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Professor Saul Panski

History 101: United States History to 1877



Course Information:


INSTRUCTOR:    Saul Panski       


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




A hybrid course is one in which some instruction takes place in a classroom setting and some in an online setting. This course will include a weekly lecture on the Compton campus  (Mondays, 8:00 a.m. -9:25 a.m. in Room E-32) but all assignments and examinations will be submitted/administered online.    To complete the course requirements will therefore require that you have access to a computer and that you utilize the Etudes course management system used by El Camino College.

Course Policies:


History 101 is a Credit/Degree applicable course and the grade is based on points earned  from the following

Video Summaries                                          22% 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.  

Online Class discussion:                                27% of grade       155 points

You will be asked to post online, via the Etudes “Discussion and Private Message” link,  an introductory comment telling the class a little bit about yourself .  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  Friday, February 18, 2011.    The introduction will be worth 5 points.

Subsequently you are to post  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.

Class participation in face to face class sections   17% of grade  100 points            

Midterm exam                                                    17% of grade  100 points  Chapters 1-8 of the textbook and Video Lessons 1-13                          

 MIDTERM EXAMINATION    April 7-8, 2011 

Final Examination                                               17% of grade  100 points  Chapters 9-15 of the textbook and Video Lessons 14-26                              

FINAL EXAMINATION          June 8-9, 2011

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= 585 points

475 -585 points= A 

425-474  points=B

375-424 points=C

325- 374 points=D        

Download syllabus for History 101



February 14        Chapter 1     Video 1         
Chapter 2     Videos 2,3,4
Feb 28               Chapter 3     Videos 5,6
March 7              Chapters 4    Video 7
March 14            Chapter 5      Videos ,8,9
March 21            Chapters 6   Videos 10,11
March 28            Chapter 7       Video12
April 4                Chapter 8      Video 13


April 18             Chapter 9       Video Lesson 14,15
April 25             Chapter 10      Video Lesson 16,17
May 2               Chapter 11      Video Lesson 18
May 9               Chapter 12      Video Lesson 19
May 16             Chapter 13      Video Lesson 20,21
May 23             Chapter 14      Video Lesson 22,23,24  
June 6              Chapter 15      Video Lesson 25,26

FINAL EXAMINATION:   June 8-9, 2011


Course Material:

Textbook: (Mandatory)   Print or E-Book

Print  The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People, Volume 1, 6th Edition by Alan Brinkley. Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education Print ISBN 978-0-07-728635-4.  2010  The  book is available at the Bookstore on the Compton campus.  

You can also order online from the ECC  bookstore at

E-Book  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) The Unfinished Nation: Part 1:  “Early Colonization to Reconstruction (to 1877)   ISBN 978-1-58370033-1   Intelecom 2004


Online Resources: 

Etudes Gateway: http:/myetudes.orgl 

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