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These policies take effect from the first day of class, regardless of when you begin attending the course. For example, if the first time you attend class is during the second week of the semester, you will have already been marked absent from two class meetings.
Attendance: You are permitted up to three absences during the semester, and at your own discretion. There is no excused/unexcused absences policy – each of you gets to decide which three classes you wish to miss. More than three absences will impact your final grade. More than seven absences will cause you to fail the course. Regardless of your reason for missing a class, you will be responsible for the material covered that day.
Late Assignments: Late assignments lose 1/3 of a grade per day. E.g., a B paper submitted the morning after it was due, will receive a B-. Assignments handed in more than 72 hours late will receive an F (50%). Assignments not handed in at all will receive a 0.
Extra Credit: There is not extra credit, but many assignments have multiple parts, and it is possible to succeed in an assignment even if you miss one part.
Drafts: I am happy to look at one draft per assignment, but in order to get my comments you must come to meet with me in person. I will look at drafts sent to me by MIDNIGHT on SUNDAY before the assignment is due, and meet with you during my normal office hours during the week before the assignment is due.
You are responsible for scheduling an office hours meeting, using http://shrouta.youcanbook.me
Writing guidelines: You are expected to master the citation style that is common among historians. This style is known as Chicago Style. The Chicago Manual of Style is available online, and in library. It is also the style modeled in A Pocket Guide to Writing History.
All written assignments must be submitted electronically to your course blog. They must include a (hopefully) catchy (not just “Paper 1 for 410”) title and your name.
Computers: Most of the time, computers in class are discouraged. They provide many opportunities for distraction, and click-click of typing is a distraction for other students. On days when we are not working on digital projects, students using computers should sit together, at the front of the classroom. Some days we will be doing computer heavy work. On those days you are expected to bring a laptop to class with you. I will give you notice in the preceding class, and will send an e-mail reminder through Titanium. If you do not have access to a laptop, get in touch with me so that we can arrange the loan of one through ITS.
Anyone who engages in electronic communications or entertainment of any kind during class (texting, phone calls, emailing, Facebook web browsing, games, etc.) will be regarded as absent.
Access and response times: I encourage you to come by office hours to discuss concerns or drafts, or to ask questions about things we have covered in class. Please plan to come see me sometime during the first four weeks of class to touch base, say hello and talk over any expectations or anxieties you have about the class. While you can drop into office hours, I encourage you to check http://shrouta.youcanbook.me to find and reserve a time that works for you. Sometimes I will have time available outside of my normal office hours. If none of my regularly scheduled office hours or open time slots fit your schedule, please e-mail to set up an alternate meeting time.
I can be reached by e-mail during normal business hours (9-5, m-f), and will generally respond to e-mails received during those hours within 24 hours of receipt. I will strive for, but cannot guarantee speedy responses outside of those times.
Course communication: All course announcements and individual email are sent through Titanium, which only uses CSUF email accounts. Therefore, you MUST check your CSUF email on a regular basis (at minimum, three times a week) for the duration of the course.
This syllabus: This syllabus is an agreement among members of the class. As the semester proceeds, we may collectively decide to make changes, shift deadlines or cut readings. Any changes to the syllabus will be discussed in advance, but you should make sure to check online (on Titanium and the course website) for the most up-to-date version.
You are expected to
- Have basic computer competency which includes:
- the ability to use a personal computer to locate, create, move, copy, delete, name, rename, and save files and folders on hard drives, secondary storage devices such as USB drives, and cloud such as Google Drive (Titan Aps) and Dropbox;
- the ability to use a word processing program to create, edit, format, store, retrieve, and print documents;
- the ability to use their CSUF email accounts to receive, create, edit, print, save, and send an e-mail message with and without an attached file; and
- the ability to use an Internet browser such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer to search and access web sites in the World Wide Web.
- Have ongoing reliable access to a computer with Internet connectivity for regular course assignments
- Utilize Microsoft® Office 2013 (for P.C.) or 2011 (for Mac) including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to learn content and communicate with colleagues and faculty; have the ability to regularly print assignments
- Maintain and access three times weekly their CSUF student email account
- Use Internet search and retrieval skills to complete assignments
- Utilize Titanium to access course materials
- Utilize Reclaim Hosting to create public history content
If you have any questions about technical support (including access to computers, software, etc) please get in touch with me or see the student services tab of the course’s Titanium page.
Titanium: As a registered student you are enrolled in Titanium. You may access Titanium for all your classes by clicking on your student portal, found on the CSUF website. There is a short video explaining Titanium access at:
If you run into problems, contact the student help desk at (657) 278-8888 or email StudentITHelpDesk@fullerton.edu.
Students with Special Needs: Please inform me during the first weeks of classes about any disability or special needs that may require specific arrangements related to attending class sessions, carrying out class assignments, or writing papers or examinations. According to California State University policy, students with disabilities must document their disabilities at the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office in order to be accommodated in their courses. Additional information can be found at the DSS website (http://www.fullerton.edu/dss) or by calling 657-278-3112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of us learn in different ways, and this course is designed accommodate each student differently. For example, you may prefer to process information by speaking and listening, so while lectures are quite helpful for you, some of the written material may be difficult to absorb. Please talk to me as soon as you can about your individual learning needs and how this course can best accommodate them. If you do not have a documented disability, remember that other support services, including the Writing Center and the University Learning Center are available to all students. (see below for info on these centers)
Academic Dishonesty Policy: Academic dishonesty includes such things cheating, inventing false information or citations, plagiarism, and helping someone else commit an act of academic dishonesty. It usually involves an attempt by a student to show a possession of a level of knowledge or skill, which he/she in fact does not possess. Cheating is defined as the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for work by the use of any dishonest, deceptive, fraudulent, or unauthorized means.
Plagiarism is defined as the act of taking the work of another and offering it as one’s own without giving credit to that source. Often, plagiarism is a consequence of sloppy note taking rather than outright malice, but presenting another person’s work as your own always constitutes plagiarism and will always require action. An instructor who believes that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred (1) is obligated to discuss the matter with the student(s) involved; (2) should possess reasonable evidence such as documents or personal observation; and (3) may take whatever action (subject to student appeal) he/she deems appropriate, ranging from an oral reprimand to an F in the course. Additional information on this policy is available from University Policy Statement 300.021.
Emergency Preparedness: To be able to respond effectively in an emergency, be sure to note (a) fire alarm pull station locations, (b) evacuation map including the class’s outside meeting area, (c) emergency procedures for fire, medical emergency, hazardous materials release, earthquake and dangerous situations, and (d) location of nearest emergency phone. Any person with special needs is encouraged to speak with the instructor privately. All campus personnel are required to participate in all campus-wide drills. More emergency preparedness information can be found at the Classroom Preparedness website. The emergency procedures (c above) that you need to follow in our class are detailed in the classroom guide at the end of this syllabus.
If an emergency disrupts normal campus operations or causes the University to close for a prolonged period of time (more than three days), students are expected to complete the course assignments listed on the syllabus as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so.
Library Support: The Pollak Library has many services to offer students. Assistance available for online students includes online instruction guidelines available on the library website.
University Learning Center: The goal of the University Learning Center is to provide all CSUF students with academic support in an inviting and contemporary environment. The staff of the University Learning Center will assist students with their academic assignments, general study skills, and computer user needs. The ULC staff work with all students from diverse backgrounds in most undergraduate general education courses including those in science and math; humanities and social sciences; as well as other subjects. They offer one-to-one peer tutoring, online writing review, and many more services. More information can be found on the University Learning Center website.
Writing Center: The Writing Center offers 30-minute, one-on-one peer tutoring sessions and workshops, aimed at providing assistance for all written assignments and student writing concerns. Writing Center services are available to students from all disciplines. Registration and appointment schedules are available at the Writing Center Appointment Scheduling System. Walk-in appointments are also available on a first come, first served basis, to students who have registered online. More information can be found at the Writing Center webpage. The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Pollak Library their phone number is (657) 278-3650.