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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: 5/16 - 6/27/2016
Reference Number: 213243
Credit Hours: 3
Days: T/R
Time: 12:30pm - 4:15pm
Room: SS201
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: Dr. Roger Rolison
Office Location: N/A
Telephone: 239-303-3641
Email: [email protected]
Faculty Web Page:
Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
Edition Author
The Unfinished Nation: A Concise
History of the American People.
Vol 1
7th Ed
ISBN: 9781259754838
Brinkley, Alan
Other Information on Textbooks and Materials needed for class:
Older versions of textbooks are acceptable.
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Course Syllabus – Classroom Courses
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
Assignments: Midterm Exam, Final Exam & Book Review.
If you feel that I can be of help to you during this course, please do not fail to call on me or drop me an E Mail message!
You may call me at 239-303-3641 evenings and weekends, if the need arises. I am happy to receive calls at my home
phone until 10:00 p.m. I am here to help!
Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, as defined by the PALM BEACH STATE Student Success Handbook will result in an F
or zero points on any assignment or test.
Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
Grading Scale and Policy: All assignments and examinations in this course will receive a number grade ranging between
100 and 0. The Final Course Grade will be computed as follows:
Mid Term Examination……….30% Final Examination…………….30% Book Review………………….20% Attendance and
There will be two examinations in this course, a Mid Term Examination, and a Final Examination; they will deal with the
following periods and topics:
Mid Term Examination…Introduction to the Study of History, The Meeting of Cultures, The English Transplantations and
Borderlands, Society and Culture in Provincial America, The Empire in Transition, The American Revolution, A Time of
Significant Transitions, The United States Constitution.
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Final Examination…The Constitution and the New Republic, The Jeffersonian Era, Varieties of American Nationalism,
Jacksonian America, American Economic Revolution, Cotton, Slavery, and the Old South, Antebellum Culture and
Reform, The Impending Crisis, The Civil War.
These examinations will each be divided into two parts: one featuring objective questions and the other comprised of
identification and short discussion questions. The objective and discussion sections of the exams will each have a 50%
point value. The instructor will make every effort to evaluate examinations in a fair and judicial manner, employing the
grading scale listed in this course information sheet. A test-prep sheet will be distributed in advance of both
examinations, and a review session will be conducted before each of the test.
The Critical Book Review is a Gordon Rule Writing Assignment.
Students are required to prepare a brief Book Review (2,000 – 2,100 words) based upon a non- fiction book written on a
high school or college reading level, and dealing with an important person, event, or topic in early American History
from the Colonial Period through the Civil War Period. These papers must be prepared according to the guidelines
provided by the instructor. They will be evaluated on the basis of subject matter content, grammar and composition,
and proper organization and neatness.
The deadline for submitting Book Reviews is _____________________________.
Letter Grade
59 & below
Percentage (if applicable)
Class Policies
Attendance: Professors are required to take attendance.
Students are expected to attend class regularly, and come prepared to participate in class discussions and activities.
Students will receive a grade at the end of the course based on their overall performance in class activities. Class
attendance will be recorded for each class. Students are required to sign a Class Attendance Sheet for each class
session. It is strongly recommended that students maintain a notebook consisting of class notes, chapter assignments,
handouts, and other materials associated with the course. Students are also expected to complete all reading
assignments before attending class.
Electronic Device Use and Email Policy:
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Be sure to deactivate all electronic telephonic devices before entering the classroom and also be sure to put them away
while class is in session.
Late Assignment Policy:
Professor will deduct a letter grade for late term paper.
Make-up Exam Policy:
Students will be allowed to take one make-up exam, provided they have a valid documented excuse.
Withdrawal Policy:
Professor may withdraw (WX) students with poor attendance or no attendance.
Professor’s Expectations: During all class sessions, students are expected to conduct themselves in a cooperative and respectful
manner. Students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in class discussions. Also, be advised that NO food is allowed in
the classroom.
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
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
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 June 13th . 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.
Other Information from your Professor:
You may only email your professor from your college email account ONLY.
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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