American History to 1877 Contact Information

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History 1301.783.2158 Dr. Michael Frawley

3 credits Fall 2015


American History to 1877

Contact Information: Via Blackboard messaging from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday every day that school is in session.


Phone Number: 432-552-2314

Office Location: MB 4116

Office Hours: Monday and Thursday from 9:00am until 12:00pm, Wednesday from 12:00pm until 3:00pm, and by appointment

Communication etiquette: Compose your electronic communications professionally. If emailing, use a professional address (“Dr. Frawley”), indicate which course and section you are in, fill in the subject line, and sign it. Use proper spelling, punctuation and grammar. All students must use the Course Messages tool within the course for student-instructor interaction. Please only use emails for emergencies.

Course Information

Course Prerequisites: None

Course Catalog Description: A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from colonization through Reconstruction.

Course Overview: Beginning with the original inhabitants of this nation and the colonization of the New World; History 1301 is a comprehensive overview of our history as a nation. Starting with a review of Western European history before 1600 then continuing with Europeans arriving in the New World, their impact short and long term to the Native Americans, we will study our birth as a nation and concluding this section with the evolution of the revolutionary spirit and the American Revolution. The next section is an intensive study with the construction of the United States Constitution and the fight for ratification. The birth of the new nation starts the next section that includes the problems, promises and compromises of this nation and the long-term consequences that eventually led to the Civil War. The period between the birth of the United States and the Civil War demonstrates the problems remaining after the fight for the ratification of the Constitution. The destruction of the Civil War along with the war's lasting influence is the next section of American history. This course ends with Reconstruction.

Course Objectives/Outcomes: The underlying goal of the course is an understanding of the historical significance of the events, places and people introduced in the course and the evolution and current role of the United States in the world by:

  • Analyzing the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study

  • Comprehending the origins and evolution of the United States with a focus on the growth of political institutions, the U.S. Constitution, federalism, civil liberties, and civil and human rights

  • Understanding the evolution and current role of the United States in the world

  • Differentiating and analyzing historical evidence and differing points of view

  • Recognizing and applying reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical evidence and social research

  • Identifying and understanding differences and commonalities within diverse cultures

History courses are by nature reading and writing intensive and 1301 is no exception. Students will learn to interpret and analyze information. The goals of exams and other assignments are the acquisition of information and the development of writing and analytical skills.

HIST 1301 and HIST 1302 are General Education courses and are required for all graduates of Texas schools of higher education by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Legislature.

Required Textbook

  • Visions of America vol. 1 by Jennifer Keene, et al

Publisher: Pearson – ISBN-10: 0205092675 of ISBN-13: 978-0205092673

  • The War that Made America by Fred Anderson

Publisher: Penguin Books - ISBN-10: 0143038044 or ISBN-13: 978-0143038047

Publisher: Hill and Wang - ISBN-10: 0809065479 or ISBN-13: 978-0809065479

  • The Fate of Their Country by Michael Holt

Publisher: Hill and Wang - ISBN-10: 0809044390 or ISBN-13: 978-0809044399

Class Participation: Regular and active participation is an essential, unmistakably important aspect of this online course. It is critical that you read all of the lecture and assignment materials. Your participation is an essential aspect of the online course.

Attendance: You are expected to log into the course at least weekly. Thus, if you are ill for a prolonged time and cannot complete course work, you must contact me by course message. Blackboard course platforms have a tracking feature. This feature quantifies how often students access different tools, pages, features, links, discussions, etc. in your course.

Computer Requirements

This course is designed as a web-based class, which necessitates specific computer expertise on the part of the student, specific computer equipment or programs, and a commitment on the part of the student beyond that of most other courses. Ensuring you have the proper hardware and software is vital to your success in an online learning environment.

  • Computer Setup - Every student who is taking an online course must perform the following three steps to ensure his/her computer is set up, your computer has a compatible browser and all necessary plug-ins and helper applications.

  • 24/7 Help Desk - When you need technical support contact information for our 24/7 Help Desk at 1-877-633-9152 (toll free) You can access this information by going to the Technical Support button on the course menu while in the course.

Microsoft Word is the recommended word processor application for completing assignments. Documents prepared in other word processor applications must be submitted in rich text files (.rtf) in order for the instructor to be able to view them. Because you are taking this course from UT Permian Basin, you can get software at a significant discount. For more information, please see the UTPB site page on Microsoft Select.

Preparation for Computer Emergencies

Computer Crash: Not having a working computer or a crashed computer during the semester will NOT be considered as an acceptable reason for not completing course activities at a scheduled time. NOTE: Identify a second computer before the semester begins, that you can use when/if your personal computer crashes. 

Server Problems: When the Blackboard server needs downtime for maintenance, the Blackboard administrator will post an announcement in your course informing the time and the date.

Complete Loss of Contact: If you lose contact with me completely (i.e. you cannot contact me via Course Messages), you need to call me at my office, 432-552-2314, and explain the reason you cannot contact me and give me a way to contact you.

Lost/Corrupt/Disappeared files: You must save a copy of every assignment and/or exam on an external disk or personal computer. In the event of any kind of failure (e.g., Blackboard server crash or virus infection, students own computer crashes, loss of files in cyberspace, etc) or any contradictions/problems, I will request you to resubmit the files.  In other words, if you submit a document to me, and I cannot open it, it is your responsibility to resubmit.

Important Dates

All course due dates are listed on the Course Schedule. Use the Course Schedule button on the course menu to locate the schedule.

Important UT Permian Basin University dates for this semester can be found on the UTPB Academic Calendar.

Course Structure  

The course is divided into 10 modules:

Each Module covers 1 to 2 textbook chapters with an audio lecture and lecture notes.

Every module has graded activities including, but not limited to: quizzes, discussions, or internet assignments.   These activities demonstrate your ability to analyze, apply, evaluate and create information necessary to facility your understanding different aspects of history.

There is also a midterm and final exam. These exams will asked questions that deal with the major themes of the class and will require an essay of multiple pages using proper citation formatting.

Course Evaluation

Quizzes - 100 points (20 each)

Discussions - 100 points (20 each)

Internet Assignments - 100 points (20 each)

Midterm - 200 points

Paper/Paper Assign. - 200 points (25 for each assign., 150 paper)

Final - 300 points

Total - 1000 points

Grading Scale

This course will be graded based on the standard grading scale as follows:

A – 90% and above

B – 80%-89%

C – 70%- 79%

D – 60% - 69%

F – 59% and below


**A weekly 10% percent grade reduction will be applied to graded items submitted after the last day of the Module period except the Group Projects which will not be accepted after the due date.**

Grading: All assignments will be graded within one week after the due date. You can check your grades by going to the My Grades button on the course menu. If there is any discrepancy in the grade, you must contact me immediately only through the Course Messages tool.

Policies & Procedures

Use of Copyrighted Materials: It is the policy of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin to follow the United States Copyright Law of 1976, as amended, (Title 17, United States Code, hereinafter, the "Copyright Act"). Accordingly, all faculty, staff and students of The University of Texas System and its component institutions should follow these policy guidelines:

Academic Integrity & Scholastic Dishonesty: This course will adhere to the plagiarism policy set forth by the UTPB Student Code of Conduct. If there is evidence of any deliberate violation of academic integrity, your instructor will pursue the most reasonable response the University allows. Vagrant plagiarism, cheating, and dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in punishment to the full extent of the Student Code of Conduct.

To view the UTPB Student Conduct Guidelines, follow this link:

Scholastic dishonesty is more than "cutting and pasting." To make sure that you are not committing Scholastic Dishonesty please go to:

This is information you will need throughout your academic career and the University Scholastic Dishonesty Policy states that you may receive a zero on the course work which could cause failure in the class and/or suspension or dismissal from the college. 

Student's Privacy Policy: All students records/information are confidential. Only the course teacher and registrar have access to student information. In case of a Dual Credit student - only the course teacher, registrar, assigned school district personnel (counselors and mentors) have access to the information of the students who belong to their school district.

Student educational records are protected by FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. It is a federal law that pertains to the release of and access to student educational records.

FERPA rights apply to a student, a person who is or who has been attending this institution regardless of age. As a student at UTPB, FERPA applies to personally identifiable information in educational records. Personal identifiable information includes items such as the student's name, social security numbers, and personal characteristics or other information that make the student identity easily accessible or traceable.

To find out more about Student's Privacy rights at UTPB, please go to:

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Americans with Disabilities Act: Students with disabilities that are admitted to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin may request reasonable accommodations and classroom modifications as addressed under Section 504/ADA regulations. Students needing assistance because of a disability must contact Programs Assisting Student Study (PASS) Office, 552-2630.

The definition of a disability for purposes of ADA is that she or he (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantively limits a major life activity, (2) has a record of such an impairment or, (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

Students who have provided all documentation and are eligible for services will be advised of their rights regarding academic accommodations and responsibilities. The University is not obligated to pay for diagnosis or evaluations nor is it obligated to pay for personal services or auxiliary aids.

If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with the instructor, or if you need special arrangements in the case the building must be evacuated, please inform the instructor immediately. It is best to contact the instructor after class or during his/her office hours.

End-of-Course Evaluation & Instructor Evaluation

Every student must complete an end-of-course evaluation/survey provided by UTPB. During the last few weeks of class, you will receive an announcement through email notifying you that the Course/Instructor Survey is available. There are three options to access the survey.

  1. You may follow the link in the email to complete the survey using the same credentials to access your courses here.

  2. When entering Blackboard you will see a list of surveys for you to complete.

  3. A button on the right hand menu bar will lead you to the survey from inside your course.

The survey is anonymous and you responses are confidential. Your feedback is critical to us and to your instructor as we strive to improve our offerings, and our support of you, the students.

Disclaimer & Rights

Information contained in this syllabus was to the best knowledge of the instructor considered correct and complete when distributed for use in the beginning of the semester. However, the instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of UTPB to make changes in the course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation. The students will be informed about the changes, if any.

Course Schedule



Introduction Aug 26, 2015 Aug 27, 2015

Module 1 Old World, New World Aug 27, 2015 Aug 31, 2015

Module 2 New World, Old World Aug 31, 2015 Sept 4, 2015

Module 3 Society Shaped By War Sept 4, 2015 Sept 8, 2015

Module 4 Revolution in Thought and Deed Sept 8, 2015 Sept 14, 2015

Module 5 2 Forms of Government Sept 14, 2015 Sept 18, 2015

Midterm Sept 22, 2015 Sept 24, 2015

Module 6 Federalism and Jeffersonian Democracy Sept 24, 2015 Sept 29, 2015

Module 7 Age of Jackson Sept 29, 2015 Oct 2, 2015

Module 8 Life in Antebellum America Oct 2, 2015 Oct 8, 2015

Module 9 Crisis of the 1850s and the Road to War Oct 8, 2015 Oct 13, 2015

Module 10 Civil War and Reconstruction Oct 13, 2015 Oct 16, 2015

Paper Due Oct 20, 2015

Final Exam Oct 16, 2015 Oct 20, 2015

The instructor reserves the right to adjust the course schedule as needed during the semester.

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