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POLS 2305 (Fall 2012)


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POLS 2305 (Fall 2012)

  1. 1. Introductory American Government POLS 2305.060, Fall 2012
  2. 2. Instructor InformationDr. Courtney Cullison E-mail: (best contact method) Phone: (903) 566-7163 Office: BUS 224 Office Hours: Monday, 1:30 - 2:30; Tuesday, 1;00 - 2:00, Wednesday, 1:30 - 3:30; or by appointment.I am guaranteed to check email frequently during in-personoffice hours, though if I am with a student responses to emailmay be delayed during this time period.For any email sent outside of office hours, you should expect aresponse within 48 hours (excepting Sundays).
  3. 3. Email PolicyPer university request, I will only communicate withstudents via your Patriot email accounts. The universityhas had several problems reaching students with vitalquestions or information because they do not check theirPatriot email, and they have asked faculty to require thatstudents use their Patriot email accounts. All responses tostudent email will be sent only to your Patriot emailaccount (even if you send the email from some otheraccount). After June 12 (the census date), email sent fromany non-Patriot email account will not be answered.
  4. 4. Required Course MaterialsThe Challenge of Democracy(8th Edition, Essentials)Janda, Berry, Goldman, andHulaISBN: 9781111341916This text is available from thecampus bookstore in print oras a NOOKStudy ebook fromBarnes & Noble (a free 7 daytrial of the eBook is available ifyou wish to try it or needimmediate access to the bookas you wait for yours toarrive).
  5. 5. Course Description & ObjectivesThis course is an examination of the United States political system,including its intellectual foundations and the design of the Constitution.Includes study of the major institutional factors, the impact of interestgroups and the media, and the processes of policy-making. May be taken infulfillment of statutory requirements for a baccalaureate degree.The primary goal is to successfully complete a required course withminimal pain and suffering while gathering useful information. To thatend, after successfully completing this course, students should be able todemonstrate: familiarity with terminology used to study political science and American government basic knowledge of the historical evolution of American governmental structures an understanding of the constitutional, institutional, political and legal processes and structures of the United States comprehension of the interrelationships of American governmental institutions awareness of basic values of American political culture
  6. 6. Course StructureThis course will be conducted in five Unit 1: Chapters 1, 2, and 3units and there will be one exam over Availability: Aug. 20 to Sept. 12the material in each unit (note: there is Exam One: Sept. 12, 2:00-10:00 PMno comprehensive final exam in this Unit 2: Chapters 4 and 5course). All units will be available for a Availability: Sept. 13 to Sept. 28limited period of time, and you may Exam Two: Sept. 28, 2:00-10:00 PMwork through them at you own pace so Unit 3: Chapters 6, 7, and 8long as you complete all required Availability: Sept. 29 to Oct. 23materials for each unit before the exam Exam Three: Oct. 23, 2:00-10:00 PMfor that unit begins. The units willclose (no longer be available) at the Unit 4: Chapters 9, 10, and 11 Availability: Oct. 24 to Nov. 15beginning of the exam period for that Exam Four: Nov. 15, 2:00-10:00 PMunit. Exams will be available for an 8hour period, and once you begin you Unit 5: Chapters 12 and 13will have 1 hour to complete the exam. Availability: Nov. 16 to Dec. 11 Exam Five: Dec. 11, 2:00-10:00 PM
  7. 7. GradingYour grade in this class will consist of three components: Reading Quizzes (100 points) –There will be a syllabus quiz and one quizfor each learning unit. Your quiz scores will be averaged – no quizzeswill be dropped from this average, and it is the average that will counttoward your course point totalExercises (100 points) – for each unit there will be two or three assignedexercises to choose from. They may be quizzes, short writingassignments (about one page), or participation exercises. Scores on allexercises will be averaged – no scores will be dropped, and it is theaverage that will count toward your course point total.Exams (200 points) – there will be five exams (one over each unit), eachworth 50 points. Your lowest exam grade will be dropped.
  8. 8. Final Course GradesFinal course grades will be assigned as follows: A 400 - 360 points B 359 - 320 points C 319 - 280 points D 279 - 240 points F 239 points or lessPlease note that your points will not be converted to percentages androunded up – final grades will be assigned based solely on your totalpoints accumulated (not your point total divided by 400).
  9. 9. Late & Make-Up WorkAs all quizzes and assignments are available online for someperiod of time, they cannot be made up if they are notcompleted before the unit closes.Since exams are available for an 8 hour period, individualexams may not be made up. If a student misses one exam, thatexam score (a zero) will be dropped from their course pointtotal. A second missed exam will stand as a zero. No make-upexams will be offered.
  10. 10. Academic DishonestyThe UT Tyler community regards cheating as an extremely serious matterand deals severely with those who violate the standards of academicintegrity.Examples of academic dishonesty include (but are not limited to): Copying from another person’s test paper During a test, possession of materials not authorized by the person administering the test Discussing the contents of an examination with another student who will take the examination or the divulging of examination contents to another when an instructor has allowed the exam to be kept by the student Working with others in taking tests or preparing academic assignments when not authorized by the course instructor Obtaining by any means another person’s work and submitting that work as one’s own. This includes the downloading of academic papers or the purchase of papers written by others.
  11. 11. Penalty for Academic DishonestyIf a student is suspected of academic dishonesty, the classroom instructormay ask the student to meet with him or her to discuss the incident. Astudent may admit to allegations of academic dishonesty, waive the rightto a hearing and accept penalties imposed by the instructor. The studentmay also deny all allegations and ask to see the Dean of Student Affairs.An accused student may accept the decision of the Dean of StudentAffairs or ask for a hearing before an impartial hearing officer appointedby the university. Witnesses may be called and evidence presented. Thehearing officer will consider all evidence and make a decision. Thedecision of the hearing officer may be appealed to the President by eitherthe student or the Dean of Student Affairs. For a discussion of possiblepenalties, please see the Guide to Student Conduct and Discipline.
  12. 12. Student Rights & ResponsibilitiesTo know and understand the policies that affect your rights andresponsibilities as a student at UT Tyler, including: information about your rights and responsibilities as a student census date policies grade replacement policies and procedures the state-mandated course drop policy disability services absences due to participation in University-sponsored events or religious observances. federal privacy lawsplease see the Guide to Student Conduct.
  13. 13. Important Dates Classes Begin August 20th Labor Day September 3rd Census Date September 4th Drop Date October 24thThanksgiving Break November 21-23 Study Days December 7 & 10 Exam One September 12th Exam Two September 28th Exam Three October 23rd Exam Four November 15th Exam Five December 11th