1320 syllabus%2c spring 2016 (1)

1320 syllabus%2c spring 2016 (1) - U.S History 1320 U.S...

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U.S. History 1320: U.S. History from Reconstruction to the present Dr. Jim Selcraig Spring 2016, 2:00 p.m. MW Hello and Welcome . I love history. I enjoy teaching this course, and I’m glad you’re here. There is no TRACS site for this course, and each 1320 professor differs, so please read this syllabus right now. Knowing my particular requirements will help you to do well. My office, phone, and e-mail info . I encourage you to come and talk with me in 224 Taylor- Murphy at 3:20-4:55 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, and by appointment. The best way to reach me on non-class days is my e-mail: [email protected] I check it regularly, even on the weekends. My office phone is 512-245-3746. Whatever your question or concern, I’m happy to help you. Your Instructional Assistant (I.A.) and Grader is Will Stridde. His office is in room 10 TMH (in the basement), in a cubicle. His office hours are before class, at 1:00-1:55 p.m. on MW. His e-mail is [email protected] Your Supplemental Instructor (S.I.) is Kaitlyn Dismuke. She will hold review sessions that will meet three times each week all semester long. The S.I. method of continual review in a small group has been proven to raise the grades of students who attend regularly. Attendance policy - for lecture . I enjoy student participation during lecture! Students should do more than passively take notes; they should be active and ask questions. When you do so, you increase your later retention when studying for an exam. When others ask questions, you should listen and consider my answers as a valuable part of the lecture, not as a chance to daydream. The best learning is two-way communication between us. There is a strong connection between a student’s attentiveness during lecture and their success on tests. So, here are some simple rules about appropriate behavior in the classroom. -Be on time. I start exactly at 2:00. -Do not use your cell phone ever! Do not twitter, play on-line games, check your e-mail, surf the Web, copy another’s notes, read a book, use ear buds, or do any other action that is not focused on lecture. I allow computers only if you use them for taking lecture notes. -Do not talk or whisper to others. -Do not walk out during lecture (unless you have prior permission). -As it gets close to the end of class at 3:16 or 3:17, stay attentive. Do not put your notebook away; do not walk out . Keep taking notes. I’ll let you out on time. I am aware that most of you know to be attentive already, but I list these simple rules of courtesy for everyone’s benefit. I want you all to succeed in this course. You should take lots of detailed notes because my tests are based on my lectures. I will help you; I teach in a very organized manner, and I put an outline with all the names and terms on the overhead screen. Write down all that I explain and elaborate; remember it’s a “writing intensive” course.
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