HST 260 SyllabusReading Assignments - You willhave three types of readings assigned throughout the term (see list below). The readings that are assigned for a particular day are to be completed BEFORE you come to class on that particular day. (See your class schedule for daily reading assignments.)
1 - Textbook
- S. Lehmberg and S. Meigs, The People of the British Isles, 3rd edition.
(Referred to on your class schedule as Text.)
- The textbook is available from the following (prices checked on 8/21/12):
- WCC bookstore ($57 new, $42 used, $28 rental)
- Amazon.com ($48 new, $20 used)
- On reserve in the WCC library. (This is a copy of the 2nd edition).
2 - Books (Available from WCC bookstore and Amazon.com
for about $20 or less. Also on reserve in the WCC library.)
- R. Bartlett, The Hanged Man: A Story of Miracle, Memory and Colonialism in the Middle Ages
- J. Lewis, The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots
3 - Assorted
documents (Available online and on reserve in the
- Referred to on your class schedule as DOC
Course Website and Lecture/Discussion Outlines - This course will make extensive use of the internet. Outlines for each lecture/discussion and all assignments are posted on the course website. In addition, we will look at numerous sources on the internet during class. These will include primary documents, various images of art and architecture and other resources that will facilitate your understanding of the course material, such as maps, diagrams and tables. (Be advised that I reserve the right to ADD or CHANGE information on the outlines and class schedules. Do not print them out and assume that the information is set in stone for the duration of the course.)
Course Grade Breakdown:
|Map Quizzes (2)||50|
|Book Quizzes (2)||50|
Course Grading Scale:
|A 463-500 (93-100%)||B+ 438-447 (88-89%)||C+ 388-397 (78-79%)||D+ 338-347 (68-69%)|
|A- 448-462 (90-92%)||B 413-437 (83-87%)||C 363-387 (73-77%)||D 313-337 (63-67%)|
|B- 398-412 (80-82%)||C- 348-362 (70-72%)||D- 298-312 (60-62%)|
|F 297 and below|
Midterm Grade Update (MGU) - You should be able to calculate your own grade at any point in the term by adding up your points and dividing that number by the total points available at that point in the course. However, I will provide you with a midterm grade update (MGU) to keep you aware of your progress in the course. I will write your MGU at the top of the front page of your midterm exam after I have graded it.
The MGU should give you a good idea of where you stand in the course. If you receive a D or an F as your MGU, you know you need to do some serious work during the second half of the term in order to pass the class, and you know you need to work especially hard to get a C so that the course will be transferable to other colleges and universities. If you receive an A, B or C, you know what you need to do to maintain that grade (If you are happy with it) or increase it (If you want a higher grade).
*Be advised that your MGU is calculated using the scores
from the quizzes that you will have taken by the time of
the midterm. It may turn out, however, that one of
these scores is your lowest of 6 quiz scores and I will
then drop that score. Thus, if you receive As on the
remainder of the quizzes, your MGU would have been
Description of Graded Items
Attendance/Participation - I will take attendance during all classes except the last day of class (i.e., I will be taking attendance during 29 of the 30 class periods this semester). However, I will only count 25 of these attendance days. Thus, you can miss up to 4 days of class without losing any attendance points. Each of the 25 class periods is worth 2 attendance points, for a total of 50 points. Generally, if you show up for class, you will receive your two points. However, you will not receive points if any of the following occur: you show up, take a quiz and then leave; you show up for less than half the class; you refuse to participate in any activities during class.
** I take attendance at the BEGINNING of class. If you arrive late, it is YOUR responsibility to come up to me after class and remind me to mark you present for that day. This is especially important at the beginning of the term when I have not yet learned the names of all students.
Paper - One paper will be assigned during the term. (See your class schedule for a link to the assignment and the due date.) The paper is worth 50 points.
Book Quizzes - Two book quizzes will be given during the term. (See your class schedule for book quiz dates.) Each book quiz is worth 25 points.
Map Quizzes - Two map quizzes will be given during the term. (See your class schedule for map quiz dates.) See the Map Quiz Review Sheet for a description of the map quizzes and a list of possible items that will appear on the map quizzes. Each map quiz is worth 25 points.
Quizzes - Six quizzes will be given throughout the term. (See your class schedule for quiz dates.) Each quiz is worth a total of 20 points.
** See the Quiz Review Sheet for a
description of quizzes and a list of possible
** Quizzes CANNOT be made up. You will, however, be allowed to DROP your lowest quiz grade.
** Quiz Grading Scale: A = 18-20, B = 16-17, C = 14-15, D = 12-13, F = 11 and below
Exams - The midterm
and final exams will consist of various types of
questions, including multiple-choice/true-false, matching
identification, matching cause and effect and an essay.
You will receive a review sheet before both exams to
assist you in studying. Each exam is worth 100 points.
[Midterm Exam Review Sheet] [Final Exam Review Sheet]
Grading Scale: A+
= 98-100, A = 93-97, A- = 90-92, B+
= 88-89, B = 83-87, B- = 80-82, C+
= 78-79, C = 73-77, C- = 70-72,
D+ = 68-69, D = 63-67, D- = 60-62, F = 59 and below
Make-up Exams/Map Quizzes - These will be given ONLY if you have a valid doctor's excuse for an illness or other health-related issues, OR a documented, reasonable emergency.
Other grading items of note - There is NO extra credit and NO grading curve in this
Other Important Information
Officially, a withdrawal from the course must be made by the end of Week 8. I will, however, allow a faculty withdrawal for an additional TWO weeks beyond the return of your Midterm Exam and your Midterm Grade Update.
Communication - Please feel free to contact me by phone, email or in person. If my office hours are inconvenient for you, call me or email me to set up another time to meet. Also, if you have feedback, comments, suggestions or concerns about any aspect of this course, please feel free to bring them to my attention.
Academic Dishonesty -
In accordance with Article 4095 of the WCC
of Trustees Policy Manual, plagiarism, cheating, or
any other form of academic dishonesty will not be
tolerated in this course. Students found to have
committed academic dishonesty will be referred to the Dean
of Humanities and
Social Science for disciplinary action.
Classroom Behavior - In this class, you are expected to act in a professional manner at all times. Classroom disruption will NOT be tolerated. Treating myself or any of your fellow students in an unprofessional manner will not be tolerated. If you disrupt the class, you will be asked to leave the classroom, and probably drop the course. See the online WCC Board of Trustees Policy Manual for more information.
** Please turn cell
phones OFF (or switch them to SILENT) when you
come into class. It is very distracting to myself
and the other students when cell phones ring during class.
** Please do not text during class! This is just as rude as reading the newspaper in class.
** Please do not surf the internet during class! You may only use your computer to take notes and follow along on the course website.
The Writing Center - This is a great resource if you need help with your writing. They will NOT write your papers for you, but they will help you with your writing skills and give you assistance with your writing assignments. See their webpage for more information and their hours.
Learning Disabilities - Reasonable accommodation will be made for students with learning disabilities. You MUST, however, first undergo a Learning Disabilities Assessment at Learning Support Services. (See their webpage for more information: Learning Support Services.) You MUST present me with written verification from Learning Support Services to receive such accommodation. (For example, you may NOT have a person taking notes for you in this class without written documentation from Learning Support Services.)
Grade Appeal Procedure - If you have a complaint about your final course grade, you MUST follow the procedure listed in the WCC Board of Trustees Policy Manual.