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Date Created: 09/24/16
American Government Course Instructor: Timothy Farrow Office Number:       7200 Email: Office Phone:   4884453 Text: American Government: Roots and Reform  Saboto and O'Connor(2011). But versions since 2010  are ok. Office Hours:  Monday and Tuesday 8­930am, Tuesday 1230­200pm,and by appointment Course Objectives There   are   five   (5)   primary   objectives   in   the   National   Government course.   1. To discuss and evaluate the American Constitution and the concept of federalism. 2. To establish a working knowledge of civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed under the American system.  3. To   evaluate   the   three   branches   of   government­­legislative, executive and judicial. 4.  To   discuss   the   nominating   and   election   process   found   in   the American system of government. 5. To discuss the major themes of U.S. foreign policy and the impact it has had on the world scene. Methodology This American Government class is considered a BLENDED COURSE. As such, it meets in class for one day each week and the remainder of the work is completed by the student either on­line or through homework.   This course is designed for students who are both  self­motivated  and who want to minimize their time on campus.  If you feel that you do not meet these requirements, please consider adjusting your schedules. This   course   is  NOT  designed   to   be   a   self­paced   on   line   course. Assignments are completed week by week. This class is NOT designed for students who do not have regular access to the web. It is vitally important that you check the MOODLE every week; as a big component of the course is the Study Guide that will be available for each area. Evaluation The   student’s   evaluation   will   consist   of   five   (5)   examinations,   8 quizzes,   Participation   and   Attendance.   Your   grades   will   be   posted occasionally on Moodle.  However, it is up to you to keep your grades. Final grades are based upon points earned through the semester. Most exams will offer between 50 and 60 points for a total of around 350 for the semester.   This may vary due circumstances.   A per test grading scale is provided. 1. Examinations There will be five (5) multiple choice examinations during the course of the semester.  There will be both a comprehensive Midterm and Final examination.    A. Mid­term Examination.  The mid­term exam will include questions from the first two exams and questions from the current material (Chapters 6, 11, and 12). B. Final Examination.  The Final Examination will include questions from all previous exams and from the current material (state of Michigan and Chapter 14).  C.    Examination Rules a. All of the exams for this course will be completed in the classroom. If you are tardy for an exam and a classmate has   completed   their   exam   and   left   the   room,   then   you forfeit the right to take the test and will receive a 0. b. You may not, for any reason, leave the room during an exam. Please take care of all personal business prior to the start of the test. c. Under   no   circumstances   is   the   use   of dictionaries or any other  reference   book   allowed   during   an exam. d. On some occasions, there will be lectures after the exams, please plan on staying for the ENTIRE class session. e. There   are   NO   Make­up   exams.     Only   under   extenuating circumstances (family death, hospital surgery, etc.) will a student be allowed to make up a missed exam.  No exams will be   made­up   without   my   approval   prior   to   the   exam   day. Please   notice   that   there   is   an   exam   the   week   of Thanksgiving. No early vacations are permitted. D. Grading Scale (In Percent and Tentative) 100­93 4.0 86­80 3.0 76­70 2.0 66­60 1.0  92­87 3.5 79­77 2.5 69­67 1.5 Below 60­­0 2. Quizzes There will be EIGHT (8) quizzes during the term. The quizzes will be totaled and added into your total points.   Quizzes will be either available on­line or in class.   I will let you know as the course proceeds. On­Line quizzes will be TIMED and opened for a set period of time; usually about three days, so the student will have ample time to take the quiz.  Quizzes MUST be taken in the KVCC TESTING CENTER.  Any quiz not taken in the Testing Center will result in a zero. 3.  Participation Since the course only meets once per week, your participation in the American Government class is expected and is vital.   This will be a time to ask questions concerning your readings and gather notes from lectures.   The student will not be graded on the content of his/her remarks,   but   rather   on   the   fact   that   he/she   is   active   in   class discussion. Also, on occasion, there may be on­line assignments found in Moodle— perhaps   a   few   short   answer   essays.   These   will   be   counted   as participation   requirements.     Participation   will   account   for   a discretionary amount of the final grade. 4. Attendance Attendance in American Government is MANDATORY.  Again, since the class meets only once per week, attending the weekly session is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESS. The student will be expected to attend each class session and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings and to participate in other discussions as they arise.  Each student will be allowed to miss one class session without fear of penalty.  For each missed class session after one, the student WILL LOSE FIVE POINTS FROM THEIR TOTAL The   in   class   lectures   are   often   significantly   different   than   the assigned readings. Therefore attendance is crucial to success in the class.  Attention Monday Wednesday Sections.  Please be aware that due to the Labor Day Holiday, the semester ends on Monday Dec 21. Please remember that is the Final Exam and there are NO EARLY EXAMS PROVIDED. 5. Classroom Etiquette There are several rules which must be followed during the course of the semester:  a. Leaving During Class Please take care of ALL your personal business prior to the beginning of class. b. Rude and intemperate language or behavior, You are expected to be polite and courteous to your colleagues as well as the instructor. Any rude, intemperate, or bad behavior or language will result in disciplinary action which may include but not be limited to, loss of points on exams and quizzes, removal from the class for the day and removal from the course for the semester.  I expect you all to be ladies and gentleman. c. Being ON­TIME PLEASE DO NOT WALK ACROSS THE FRONT OF THE ROOM. AVOID BEING LATE AT ALL COSTS.  d. KVCC/WMU/High School Dual Enrollee Students If you are a KVCC/WMU/High School dual enrollee, please be aware that the academic schedules of the schools do not match completely.  Since you   are   attending   KVCC,  you   will   be   expected   to   follow   the   KVCC schedule.  If you have a conflict, it is up to you to solve it. e. Communication devices Cell   phones,   tape   recorders,   camera   phones   and   other   communication devices are prohibited in the classroom.  Please turn­off all pagers, beepers, phones or whatever you carry. Lap tops are allowed for note taking only.  6. Academic Dishonesty Academic dishonesty is defined as using notes or other source materials during an exam or looking at a classmates' paper. Please refer to the KVCC Student Handbook for specific definitions, rules and potential penalties. Tentative Class Schedule  Please remember that the following schedule is related to your readings, exams, and quizzes.  Examination Area 1—The Constitution and Federalism. Chapters 1,2, and 3 Sept 7 Read Chapters 1, 2 and 3  Sept 12 Discussion of Chapters 2 and 3.  Sept 14 Read and analyze Chapters 2 and 3. Quiz 1—On Line   Sept 19 Examination 1 Read Chapters 4 and 9 Examination Area 2—The Bill of Rights and the Judicial Branch. Chapters 4 and 9 Sept 21 Study guide to Chapter 4   Oct   26 Discussion of Chapter 4. Reading Assignment Chapter 9: Quiz 2­On Line Oct   28 Study Guide to Chapter 9 Chapter 9.   Oct  3 Discussion of Chapter 9. Quiz 3­On Line Oct  5 Study Guide to Chapter 9 Oct  10 Examination 2 Reading Assignment: Chapter 11 and 12 Voting and Elections.  Examination Area 3—Voting and Elections Chapters 11 and 12 Oct  12 Study Guide to Chapter 11 and 12 Oct  17 Discussion of Chapter 11 and 12. Quiz 4­On Line Oct  19 Study Guide to Chapter 11 and 12.  Oct 24 Discussion of Chapter 11 and 12. The Electoral College Oct 26 Study Guide to Chapter 6. Oct 31 Examination   3  Mid­term   Examination:     Reading   assignment Chapter 6 and 13  Examination Area 4—The American Legislature and Fiscal Policy Nov  2 Study Guide to Chapters 6 and 13.  Nov  7 Discussion of Chapters 6 and 13. Quiz 5­On Line Nov  9 Study Guide to Chapter 6 and 13.  Nov 14: Discussion of Economic Policy—Fiscal Policy Nov 16 Study Guide for All of area 4 Nov 21 Discussion of Chapter 6. Exam 4 Opens Nov  23 Examination 4—On Line. Opens Due by Monday, November 28 at NOON. Reading Assignment Chapters 11 and 12 Examination Area 5—The Executive and Foreign Policy. Chapters 7, 8, 13 and 14   Nov  28  Discussion of Chapters 7 and 13.  Monetary Policy Nov 30 Study   Guide   for   Chapters   7   and   13   Reading   assignment Chapter 14: American Foreign Policy.  Quiz 6—On Line Dec   5 Discussion of American Foreign Policy.  Dec   7 Study Guide for Chapter 14 Chapter 14 Dec  12 No Class—Outside work on foreign policy.  Dec  16  Study guide for Chapter 14. Quiz 7   Dec  21     Discussion of Chapter 14­­Final Examination opens on Line. Due by Dec 23 at noon. Absolutely NO LATE EXAMS ACCEPTED


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