Collin County Community College - PRC
United States History 1301
“In music (as in life) we need to understand our pertinent history…
and moving on is so much easier once we know where we’ve been.”
-Dave Grusin, Award-winning
composer & Jazz musician
Instructor: D. AJ Gum
Phone: Division Office – 972-377-1721
Course Number: Hist 1301.P06/P07
Course Title: United States History I
Course Credit Hours: 3
8:30 AM – 09:45 A.M
Prerequisite: READ 0310 or English as a Second Language (ESQL) or meeting
TASP/Alternative Assessment Standard in Reading
1. Required Materials:
1) The American Story 2nd Ed. or America: Past and Present Vol. 1, 7th Ed.
2) Periodic Handouts
2. Course Description:
History of the United States with focus on development of American characteristics and institutions, including the forging of a new society from European, African and American cultures. Emphasis on colonial and early national periods through the Civil War and Reconstruction.
3. Student Learning Outcomes – Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
of European discoveries and settlements on those civilizations.
war for independence.
4. Evaluation Process:
A) Three major exams will be administered as indicated on the class schedule, each
counting 20% of the final course grade.
B) Unit Exams 1 through 3 60%
Research Paper 15%
C) Term/Research Paper –
The written project will consist of a six (6) page minimum typewritten research paper (Arial, 12 pt, MLA format) structured as follows: Title page, body of paper and a Works Cited page. Your paper will use citations (not footnotes) and include a research bank of at least six (6) sources: three (3) books and three (3) articles – one (1) from an Internet source. Topics are at the discretion of the instructor.
The research paper is due at the beginning of class, May 1st. Any paper submitted after May 1st will be reduced a letter grade from the earned grade. Failure to submit a research paper may result in a failing grade for the course.
Although History 1301 is a freshman level course, please remember it is a college level course, as well. Papers will be graded with attention to spelling, grammar and format, as well as to content.
5. Class Format:
Lectures, open and/or group discussion, and audio-visual materials such as maps, films, tapes and web sites are among the teaching techniques that may be used. Classroom material will not necessarily follow or cover all material in the assigned reading. Students, however, are responsible for all material assigned, whether covered in class or not.
6. Attendance Policy:
Students are expected to attend classes/labs regularly and to notify the instructor if they will be absent. Over three (3) absences from a class/lab may result in a failing grade for the course.
Students are responsible for officially withdrawing themselves from a course; failure to do so by April 12, 2007 will result in a performance grade of “F.”
Religious Holy Days: Refer to the current Collin Student Handbook.
Course Repeat Policy: You may repeat this course only once after receiving a grade, including “W.”
7. ADA Statement:
It is the policy of Collin County Community College to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities. This college will adhere to all applicable Federal and State laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the
ACCESS Office (G-200) or 972-881-5898, (TDD 972-881-5950) in a timely manner (the first week of classes is recommended) if he/she desires to arrange for accommodations.
8. Academic Ethics:
The College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty.
Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions
related to applications for enrolment or the award of a degree and/or the submission
as one’s own work material that is not one’s own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve,
but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion,
use of annotated texts or instructor’s editions and/or falsifying academic records.
“He who is ignorant of what happened before his birth is always a child.”
9. Course Schedule of Events: The following is a tentative schedule of course activities. Changes may occur during the semester as necessary. Assignments are due on the date specified unless otherwise revised. Late and/or handwritten assignments will not be accepted. (Be prepared for a quiz at every class session; retain graded/corrected quizzes for review). There will be intermittent Current Event assignments.
Last day to drop classes with a “W” is April 12, 2007
01/16 Class introductions; scan syllabus. In class assignment: “The Role of Government in the
Citizen’s Life” or “Why We Study History” due 01/18/02
01/18 Chapter 1 - “New World Encounters” – Prehistoric America to “First Contact”
01/23 Chapter 2 – “England’s 17th Century Colonies.” For understanding – Why English, not Spanish
01/25 Chapter 3 – “Colonial Society”; Current Events
01/30 Chapter 4 – “18th Century America (The Great Awakening)”
02/06 Chapter 5 – “Revolution”
02/08 EXAM I Chapters 1-5
02/13 Return EXAM I; Chapter 6 – “Republicanism”
02/15 Continue study of Chapter 6 – “Republicanism”; Current Events
02/20 Chapter 7 – “Party Politics”
02/22 Campus Closed – No Classes
02/27 Chapter 8 – “Jeffersonianism, 1788-1800”; two page paper – “How American Nationalism
has Effected the World”, due 02/27 (Chapter 9)
03/01 Chapter 9 – “Nationalism”. For understanding – Political Propaganda
03/06 Film scenes on Western movement; Chapter 10 – “Western Rule”
03/08 EXAM II Chapters 6-10
03/11 – 03/17 SPRING BREAK
03/20 Return EXAM II; Chapter 11 – “Slavery in America”; Current Events
03/22 Show & Tell: items of Historical, Social or Cultural interest/significance
03/27 Chapter 12 – “Reform & Revival”
03/29 Chapter 13 – “Age of Expansion”; Current Events
04/03 Scenes from film Roots and others
04/05 Chapter 14 – “Sectional Crisis”
04/10 Chapter 15 – “Secession and the Civil War”
04/12 Continue discussion of Chapter 15 – “Secession and the Civil War”; Current Events
Last Day to Drop with a “W”
04/17 Discussion: Abolition and the Women’s Cause
04/19 Scenes from Gone With the Wind
04/24 Chapter 16 – “The Agony of Reconstruction”
04/26 More scenes from Gone With the Wind & others
05/01 Research Paper due
05/03 Final Review
05/08 FINAL EXAM 11-16
05/10 Last Day of Spring classes
The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.”
10. Additional Classroom Policies:
Children – no minor children will be permitted to attend this class.
Courtesy – Show respect for others (including your professor) by silencing all cell phones and
pagers before start of class. Emergency calls may be taken outside the classroom. Feel free to
bring a recorder to class.
Honor Code – Cheating, plagiarizing or any other form of academic dishonesty will earn a zero for
the assignment and a referral to the Vice President for appropriate disciplinary measures.
Disabilities – The student has the responsibility of informing the class instructor of any disabling
condition and arrange for accommodations through Special Services within the first week of