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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: AMH2010
Course Title: United States History To 1865 (AA)
Term/Dates: 08/23/16 - 12/19/16
Reference Number: 215696
Credit Hours: 3
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30-9:15 pm
Room: SS 105
Course Description: Examines the extension of European culture into the Western Hemisphere, the growth and
development of the 13 English colonies and intensive study of the Constitution of the United States and the early
national period of the United States to the end of the Civil War. Requires a demonstration of computer application.
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: Steven Allen
Telephone: n/a
Faculty Web Page:
Office Location: N/A
Email: allens @palmbeachstate.edu
Office Hours: By appointment; a half hour before class
begins or a half hour after class ends.
Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
The Unfinished Nation: A Concise
History of the American People.
Edition Author
Vol 1 Brinkley, Alan
ISBN: 9781259754838
7 Ed
Other Information on Textbooks and Materials needed for class:
1. Pen & paper to take notes, or comparable items. This can include a tablet or laptop for note taking.
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2. Textbook for reading assignments. Please bring textbook to class for reference purposes.
3. At least two #2 pencils for quizzes & exams when scheduled.
Course Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to:
Discuss the evolution of the nation's political institutions (with particular attention to the Constitution) and their
response to changing circumstances, expectations, prominent figures and events.
Survey the growth of America's role in the world.
Discuss the development of the American economy from agrarian beginnings to industrialization.
Analyze ways in which the American people have lived including cultural and social arrangements; the impact of
socioeconomic change; and the interaction of groups divided by class, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and region.
Promote intelligent discussion and examination of American History in order to form judgments and opinions applicable
to the present and the future.
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
AMH 2010 During our initial meeting on the first week, we will review the syllabus, writing requirements, student
participation and homework requirements. Special attention will be given to the Gordon Rule writing requirements, as
well as how to engage in “active reading” of historical texts. In addition, we will look at how the study of history is
conducted and the contested nature of history. Following the first meeting, there will be mandatory textbook readings
and formal written critical analyses for those readings every week. Students will be given a weekly reading assignment
schedule at this initial meeting.
Although we will engage in both thematic and chronological approaches to U.S. History, we will be following the
chronological lay out of the text, American History: Connecting with the Past, as it is presented by the author. This
approach will help ensure student organization throughout the course and will help students understand the cause and
effect relationships that weave into the American historical narrative.
Topics covered in the course: The Collision of Cultures
Transplantations and Borderlands
Society and Culture in Provincial America
The Empire in Transition
The American Revolution
The Constitution and the New Republic
The Jeffersonian Era
Varieties of American Nationalism
Jacksonian America
America’s Economic Revolution
Cotton, Slavery, and the Old South
Antebellum Culture and Reform
The Impending Crisis
The Civil War
Reminder: Last Day to Add or Drop (100% Refund) August 29, 2016.
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Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
Plagiarism (Either direct copying from another essay or paying someone – or online source – to write the essay for you)
on any assignment will result in an immediate “F” for that assignment and could result in loss of credit for the course.
Plagiarism and cheating in any form will result in loss of assignment credit for the first infraction. Subsequent instances
will be referred to the office of the dean for adjudication.
This course will follow the policy and procedures outlined in the section for Academic Integrity of the student handbook.
See http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/catalog/Documents/StudentHandbook2014-15.pdf Also, refer to the "College
Policies and Web Information section of this syllabus.
Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
Classroom participation & attendance………………………..15%
Written critical analyses of readings…………..……………...25%
Quizzes (a minimum of 3).…………………………………………..15%
Two Exams (Midterm & Final-Multiple Choice)…………..30%
Formal Essay………………………………………………………………..15%
Written reading reflections/critical analyses of assigned readings are to be typed using 12 font, double spaced and at
least ½ page in length. These writings can focus on any part of that week’s reading assignment. Students may focus
their writing on answering the “Looking Ahead” questions for each chapter or reflecting on the various textbook
features, such as “Debating the Past,” “Consider the Source,” “America in the World,” or “Patterns of Popular Culture.”
An emphasis is placed on critical thinking and the ability of the student to articulate their analysis and interpretation of
the readings. Written critical analyses of readings will work to satisfy the Gordon Rule requirements for this course and
will be assessed using the following rubric:
Quality of
Amount of
Information clearly
relates to the main
topic. It includes
several supporting
details and/or
No grammatical,
spelling or
punctuation errors.
Information clearly
relates to the main
topic. It provides 12 supporting
details and/or
Almost no
spelling or
punctuation errors
Information clearly
relates to the main
topic. No details
and/or examples
are given.
Information has
little or nothing to
do with the main
A few grammatical
spelling, or
punctuation errors.
Many grammatical,
spelling, or
punctuation errors.
All topics are
addressed and all
answered with at
least 2 sentences
about each.
All topics are
addressed and
most questions
answered with at
least 2 sentences
about each.
All topics are
addressed, and
most questions
answered with 1
sentence about
One or more topics
were not
Quizzes will be multiple choice and short essay/written response. Quiz schedule will be given during the first class.
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Two Exams (Midterm & Final-Multiple Choice) will be multiple choice and essay. Exam dates will be given during the
first class.
Formal Essay: specific requirements, including due date, will be given by the third meeting of the class.
Letter Grade
Percentage (if applicable)
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:
Cell phones must be on silent during class (try and do this before entering the class). Please, no texting during class.
Absolutely no cell phones or electronic devices during exams or quizzes. Laptops and tablets should be used only for
learning purposes and note taking. As noted in the Student Responsibility Policy, "students are expected to conduct
themselves in a responsible manner, in all areas of campus life." To this end, I would ask you to refrain from sending emails and surfing the web while in class.
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
Late Assignment Policy:
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All writing assignments, including the weekly written critical analyses of the reading, are due on time for grading credit.
No late assignments and submissions will be accepted. No exceptions.
Make-up Exam Policy:
No make-ups will be available for missed quizzes. No exceptions. No make-ups will be available for the mid-term exam,
except for documented cases of emergency. Official documentation must accompany all requests for a make-up within
one week of the missed exam. All make-up exams will be administered through the testing center and students are
required to pay a fee, as well as make all arrangements necessary. NO MAKE-UPS ARE ALLOWED FOR THE FINAL EXAM.
Withdrawal Policy:
Since attendance is required, I may withdraw (WX) students with poor attendance or no attendance.
As per the registration calendar, the last day to Withdraw (W grade assigned-No refund) is November 4, 2016.
In order to ensure academic success and because of the factual density of history textbook, it is highly recommended
that students engage in “active reading” strategies for all reading assignments. See for example the information posted
at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/reading.html One of the most common misconceptions in social
science reading is that reading the text once is enough. For the majority of students, reading the text once is not
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
Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines
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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
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
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 Nov 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.
Department Contact Information
Name: Dr. Victor Aikhionbare
Telephone: 561-868-3336
Job Title: Department Chair
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Office Location: SS209
Email: [email protected]
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