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    GOVERNMENT  2305-6309
    Course Title:  US  Term and Year:  Spring 2017
    Course Subject:  2306
    Course Section:  Government  Class Days & Times:
    Every other Sunday:
    Credit Hours:  3
    Class Room Location:    UP13.405
    Instructor:  Phone:
    Office:  Office Hours:  By appointment
    This class will examine the origin and development of the Texas constitution, structure and
    powers  of  state  and  local  government,  federalism  and  inter-governmental  relations,  political
    participation, the election process, public policy, and the political culture of Texas.
    Edition, ISBN: 0393936848
    Department Chair :
    Dean of Math and Science:
    A student’s grade will be based on the number of points earned for each assignment, which will
    be added together and weighted out of 500 possible points. Students will be administered two exams,
    each worth 150 points, and will be assigned one research paper worth 150 points. Fifty points are
    available for class participation. Many extra credit opportunities will likely be offered throughout the
    year, though whether any extra credit is offered is totally discretionary.
    We will cover chapters one through six during the first half of the course. Test One will be
    administered on March 5
    , 2017and will cover only these chapters. We will cover chapters seven
    through thirteen during the first half of the course. Test Two, the final exam, will be administered on
    May 14
    , 2017.The term paper will be due on April 2
    , 2017, and the paper’s topic must be approved
    by February 5
    , 2017.
    Students are expected to have read between two and three chapters per class. For the First day of
    class, we will cover the material in chapters one through three and between two and three chapters per
    day, thereafter. Reading assignments may be augmented in class. Should it become apparent that a
    student has not or is not reading for class, I may deduct participation points of points from a student’s
    final grade for failing to properly prepare.
    I reserve the right to impose reading quizzes throughout the semester to ensure students are
    reading and to test student comprehension and understanding of course material. These quiz will be
    graded and will count as a portion of a students’ exam points; participation grade, or otherwise, as seems
    most judicious.
    Attendance is required. Mere presence, alone, is insufficient to qualify as attendance. I expect
    each of you to participate and be mentally engaged in each of our classes. This requires preparation. Our
    classes will consist of extensive lectures and class discussion. You will be expected to have read the
    assigned readings prior to class and be able to participate in the class discussions based on the
    information gleaned from the readings. Failure to attend class and/or failure to be prepared for class may
    adversely impact your attendance grade. Conversely, students who are heavily engaged and who
    frequently participate in a meaningful way will be rewarded, both as to their attendance grade and in
    terms of extra credit. Meaningful participation is key to this course.
    Certain things will not be tolerated. This includes: obvious cell phone use, computer use for any
    reason other than notetaking, wearing headphones while in class or anything that takes away from the
    appearance of meaningful participation and attendance.
    Unless a true emergency, students should not leave class during the lectures, exams, etc.
    Your grade will be
    determined by the following
    (if applicable)
    Percent of
    Two Individual Tests  One test per half of semester  150 Points each  60%
    One Term Paper  Research paper over approved topic  150 points  30%
    Attendance and Participation  Based on holistic participation in class  50 points  10%
    Extra Credit  Totally Discretionary  –  –
    Total:  500 points  100%
    Any student who misses an assigned exam will receive a zero as his or her grade for that exam—
    this is the general rule. There is no general right to make up a missed exam. This draws on the
    professionalism requirement. Though there is no right to make up a missed exam, special exceptions
    may be made, where necessary, if a student has a “legitimate” reason for missing an exam and provides
    prior notice of his or her inability to attend the exam. What constitutes a legitimate reason for missing an
    exam is determined by me alone. I will base my determination on what constitutes a “legitimate reason”
    on such variables as: the stated reason, the believability of the student and the stated reason, the totality
    of circumstances, and the like. Simply saying one has, “family issues” will not suffice.
    Should an exception to the general rule be allowed, which will be decided on a case-by-case
    basis, the make-up assignment will likely be one tailored to the student and circumstance and, depending
    on the student and the circumstance, the highest possible grade available to a student taking a make-up
    exam might be reduced. This would mean that, if a student is allowed to take a make-up assignment, the
    highest possible grade a student could earn could be a ninety, an eighty, or whathaveyou. Any exception
    to the general rule is totally discretionary.
    Exams will likely be graded within one week from the time they are given. Students will have an
    opportunity to review their exams, either in class or by appointment; however, students will not be
    allowed to take or keep their exams. If a student is allowed to review his or her exam and takes a picture
    of the exam; photo copies the exam; or, in anyway, reproduces the content of the exam, that student will
    receive a zero for the exam and will be referred to College for cheating. Similarly, if a student fails to
    return his or her exam, after reviewing it, that student will receive a zero for the exam and will be
    referred to College for cheating.
    Each student is required to draft a term paper. Student will be required to develop a topic, which
    must be approved by me, and to write a research paper about that topic, which must be no shorter than
    six pages. The paper’s format must be: double-spaced and written in Times New Roman 12 font.
    The paper must include, at least, five sources. Student must cite to their sources and no
    plagiarism will be tolerated. Any plagiarism will result in a grade of zero for the research paper and any,
    other disciplinary potentialities warranted by the Student Handbook. Of the five sources required, at
    least two sources must be scholarly. A scholarly source, generally, is one that is written by an expert or
    knowledgeable person in a field, peer-reviewed, and published. The library is full of such sources and
    they are also accessible via online databases such as: HeinOnline and JSTOR. The paper must include a
    Works Cited page listing a student’s sources.
    The paper will be due by the end of class on April 2
    , 2017Students may submit their papers
    early. A student will receive five points of extra credit for each day the paper is submitted early, with the
    maximum amount of extra credit possible for early submissions being twenty-five points. Conversely,
    students will lose five points for each day late the paper is submitted and no papers will be accepted
    more than seven days late. Paper may be submitted in-person or via email.
    The paper will be graded based on its topic, content, format, grammar, the quality of its sources,
    and the holistic effort the submitting student seems to have invested in putting
    the paper together. I like research papers and look forward to reading your papers. If you meet the
    minimum requirements and write an interesting paper, you will likely do well.
    Students should expect it to take no less than two weeks for the research paper to be graded.
    This is a college class and professionalism will be expected of all students. Students will be
    expected to attend class; be on time to class; sit through the entire class, leaving only in the event of true
    necessity; and meaningfully participate. This is a matter of respect and decency. You should respect
    yourselves, your peers, your instructor, the College, and the degree(s) you hope to attain enough to do
    these things.
    Similarly, students will be expected to be polite throughout the course of our class discussions,
    which will be a large part of our course. Varied opinions are an essential part of our society and
    academic and political discourse; however, rudeness and impoliteness should never be accepted and it
    will not be tolerated in our class. Should one have strong feelings about a matter or disagree with
    another, I would hope such a student would speak up and share those thoughts and views; however,
    those feelings and views should be conveyed politely and in a way that is not injurious to others.
    I am here for you all and you are free to contact, whether via email or my cell phone, as
    necessary; however, professionalism would work against telephone calls at one in the morning and texts
    that are grammatically correct.
    Withdrawal from the course after the official day of record and prior to “W” Day, (April 5
    2017) will result in a final grade of “W” on your transcript. Instructor approval is necessary if you want
    to withdraw after official day. No credit will be awarded for a course earning a “W.” If you stop
    attending class, you must withdraw at the registration office prior to “W” day. If you stop attending class
    and do not officially withdraw, you will receive an “F” for the course.
    Students who enrolled in Texas public institutions of higher education as first-time college
    students during the Fall 2007 term or later are subject to section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code,
    which states that an institution of higher education may not permit a student to drop (withdraw with a
    grade of “W”) from more than six courses, including courses that a transfer student has previously
    dropped at other Texas public institutions of higher education that have already been counted against
    their six drop limit. Each student should fully understand this drop limit before you drop any course.
    Please see a Counselor or Advisor in our Student Services area for additional information.
    XIV.   Lone Star College-University Park Campus and System Policies
    Academic Integrity
    The Lone Star College System upholds the core values of learning: honesty,
    respect, fairness, and accountability. The system promotes the importance of personal and academic
    honesty. The system embraces the belief that all learners – students, faculty, staff and administrators –
    will act with integrity and honesty and must produce their own work and give appropriate credit to the
    work of others. Fabrication of sources, cheating, or unauthorized collaboration is not permitted on any
    work submitted within the system.
    The consequences for academic dishonesty are determined by the professor, or the professor and
    academic dean, or the professor and chief student services officer and can include but are not limited to:
    1.  Having additional class requirements imposed,
    2.  Receiving a grade of zero or “F” for an exam or assignment,
    3.  Receiving a grade of “F” for the course,
    4.  Being withdrawn from the course or program,
    5.  Being expelled from the college system.
    Student Behavior Expectations
    Students are expected to conduct themselves appropriately while on College property or in an online
    environment. Students may receive disciplinary action up to and including suspension, if they violate
    System or College rules, disrupt classes, or interfere with the opportunity of others to obtain an
    education. Students who pose a threat to the safety of others will be subject to immediate withdrawal
    from the classroom, campus environment, and/or online environment, as well as face subsequent
    criminal charges, as appropriate. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct located online at for additional information.
    Americans with Disabilities Act Statement
    Lone Star College-University Park is dedicated to providing the least restrictive environment for all
    students. We promote equity in academic access through the implementation of reasonable
    accommodations as required by the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title V, Section 504 and the
    Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) which will enable students with disabilities to
    participate in and benefit from all post-secondary educational activities.
    Disability Services is located on the LSC University Park campus in building 13, Suite 200. You may
    contact Disability Services at the following number: 281.401.5370. Additional information may be
    accessed online at the following URL:
    Campus Safety and Security
    Lone Star College System is committed to maintaining the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and
    guests while visiting one of our campuses. See details.
    Register at receive emergency notifications. In the event of an
    emergency, contact the police at 5911.
    Computer Virus Protection
    Computer viruses are, unfortunately, a fact of life. Using flash drives on more than one computer
    creates the possibility of infecting additional computers and flash drives with computer viruses. This
    exposes college computers, personal computers, and any other computers to
    potentially damaging viruses. The college has aggressive anti-virus procedures in place to protect its
    computers, but cannot guarantee that a virus might not temporarily infect one of its machines. It is your
    responsibility to protect all computers under your control and use and ensure that each flash drive you
    use, wherever you use it, has been scanned with anti-virus software.
    Equal Opportunity Statement
    It is the policy of the Lone Star College System to provide equal employment, admission and
    educational opportunities without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, veteran’s
    status, sexual orientation, or disability.
    Lone Star Colleges strive to provide an excellent learning environment free from harassment or
    intimidation directed at any person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, veteran’s status,
    sexual orientation, or disability. Any form of harassment will not be tolerated.
    The academic, financial, and non-directory information on your student account is confidential and
    protected by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA). LSCS cannot release certain
    information to another person without your written authorization. The Authorization to Release Student
    Information Form can be found at
    Internet and E-mail
    LSCS provides computing and network resources. You are encouraged to use the computers, software
    packages, and electronic mail (e-mail) for educational or System-related activities and to facilitate the
    efficient exchange of useful information. The equipment, software, and network capacities provided
    through the district computer services are the property of the System. Use of the equipment and
    networks is to comport with the policies and procedures of the System and access may be denied to any
    student who fails to comply with the System’s policies and procedures regarding its use.
    Access to the System’s e-mail and similar electronic communications systems are a privilege and certain
    responsibilities accompany that privilege. All users are expected to demonstrate the same level of
    ethical and professional manner, as is required in face-to-face or written communications. Threatening,
    anonymous, or forged messages will be treated as a violation of this policy.
    Software Piracy
    Law strictly prohibits unauthorized copying of software purchased by Lone Star College-University Park
    for use in laboratories. Lone Star College-University Park administration will take appropriate
    disciplinary action against anyone violating copyright laws.
    Evaluation of Instruction
    Lone Star College-University Park is committed to student success. As part of
    its’ institutional effectiveness efforts, our instructors are assessed in several ways. For the continuous
    improvement of our instruction, all students are required to provide input for each course they take each
    semester using the Course Evaluations Questionnaire, which can be accessed online for each course.
    This occurs approximately half way through your course and your instructor will provide you more
    information on this process. Once you evaluate your course, print and turn in the receipt of completion
    to your instructor. The college deans review these evaluations each semester. The deans and/or
    department chairs may visit each instructor’s class at some time during the semester to observe the
    instructional environment being provided and complete an assessment of the instructor.

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