All readings should be completed before submitting assignments for the week. Some of the assigned readings include full chapters; others only portions of a particular chapter: therefore please pay close attention to the assigned readings and the corresponding page numbers. Be sure to see the assigned readings listed in the Content area under each week’s Assignments and in the Course Schedule listed below.
It is recommended that you utilize the following reading plan. First, read the weekly Overview found in the Content Area. Second, read the Gonzalez assigned readings. Third, read the McGrath assigned readings. On some occasions McGrath will provide additional insights on material covered by Gonzalez; on other occasions you will find ‘new’ material not covered in the Gonzalez readings. Fourth, watch the assigned videos. Although this reading plan is purely a suggestion, your instructor believes this plan will offer the essential material relevant for your weekly topics and discussions.
As noted, there will also be videos during the week to watch that will assist you with comprehending some of the topics and concepts we will be discussing in class.
Each week in the Content area of the course you will find additional resources such as flow charts, timelines, charts, and additional readings. These additional resources will be listed as Instructive Supplements. Most of these supplements will augment your discussions and/or exams.
It is imperative you learn to summarize the key fundamentals of the discussion for the week. Although there is no word limit per se, you should try to write posts that are complete yet concise. Writing history is an exercise in discernment and will be practiced in this course. Do not attach files to be opened as part of your main post. Do not cut and paste from outside sources. All posts should be written in your own words! If outside sources are used they should be cited.
Full participation includes: providing your main post in which you completely answer the question(s) posed, responding to at least three (3) of your classmates’ posts, and reading the majority of your classmates’ posts. Student interaction is an important part of the class, and will be considered in evaluation.
Begin posting early in the week, even if it is not your main post. Check in often and see what other students are saying. Your main post must be posted by Friday, 11:59 pm Central Time (CT). The Discussions Rubric may be found in the Content area of the course.
Biographical Research Paper
By the end of Week 7, you will be required to submit a Biographical Research Paper. As you are aware, history is shaped by many factors (e.g., places, events, culture, politics, and people). For your Biographical Research Paper, you will select one individual and, using at least three (3) primary sources and three (3) secondary sources, describe the individual, the context, and the reasons this person should be considered noteworthy. You are free to choose any individual you desire as long as your choice is relevant to the course time-frame and is approved by your instructor. The individual you choose must be submitted to the Biographical Research Paper Topic Dropbox for instructor approval.
This assignment presents an opportunity to take an in-depth look at a particular individual and develop your research and writing skills.
Your 12 – 14 page paper should include the following:
- A well-constructed thesis statement.
- A critical investigation of primary sources.
- A discerning use of secondary sources.
- Well-constructed paragraphs.
- Proper use of language, spelling, punctuation, etc.
- Double spaced, 12-point font, with one inch margins.
- An introduction, body, and conclusion.
- Use of the Chicago Manual of Style for documentation.
- Both a Title Page and a Bibliography page listing primary and secondary sources.
Please be vigilant in using internet sources. Many internet sources are not reputable sources. Many historical journals are now online. A significant number of sources are available in JSTOR through the Columbia College Stafford Library.
You must submit your paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder during Week 3. The Biographical Research Paper Dropbox folder will not be released to you until you have submitted your topic for review.
The value of the Biographical Research Paper is two-hundred fifty (250) points and must be turned in to the Research Paper Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT at the end of Week 7. All late papers will receive a twenty (20) percent grade reduction. The grading rubric for this paper can be found in the Content area of the course.
There will be a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam. The Midterm is worth two-hundred (200) points and the Final Exam is worth three-hundred (300) points.
The Midterm Exam is an open book, computerized exam, and will be available through the Quizzes area of the course. Once you begin the exam you will have two (2) hours to complete the exam. The Midterm Exam will have two (2) essay questions, each worth one-hundred (100) points. The Midterm Exam must be completed no later than Sunday, 11:59 pm CT of Week 4.
The Final Exam is a closed book, computerized, and proctored exam, and will be available through the Quizzes area of the course. The Final Exam will have three (3) essay questions, each worth one-hundred (100) points. Once you begin the exam you will have two (2) hours to complete the exam. The use of books, notes, the Internet and/or flash drives during the Final Exam are not allowed. You will need to make arrangements with your proctor to complete the Final Exam no later than Saturday, 11:59 pm CT of Week 8.
The rubric for the exam essays can be found in the Content area of the course.
Study guides for both the Midterm and Final exams will be provided the Sunday prior to the exam.