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ACTC US History 108 2016-2017 SYLLABUS


ACTC Syllabus


Course Title

Catalog Number

History of the United States Through 1865

HIS 108

Semester Fall

Year 2016


Course Campus Location Greenup County High School

Room Number 232, Greenup County HS


Meeting Day(s) M-F

Meeting Times 4th period


Instructor’s Name John M. Brown

Instructor’s Campus Location Greenup County High School


Instructor’s Office Number 473-9812

Instructor’s Telephone Number 473-9812


Instructor’s Email

Instructor’s Webpage Address Greenup County High School


Course Descriptions and Policies

Course Description: U.S. History Through the Civil War

Examines key political, economic, and social topics that have significantly influenced the American experience from the pre-colonial period through the Civil War era.

Course Requisites/Pre-Requisites: school requirements

Course Text(s): The American Pageant by David Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey / American Anthem: Modern American History by Ayers, de la Teja, Shultzinger, and White


Course Materials: supplemental materials, handouts, primary sources, etc (provided by the teacher)


Grading Criteria: Grades will be based on tests, class work, outside work, reports and/or essay, quizzes, summative exams, and class participation. The grading scale will be a standard 90% = A / 80% = B / 70% = C / 60% = D / 59% or below = F.


Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course the student can:

1. Identify the major events, persons, and ideas of American history to 1865.

2. Discuss historical controversies using critical and analytical skills.

3. Analyze significant issues in American history to 1865.

4. Describe the social, economic, cultural, and political developments of American history to 1865.

5. Discuss historical literature significant to particular eras and develop an awareness of historical sources.

Make-up and Late Work Policies

Make-up work may be accepted for partial credit, depending on how “late” it is. Please see the teacher to arrange this.

Classroom/Lab Policies

Each student will be governed by the policies set forth and enacted by the Greenup County School system, as well as any classroom policies adopted by the teacher, Mr. Brown (which are posted in the classroom).

Student Grade Assessment

Course competencies will be assessed in a variety of ways, including exams, quizzes and assignments. Careful analysis and critical thinking involving the subject matter is important, and is considered in grading. Also, careful writing will be stressed, as students enhance their abilities to express themselves. Class discussion and quality questioning will be stressed.

GRADING: will be based on assignments given throughout the semester:

QUIZZES Based on material in class

ANALYSES You are required to write a book analysis over each assigned reading. The book analyses must be two-three pages in length, typed and double-spaced. The analyses and their preparation are discussed extensively in class. Your grade is determined by how successfully you can show what the author has done in the book, the author's methodology, as well as the significance of the information. Each assignment is graded like an English paper. These papers will be graded for their spelling, grammar, structure and content.

MIDTERM There will be one Midterm Paper. The Paper is a two-page essay on an historical period PAPER covered in class. The requirements, content and approach will be covered in class. It is thus essential that you come to class, listen and take good notes.

EXAMS There will be unit exams covering each unit.


Every student will be required to write a final essay on another historical period

of United States history. This paper is similar to the Midterm but double in length.

Note: there will be one of the above used as a “common assessment” and will be turned into Ashland Community and Technical College.

****** You must complete all assignments in order to pass this class.


Withdrawal Policy

From the end of the drop/add period through midterm of the session, a student may withdraw from a course and receive a “W”. From the first day after midterm until the last day of course work of the session, a student may, at the instructor’s discretion, withdraw from a course and the instructor will assign a grade of “W” at withdrawal. The student must initiate the official withdrawal. No grade will be reported for a student who fails to pay registration fees in accordance with established policy or who withdraws by the last day to drop without a grade.

“W” – Withdrawal represents a withdrawal from class without completing course requirements. A student may officially withdraw from any class up to and including the date of mid-term with a “W” grade. After the date of mid-term and through the last class of the semester or session, the student may officially request a “W” grade which may be given at the discretion of the instructor. Each instructor shall state on the first or second class meeting the factors to be used in determining the assignment of a “W” grade during the discretionary period. An instructor shall not assign a student a “W” grade for a class unless the student has officially withdrawn from that class in a manner prescribed by the college. The grade of “W” may be assigned by the Community College Appeals Board in cases involving a violation of student academic rights. It may not be assigned to a student found guilty of an academic offense without permission of the instructor in whose class the offense occurred. A president of a college (or designee) may, if the student concurs, assign the grade of “W” to a student who has been reported to the president for unsatisfactory scholarship or excessive absences and who, after being reported, has made no improvement.

Return to Title IV

If you are receiving Title IV funds (grants or loans) and you do not successfully complete this course or you withdraw from this course, you could owe a portion of your financial aid back to the college and/or the Department of Education. Please check with the Office of Financial Aid before dropping this or any class.

Student Loans

Student loan borrowers…please remember borrowing a student loan is a legal obligation that you must repay once you drop below half-time (6 credit hours) or stop attending school. You can keep track of the total amount of loans you have borrowed at This link will also provide contact information for your loan servicer (the company who will collect your loan payments). You are responsible for repaying your student loans, even if you never receive a bill. When it is time to begin repayment, please contact your loan servicer to discuss your loan repayment options. Please do not miss making your student loan payments. Missing payments can have serious consequences.

Incomplete Grade Policy

“I” – Incomplete represents part of the coursework remains unfinished. It shall be given only when there is a reasonable possibility that a passing grade will result from completion of the work. The instructor shall not give an “I” grade when the reason for incompleteness is unsatisfactory. The instructor and student will contract requirements for completion of course with the time limit for completion not to exceed a maximum of one year; failure to do so will result in a change of grade from “I” to “E”.

Each college shall maintain a record of incomplete grades recorded in courses of that college. This record, completed by the instructor at the time the grade “I” is reported, shall include: (1) the name and number of the student; (2) the course number and hours of credit; (3) semester or session and year of enrollment; (4) signature of the instructor; (5) a brief statement of the reason(s) for recording the incomplete grade; and, (6) an adequate guide for removal of the incomplete grade. In the instructor’s absence, the division chairperson or the designee shall forward to the president (or designee) the appropriate letter grade to replace the incomplete grade.


Starfish is a software package that KCTCS uses that allows college faculty and advisors to maintain contact with students concerning their academic progress during the semester. If academic progress is not satisfactory, “flags” can be issued with suggested improvements. “Referrals” to academic support services can be made and positive comments, called “kudos”, may also be issued. These Starfish notices will be sent to your college email address only.

Students will also have the opportunity to schedule appointments with their academic advisors through the Starfish calendar feature. Students may access Starfish through a link in Blackboard.

* Students should contact their instructor, their advisor, or an advisor in the Advising Center if they have questions about this program.

* Students may expect to receive Starfish communications from the following email addresses.

· Kudos – will be sent from the instructor’s email

· Flags and referrals – will be sent from

· Daily notification summaries – will be sent from

General Education Curriculum Competencies

History of the United States Through 1865 is a general education course. The following General Education competencies, found in the KCTCS catalog, will be addressed in this course using a variety of methods, including but not limited to exams, quizzes, and assignments.

1. Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural worlds through study in the sciences.

2. Intellectual and practical skills, including: inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy and teamwork and problem solving.

3. Personal and social responsibility, including foundations and skills for lifelong learning.

4. Integrative and applied learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized skills.

Academic Honesty Statement & Policy

2.1 Academic Honesty Policy:

The KCTCS faculty and students are bound by principles of truth and honesty that are recognized as fundamental for a community of teachers and scholars. The college expects students and faculty to honor, and faculty to enforce, these academic principles. The college affirms that it will not tolerate academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, violation of academic rights of students (section 2.2) and student offenses (section 2.3).

Students may refer to Section II of the Kentucky Community and Technical College Code of Student Conduct for information on Academic Rights, Academic Offenses and the student’s right to appeal.

Instances of academic dishonesty in the class relating to earning grades will results in no credit being given for the assignment.


Information regarding campus security as well as the college’s annual security report and incident log are available at:”

Academic Honesty Statement

Humanities Division

Ashland Community & Technical College

August 31, 1999

The information given below has been taken from Volume VI (Student Affairs Policy Sources), pages 33 and 34 of the KCTCS Faculty Source Book (1999). Sanctions for academic offenses may range from lowering a grade on a paper or assignment to permanent expulsion from the Community College. Refer to the latest edition of the Code of Student Conduct for further details.




All academic work, written or otherwise, submitted by a student to an instructor or other academic supervisor, is expected to be the result of the student’s own thought, research, or self-expression. Any case in which a student feels unsure about a question of plagiarism involving the student’s work, the student is obliged to consult the instructor on the matter before submitting it.

When a student submits work purporting to be the student’s own, but which in any way borrows ideas, organization, wording or anything else from another source without appropriate acknowledgement of the fact, the student is guilty of plagiarism.

Plagiarism includes reproducing someone else’s work, whether it be a published article, chapter of a book, a paper from a friend or some file, or whatever. Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the work which a student submits as the student’s own, whoever that other person may be. Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with an instructor or tutor, but when the actual work is done, it must be done by the student and the student alone.

When a student’s assignment involves research in outside sources of information, the student must carefully acknowledge exactly what, where, and how the student has employed them. If the student uses words of someone else, the student must put quotation marks around the passage in question and add an appropriate indication of the origin. Making simple changes while leaving the organization, content, and phraseology intact is plagiaristic. However, nothing in these Rules shall apply to those ideas which are so generally and freely circulated as to be part of the public domain. Any question of definition shall be referred to the Community College Appeals Board.


Cheating is defined by its general usage. It includes, but is not limited to, wrongfully giving, taking, or presenting any information or material by a student with the intent of aiding the student or another on any academic work. Any question of definition shall be referred to the Community College Appeals Board.

NOTE: Students guilty of plagiarism in any form will receive a zero for the assignment in question.

Disabilities Statement:


Ashland Community and Technical College is committed to ensuring that all students with disabilities have an equal opportunity in the pursuit of their educational objectives. If you have a disability and need accommodations, contact the ACTC Disabilities Student Services Coordinator at 606.326.2051 or in Room 220 or the Disabilities Coordinator at your home campus. You should also inform your instructor(s) of your special needs.


Instructor reserves the right to make adjustments to the syllabus during the semester.

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