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Course Number: Palm Beach State College Course Syllabus – Classroom Course
Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – Classroom Course
General Class and Course Information
Course Number: POS1001
Course Title: Introduction to Political Science (AA)
Term/Dates: FALL, 2016
Reference Number: 216737
Credit Hours: 3
Days: TR
Time: 9.30 AM -10.45 AM
Room: SS 203
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.
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
http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Documents/Gordon_Rule_Statement_Student.pdf
Professor’s Information
Name: VICTOR AIKHIONBARE, Ph.D
Telephone: 561-868-3336
Faculty Web Page:
http://www.palmbeachstate/x461.xml?id=aikhionv
Office Location: SS209/ LAKE WORTH CAMPUS
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Mon thru. Thurs: 8.00 am to 9.30 am
Tues & Thurs: 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.
Frid: 9.30 am to 11.30 am and by appointments.
Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
14th
Edition
REVEL
Roskin, Michael G. Pearson
Cord, Robert L.
Medeiros, James
A. and Jones,
Walter S.
9780205075942
Looseleaf version
9780134600444
for college bookstore
purchase
Other Information on Textbooks and Materials needed for class:
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Student Instructions
This course uses a Pearson digital product which contains important assignments and resources
used throughout the semester. The required link below is unique to this course. Here is how to
register:
1. Visit this link:https://console.pearson.com/enrollment/lf2vah
2. Sign in with your Pearson Account. You can either: sign in with an existing Pearson
username and password OR create a new Pearson account if this is your first Pearson digital
product.
3. Choose your course under 'My Courses' and choose an access option: redeem an access code
that you got from your school's bookstore or purchase access online. There is a free trial if you
are waiting for financial aid.
What you should know:
- Bookmark https://console.pearson.com to easily access your materials.
- Pearson recommends using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari with this digital
product.
- Contact your instructor if you lose the invite link.
PowerPoint Presentations will be provided to students via college email for class discussions. Focus
points for reviews will also be available to students based on class discussions and the chapters.
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.
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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
Instructor's Expectations
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Reading and studying assigned chapters in the textbook and handouts.
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Taking and studying notes on class lectures and discussions.
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Participating in classroom activities and discussions.
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Taking exams as scheduled.
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Media watch and using the Internet as relevant to course.
In addition to the above, this classroom should be considered a safe place. Students are encouraged to
engage in discussions and debate provided that one’s views are not intended to provoke, insult, or
damage another member of the class.
Methods of instruction
The class will be conducted in a lecture/seminar format, so there will be strong emphasis on participation in
classroom discussions and on timely preparation of assignments. The study of political science is much more
interesting when it is understood within the context of what goes on in the "real world." Students should stay aware
of current events and are encouraged to ask questions and to share their relevant knowledge and personal
experiences with the class. There is a 100-point incentive for attendance and participation.
Students are expected to read the designated textbook chapters as assigned and various other readings and
handouts as provided by the instructor throughout the course. If it becomes necessary to change any
assignments or dates as listed, students will be notified as far in advance as possible.
Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
Each registered student is required to complete his or her work independently and without the assistance of others.
Collaboration of any kind with anyone except in a study group is unacceptable and considered cheating. Any information
obtained from an outside source, including the internet, must be properly cited and referenced, even if 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 chances of earning a passing grade in this class.
Aditional college policy information on academic dishonesty and penalty is stated below.
Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
COURSE OUTLINE AND CALENDAR
BASES OF POLITICS
Politics & Political Science
Political Ideologies
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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
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EXAM #1
Concepts of Nation, State, Government
Classifying Government (Types, Economy, Structure)
Constitutions & Rights
Regimes:
Democracy, Totalitarianism, & authoritarianism
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
EXAM #2
POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS
Making Laws (Legislatures)
Implementing Laws (Executives & Bureaucracies)
Adjudicating Laws (Judiciaries)
EXAM #3
POLITICAL ATTITUDES
Political Culture
Political Opinion
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
EXAM #4
POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
Interest Groups
Political Party Systems
Voting and Elections
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
FINAL EXAM
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS
To meet the “Gordon Rule” requirements, there will be 2 knowledge papers that will be assigned.
Details and guidelines will be provided in class latter. In addition, an internet generated scavenger
hunt on the “Know Your Congress” will be assigned.
NOTE: All assignments must be typed, double spaced, stapled and in 12 point font. All
assignments/papers must be submitted in class via hardcopy only. None will be
accepted via email attachment.
All turned in assignment must have a cover page that contains:
1. Name of student;
2. Class with day and time of attendance;
3. Professor’s name
4. College
EXAMS (100 POINTS EACH)
HOMEWORKS
PARTICIPATION/ ATTENDANCE
REVEL Quizzes
TOTAL
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500 POINTS OF GRADE
50 POINTS OF GRADE
50 POINTS OF GRADE
100 POINTS OF GRADES
700 TOTAL POINTS
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Letter Grade
A
B
C
D
F
P
N
S
U
Points
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
Percentage (if applicable)
100-90%
89-80%
79-70%
69-60%
59% and Below
Class Policies
Attendance: Professors are required to take attendance.
Students are expected to attend all courses and course activities for which they are registered. Any class meeting
missed, regardless of cause, reduces the opportunity of learning and may adversely affect a student’s achievement in
the course. Students are required to attend at least 90% of the class meetings in order to receive credit for the course.
An accurate record of attendance will be kept for the term. If a student misses one-third or more of a class section, the
student will be counted absent. Three tardies will count as one absence. Leaving early is the same as being tardy.
Please note that it is your responsibility to obtain from other students what you have missed in class. The professor
cannot email you or be required to teach you all over again what was discussed in class while you were absent.
Electronic Device Use and Email Policy:
Any use of cell phones in class is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices -- cellular phones, beepers, etc.
in the classroom. Any student found texting in class will be respectfully asked to leave.
Email Use Policy
Please activate your Palm Beach State College email account if you have not already done so. It is your responsibility to
make sure your email is functioning. Please feel free to email me with any questions or issues that may arise. In
accordance with department policy, I will only respond to emails that come from your Palm Beach State College email
account.
All emails must clearly state what class you are in and when the class meets.
Late Assignment Policy:
Late assignments will be penalized with a 2-point deduction for each day late unless you have made prior arrangements
with me. A late assignment means one that is not turned in on the due date.
Make-up Exam Policy:
Make-up exam will only be given to students missing exam and furnishing written validation of a legitimate medical or
other reason for the absence. ALL MAKE-UPS WILL BE ESSAY AND ADMINISTERED DURING FINAL EXAM WEEK.
Withdrawal Policy:
Since attendance is required, I may withdraw (WX) students with poor attendance or no attendance.
Other:
Incompletes
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Incompletes are rarely granted and will be considered only in extraordinary circumstances. An incomplete grade
can only be considered if you:
1. are passing the course,
2. have not missed more than 3 days of class, and
3. requested the incomplete grade prior to the course end date.
Please note: Any student receiving an incomplete grade will automatically have the final grade earned reduced
by one full letter grade for not completing the course by the originally scheduled end date. The decision to grant
incomplete grades rests with the instructor.
Your success is important to me. If you have any problems with the course or the subject matter, if the
material covered seems confusing, or if you have particular problems that cause you some difficulties with the
course, please discuss these with me as soon as possible. The college has many resources to help students be
successful and I am ready and willing to help you obtain the necessary assistance that will allow you to
complete the course successfully.
College Policies and Web Information
Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with
respect to the student's academic performance:
(1) Cheating on an exam, (2) Collaborating with others on work to be presented, if 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 in 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
handbook).
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 Services 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
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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 other
College publications. The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing assignments on
time.
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 November 4, 2016. 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.
Student Assessments: The student assessment system works through pantherweb. It is convenient and
confidential way for you to provide valuable feedback on your courses. Look for an email inviting you to
evaluate your courses online. This is your opportunity to assess all aspects of your courses: the course itself,
teaching, classroom environment and materials, as well as to suggest ways to improve the course. It is highly
important that you take the time to complete this online evaluation before the deadline.
Department Contact Information
Name: SUSAN CALDWELL
Telephone: 561-868-3339
Job Title: ASSOCIATE DEAN
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Office Location: SS101.1
Email: [email protected]
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