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Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – ELearning Online Class
General Class and Course Information
Course Number: POS1001
Course Title: Introduction to Political Science (AA)
Term/Dates: Fall 2016
Reference Number: 217485
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the discipline and practice of political science, including
politics, law, public administration, political theory and international relations, highlighting the U.S. Constitution,
governmental institutions and political practices. Students compare the U.S. with other nations and their
constitutions, governmental institutions, and political systems and complete application exercises to develop skills
necessary to become effective global citizens.
Distance Learning Class Information
This course is taken completely on the Internet without attending a classroom on campus. Some courses may require
students to take examination(s) in a proctored lab setting. Before you decide to take the course via online delivery, it
is recommended that you:
Visit – http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/elearning/online
to obtain Detailed Facts & Information about
Blackboard Access
 Access to your Online Course is AVAILABLE each term on the FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
 Access to your Online Course will NOT BE AVAILABLE unless the course tuition is FULLY PAID
Blackboard Orientations
 How to Register for the Free Online Orientation Course: ELO1000
 Where/When to Attend On-Campus Orientation
Blackboard Tips & Tutorials
 How to Ensure your Computer is Compatible
 Ensure you Understand Examination and Assignment Rules
 Learn the Functions of Blackboard
Then Proceed To – https://palmbeachstate.blackboard.com
to Login to your Course (not available before the first day of class) using the same
USERNAME and PASSWORD you used to register for classes.
For Additional Information and Notices Visit – http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/elearning
Gordon Rule Class
This class has been designated as a Gordon Rule class for writing. This means that the course has significant writing
requirements. Please see the web page at:
Professor’s Information
Name: Shari Maclachlan, Ph.D.
Telephone: 561-868-3337
Faculty Web Page:
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Office Location: SS207 / Lake Worth Campus
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Mon/Wed: 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Tues/Thurs: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:45 - 11 a.m.,
12:15 - 12:30 p.m., 1:45 - 2 p.m.
Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – ELearning Online Class
Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
REVEL for Political Science:
An Introduction
Michael G. Roskin, PEARSON
Robert L. Cord,
James A. Medeiros,
and Walter S. Jones
9780134406275 or 0134406273
(access code only)
(access code with loose-leaf printed
This is an electronic book! You may buy your access code in advance at the College bookstore or buy a subscription
directly online through “TEXTBOOK” in the course menu on the Blackboard course site. The access code is required,
and having the additional loose-leaf print-out is highly recommended, but optional.
When you log in to the Blackboard course site and access this class, you’ll see the TEXTBOOK link in the course menu
on the left side of your screen. Click on the TEXTBOOK link and “Join Course” when you are prompted. If you’ve had a
REVEL e-textbook before, enter your username and password and click “Sign In.” If this is your first REVEL book, click
“Create an Account,” fill out all required information and “Create an Account” again at the bottom of the page.
You will then see this POS1001 class listed in your REVEL account. Click on the picture of the Political Science book. It is
here that you may either enter your access code or buy it directly from the publisher.
It is strongly recommended that the student taking this course not be a novice computer user, as it is your responsibility
to learn how to and correctly use the REVEL e-textbook, the Blackboard system and all its functions required for the
class. The online orientation is mandatory and will familiarize you with how to use everything efficiently and effectively.
Course Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to:
- Define politics and its role in the U.S. political system.
- Describe the importance of political science as a discipline and its relevance to the operations of government locally,
nationally and globally.
- Recognize the significance of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, public policy -making, and the basic structures and
institutions of government.
- Distinguish the way in which different individuals and groups behave and participate in politics.
- Analyze U.S. foreign policy and the political systems of other nations.
- Apply the practical elements of the course to the working operations of government both at home and abroad.
Full Course Outline - Click on the following link: Course Outlines and enter the course number (no space between the
prefix and the number).
Class Information
Online courses require exceptional self-motivation, organization, discipline, planning and studying time. The meeting of
deadlines and the ability to read and follow instructions carefully and accurately are extremely important. Be sure you
clearly understand all course requirements and policies before deciding whether this class is right for you.
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Course Syllabus – ELearning Online Class
The textbook, all assignments, tests and instruction guidesheets are ONLINE. The textbook is interactive and contains
reading materials, graphics, videos and practice quizzes that will assist you in learning the material. Your class grade is
based on the points you earn from four orientation assignments, six discussion board forums, and five (35-question
multiple choice, hourlong) tests. You may also earn extra credit by completing the section (module) practice quizzes and
chapter quizzes that are included in the REVEL e-book.
The Blackboard course site contains detailed instructions for all requirements, and most (if not all) of your questions are
answered by the additional information and guidesheets there. There is an instruction sheet for the discussion board
forums, and there are study aids inside each Lesson that help you prepare for the tests. Be sure to familiarize yourself
with ALL of the online components and instructions right away.
You are expected to read all of the designated textbook chapters and complete all requirements as assigned and on
time. The course follows a precise timetable to which you must strictly adhere: All deadlines are clearly listed on the
COURSE CALENDAR, beginning on page 4 of this syllabus and throughout the course site. It is YOUR responsibility to meet
the assignment requirements and deadlines, regardless of family and job obligations, illness, computer problems or other
personal matters. Absolutely no individual exceptions are made to the policies and deadlines contained in this syllabus.
While it is expected that the basic course requirements won’t change throughout the term, if it becomes necessary to
change any assignments or due dates as listed, the professor will notify yo u as far in advance as possible, and an
announcement will be posted on the course site.
The study of political science is more interesting when understood in the context of the "real world." Since the textbook
alone may not provide you with enough of this practical context, you should follow daily news headlines so that you stay
aware of current events. You should apply your knowledge of current events to your discussion board postings. The
ultimate goal of these writing assignments is to integrate current, real-life events with the information being learned in
class, and your grade will be based largely on the connections you make.
This is a college-level class, and we work in an academic environment. You are always expected to maintain proper
decorum and academic standards in the virtual classroom, demonstrating respect for the professor and fellow students.
When you send information to the course site, you must always write in your own words and use complete sentences,
proper language, grammar, punctuation and capitalization. While you are encouraged to express yourself and your
opinions, any email, discussion or assignment that you post to the course site must be professional and academically
sound. Always proofread your work, and never use acronyms, abbreviations or other chat room shortcuts, symbols and
emojis. On the course site, do not use “i” instead of “I” when referring to yourself and never send “shouting”
information or messages written entirely in capital or bold letters. Sending or posting of any inappropriate or abusive
message via any forum is reason for dismissal from the class, and failure to comply with course rules and/or recurring
discipline problems may result in dismissal from the class and/or the college.
Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
Each registered student is required to complete his or her own work independently and without the assistance of
others. Collaboration of any kind with anyone is unacceptable and considered cheating. Any information obtained from
an outside source, including the Internet, must be properly cited and referenced, even if it is paraphrased.
Academic dishonesty, including collaboration and plagiarism, will result in a zero for the assignment or exam in which
cheating has occurred. Students who cheat jeopardize their ability to earn a passing grade in this class.
Additional college policy information begins on page 7 of this syllabus.
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Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
Complete Mandatory Orientation and Assignments Online in Blackboard
Tuesday, August 30
Wednesday, August 31
Access the orientation by clicking on “Lessons” in the course menu. Read all the course
information, requirements and policies and complete four assignments on the course site in
Blackboard before 5 p.m. on August 30 to maintain your access to the class:
Orientation Discussion Forum 1: Student Introductions
Orientation Quiz
Access the Revel e-book and “join course”
Blackboard E-mail to Professor
Lesson 1 in Blackboard
Complete Chapter 1: Politics and Political Science
For this and all chapters, the contents is available all term, but the completion deadline is the last
date (at 11:55 p.m.) that the section (module) and chapter quizzes may be taken for extra credit.
Friday, September 2
Complete Chapter 2: Political Ideologies
Discussion Forum 2: Political Ideologies
Friday, September 2
Comment on your own personal political ideology: Explain whether you are more liberal,
conservative or a combination of ideologies. Why? Provide specific examples of political topics
Wednesday, September 7
and issues you support and oppose. Identify and explain your ideology on these issues.
due before 5 p.m. on September 7.
Follow the Discussion Board Forums Guidesheet on the Blackboard course site.
Friday, September 9
Complete Chapter 6: Political Culture
Monday, September 12
Complete Chapter 7: Public Opinion
Tuesday, September 13
Thursday, September 15
First TEST on Chapters 1, 2, 6 and 7
Test #1 will close September 15 at 11:55 p.m.
Monday, September 19
Lesson 2 in Blackboard
Complete Chapter 3: States
Thursday, September 22
Complete Chapter 4: Constitutions and Rights
Monday, September 26
Complete Chapter 5: Regimes
Discussion Forum 3: Constitutions, personal freedoms and representative democracy
Wednesday, September 28
Provide your personal commentary on the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and/or the
United States’ status as a representative democracy. How do you believe the U.S. compares and
Monday, October 3
contrasts to other nations? What do you like and/or dislike about the U.S. system? Explain
your answers.
due before 5 p.m. on October 3.
Tuesday, October 4
Thursday, October 6
Second TEST on Chapters 3, 4 and 5
Test #2 will close October 6 at 11:55 p.m.
Friday, October 7
Lesson 3 in Blackboard
Complete Chapter 8: Political Communication
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Monday, October 10
Complete Chapter 9: Interest Groups
Tuesday, October 11
Complete Chapter 10: Parties
Wednesday, October 12
Complete Chapter 11: Elections
Wednesday, October 12
Monday, October 17
Tuesday, October 18
Thursday, October 20
Discussion Forum 4: Political communication, interest groups, parties and elections
In any or all of these areas of political interaction, how do you see the U.S. either the same as or
different from other nations in the world? What do you see as the positive and negative
aspects of the U.S. system in terms of its political communication, elections, and the activities
of political parties and interest groups? Explain why you feel the way you do.
due before 5 p.m. on October 17.
Third TEST on Chapters 8, 9, 10 and 11
Test #3 will close October 20 at 11:55 p.m.
Monday, October 24
Lesson 4 in Blackboard
Complete Chapter 12: Legislatures
Thursday, October 27
Complete Chapter 13: Executives and Bureaucracies
Monday, October 31
Complete Chapter 14: Judiciaries
Wednesday, November 2
Monday, November 7
Tuesday, November 8
Thursday, November 10
Monday, November 14
Discussion Forum 5: Branches of Government
Provide your personal commentary on the U.S. system. How do you feel about its institutions
of government, especially the relationship between legislative and executive and the role of
the Supreme Court? How do you believe the U.S. compares and contrasts to other government
systems in the world? Do you view it positively and/or negatively? Why? Explain how you
arrive at your conclusions.
due before 5 p.m. on November 7.
Fourth TEST on Chapters 12, 13 and 14
Test #4 will close November 10 at 11:55 p.m.
Lesson 5 in Blackboard
Complete Chapter 15: Political Economy
Discussion Forum 6: Economics
Wednesday, November 16
Provide your own personal commentary on the U.S. economy, U.S. economic policy or any
economic or social program and draw a comparison to other nations of the world. Explain how
Monday, November 21
and why you arrive at your conclusions.
due before 5 p.m. on November 21.
Wednesday, November 23
Complete Chapter 16: Violence and Revolution
Monday, November 28
Complete Chapter 17: International Relations
Wednesday, November 30
Discussion Forum 7 on the global system
What global role do you see for the United States in 2017 and beyond? Should the U.S. be more
Monday, December 5
isolationist, interventionist, or both? Explain why you feel the way you do.
due before 5 p.m. on December 5.
Tuesday, December 6
Thursday, December 8
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Fifth TEST on Chapters 15, 16 and 17
Test #5 will close December 8 at 11:55 p.m.
Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – ELearning Online Class
Each course requirement has a point value. Not counting extra credit, there is a maximum of 640 points possible:
Four Orientation Assignments (5 points each) = 20 points
Six Discussion Board Forums (20 points each) = 120 points
Five Tests (100 points each) = 500 points
TOTAL = 640 points
For extra credit: Take the section (module) quizzes and chapter quizzes in the Revel e -book. You will earn 1 point for every 5
section (module) quizzes and 2 points for every chapter quiz you complete on time.
Once an assignment or test is graded, the results will post to your personal gradebook (under My Grades in the
Blackboard course menu). Test grades won’t post immediately, but AFTER the test’s available period has ended.
Grading Scale:
Letter Grade
640 - 573
572 - 509
508 - 445
444 - 381
380 and below
Percentage (if applicable)
100 - 90%
89 - 80%
79 - 70%
69 - 60%
59% and below
Class Policies
Attendance: Professors are required to take attendance.
Students should log onto the Blackboard course site as often as possible, but at least twice per week. Always read all
posted ANNOUNCEMENTS and follow the course calendar on this syllabus. You should use the features that allow you to
send notifications to your phone and/or personal e-mail, and a Blackboard app is also available.
Electronic Device Use and Email Policy:
Contact the professor through the Blackboard email on the course site. The professor checks the course site daily,
including weekends and holidays, and will respond to your inquiries quickly. If you have sent a message and have not
received a reply within 24 hours, please resend your message.
Late Assignment Policy:
Late work is not accepted for credit. All work is to be submitted on time according to the course calendar on this
syllabus. In addition, each assignment is to be completed in its designated area of the Blackboard course site, and no
assignments are accepted via any other forum, including email.
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Make-up Exam Policy:
No assignments are accepted after the set deadlines, regardless of the reason. There are absolutely no exceptions to this
policy. Plan for the possibility of last-minute emergencies by completing your work early during each assignment’s
available period.
Withdrawal Policy:
If you want to withdraw, it is your responsibility to follow college procedure for doing so before the deadline, which is
Friday, November 4. The professor does not withdraw students from the class at their request but reserves the right to
withdraw students for non-attendance or not participating in class assignments, discussions or tests.
College Policies and Web Information
Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation wit h
respect to the student's academic performance:
(1) Cheating on an exam, (2) Collaborating with others on work to be presented, i f contrary to the stated rules of the course,
(3) Submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course, (4) Knowingly and intentionally
assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance i n an arrangement whereby work, classroom
performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other that the student under whose name the
work is submitted or performed, (5) Plagiarism.
Please refer to the Palm Beach State College Student Handbook (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current for link to the student
Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines
Students will demonstrate respect for professors and fellow students. Behavior that is disruptive to a positive learning environment
reported by the professor will result in a warning on the first instance; the second instance might result in expulsion from the course
or campus.
Computer Competency Component
Each student will, to the satisfaction of the professor, demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic computer operations
through various professor-determined exercises and/or assignments.
Disability Support Services
Students with disabilities are advised, in compliance with federal and state laws, that accommodations and services are available
through the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). It is the student's responsibility to contact Disabled Student Serv ices Advisors
and to submit appropriate documentation prior to receiving services. Please see the website at www.palmbeachstate.edu/current
for web address for Disability Support Services.
Eating, Drinking and Smoking
Eating and drinking are confined to areas designated on the campus . Smoking is not permitted in any College building and only in
areas designated at each campus.
Final Course Grade Appeal
The evaluation of academic work is the responsibility of the faculty member/instructor. The method for assigning the final course
grade is established by the faculty member/instructor. Per Board Rule 6Hx-18-3.191, faculty/instructors shall communicate the
grading policy of the course to their students in writing. If this policy changes during the term, students should be notified of any
changes in writing. The method to determine final course grades must be given to students in a course syllabus at the beginning of
the class. Should a student have a question about a final course grade, please follow the procedures as outlined in the student
handbook: www.palmbeachstate.edu/current.
Mid-Term Grade Reporting
Within one week after the close of the mid-term grading period, mid-term grades will be made available to all students for each
class by either written notification or individual conference.
Student Responsibility Policy
When a student attends the College, s/he becomes subject to its jurisdiction. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a
responsible manner, in all areas of campus life. By enrolling, they pledge to obey the rules and regulations of the College and are
responsible for observing all College policies and procedures as published in the student handbook, the College catalog and o ther
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College publications. The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing ass ignments on
Palm Beach State Websites of Interest
Please see this web page (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current) for a list of web addresses for students.
Withdrawal Policy for Individual Courses
The last day to withdraw from a College course with a "W" grade in this course is Friday, November 4. It is the responsibility of the
student to use the PantherWeb system or visit a campus Registrar’s office to withdraw. An official withdrawal entitles the student
to a grade of "W" in the class.
Distance Learning Requirements
Computer Systems
Your computer system resources must be compatible with the Learning Management System (LMS) used to deliver/manage course
content. System Check (analysis) is provided on the course login page at https://palmbeachstate.blackboard.com. Your computer
needs to be configured per recommended settings. Failure to do so generally results in test submission and other participativ e
action errors. These types of errors are generally not accepted as an excuse for missed submissions.
SLC Computer Lab
If students do not have access to a computer at home, the SLC Computer Lab at a Palm Beach State campus can be used to comple te
course assignments. Visit the SLC Computer Lab webpage at http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/slc for location and hours.
Student Computer & Learning Management System Skills
Students need to possess basic web-browsing skills and need to learn the functions of the Learning Management System (LMS).
Online video tutorials are provided for all major LMS functions and can be accessed from the online classroom or directly at
Course Login
Courses become accessible on the first day of class and tuition must be fully paid to obtain access. If this is your first PBSC online
course, review the Course Access Facts & Information at http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/elearning/online before attempting to
login to your course -- information on how to change your password and solving other login related issues is provided on this page.
Login Page: https://palmbeachstate.blackboard.com
Username: Your PBSC Student ID
Password: Your PBSC Password (must be 6 characters)
Online Textbook Purchase
The textbook(s) can be purchased at the PBSC Campus Bookstore or online at http://www.efollett.com.
Online Course Assistance
For assistance, contact your:
o Professor -- with Course Instructional Content (assignment/test availability dates, course instructions, etc.) issues.
o Student Helpdesk -- with Username/Password & General Access issues. Call 561-868-4000.
o Blackboard Administrator -- for Course Availability issues. Email [email protected]
Department Contact Information
Name: Robert Gingras
Telephone: 561-207-5421
Job Title: Associate Dean
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Office Location: BB108 / Palm Beach Gardens Campus
Email: [email protected]
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