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POLS 2305, Summer II 2012

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  2. 2. INSTRUCTOR INFORMATIONDr. Courtney Cullison E-mail: (best contact method) Phone: (903) 566-7163 Office: BUS 224 Office Hours: By appointment (please email to schedule an appointment)I am guaranteed to check email frequently during in-person office hours, though if I am with a studentresponses to email may be delayed during this timeperiod.For any email sent outside of office hours, you shouldexpect a response within 48 hours (excepting Sundays).
  3. 3. EMAIL POLICYPer university request, I will only communicate withstudents via your Patriot email accounts. Theuniversity has had several problems reachingstudents with vital questions or information becausethey do not check their Patriot email, and they haveasked faculty to require that students use their Patriotemail accounts. All responses to student email will besent only to your Patriot email account (even if yousend the email from some other account). After June12 (the census date), email sent from any non-Patriotemail account will not be answered.
  4. 4. REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS The Challenge of Democracy (8th Edition, Essentials)  Janda, Berry, Goldman, and Hula  ISBN: 9781111341916 This text is available from the campus bookstore in print or as a NOOKStudy ebook from Barnes & Noble (a free 7 day trial of the eBook is available if you wish to try it or need immediate access to the book as you wait for yours to arrive).
  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 with minimalpain and suffering while gathering useful information. To that end, aftersuccessfully 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 Unit 1: Chapters 1, 2, and 3five units and there will be one Availability: July 9 to July 16exam over the material in each Exam One: July 16, 2:00-10:00 PMunit (note: there is nocomprehensive final exam in Unit 2: Chapters 4 and 5this course). All units will be Availability: July 17 to July 20available for a limited period of Exam Two: July 20, 2:00-10:00 PMtime, and you may work through Unit 3: Chapters 6, 7, and 8them at you own pace so long Availability: July 21 to July 27as you complete all required Exam Three: July 27, 2:00-10:00 PMmaterials for each unit beforethe exam for that unit begins. Unit 4: Chapters 9, 10, and 11The units will close (no longer Availability: July 28 to August 6be available) at the beginning of Exam Four: August 6, 2:00-10:00 PMthe exam period for that unit. Unit 5: Chapters 12 and 13Exams will be available for an 8 Availability: August 7 to August 10hour period, and once you Exam Five: August 10, 2:00-10:00 PMbegin you will have 1 hour tocomplete the exam.
  7. 7. GRADINGYour grade in this class will consist of three components: Reading Quizzes (100 points) –There will be a syllabus quiz and one quiz for each learning unit. Your quiz scores will be averaged – no quizzes will be dropped from this average, and it is the average that will count toward your course point total Exercises (100 points) – for each unit there will be two or three assigned exercises to choose from. They may be quizzes, short writing assignments (about one page), or participation exercises. Scores on all exercises will be averaged – no scores will be dropped, and it is the average that will count toward your course point total. Exams (200 points) – there will be five exams (one over each unit), each worth 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 320 – 359 points C 280 – 319 points D 240 - 279 points F 239 points or lessPlease note that your points will not be converted topercentages and rounded up – final grades will beassigned based solely on your total pointsaccumulated (not your point total divided by 400).
  9. 9. LATE & MAKE-UP WORKAs all quizzes and assignments are available onlinefor some period of time, they cannot be made up ifthey are not completed before the unit closes.Since exams are available for an 8 hour period,individual exams may not be made up. If a studentmisses one exam, that exam score (a zero) will bedropped from their course point total. A secondmissed exam will stand as a zero. No make-upexams will be offered.
  10. 10. ACADEMIC DISHONESTYThe UT Tyler community regards cheating as an extremely seriousmatter and deals severely with those who violate the standards ofacademic integrity.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 included 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, theclassroom instructor may ask the student to meet with himor her to discuss the incident. A student may admit toallegations of academic dishonesty, waive the right to ahearing and accept penalties imposed by the instructor.The student may also deny all allegations and ask to seethe Dean of Student Affairs. An accused student mayaccept the decision of the Dean of Student Affairs or askfor a hearing before an impartial hearing officer appointedby the university. Witnesses may be called and evidencepresented. The hearing officer will consider all evidenceand make a decision. The decision of the hearing officermay be appealed to the President by either the student orthe Dean of Student Affairs. For a discussion of possiblepenalties, please see the Guide to Student Conduct andDiscipline.
  12. 12. IMPORTANT DATES Classes Begin July 9 Census Date July 12 Drop Date July 27 Exam One July 16 Exam Two July 20 Exam Three July 27 Exam Four August 6 Exam Five August 10
  13. 13. UNIVERSITY POLICIESStudent Rights and ResponsibilitiesTo know and understand the policies that affect your rightsand responsibilities as a student at UT Tyler, please followthis link: Student Rights and ResponsibilitiesDisability ServicesIn accordance with federal law, a student requestingaccommodation must provide documentation of his/herdisability to the Disability Services counselor. If you have adisability, including a learning disability, for which yourequest an accommodation, please contact the DisabilityServices office in UC 3150, or call (903) 566-7079.
  14. 14. UNIVERSITY POLICIESCensus DateThe Census Date is the deadline for many forms andenrollment actions that students need to be aware of.These include: Submitting Grade Replacement Contracts, Transient Forms, requests to withhold directory information, approvals for taking courses as Audit, Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit. Receiving 100% refunds for partial withdrawals. (There is no refund for these after the Census Date) Schedule adjustments (section changes, adding a new class, dropping without a “W” grade) Being reinstated or re-enrolled in classes after being dropped for non-payment Completing the process for tuition exemptions or waivers through Financial Aid
  15. 15. UNIVERSITY POLICIESGrade Replacement/Forgiveness and Census Date PoliciesStudents repeating a course for grade forgiveness (gradereplacement) must file a Grade Replacement Contract with theEnrollment Services Center (ADM 230) on or before the CensusDate of the semester in which the course will be repeated.Grade Replacement Contracts are available in the EnrollmentServices Center or at Eachsemester’s Census Date can be found on the Contract itself, onthe Academic Calendar, or in the information pamphletspublished each semester by the Office of the Registrar.Failure to file a Grade Replacement Contract will result in boththe original and repeated grade being used to calculate youroverall grade point average. Undergraduates are eligible toexercise grade replacement for only three course repeats duringtheir career at UT Tyler; graduates are eligible for two gradereplacements. Full policy details are printed on each GradeReplacement Contract.
  16. 16. UNIVERSITY POLICIESState-Mandated Course Drop PolicyTexas law prohibits a student who began college for thefirst time in Fall 2007 or thereafter from dropping morethan six courses during their entire undergraduate career.This includes courses dropped at another 2-year or 4-yearTexas public college or university. For purposes of thisrule, a dropped course is any course that is dropped afterthe census date (See Academic Calendar for the specificdate).Exceptions to the 6-drop rule may be found in thecatalog. Petitions for exemptions must be submitted to theEnrollment Services Center and must be accompanied bydocumentation of the extenuating circumstance. Pleasecontact the Enrollment Services Center if you have anyquestions.
  17. 17. UNIVERSITY POLICIESStudent Absence due to Religious ObservanceStudents who anticipate being absent from class due to areligious observance are requested to inform the instructorof such absences by the second class meeting of thesemester.Student Absence for University-Sponsored Eventsand ActivitiesIf you intend to be absent for a university-sponsored eventor activity, you (or the event sponsor) must notify theinstructor at least two weeks prior to the date of theplanned absence. At that time the instructor will set a dateand time when make-up assignments will be completed.
  18. 18. UNIVERSITY POLICIESSocial Security and FERPA Statement:It is the policy of The University of Texas at Tyler to protect theconfidential nature of social security numbers. The Universityhas changed its computer programming so that all students havean identification number. The electronic transmission of grades(e.g., via e-mail) risks violation of the Family Educational Rightsand Privacy Act; grades will not be transmitted electronically.Emergency Exits and Evacuation:Everyone is required to exit the building when a fire alarm goesoff. Follow your instructor’s directions regarding the appropriateexit. If you require assistance during an evacuation, inform yourinstructor in the first week of class. Do not re-enter the buildingunless given permission by University Police, Fire department,or Fire Prevention Services