The course consists of four components, all of which can
be accessed via the internet, through links from this website.
Lectures: There are twelve one-hour lectures to be viewed over the course of the term. You should view the lectures following the schedule on the course syllabus.
- You may view them on videocassette
on Media Reserve in the UNLV Library.
- You may view them via streaming
video from the "Video Lectures" area of the
course. (To view these videos, you will need
to download the free
The lecture notes, including the maps and visuals from the lectures, are available on-line as MacroMedia "Flashpaper"; printouts can also be purchased as a copy-pack from the UNLV Bookstore. This copypack is optional and made available for merely the cost of the copies, as many students prefer to have the notes to consult when viewing the lectures.
Readings: The course readings will consist of a textbook, a guide to writing your papers, and on-line primary documents.
I. The basic textbook for the course is Hunt et al.The Making of the West (3rd ed) vol 2., published by Bedford/St. Martin's.
The textbook is available in from the UNLV Bookstore.
With each lecture, you will read one or two textbook chapters; you should do this reading before you begin to read the assigned primary documents (see #2) associated with that lecture.
II. Primary documents, available (free of charge) from the on-line course syllabus. With each lecture, you will read several primary documents; the discussion questions and the essay component of the midterm and the final will be based on these documents.
III. There is a short guide to writing History papers, William Storey, Writing History: A Guide for Students, published by Oxford University Press. This book will help you in responding to the discussion questions, and in writing essays for your midterm and final.
Discussions: On-line discussions will
take place each week using WebCampus. On the first day
of class, you will be assignted to a discussion groups. On the dates specified on the syllabus, the instructor will post study questions to each discussion
group; students will be expected to respond to each question in the appropriate discussion thread.
You can read more about the class
Participation in the on-line class discussions will
account for 30 % of the semester grade. If you
to post your response by the specified due date, you
at the first opportunity for partial credit.
- Essays: You will write two essays, a midterm and a final , which will be distributed to you and which you will turn
in from the "Assignments" area of the course WebCampus site .
Each essay will be in response to a specific question based on material from the lectures, textbook, and primary source documents. Each essay will be worth 35% of your term grade.
(For some guidance on how to write your essay, consult both the assigned pages of the Frakes book and this short guide to student papers. To get a sense of how the essay will be graded, you might consult this gradesheet (.rtf); the grade will be qualitative rather than quantitative, but this gradesheet will highlight the criteria to be used in grading.)
- Assignments: If you go to the "Assignments" area now, you can find instructions for how to
use this feature and a sample assignment, the Questionnaire, which will ask about your background and your reasons for taking this course. I would like you each to download, complete and upload
this questionnaire during the first week of our course. (The questionnaire will be worth one bonus point towards your semester grade. )
To be sure that your assignments upload correctly, please
submit your papers in either Microsoft Word
or Rich Text File format.
Please be sure to give your file a name with
no spaces or other special characters. It is
the student's responsibility to submit
the paper in an acceptable file format and with an acceptable
file name. Also be sure to save a copy of each
of your papers until the grade is posted, to
guard against any loss of the paper due to technical
failure. Late papers will be graded down one-half letter
grade for each day they are late. Extensions to deadlines
will be granted only in the case of a personal or medical
emergency; students facing such an emergency and seeking
an extension should notify the instructor immediately.
- Help: Students who have technical difficulties with WebCt
should email the Student
Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Help Desk at 895-0761.
- General: For each unit, students will be expected first to view
the lecture, then do the assigned reading of textbook
chapters and primary documents; then post responses
to the study questions in the on-line discusion in the days following when the questions are posted. (Due dates for each question are specified on the syllabus.) Additional course announcements will be posted and questions will be answered in the "Main" area of the discussion as the need arises. Students are therefore expected to consult the course WebCampus site several times per week; those who consult more frequently are
likely to do the best in this course.