Each week you will participate in an online discussion to deepen your understanding of the course topics. Each numbered discussion has two topics, Part A and Part B. You must post answers to both parts in a single discussion post. In addition, at least two responses to either your classmates or instructor are required per discussion (not per Part). Your initial posts are due on Thursdays by 11:59 pm. All responses are due by 11:59 pm Sunday with the exception of Week 8’s which is due on Saturday. Discussion settings will not allow you to read other’s posts before you have submitted your initial post. Discussions are worth 20 points.
In Week 1, there is also an Introduction Discussion worth 10 points. Both the initial post and responses are due by 11:59 pm Sunday.
You will write three essays in this course, selecting from a short list of topics provided in the course. Each essay should be a minimum of 750 words and is worth 100 points. Use the Chicago Manual of Style formatting including Times New Roman 12 pt. font. All assignments must be your own original work and not one that you have used previously for another course. You are expected to write professionally with correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar, providing solid examples from our readings, or your own research, to back up your statements. All essays are due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday of the week they have been assigned. See the Content area for complete details and grading criteria.
Primary Document Analysis
This assignment requires you to read and respond to three primary documents, enhancing your skills at interpreting the raw materials of history. It will provide you with experience in the work of a historian, looking for meaning in a document that is often difficult to sort through and analyze. For each document you will answer a series of questions and write a brief 250-word essay that may explore its historical background, meaning, purpose or its historical impact. Each document analysis is worth 40 points, for a total of 120 points for the assignment. Full instructions and grading criteria are located in the course Content area.
Pre and Post-Tests
There is a short required pre-test of your history knowledge requested by the history department. It becomes available in week 1 but must be completed by 11:59 pm on Sunday of Week 2. You will receive your score after completion, but this will not be directly reflected in your grade. In Week 7, a similar post-test becomes available. It must be completed by 11:59 pm Saturday of Week 8. If you complete both it and the pre-test you will receive 50 points, regardless of your scores on either test.
There are two quizzes in the course to test your comprehension of course materials and prepare you for the Final Exam. Quiz 1 is in week 3 and Quiz 2 is in week 5. Quizzes will be available on Monday and must be completed by 11:59 pm Sunday. Each quiz will have 3 short essay questions at 15 points each and 35 multiple-choice questions at 1 point each for a total of 80 points. The short essays should be one paragraph of 75-100 words that respond to the topic in a thorough and thoughtful response. You will have one attempt to take each quiz. Quizzes are timed at 75 minutes. If you exceed the time limit plus a 5 minute grace period you will receive a score of zero.
You will take a proctored final exam during Week 8 which will primarily cover material studied during weeks 6, 7, and 8. This section will contain 3 short essay questions (about 100-word responses) at 15 points each and 50 multiple choice questions at 2 points each. In addition, there will be one comprehensive essay question (about 250 words) worth 55 points. You will have 2 hours (120 minutes) to take the exam and will be given only one attempt. If you exceed the time limit plus a 5 minute grace period you will receive a score of zero. The exam will open Monday of Week 8 at 12:01 AM CT and is due by 11:59 PM Saturday.