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The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.
Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016
Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.
NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.
GOVT-2305-004 United States Government
Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, structure and powers of the national government including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights.
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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:
Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:
You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.
(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)
OpenStax Online American Government Textbook:
Available for download here:
Access to reliable internet and a device to access the course through the internet.
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Students are expected to follow all Amarillo College policies and procedures.
During discussions in the course; students are expected to be professional and follow common courtesy. Students alone are responsible for making sure everything is done on-time.
During course discussions, please be aware that no one ever knows who is in the room with them and what life experiences they've had. Therefore, it is incredibly important to be respectful and kind during discussions, and speak in a manner that will always protect the safety of the learning environment for ALL students.
A = 89 - 100
B = 79 - 88
C = 69 - 78
D = 59 - 68
F = 0 - 58
Discussions – 30%
Attendance – 10%
Module Activities and Video Quizzes- 15%
Common Assessment - 25%
Exams - 20%
While this course is online, there is a lot of activities and thinking that needs to take place and that requires time. Please prepare your time appropriately.
The operative word in this class is "communicate" with me!
Due: July 17 @ 11:59pm
Assignments for each module are due at the end of the week on Sunday night @ 11:59pm
Week 1: Complete Module 1 over Constitutional Origins, Activities, and Video Quizzes
Due: June 12 @ 11:59pm
Week 2: Complete Module 2 over Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances along with Activities and Video Quizzes
due: June 19 @ 11:59pm
Week 3: Complete Module 3 over Federalism along with Activities and Video Quiz
due: June 26 @ 11:59pm
Week 4: Complete Module 4 over the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary Branches along with Activities and Video Quiz
due July 3 @ 11:59pm
Week 5: Open Module 5 and begin thinking about, working on, and writing your Common Assessment assignment.
due: July 17 @ 11:59pm
Week 6: Complete Module 6 over Civil Rights and Civil Liberties along with Activities and Video Quiz
due: July 10 @ 11:59pm
Week 7: Complete Module 7 over the Media, Public Opinion, and Elections along with Activities and Video Quiz
due: July 17 @ 11:59pm
Week 8: Complete Module 8 over Domestic and Foreign Policy along with Activities and Video Quiz
due: July 24 @ 11:59pm
If a student scores below 70% on an exam or writing assignment, he or she will be required to attend tutoring per the instructor’s directions before being allowed to complete the next assigned work.
The Professor reserves the right to change this syllabus as necessary, or as situations submit themselves during our time together.
Because this class moves so quickly, it is incredibly important for each student to stay up to date on each of assignments and assessments, as well as be present in class. Attendance is an absolute necessity to success.
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