U.S. History 17A Online
Tom Gallup, Instructor
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U.S. History 17A Online
Instructor: Tom Gallup
3 Semester Units
Days and Time: online
Nations, vol. I, 6th ed. (available
bookstore. This book can be purchased over the phone and shipped to
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Readings and Study Guide: available
United States History, 17A Online
U.S. History 17A Online is a survey of the
social and cultural history of the United States from the pre-colonial
period through the Civil War. Topics covered include indigenous and
influences on the development of the colonies, the causes and
of the War of Independence, the origin and principles of the U.S.
westward expansion, sectional conflict and the Civil War. This course
acceptable for credit at the University of California, California State
University as well as other colleges and universities nationwide.
At the end of the course, students will be able
1.) Locate on a map of the United States
and geographical sites.
2.) Identify the dates of important historical
1600 to 1865.
3.) Explain the reasons for important historical
identify and explain the contributions of key historical figures, and
the major ideas/movements of the period from1500 to 1865.
4.) Describe the origin and structure of the
and its historical applicability in United States history before the
Required Reading and Study Guide
The class is divided into twelve
corresponding roughly to twelve (12) chapters in the textbook, Nation
of Nations. For each assignment there is reading from one or more
in this textbook and usually other readings available online.
For each of the twelve
there are questions in twelve (12) Study Guides. The questions
each Study Guide are designed to focus your reading for that
The questions themselves are short -- sometimes a few sentences,
only a date or a name or a term. They are set up to be found in the
as you do it. They are not conceptual questions that require a lot of
comparing and contrasting. They are straight-forward questions designed
to elicit factual responses.
The amount of time that each
take will vary from person to person, but should be about the same
of time as required for a traditional class. For an idea of the kinds
questions you will need to answer, go to the
sample assignment page.
The questions on the two (2)
final will be based on the twelve (12) Study Guides. In order to
for these exams, you should do the reading and answer the questions on
the Study Guides. The answers to these questions are for you to
for the exams. When you are finished answering the questions, e-mail
answers to me using the correct double-spaced format. The
will be explained in an introductory email that I will send out at the
beginning of the class. There will be a due date for each of these
assignments. The due dates are listed on the assignments page. You will
receive 10 points for turning in a completed assignment. Points will be
deducted for incomplete assignments, incomplete answers or wrong
No points will be awarded for late assignments. You may send the
assignments to me at any time before the due date. On these
you must DO YOUR OWN WORK. Collaboration on assignments is not
If I discover that you are collaborating with another student on these
assignments, or that you are using material previously assigned, YOU
BE DROPPED FROM THE CLASS IMMEDIATELY.
After every four (4) assignments, you will take a
on the questions you have written out from the Study Guides.
test will consist of some questions from each of the four (4) previous
assignments. The tests will be due back to me within 24 hours. The
when I will send these tests and their due dates are listed on the assignments
page. Altogether there will be two (2) midterm tests and one (1) final
test during the class. The tests will count 300 points each.
They will consist of 100 multiple choice and essay questions. There are
no makeups for these tests.
Grading Scale, Points and Semester Grades
Your grade for the course will be determined
the following scale:
90- 100% A 900+
80 - 89% B 800
70 - 79% C 700
60 - 69% D 600
F 599 and below
This course may be taken on a Credit/No Credit
minimum equivalent grade of C is required for a credit.) However, you
notify me via e-mail before the end of the sixth (6th) week of the
(second week in summer) if you wish to do so,.
If your name appears on my class roster, you are
enrolled in the class and will receive the grade you earn. If, for some
reason, you need to drop the class, you must do so officially through
office of Admissions & Records.
Revised January 14, 2008
by Tom Gallup, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
West Valley College