plagiarism
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  • Essay Topics



  • Description and Objectives:
    This course covers United States history up to the Civil War. The purpose is to give the student a strong background in the history of the United States and its place in the world and to develop the student's writing and critical thinking skills. Students will learn to evaluate differing and contrasting opinions on historical events and trends and discover how to put these opinions, events, and trends in historical perspective. They will also learn skills of analysis, writing and reading. It is important to keep up with assignments and to come to class ready to participate to achieve these objectives. Classroom participation, regular homework quizzes, a map quiz, two essays, and two examinations will assess their progress in achieving these objectives.

    Required Texts:
    The required books are available at the CSI bookstore.
  • Berkin, et al, Making America, Vol. I, to 1877, Fifth Edition (Houghton-Mifflin, 2008).
  • Black Americans in the Revolutionary Era, ISBN 0312413599 (Bedford St. Martin's).
  • de Toqueville, Democracy in America, abridged with an introduction by Michael Kammen, ISBN 0312463308 (Bedford St. Martin's).
    All chapter assignments refer to the Berkin textbook. The Bedford Series books are for your essays. Please be sure to buy all books before the bookstore returns unsold copies to the publisher. IMPORTANT: Please bring the Berkin textbook to every class session EXCEPT movie days and the midterm.


    Thanks to the “American Opportunity Tax Credit,” textbooks and other course materials expenses – along with tuition and fees that are not covered by scholarships or grants – may be claimed as a tax credit on that year's tax return. Students must keep their course materials receipts and transcripts to be eligible.

    American Opportunity Tax Credit At A Glance:
  • Certain restrictions apply, so visit www.textbookaid.org to get more details
  • Eligible for the first four years of college
  • In 2009 and 2010, tax credit of up to $2,500 of the out-of-pocket cost of tuition and related expenses including course materials paid during the taxable year
  • Many of those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student
  • The tax credit applies to 100% of the first $2,000 spent, and 25% of the next $2,000
  • 40% of the credit is refundable with the maximum refundable amount of $1,000
  • $13.907 billion in estimated benefits for students and families in 2009 and 2010
  • President Obama has proposed to make credit permanent.

    The de Toqueville text is also available online HERE.

    Participation and Blogging:
    All students will be expected to participate in every class session, and classroom participation will count significantly towards the final grade (see "Grade Weighting," below). In addition, each student will be expected to make regular and substantive comments on the class blog by responding to an existing question or comment or starting a fresh thread pertinent to the current assignment. Students who do not participate in at least six classes or make at least six substantive blog posts over the course of the semester will receive a zero for participation.

    Tests:
    Students will be evaluated by regular homework quizzes, a midterm examination, a map quiz, two essays, and a final examination.

    *The regular readings quizzes, which correspond with the assigned textbook chapters, will take place at the start of every lesson and will consist of either five multiple-choice questions, one chronological question with six items to be numbered in order, or an identification question. All questions will be based on the assigned reading for that lesson, including the assigned textbook chapter as well as any supplemental material, and will be graded on a five-point scale. These quizzes are designed to ensure that all students do the homework as well as to prepare students for the style of questions they will face on the midterm and final exams.

    *The midterm and final examinations will each consist of a multiple-choice section, a chronology section, and an identifications section. The final exam will not be cumulative.

    Quiz and Exam Rules
    Please observe these rules carefully. Infraction will result in lost points.

    *No pencil or red ink.
    *Please clear your desks of all items except a writing implement prior to the start of the quiz or exam.
    *Keep your eyes on your own quiz or exam.
    *Write your name first; no extra time will be alloted at the end to write your name.
    *Do not speak during the quiz or exam. If you have a question, raise your hand and the instructor will come to your seat.
    *You may not leave the classroom during the quiz or exam. If you must leave for an emergency, turn in your quiz or exam; you're finished. So please handle biological functions in advance.
    *If you finish a quiz early, please wait quietly until the instructor has called the time. During the midterm and final exams, students may turn in their exam sheets and leave.

    Attendance and Lateness:
    Students' completion of the quizzes and exams will constitute the record of attendance.

    Students with five or more absences will fail the course. Two latenesses count as one absence. Otherwise, there is no penalty for absence or lateness except missed quizzes. No excuse is necessary; likewise, no excuse is accepted. If you arrive in class late and miss a quiz, please see Professor Golland after class so that you can be marked late instead of absent.

    The three lowest quiz grades for all students will be dropped, so in effect students can be absent or late three times without penalty.

    Grade Weighting:
    Participation: 15%
    Regular Readings Quizzes: 20%
    Map Quiz: 7%
    Essays: 18% (9% each)
    Midterm Examination: 20%
    Final Examination: 20%

    The mathematical scores will translate into letter grades as follows:
    98 or higher: A+
    93 or higher: A
    90 or higher: A-
    88 or higher: B+
    83 or higher: B
    80 or higher: B-
    78 or higher: C+
    70 or higher: C
    60 or higher: D
    Less than 60: F

    "Bump-ups:
    Some students will receive a grade one notch higher than that dictated by their mathematical score. For instance, a high F (above 57) could become a D; a a D high D could become a C; etc. There are two ways in which a student can earn a "Bump-up."

    1. "Bump-Up" for Improvement: Students who score at least ten points higher on the final than on the midterm, or one letter grade better on the second essay than on the first.

    2. "Bump-Up" for Standard Deviation: Students who earn a grade on one component of the course which is at least 20 points lower than their grades on all other components of the course.

    These "Bump-ups" are the ONLY exceptions. All other students will receive the exact grade they have earned. As an example, a student with a mathematical score of 89.999 who does not qualify for a "Bump-up" will receive a B+; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 who does not qualify for a "Bump-up" will receive an F. Students may only receive one "bump-up," not two.

    PLEASE NOTE:
  • Students who fail both examinations will fail the course regardless of their mathmatical score and are not eligible for "Bump-ups."
  • Students who attend at least one class but miss the final four homework quizzes and the final exam will receive a grade of WU (withdraw unofficially).
  • Students who miss five or more classes will fail the course; if you miss the quiz you will be marked absent. It is the responsibility of mate students to inform Dr. Golland of their presence after class. Participation after a missed quiz will NOT constitute informing Dr. Golland.
  • Students who miss the final exam but would otherwise pass the course will receive a grade of INC (incomplete) and will be required to schedule a makeup final examination with Dr. Golland in the next semester. Failure to schedule and take the makeup final examination will result in a grade of F.
  • A grade of A+ must be earned and will not be awarded as the result of a "bump-up."

    Classroom Etiquette:
  • Cellphones and Beepers: For the sake of your fellow students, please remember to silence your phones and pagers. Each time your phone rings during the class may result in as much as one point off your final grade--at my discretion. Please notify me if you are an emergency services worker on call while off-duty.

  • Eating and Drinking: As long as you clean up after yourself, I have no problem with eating or drinking in the classroom. It should go without saying that "drinking" refers to non-alcoholic beverages.

  • You will be treated like an adult, so you are expected to act like an adult. When class has started, you are expected to be attentive to the lesson. You don't need permission to leave the room, just do it. But you have a responsibility to arrive in class on time and not leave class more than absolutely necessary.

  • Dismissal Distractions: Packing up or otherwise making noise prior to my dismissal of the class is an unnecessary distraction both to me and your fellow students. Accordingly, each time you do so may result in as much as one point off your final grade--at my discretion. Please notify me in advance if you need to leave early for any reason.

    Essay Rules:
    Any paper not meeting all of these requirements will receive a grade of F and will not be read.

    All papers must be 3-4 pages in length (no less than 3 FULL pages and no more than 4, not including bibliography), typed, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, default (1 to 1.5 inch) margins, delivered as an e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word ONLY) to dgolland@gmail.com or david.golland@csi.cuny.edu by 11:59 p.m. on the appropriate due date. All writing paraphrased or quoted from sources other than the student's own imagination must be specifically cited in the text (in parentheses) or in footnotes, to include all four of the following sources:
  • The textbook (cited in the text or footnotes as "Berkin, [page number]," and listed in the bibliography in full*),
  • Your notes from the classroom discussions (cited in the text or footnotes as "Golland, [date of class]," and listed in the bibliography as "Golland History 244, College of Staten Island"),
  • The appropriate Bedford sourcebook, cited in the text or footnotes as "[sourcebook author or editor name], [page number]," and listed in the bibliography in full*), and
  • At least one outside source (cited in the text or fototnotes and listted in the bibliography in the same manner as the Bedford sourcebook).

    *For example, "Berkin, et al, Making America, Vol. I, to 1877, Fifth Edition (Houghton-Mifflin, 2008)."

    It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students submit essays early. Within reason and the confines of his schedule, Prof. Golland will read early drafts and recommend revisions. In addition, early submissions will receive earlier e-mail confirmation of receipt.

    LATENESS POLICY: Late papers will be strictly penalized 10 points per day late, starting at exactly 12:00 a.m. on the first day after the due date. Submission will be the student's responsibility, not the professor's. Papers turned in more than nine days late will not be read and will automatically receive a grade of zero.

    The class notes on proper citations can be found HERE

    Essay Topics:

    First Essay, due October 15: How did African Americans contribute to the shaping of Colonial America and the American Revolution? Use specific examples and interpret "American Revolution" not as the revolutionary war alone but the entire revolutionary period.

    Second Essay, due December 8: How did de Toqueville's observations reflect the true character of the American states? Where was de Toqueville's analysis incomplete? Use specific examples and be sure to discuss the differences between North and South.

    Students with difficulty in writing or in English should seek assistance at The CSI Writing Center.

    Statement on Plagiarism:
    Note: Professor Golland did not write this himself.
    Plagiarism and cheating are condemned at all institutions of higher learning. These acts detract from the student’s intellectual and personal growth by undermining the processes of studying, reading, note-taking and struggling with one’s own expression of ideas and information. Moreover, cheating inevitably involves secrecy and exploitation of others.

    Plagiarizing means “presenting somebody else’s words or ideas without acknowledging where those words and ideas come from” (Ann Raimes, Keys for Writers, 5th ed., p.188). Examples include:
  • Copying material from the Internet or other sources and presenting it as your own
  • Using any author’s words without quotation marks; using any quotation without credit
  • Changing any author’s words slightly and presenting them as your own
  • Using ideas from any published sources (even in your own words) without exact credit. Note: This includes all material from the Internet or electronic databases.
  • Using long passages in a paper that have been written or rewritten by a friend or tutor
  • Turning in any assignment written by someone else

    However, using quotations or borrowed ideas while giving exact credit is good academic procedure.

    Other types of academic dishonesty include unauthorized collaboration or copying of students’ work (cheating); falsifying grades or evaluations; and others. They are treated as equivalent to plagiarism.

    When detected and verified, plagiarism and other academic dishonesty will be punished severely. Normally, the first offense will result in a failure on the specific assignment; a second offense or a particularly flagrant first offense will result in failing the course. Know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it; for guidance see Raimes or any other college writing handbook. Please note: in this matter, ignorance is never an acceptable excuse.

    Disclaimer: None of the above shall be construed to supercede CSI College/CUNY policy or local, state, or federal laws. Any instructions or information on this website found to be in violation of said policies or laws can and should be ignored.

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    Last Updated 26 January, 2010 (DHG)