History 101-005m hybrid – Western Civilization I (3 credits) Instructor: Ms. Alicia L. B. Tucker

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History 101-005M Hybrid – Western Civilization I (3 credits) Instructor: Ms. Alicia L. B. Tucker

Fall 2011 2:00-3:15, Wednesday F2F, 1 ½ hours online

Campus Office: MC 231 Office Hours: 3:30-5:00 M,W;

Campus Phone #: 703-257-6696 2:00-3:00 Tues., or by appointment.

E-Mail: atucker@nvcc.edu Blackboard: learn.vccs.edu
Course Description: This course is a hybrid course where a significant portion of the learning activities are moved online, and time spent in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated. The course blends in-class teaching with online learning. This does not mean that the course will be easier -- in fact it will demand a certain amount of self-motivation.  Students should expect to spend 5 to 7 hours weekly outside of class preparing material for the class with a minimum of 2 hours working on line. This course examines the development of western civilization from ancient times to the Age of Discovery. HIS 101 is a survey of ancient and medieval western civilizations. Preferable, but not mandatory, that courses be taken sequentially.

Entry-level skills: Reading and writing skills appropriate for college freshmen. Familiarity with BlackBoard and use of the Internet.

Course Goals:

  1. Students will develop an appreciation for the study of history and the people and events of the past.

  2. To develop critical thinking skills through the study of Western Civilization’s political, economic, cultural and social institutions.

  3. To study and comprehend the major trends and influences in the intellectual development of Western Civilization

  4. To investigate the development and evolution of political and religious thought and institutions during the development of Western Civilization.

  5. Students will develop an understanding of history as an academic discipline and appreciate its relevance to the lives of contemporary people.

  6. Students will investigate the ways that historians uncover the past.

  7. To chart how technological advances impacted on Western Civilization.

  8. To be able to identify the geographical landscape of Western Civilization.

  9. To investigate and study the development of Western European culture from its ancient roots, through the Middle Ages, culminating in the “Age of Absolutism (1600-1789).”

Required Course Books: Western Civilization, Speilvogel, Jackson J., Eighth Edition.

The Social Dimension of Western Civilization, Vol. 1, Golden, Richard M., Fifth Edition.

Instructional Methods:

Lecture, discussion, internet and class activities all correlating to assigned text topics. Use of appropriate audiovisual media, class handouts, discussion questions, internet activities and study guides.

Disability Policy:

Students with disabilities who will be taking this course and may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see me as soon as possible.

Last date to withdraw with a refund: September 8

Last date to withdraw without grade penalty: October 31
Repeat Policy: Enrollment in a course is limited to two times. If a student needs to enroll for a third and final time, he or she must submit a written petition to the Dean of Instruction (or his/her designee) for approval.
Academic Dishonesty:

Any student found cheating, including plagiarism, will receive a grade of “F” for the course and may also be referred to the Dean of Student Services for additional action.

Student Attendance:

Attendance at all classes is mandatory and will be taken daily. A student will be awarded 4 points for every class attended. If you miss a class, it is YOUR responsibility to make up the work missed. There will be no scheduled make-up exams. Make-up exams will be given only with the approval of the instructor upon presentation of a valid excuse with documentation. Students are expected to make sure that they are not scheduled to work on the day of an exam! If you miss 2 consecutive classes and have not contacted the instructor about the absences you will receive an F for the course.

Evaluation and Grading:

There will be 5 quizzes and one exam. Quizzes will be a mixture of multiple choice, matching, short answer, and identification. The exam will be a mixture of multiple choice, matching, identification, short answer, and essay questions. There will also be Hybrid Activities, Reading / Blog assignments, Journal Activities, 1 group project, and in-class essays. Students are expected to turn work in on time. Late assignments will lose 5 points every day they are late and will not be accepted after a week without a valid excuse and documentation. 2 missing assignments in a category will result in a “F” for that category. Participation and attendance in class and online will be factored into your grade. If a student has a grade of “A” after completing all quizzes and written assignments they will not have to take the final.

Breakdown of Grading System:

1. Exams and Quizzes 40%

2. Hybrid Activities 30%

4. Journal, Blogs, Discussion Boards, In-Class essays 20%

5. Participation 10%

Total Points 100%

A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 70-79 D = 60-69 F = 0-59
I usually take a week to grade assignments that have been submitted on time. If you are late submitting work, it will take longer for me to grade. If you have not received a grade or a communication from me after week, please feel free to contact me.
Student Responsibilities are:

  1. Students must check into Blackboard and review weekly assignments at least twice a week.

  2. Students must check their NVCC email account on a regular basis. This is the email account that I will use to contact you and send out alerts concerning the course.

  3. Students must have access to a computer and the internet or have sufficient time to access one on campus.

  4. Be attentive, curious, persistent, challenging, prepared, respectful and participatory.

  5. If you come late it is your responsibility at the end of class to make sure the instructor has marked you as present. If you are not checked in on the sheet you are technically absent from the class. Two late appearances in class will count as one absence, as will leaving the class early. If you have a legitimate excuse sees the Instructor after class.

  6. Keep up with assigned reading/writing assignments and attend each class ready to discuss the day’s assigned reading.

  7. Complete all assignments on time and contribute to class discussions. Late assignments will lose 5 points a day.

  8. Turn in all assignments. Failure to turn in 2 or more assignments in a category will result in an “F” for that category.

  9. Take exam on the day scheduled; if any unavoidable circumstances intervene, telephone the instructor prior to the exam or the next class meeting. Absences due to illness will only be excused with a doctor’s note that must be produced before the student may take a “make-up” exam.

  10. Try to avoid causing distractions in class.  This means do not engage in private conversations during the lecture and tests. Do not read or do other schoolwork after class begins.

  11. Your opinion is valuable as are a free and open discussion, but students and the Instructor should address remarks and questions to each other with mutual respect and consideration.

  12. In the event of a class cancelled due to weather, keep up with the schedule and do all the work as if the class met.

Cell Phone Policy:

Phones should be kept on silence mode and out of sight. Texting during class is not allowed. If you are texting you are not paying attention and could miss important information; also, it is rude. A ringing phone or loud beeper disrupts you, your classmates, and me. If I see your cell phone out at all you will receive an unexcused absence for that class. Students who violate this rule may be asked to leave the class. If you have an emergency need, please see instructor before class.

Computers in class:

Computers used for taking notes are acceptable; however, websurfing on computers will be tolerated. I will occasionally check during class to see if you are using it to only take notes. If I find you online or playing games, you will lose the right to use a laptop in class.

Tentative Schedule: Detailed assignments for each class are listed in BlackBoard under Assignments







Take a tour of the course site



Read Chapter 8 (10/19)

Vikings WebQuest (10/19)

Journal #2: Charlemagne (10/19)



Read Chapters 1 (8/31)
Journal Activity: Mummification (8/31)



Read Chapter 9 (10/26)

Journal #3: Medieval Cities (10/26)

Blog #3: Middle Ages (Post 10/26, Respond 10/28)



Read Chapters 2 (9/7)

Blog #1: Ancient Empires (Post 9/7, Respond 9/9)

View Video: Kingdom of Israel (9/7)

Quiz: Kingdom of Israel (9/7)



Read Chapter 10 (11/2)

Journal #4: Bayeux Tapestry (11/2)

Quiz #2 (in-class questions 11/2, online questions 11/4)



Read Chapter 3 (9/14)

View Video: Empire of the Mind (9/14)

Journal #1: Empire of the Mind (9/14)



Read Chapter 11 (11/9)

Journal Activity #5: Joan of Arc (11/9)

Blog #4: Renaissance (Post 11/9, Respond 11/11)

Begin Reformation Group Project



Read Chapter 4 (9/21)

Hellenism Internet Activity (9/21)



Read Chapter 12 (11/16)

Journal #6: Renaissance Artists (11/16)

Individual Reformation research due (11/16)



Read Chapter 5 (9/28)

Begin “Day in the Life”

Blog #2: Classical World (Post 9/28, Respond 9/30)



No Class, Thanksgiving Break – November 23-27

Read Chapter 13 (11/22)

Reformation Group Project due (11/22)

View PowerPoint



Read Chapter 6 (10/5)

“Day in the Life” Due (10/5)

Quiz #1 (in-class questions 10/5, online questions 10/7)



Read Chapter 14 (11/30)

View Video: Conquistadors (11/30)

Journal #7: Conquistadors (11/30)

Quiz #3 (in-class questions 11/30, online questions 12/2)



Read Chapter 7 (10/12)

View Video: The Messenger (10/12)

Quiz: The Messenger (10/12)



Read Chapter 15 (12/7)

Pepys’ World Discussion Forum (12/7)

Blog #5: Changing World (Post by 12/7, Respond by 12/9)

Take Final Exam: December 14, 2:00-4:30

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