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Professor Saul Panski

History 1A Online (Second Eight Week)


Course Information:

OFFICE PHONE: (310) 900-1600, Ext. 2560


Last day to drop without notation on record: May 7, 2010
Last day to drop with a "W": May 28, 2010


Before the session begins you should read the Student Handbook for Online Courses for Spring 2010. It can be found on the Distance Education link at the Compton Center website ( . It is also available in the Distance Education Office located in Room G-38 on the Compton campus.


Course information—including announcements, assignments, and examinations-- will be available online, on the El Camino distance education course management system called Etudes. You will need to familiarize yourself with how to access the Etudes system to complete this course and will need to have access to a computer that is compatible with this course management system. For help in logging on to Etudes go to the Distance Education link on the Compton Center web page.

Log-in instructions are also included in this syllabus. If you are unable to log on successfully, contact the Distance Education Office at 310 900-1600, ext. 2137 or stop by the Distance Education Office in Room G-38 on the Compton campus.

All assignments –and timelines for electronic submission--will be found on this site and online exams will be administered on this site on specified dates and at specified times, as listed in this syllabus below.

Students will also be expected to participate in online discussions on Etudes and will find essential information needed to prepare for exams there as well.

Often, the instructor will also post announcements or send private messages to the entire class or individual students. These announcements and messages will be accessible on Etudes. You will also receive notice of an announcement/message at your El Camino email address. Be sure that you are familiar with your MyECC email address and access it on a regular basis.

Course Policies:


History 1A is a Credit/Degree applicable course and the grade is based on points earned from the following:

Video Summaries 27% of grade 130 points
These summaries should be submitted online via the Etudes “Assignments, Tests, and Surveys” link. If you have a problem accessing Etudes when assignments are due, you can send summaries to me as attachments at my regular email address at Each video summary should be distinguished by clear, separate headings. Do NOT combine summaries that are part of the same assignment.

Class discussion: 31% of grade 155 points
You will be asked to post online via the Etudes “Discussion and Private Message” link: 1) an introductory comment telling the class a little bit about yourself online This will indicate to me that you have successfully accessed and understand how to use Etudes. Students who fail to do so will be dropped from the class as "no shows" on 4/25/10.

Subsequently you are to post 2) two comments for each discussion topic, the first responding to the listed questions and the second to student comments. Participation for each discussion topic will be worth up to 10 points . There will be discussion questions posted for each chapter of the textbook.

Midterm exam 21% of grade 100 points
Chapters 1-8 of the textbook and Video Lessons 1-13

Final Examination 23% of grade 100 points
Chapters 9-15 of the textbook and Video Lessons 14-26

The Midterm and Final Examinations will be timed. Students will have three and a half hours to complete the exams online. They will focus on the KEY TERMS found in the Etudes “Modules” links and will consist of matching, true-false, and fill -in -the -blank questions. Most will be linked directly to your textbook readings. However, there will also be some questions linked to the video lessons.


Total possible points= 485 points

375 -485 points= A
350-374 points=B
325-349 points=C
275-324 points=D


“Dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false information to the college.’’

Examples of Cheating or Plagiarism
1. Representing the words, ideas or work of another as one’s own in any academic exercise (plagiarism), including the use of commercial term paper companies;
2. Copying or allowing another student to copy from one’s paper or answer sheet during an examination;
3. Allowing another individual to assume one’s identity for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade in any of the following: testing, field trips or attendance;
4. Falsifying or attempting to falsify attendance records and/or grade rosters;
5. Changing answers on a previously scored test, assignment or experiment with the intent to defraud;
6. Inventing data for the purpose of completing a laboratory experiment or case study analysis with the intent to defraud;
7. Giving and/or taking information during an examination by any means such as sign language, hand signals or secret codes;
8. Obtaining copies of notes, exams or exam questions by any means other than distribution from the instructor. (This includes copying and removing exam questions from the classroom for any purpose.);
9. Using study aids such as calculators, tape recorders or notes that have been specifically prohibited by the instructor.

Consequences for Cheating or Plagiarism

Given alleged violation of the Standards of Conduct, any or all of the following actions may be imposed:
1. When there is evidence of cheating or plagiarism in classroom work, students may receive an F for that piece of work or may be suspended from all classes for that term and the following term if deemed appropriate.
2. The instructor may assign a failing grade to the examination or assignment in which the alleged cheating or plagiarism occurred. This action is based on information that the instructor had.
3. The instructor may dismiss the student from the class or activity for the present and/or following class session(s)
4. The instructor may recommend suspension or expulsion of the student from the college as stipulated in BP5138, Section IIB6 and 8. This recommendation must be in accordance with El Camino College’s Due Process and Disciplinary Procedures.
5. Complete the Academic Dishonesty Report Form and submit it to the Academic Affairs Office.



Download syllabus for History 1A



Due dates for summaries of Video lessons 1-13 will be found on Etudes. Due dates for contributions to discussions on Chapters 1-8 will be found on Etudes as well. This material will be covered in the Midterm Examination and parallels the material in the textbook and videos

Due dates for summaries of Video lessons 14-26 will be found on Etudes. Due dates for contributions to discussions on Chapters 9-15 will be found on Etudes as well. This material will be covered in the Final Examination and parallels the material in the textbook and videos.


Chapter 16 An Industrial Order Emerges, 1865- 1880
Chapter 17 Becoming an Urban Industrial Society, 1880-1890
Chapter 18 Conflict and Change in the West, 1865-1902
Examination #1

Chapter 19 Economic Crash and Political Upheaval, 1890-1900
Chapter 20 The Progressive Era, 1900-1917
Examination #2

Chapter 21 The United States in a World at War 1913-1920
Chapter 22 Prosperity Decade, 1920-1928
Examination #3

WEEKS 9-10
Chapter 23 The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1939
Chapter 24 America’s Rise to World Leadership, 1929-1945
Examination #4

WEEKS 11-12
Chapter 25 Truman and Cold War America, 1945-1952
Chapter 26 Quest for Consensus, 1952-1960
Examination #5

WEEKS 13-14
Chapter 27 Great Promises, Bitter Disappointments, 1960-1968
Chapter 28 America Under Stress, 1967-1976
Examination #6

WEEKS 15-16
Chapter 29 Facing Limits, 1976-1992
Chapter 30 Entering a New Century, 1992-2007

Course Material:

Textbook: (Mandatory) Print or E-Book

The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People, Volume 1, 6th Edition by Brinkley, Alan. Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education Print ISBN 978-0-07-728635-4.

The book is available at the Bookstore on the Compton campus. You can also order online from the ECC bookstore at

You may wish to consider purchasing an e-book version of the text from an organization called Coursesmart ( E-text ISBN 978-0-07-731957-1

DVD Video lessons : (Mandatory)
DVD set of 26 video lessons, entitled “The Unfinished Nation, Part 1: Early Colonization to Reconstruction (to 1877)."

DVD set of 26 video lessons, entitled “The Unfinished Nation, Part 1: Early Colonization to Reconstruction (to 1877)."

You will be able to purchase the mandatory DVD package at the Compton Center Bookstore.

You can also purchase the DVD package from an organization called Intelecom. Go to and click on “Student Store” for ordering information.

Intelecom allows you to have the DVDs mailed to you or you can choose to download the video lessons or view them on streaming video. If you are interested in downloading or viewing the video lessons online your computer will need to be/have:

* A Pentium class or equivalent computer with speakers.
* A broadband connection such as DSL, cable modem, or wireless cable.
* Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher (for Video Downloads).
* Windows Media Player 7.0 or higher (for Video Streaming).

You will also be able to view the video lessons on campus in the Learning Center ( G-39). Call (310) 900-1600, extension 2535 to verify operating hours and to make an appointment to view specific video lessons in the Learning Center. A copy of the textbook (6th edition) will also be on reserve in the Compton Library.

You will be expected to read the textbook (Chapters 1-15) and watch video lessons 1-26 as part of the work for this course.

Online Resources:

Etudes Gateway: http:/myetudes.orgl

(If you need help logging in, please see the syllabus or click here.)