Student Syllabus Cover Sheet

Revised June, 2006


Semester and Year - Fall 2012     FYI: This is for use online.  If you want a printable syllabus,

use the one provided below this link. 

CRN (Course Reference Number), Course Prefix, Number and Title – CRN 10982 - HIST 1302-162

Course Meeting Days, Times and Location (Campus, Building, and Room number) – Distance Learning Course in Blackboard

Instructor’s Name - C.J. Bibus, Ed.D.

Instructor’s Telephone number(s) – 281.239.1577 (This phone is located in my office at Fort Bend Tech Center, not Sugarland) – Checked once a day as early as possible.

Instructor’s email address – If Blackboard is not available, - Checked once a day as early as possible.


Instructor’s Office Hours and Office Location – Or by appointment.

Office Hours at FBTC 240-G: 9:30-11:00 (MWF), 12:50-1:50 (M), 12:50-2:50 (W).

Office Hours at SUGUH 234 (faculty area): 8:55-9:25 (TTR); 12:05-1:05 (T); 12:05-12:35 (TR)

Online Hours: 1:20-1:50 (M), 12:30-1:00 (T), 1:00-1:30 (W), 12:05-12:35 (TR), 9:30-10:00 AM (F).


Course Catalog Description – Continuation of HIST 1301, covering the period from the close of Reconstruction to the present, with emphasis upon the United States in the contemporary world.

Instructor’s Grading System – Student grade will be determined by Reading Quizzes (to help you determine what you need to read), Forums, a short essay on content essential to understanding how history changes, and objective exams ending each of the three major time periods, or Units, covered in the course. Students also write the essay exams ending Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3. Alternatively, for their third written assignment, students may choose to write a more challenging writing assignment, a comparison. All written assignments are graded using the Evidence Rubric/Checklist for the course. See syllabus for course policies, exam dates, grading policies, and points for each type of assignment.


Instructor’s Attendance Policy – Blackboard stores an immense amount of data on time spent and where you spend it: this data reveals who is attending—who is actively working in the course. In this class, failure to participate in the Forums and by being current (90% by the date in the Course Schedule) in doing Reading Quizzes as guides to what you need to read in the textbook will prohibit successful completion of the course. 


Last day to “Drop” course with grade of “W”  11/16/2012



* Any student with a disability or other special circumstance requiring academic accommodations or other consideration in order to successfully complete the requirements of this course should identify himself or herself individually to the instructor to discuss the matter in a private and confidential manner.

** Misconduct for which discipline may be administered at WCJC includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the college (plagiarism and cheating refer to the use of unauthorized books, notes, or otherwise securing help in a test, copying tests, assignments, reports, or term papers).


American History 1302

Syllabus – Fall 2012

Instructor: C.J. Bibus, Ed.D.

U.S. History from 1877

Wharton County Junior College

Email: bibusc@wcjc.eduChecked once a day as early as possible.

Office Phone: 281.239.1577–Checked once a day as early as possible.

Location During Office Hours: SUGUH 234, faculty area

Office: Fort Bend Tech Center 240-G (MWF)

Location at Sugar Land: SUGUH 234, faculty area (TTR)

Office Hours at FBTC 9:30-11:00 (MWF), 12:50-1:50 (M), 12:50-2:50 (W); at SUGUH 8:55-9:25 (TTR); 12:05-1:05 (T); 12:05-12:35 (TR) Online Hours: 1:20-1:50 (M), 12:30-1:00 (T), 1:00-1:30 (W), 12:05-12:35 (TR), 9:30-10:00 AM (F). – Or by appointment.


Course Overview and Goals

Prerequisite: THEA reading and writing requirements met. HIST 1301 recommended, but not required.


Course Description: Continuation of HIST 1301, covering the period from the close of Reconstruction to the present, with emphasis upon the United States in the contemporary world.


Course Objectives:

1)       to develop critical thinking skills which would include the knowledge, comprehension, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the significant events of United States history

2)       to enable the student to understand the primary elements of cultural heritage and the cultural diversity of the United States

3)       to foster in the student an understanding of the uses of historical knowledge, to show how the past helps to explain the present, and to assist the student in developing an historical perspective in and for one’s personal life

4)       to provide students with a base of historical knowledge and the tools to further their studies in other disciplines and as transfer students to other colleges


Course Policies: Integrity, Attendance, Civility, Communications, Responsibilities, Due Dates

Academic and Personal Integrity: Consequences of plagiarism and cheating during examinations include referral to administrators without any opportunity for making redress, a failing grade for the course, disciplinary probation, or suspension (dismissal). Plagiarism and cheating include use of unauthorized books or notes, securing help in a test, or copying tests or assignments; they will result in a failing grade for the assignment. If any portion of a writing assignment is copied from the Internet or another source, the result will be an F (0) on the assignment.


Attendance Policy: Blackboard automatically records data about your work. If your grade is borderline between letter grades (needing 2 points to become the higher grade), I will consider if you did two things throughout the course: 1) Did you take quizzes until you made 90% or higher, especially by the date for the extra credit and the recommended date for completion in the Course Schedule? 2) Did you help each other and yourself by participating in the Forums in the Discussion tool in the course?


Classroom Civility: As with an on-campus classroom, each student is expected not to disrupt the class. The term “classroom disruption” means behavior a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with the conduct, instruction, and education of a class. Blackboard stores what you do (such as tests and messages that you create with any tool), when you do it, and where you go. Some Blackboard tools—such as the Forums in the Discussion tool—not only store messages permanently, but also make what you write visible to everyone in the class. When communicating publicly with the whole class and with individuals, you need to be both kind and collaborative.


Classroom Communications and Your Instructor’s Responsibilities: Every day the college is in session, I do these things:

1.       At the beginning of the day, check my office voice mail for phone messages. Caution: my phone is in my office at Fort Bend Tech Center, but I am at the Sugar Land campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Fall. Click Contact Instructor (on the Course Menu) for a link to a schedule showing contact information by days of the week.

2.       After my last class for the day, log in and check Blackboard mail and read your postings in the current Forum. Although I read postings, I wait to reply so you can have a chance to help each other. I grade them on the date in the Course Schedule (on the Course Menu and at the end of this link). On that date, the Forum automatically close at 1:00 PM in Fall.

3.       Every day the college is in session, read and respond to emails within 48 hours or—if that is impossible—post an Announcement. If you do not get a reply or see an announcement, please try emailing again or try to contact me by voice mail. If you leave a message, please a) spell your last name, b) say your class CRN, and c) slowly say your phone number twice.


Classroom Communications and Your Responsibilities: You must log in regularly. Students usually log in at least 3 times a week during the semester and check Blackboard mail (Messages/Course Mail). You may read Forums, but you must read any emails from me and all Announcements. You also must look at feedback I provide by email and by comments at My Grades. Finally, you must respond to Blackboard itself: you must run Browser Check when you begin this course. 


Due Dates and Your Responsibilities: The 1-page Course Schedule shows all due dates at the beginning of the term, and there are no extensions unless it is appropriate to make an extension available to all of you. With due dates for Unit Exams (essay or objective parts) and the History Changes Essay, you have these responsibilities:

1.       If your planning at the beginning of the term shows you cannot submit a major assignment on time, such as having previously scheduled a trip, tell me immediately and suggest an earlier date for you do the assignment.

2.       If something happens that you cannot plan for, such as suddenly becoming very ill (doctor’s note required) or having a death in the family, call and email me immediately and provide a valid, written excuse. With a valid, written excuse, these rules apply.
- You email a proposed date and a two-hour period during my office hours to take the objective exam or write the essay(s).
- If I cannot agree, I suggest alternatives. If I can agree, I send instructions on how we do this.

Getting Started With Blackboard and Your Work in History

The Getting Started section of your course lets you use every Blackboard tool that you will need for your work (Assessments, Assignments, and Forums within the Discussion Board).Getting Started also shows you some tools or features of Blackboard that can make your life easier in finding what you need, such as being able to display additional information–if you want it.


In Getting Started you not only use these tools, but you also use a quiz to specify your course plan, both for assignments and for small extra credits for doing things such as keeping up with the work. You must mark that you will do assignments that amount to more than 1000 points to be able to see the content for Unit 1. Completing that quiz to record your course plan makes Unit 1, the first content that we do, visible to you. You also have an opportunity for small extra credit activities. If you need help with Getting Started, please ask.


Basic Organization of the Course and How You Can Know All Possible Questions Before Exams

The course consists of three Units or major time periods that reveal shifts in our history:

§         Unit 1: Creating a New America - How America Changed from the 1860s to 1900

§         Unit 2: Moving to the World Stage - America from 1900 to 1940

§         Unit 3: Transformations – America from 1940 to the 21st Century


Each of the three Units offer the same types of resources in the same order:

1.       Each Unit begins with a brief overview of the time period and a list of all possible essay questions you might be asked in the essay part of the exam that ends the Unit.

2.       Each Unit has three subdivisions, about one-third of the content, to make learning more manageable.

Each of the subdivisions within a Unit is organized in the same way. Each is in a folder and:

§         Begins with a link listing all of the approximately 40 questions in the Reading Quiz for the content

§         Provides aids, including for self-testing, to help you save time (You can also view, print, or save these aids to your computer.)

§         Ends with the online Reading Quiz, displaying 10 of those 40 questions at a time (These online quizzes let you measure what you know and do not know. You determine what you need to read.)

3.       Each Unit has an additional folder of Videos of Primaries and Secondaries for the time period. The videos have two purposes: to let you see people as they were in different eras and to find a visual image of something you are reading about. To find a video on a specific person or event, you use the searchable, online list.
Tip: The term primary means sources created during the time period—and for this period of United States History that includes films taken during the period. The term secondary means research based on primaries. For example, the videos include interviews with noted historians.

4.       Each Unit has a section, Bringing It All Together, to help you bring together the content from the beginning to the end of the Unit so you can see where the major shifts are occurring. To help your understanding, use these aids as you work through the Unit.

5.       Each Unit ends with a folder for the two parts of the exam that ends the Unit. Because Blackboard does not make tests visible until you can take them, the folder shows where the exams will be on the date in the Course Schedule.


There are no surprises in the two parts of the exams at the end of each Unit so you can work and read efficiently:

§         For the essay part of the exam, you know all possible essay questions from the list that began the Unit (# 1 above).

§         For the objective part of the exam, you know all possible objective questions (about 120) from the combination of the three Reading Quizzes (# 2 above).


Although there are no surprises to students in the two parts of the exam, each student sees a different essay and objective exam:

§         From that list of all essay questions (# 1 above), Blackboard displays a few choices for each student who takes the exam.

§         From the 120 objective questions (# 2 above), Blackboard displays 40 questions for each student who takes the exam.


Content and Using Technology

Links and Files of Content: You are welcome to copy to your computer or flash drive any of the content I provide. For tips on how to do this (and other computer and Blackboard basics), click on the Hi! Welcome to the Course link in Getting Started & Syllabus. You will find resources for this and other things students sometimes need in the top section of that link. If you need help, just ask.


Content and Reading Quiz and Exams: There are three issues with quizzes and exams:

1.       Be sure you save correctly and check the results. Each time you take any quiz, click to see the graded results, especially Reading Quizzes. Record the Reading Quiz questions you missed so you know what you need to read in the textbook.

2.       In this course, most assessments (such as those Reading Quizzes) are used for self-testing and therefore you may take them unlimited times, with the highest score counting. They do not require a password. Some assessments, however, you may take only once. Those are the History Changes Essay and the two-part exam (objective part and essay part) that ends each Unit. They do require a password. The password is onetimeonly (Notice there are no spaces between the words.)

3.       Beginning with Reading Quiz B, we will use Respondus Lock-down Browser for all quizzes and all exams. I will send the instructions as a Blackboard mail (Messages/Course Mail). To help you know to check for a mail message sent to all of you, I will send an Announcement saying: Read your email. Click on Messages/Course Mail (on the Course Menu).


Points for the Final Letter Grade, Points for Course Assignments, and Planning for Your Success

Blackboard is set up to add points as you earn them. With this method, you can always see your Total of how many points you have earned. If you need help in estimating your average during the course, just ask. Your Total at the end of the course determines your letter grade. An A is 900+ points; a B, 800+ points; a C, 700+ points; a D, 600+ points, and an F, 594 or fewer points. If your final average is .5 or higher, the grade is rounded up. For example, if you have:

§         An average of 89.5% (895 points earned ÷ 1000 points possible), you have an A

§         An average of 89.4% (894 points earned ÷ 1000 points possible), you have a B


Consider in your planning for success the small extra credits provided in the course to encourage habits that result your doing better work and therefore your earning a higher grade. You identify the extra credits that you plan to do at the beginning of the course.


The table shows the percentage of the total grade for types of assignments, their points, and a description.



Description of Each Course Assignment



   40 points: Participation in Forums – 16 points for Unit 1, 12 for Unit 2, and 12 for Unit 3.

  10 points: History Changes Essay.

150 points, 2 essays at 25 points at the end of Units 1, 2, and 3 (each 50 points).



10 online objective Quizzes done in Blackboard at 10 points each – There are 9 quizzes (3 for each of 3 Units) to help you determine what you need to read and a 10th quiz to help you refresh your memory for the Final Exam.



Unit 1’s Exam Objective (200 points, 40 questions at 5 points each).



Unit 2’s Exam Objective (200 points, 40 questions at 5 points each).



Unit 3’s Exam Objective (200 points, 40 questions at 5 points each).



Final Exam, objective – If not taken, an F for the Course, not just the exam itself.



Total Points for the Course – This means that I divide your Total by 1000 to determine your average.



Overview of Objective Assignments

Reading Quizzes Within Unit 1, 2, and 3: Use these quizzes before you read. They are available anywhere you have Internet access and until the last hour of the last date of the exam that ends the Unit. You can take quizzes unlimited times, with the highest score counting. When you take a quiz, Blackboard randomly asks 10 (1 point each) of the quiz’s approximately 40 questions. You can see the answers immediately, but must wait an hour before you can retake the quiz. While waiting, go read the textbook on questions you missed. If you make a 9 or 10 before the date in the Course Schedule, you can earn extra points.


You can also use your copy of the link to all of the questions as you work to be sure you have seen all questions within the quiz. You can use it as a place to record things, such as why you missed the question or where you found the answer in the textbook.


Objective Part of the Exams That End Unit 1, 2, and 3: You can take an exam only one time. The content in an objective exam is covered in the Basic Organization of the Course.


Final Examination That Ends the Course: You can take the Final Exam only one time. The Final Exam was written by the History Department. It is multiple choice and covers the entire course. Students who do not take the Final Exam receive an F for the course (not just the exam itself).


The course provides Quiz J (for 10 points) to help you refresh your memory of approximately 100 questions from Quizzes A through I. You can also see a link to all of the questions in Quiz J.



Overview of Types of Written Assignments and the Evidence Checklist/Rubric

History Changes Essay: A lab for a chemistry or biology class is equivalent to what writing about history is for history. Chemistry or biology instructors may do an introductory lab so students know what to do in a lab and how grading works. For this history course, the History Changes Essay is the introductory lab so everyone must do it. After the date in the Course Schedule, when you click on the History Changes Essay on the menu for the course, you see all possible questions, a table comparing the content, the specific parts of the textbook for that content, and resources to help you.


When you write your History Changes Essay, you may use your textbook and you must have read carefully the specific textbook sections for the questions. You do not need to cite page numbers. You should write no more than the equivalent of a half-sheet of paper handwritten. Blackboard will display one question from the list of possible questions, and you must answer the question that you receive. You write briefly according to the Evidence Checklist/Rubric and the Goal for Written Assignments (below).


Caution: You must do the History Changes Essay to see the essay part of the three Unit exams.


Essay Part of the Exams That End Unit 1, 2, and 3 (Each at 50 Points): You can take an exam only one time. The content in an essay exam is covered in the Basic Organization of the Course. Alternatively, for your third written assignment, you may choose to write a more challenging writing assignment, a comparison. If you want more information on this alternative, contact me.


Grading and the Evidence Checklist/Rubric: The word checklist means a list of things necessary for success (such as a pilot’s checklist for takeoff) and you either do them and succeed or you do not and failure occurs. The word rubric usually means a way to give feedback that is useful but quick for both instructors and students.


The term checklist/rubric indicates this is both a checklist for success with evidence and a way to give feedback. The standards in the checklist, abbreviated as CL, and numbered 1 through CL 5, are common standards in academics and for jobs that depend on evidence, but they are written very informally and specifically to what you need to do in this course.


CL 1

For your source of facts, you use only the textbook chosen by the History Department and the sources provided in our Blackboard course. Do not use Internet websites, another textbook, or any other source—including your own memory.

CL 2

You may write facts in your own words or you may use exact words from the textbook as long as you use quotation marks according to the specific rules in The Bedford Handbook. For example, you cannot copy an author’s phrases without quotation marks or just replace a few words in an author’s sentence. This is what The Bedford Handbook calls “half-copy” plagiarism (page 692).

CL 3

If you use another’s words, you must be sure either not to change them or—if you change them—to follow the specific rules in The Bedford Handbook to reveal any changes you made to those words.

CL 4

You must use the source to verify what you write. If you cannot verify the fact, do not write it and do not assume that the source agrees with you. If you are certain something is true and you cannot find it clearly in our sources, ask me for help.
You also must select facts to reveal the facts accurately. Examples:

- If a question is about something specific (such as a time, type of person, or region), verify that the source is about that specific thing.

- If the source covers facts about two or more sides or positions, do not include only one side as though the other did not occur.

CL 5

With most writing work, if asked, you must be able to state exactly where (a specific page) in the source that each fact came from—whether you wrote the words or the author did. With the alternative third assignment, you must cite according to the instructions.


Grading and the Goal of Written Assignments: One of the most powerful ways to learn something is to try to teach it. If you follow the standards in the Evidence Checklist/Rubric and you try to understand what happened so you can teach it as simply but as accurately as you can, you will have something worth writing. If you then write in a common sense way (not fancy) as though you were teaching your cousin history that he or she needed to understand, you will succeed in these assignments.


Purpose of Extra Credit and Extra Credits with Written Assignments

This course uses grading, including small extra credits, to encourage habits that increase your odds of learning history.


Extra Credit with the History Changes Essay: The History Changes Essay shows you a) how you work and b) how your instructor grades using the Evidence Checklist/Rubric. If you make a low grade and if you do not change how you work, you will probably make a low grade on the other essays. You can however figure out how you work—and earn 10 extra credit points by following the instructions you receive with your graded History Changes Essay. If you want simple ways to be stronger, I am glad to help you. I enter this extra credit in History Changes Essay_ec.


Extra Credit with the Three 50-point Written Assignments You Do: After the History Changes Essay, you do three 50-point assignments, the Exam Essays for Units 1, 2, and 3. Reminder: for your third written assignment, you may choose to write a more challenging writing assignment, a comparison. If you want more information on this alternative, contact me.


Each written assignment is graded using the Evidence Checklist/Rubric. If you follow the five standards in the checklist and practice good habits with evidence in your written work with history (habits also necessary for many jobs), then you can earn 10 extra credit points (recorded in Habit_ec after I grade the third written assignment).


Purpose of Daily Work with Reading Quiz and Forums; Extra Credit for Reading Quizzes

Students have different backgrounds. To succeed, you need to be able to identify what you need and get accurate help quickly. The easy—but useless—way out is to memorize. I cannot stop you from memorizing quiz answers, but I can organize the course where you can make your daily work where it easier to read and understand than to memorize:

§         Reading Quizzes let you measure what your brain thinks is true. You know what you do not know before the exam. You can fix your weakness by knowing what you need to read and by having a place to ask questions so you understand.

§         The focus of the Forums is helping you efficiently and accurately find what you need to read in our textbook or in my resources in the Unit. You can get points EITHER for asking OR for answering about where to read
- EITHER about a Reading Quiz question
- OR about one of the possible essay questions that are listed at the top of the Unit when it opens

§         The focus of the Forums is helping you understand, not just repeat back some words. If you think that the information is not in the textbook or in my resources and you need more information so you understand (so things make common sense to you), you can get points for asking me for more information. I am glad to provide more if you tell me you need it.

§         The intent of the Forums is to reduce your work by sharing with your colleagues in the class so you all can be as fast and as accurate as you can be at the lowest cost in time to each of you.

§         The timing of the Forums and of the extra credit for Reading Quizzes is intended to help you stay current (and not let work pile up). Keeping up increases odds for success and provides the necessary time for learning to “soak in.”


What is the extra credit for Reading Quizzes? If you score 9 or 10 on a Reading Quiz by the date in the Course Schedule, you earn 2 extra credit points. I type in the extra credit next to the Reading Quiz grade. The extra credit has the letter of the quiz and _ec (such as A_ec or B_ec). For example, if you had a 9 for Quiz A by the due date, the next day you see A_ec with a value of 2.


Required Textbook – What You Can and Cannot Use

Edward Ayers, Lewis Gould, David Oshinsky, and Jean Soderlund. American Passages: A History of the United States. You may use either the 2nd or 3rd or 4th edition and either hardback or Compact Edition (paperback). If the book has 32 chapters, it will work.


Caution: You cannot use the BRIEF, 4th edition which has 2 fewer chapters than the other 4th editions. If you need details on how to recognize this book (or tips on buying a cheap book), click on the Hi! Welcome to the Course link in Getting Started & Syllabus.


Course Schedule - The Course Schedule – 1 page is also available on the Course Menu (on the left of the screen).

Daily Work in the 3 Units – Due Dates and Hours and Resources You Use Together

The timing of the schedule for daily work looks odd to students until I state two things:

1.       The schedule for Unit 1 is spread out over a longer time period than the other two Units because :

§         Forum A is a moderated Forum. They require more time—but you also receive more points.

§         You also do the History Changes Essay during Unit 1. Its dates are in the section below for Major Dates.

2.       Two things that you need me to do require my being available to do those things during my office hours.

§         Grade a Forum but make it visible again quickly. Solution: I set Blackboard to close the Forum at 1:00 pm on the date listed in the table. I grade and reopen the Forum for viewing (not posting) before I leave for the day.

§         Enter 2 points of extra credit for students that have a 9 or 10 for a Reading Quiz on the due date. Solution: You must have a 9 or 10 by the due date; however, I enter the extra credit the next day. (Assume it will be early the next day.)


Timing: The Units and their Reading Quizzes open at 12:01 AM and close at 11:59 PM on the dates shown in the table. You can take Reading Quizzes until the Unit closes on the last day of its Exam and the highest score counts, but to earn the extra credit you must score 9 or 10 by the date shown in the table. Forums open at 12:01 AM and close at 1:00 PM on the dates shown in the table.


Resources You Use Together: The table shows you what resources you use together for each Unit. Identify the possible essay questions at the start of the Unit. Look at the link to all Quiz Questions and the Resources in the folder to see if they can save you time. Take the online quiz several times to see what you missed and therefore you have to read. Use the index to locate what you need to read in the textbook. If you cannot find the information quickly, check the Forum. Use the dates to pace yourself.


Unit #

Unit Opens

Folder in the Unit (Has Link of All Quiz Questions, Resources, the Online Quiz)

Reading Quiz

Chapters to Use

Forum to Use

Forum Opens

Forum Graded

Extra Credit IF Quiz at 9 or 10

Unit Closes

Unit 1

8/27 – List of essay questions visible

Reconstruction Abandoned; Beginning of the Gilded Age

Quiz A

16, 17

Forum A





Gilded Age Transformations

Quiz B

17, 18

Forum B




Turmoil and Expansion

Quiz C


Forum C




Unit 2

10/7 – List of essay questions visible

Progressivism: Roosevelt to Wilson

Quiz D

20, 21

Forum D





World War I and Its Transformations Including Mass Culture

Quiz E

22, 23

Forum E




Great Depression, Seeds of the New Deal, and The New Deal and New Challenges

Quiz F

24, 25

Forum F




Unit 3

11/2 – List of essay questions visible

World War II; the Post-War

Quiz G

26, 27

Forum G





1950s Transformations; The Turbulent Years (The 1960s)

Quiz H

28, 29

Forum H




The Crisis of Confidence (1969-1992 Era); Reagan to Clinton to Bush (1992-2000+)

Quiz I

30, 31, 32

Forum I




Major Dates (and Holidays), What You Do, Where You Click on the Course Menu, and When Content Is Visible?

The table shows the major dates (and holidays), what you do on those dates, where you click on the Course Menu for the content and assessment, and when content is visible. Units end in a two-part exam—essays and objective. The Final Exam does not have an essay. All work is available at 12:01 AM on the date in the table and ends at 11:59 PM on the date in the table.


What You Do on These Major Dates

On the Course Menu, click…

Content Visible When?


Start Orientation – Submit Your Course Plan and Your Information

To earn the extra credits, you must complete them before 8/30.

Getting Started & Syllabus

On 8/27


Start Unit 1&

Unit 1

After Course Plan quiz#


No class (Labor Day Holiday)


Write History Changes Essay

History Changes Essay

On 9/10


Take Unit 1’s Exam Objective and Essays

Unit 1


Start Unit 2

Unit 2

After Unit 1’s objective#


Take Unit 2’s Exam Objective and Essays

Unit 2


Start Unit 3

Unit 3

After Unit 2’s objective#


Last day you can drop a course (You must initiate the drop.)


No class (Thanksgiving Holiday)


Take Unit 3’s Exam Objective and Essays

Unit 3


Start to refresh for the Departmental Final Exam with Quiz J

Final Exam, Quiz J folder

After Unit 3’s objective#


Take the Final Exam (12:00 AM-11:59 PM) – the date set by WCJC

Final Exam, Exam folder

On 12/8

& In the first days of class, you only see the first Reading Quiz, its resources, and—after you have had a chance to try the Reading Quiz—its Forum.

 #When you take this assessment, Blackboard shows you the next content. The sooner you take the assessment, the sooner you see the next content. Example: When your score for the Course Acknowledgement and Your Plan is 1000 or more, Blackboard shows you Unit 1’s content.

@ All content on the Course Menu ends with an assessment. Blackboard, however, does not display an assessment until students can actually take it. To help you know that you are in the right location, I place these assessments in folders. The folders look empty until the day you can take the assessment.


Password: If you can take an assessment only one time, it requires a password. The required password is:

onetimeonly  (Notice no spaces between words.)

I reserve the right to modify the syllabus and the schedule during the semester.



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