HISTORY DEPARTMENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Dr. Kimberly Breuer (breuer@uta.edu)


Faculty members in the History department do not have office phones. The fastest, most direct and preferred means of communication is via email. Expect a response to an email with 48 hours, longer on weekends and breaks. You may also email to set up a virtual meeting through Blackboard Collaborate. If you wish to talk directly with your instructor or coach, you will need to arrange a virtual meeting.

DESCRIPTION OF COURSE CONTENT: An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States to 1865. This course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society, comprehend the historical experience, and further develop reading and writing competencies and critical thinking skills.

CLASS PREREQUISITES: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1301

LATE PAPER AND MAKE-UP POLICY: Students must provide university approved documented evidence to make up tests/quizzes or turn in late work. If you know there is going to be a conflict with meeting a due date or participating in a group assignment, contact me before the window of opportunity for that assignment/test closes and we will come up with an appropriate plan of action. We will not, however, extend due dates/open assignments early, to accommodate personal travel plans.

GRADE GREVANCES: You will typically receive your grade and feedback on an assignment within one week. If, for some reason, there will be a delay in return of grades, I will post an announcement and send a class email with further details. I will also make an announcement when the grading of an assignment is complete and all grades are posted. Once a grade is posted, you will have ONE WEEK from my emailed announcement to contact me about any discrepancies or issues. After that time, the grade will be considered final and I will not revisit the grade later in the session. There will be a shorter turnaround period at the end of the semester. Items due the last two weeks of the semester will have a three day window for a grade grievance once the grade is posted. Any appeal of a grade beyond the instructor in this course must follow the procedures and deadlines for grade-related grievances as published in the current undergraduate catalog. [see http://wweb.uta.edu/catalog/content/general/academic_regulations.aspx#19]

EXPECTATIONS FOR TIME SPENT IN STUDY: In a traditional long semester face-to-face course, a general rule of thumb is this: for every credit hour earned, a student should spend 2-3 hours per week working outside of class. Hence, a 3-credit course might have a minimum expectation of 6-9 hours of including reading required materials, completing assignments, preparing for exams, etc. beyond the time required to attend each class meeting. This online course is an accelerated version of the on-campus course. You are doing the same amount of work in half the time. Students should expect to spend at least 12-18 hours per week on course materials, reading, studying, and assignments.

PARTICIPATION: At The University of Texas at Arlington, taking attendance is not required. Rather, each faculty member is free to develop his or her own methods of evaluating students’ academic performance, which includes establishing course-specific policies on attendance. Since this is an online course, attendance means regularly (at minimum weekly) accessing the course module and moving through the materials in a timely manner. There is no grade based upon simply accessing the module. Students are responsible for being aware of all windows of opportunity for completing assignments and tests. The full course calendar is available in the Blackboard course module and an overview is provided below.

DROP POLICY: Contact your advisor for drop policies. Drops can continue through a point two-thirds of the way through the term or session. It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw if they do not plan to attend after registering. Students will not be automatically dropped for non-attendance. Repayment of certain types of financial aid administered through the University may be required as the result of dropping classes or withdrawing. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (http://wweb.uta.edu/aao/fao/).

A RESPECTFUL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: It is the goal of the Department of History and the College of Liberal Arts to create and maintain a respectful learning environment in online courses. The official policy concerning communications within this course is stated below:

When contacting your instructor via email, remember to construct your messages both respectfully and carefully (be as specific as possible with your questions). In this course, as with any other UTA course, your communication with students and faculty should be the utmost professional. When communicating with your peers and instructor, there will be NO discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status. Keep in mind that instructors reserve the right to manage a positive learning environment and thus will not tolerate inappropriate conduct in the course. All UTA students are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with UTA’s Standard Code of Conduct. Students violating these codes will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Students enrolled in this course are expected to adhere to the UT Arlington Honor Code:

I pledge, on my honor, to uphold UT Arlington’s tradition of academic integrity, a tradition that values hard work and honest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence.

I promise that I will submit only work that I personally create or contribute to group collaborations, and I will appropriately reference any work from other sources. I will follow the highest standards of integrity and uphold the spirit of the Honor Code.

UT Arlington faculty members may employ the Honor Code as they see fit in their courses, including (but not limited to) having students acknowledge the honor code as part of an examination or requiring students to incorporate the honor code into any work submitted. Per UT System Regents’ Rule 50101, §2.2, suspected violations of university’s standards for academic integrity (including the Honor Code) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Violators will be disciplined in accordance with University policy, which may result in the student’s suspension or expulsion from the University. The History Department takes academic dishonesty very seriously. Copying or closely paraphrasing directly from the text or internet sites without proper citation as plagiarism. If in doubt, cite. If you are found guilty of academic dishonesty on an assignment, you will receive a 0 for that assignment. If you are found guilty of cheating on a second assignment, you will receive an F (0) for the course. We will refer all cases of suspected academic dishonesty to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.

NOTICE: All assignments submitted to Blackboard will be run through SafeAssign to check for plagiarism.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION: UT Arlington has adopted MavMail as its official means to communicate with students about important deadlines and events, as well as to transact university-related business regarding financial aid, tuition, grades, graduation, etc. All students are assigned a MavMail account and are responsible for checking the inbox regularly. There is no additional charge to students for using this account, which remains active even after graduation. Information about activating and using MavMail is available at http://www.uta.edu/oit/cs/email/mavmail.php.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of all federal equal opportunity legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All instructors at UT Arlington are required by law to provide “reasonable accommodations” to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Any student requiring an accommodation for this course must provide the instructor with official documentation in the form of a letter certified by the staff in the Office for Students with Disabilities, University Hall 102. Only those students who have officially documented a need for an accommodation will have their request honored. Information regarding diagnostic criteria and policies for obtaining disability-based academic accommodations can be found at www.uta.edu/disability or by calling the Office for Students with Disabilities at (817) 272-3364.

TITLE IX: The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to upholding U.S. Federal Law “Title IX” such that no member of the UT Arlington community shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity. For more information, visit www.uta.edu/titleIX.

STUDENT FEEDBACK SURVEY: At the end of each term, students enrolled in classes categorized as “lecture,” “seminar,” or “laboratory” shall be directed to complete an online Student Feedback Survey (SFS). Instructions on how to access the SFS for this course will be sent directly to each student through MavMail approximately 10 days before the end of the term. Each student’s feedback enters the SFS database anonymously and is aggregated with that of other students enrolled in the course. UT Arlington’s effort to solicit, gather, tabulate, and publish student feedback is required by state law; students are strongly urged to participate. For more information, visit http://www.uta.edu/sfs.

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