Distance Learning

Distance Learning Center


Spring 2014 Syllabus for HUMI-D015.-62Z
HUMI-D015.-62Z - Barbara Hoffman
Discussion on the Arts
Call Number: 1235
Term: Fall 2013
4 units
De Anza College Distance Learning Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 • http://www.deanza.edu/distance/
Interdisciplinary discussion within the discipline of Humanities on the purposes, relationships and concepts involved in the Fine Arts including Theater Arts, Music, and Visual Arts.
Instructor Information: Barbara Hoffman
Barbara Hoffman, Ph.D.

Email: hoffmanbarbara@deanza.edu
Office Location: DLC
EWRT 100B and READ 91 (or LART 100), or ESL
4 are advised.


With online courses, students are required to have access to a working computer with a stable high speed internet
connection. Computers are available on campus in the
Learning Center and in local libraries. Computer problems
will not be an acceptable excuse for missing exams or
assignment deadlines.

Be prepared to spend a minimum of 12 hours per week studying and using the course materials.

The class is completely online. There are NO on campus meetings.

Online courses cover the same material as an on campus class. Students will access all course materials online through the Catalyst course management system. There are no on campus meetings. Online courses are equivalent to on campus courses in terms of units and the number of hours required by students. Some students are under the mistaken impression that an online class requires less work because students do not attend lecture. However, instead of attending lectures, students complete online assignments that are designed to guide them through the material and take the equivalent amount of time. The course is not self-paced. All assignments have due dates and any late assignments will receive reduced credit.

located on the Distance Learning website and log in to
Catalyst during the first week of classes and complete the
COURSE QUESTIONNAIRE by noon on Friday or they will be

Online Orientation may be found at:

Catalyst may be found at: http://catalyst.deanza.edu

ADDING THE COURSE: After the preregistration period,
students may add the course ONLY if space is available. Add codes will be distributed starting the first day of classes at the discretion of the instructor, AND ONLY IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE.

1. Complete the Online Orientation
2. Log in to Catalyst during the first week.
3. Complete the Course Questionnaire during the first week
4. Review the course Assignment Schedule in Catalyst.
5. Complete weekly textbook reading assignments.
6. View video programs.
7. Complete weekly practice quizzes.
8. Pass two online exams.
9. Complete three written assignments.
10. Participate in five online discussion forums.

DROPPING THE COURSE: Any enrolled student who does not log
on to the Humi 15 Course page in Catalyst during the first week of classes and complete the Course Questionnaire will be dropped as a NO SHOW to make space for students wishing to add.

After the first week, it is the student's responsibility to
drop, not the instructor's, and to adhere to all drop

However, the instructor reserves the right to
drop inactive students who do not complete assignments and
exams according to the course deadlines.
After completing the reading assignments you should be able to thoughtfully consider, examine, and discuss the arts
with the following perspectives:

l. Understanding of the relationships between public and
private ideas of individuality and beauty as expressed in works of art.
2. Awareness and exercise of imaginative vision in the
individual; to lead beyond "functional" literacy and basic skills.
3. Awareness of matters of value in the arts without
defining value as a social
4. Development of an awareness and understanding of the
consequences of innovation, both in technological areas and those areas pertaining to the development of ideas and aesthetics.
Martin & Jacobus. The Humanities Through The Arts. 6th,7th or 8th edition. McGraw-Hill Publisher

The textbook is available on reserve in the campus Learning Center.

Students can purchase a used copy of the textbook online through booksellers such as Amazon or Bookfinder.com. The text is under $10.00. The text is also available for rent through www.Chegg.com

Special Note: When purchasing the textbook online, do so as soon as possible to avoid shipping delays.

Written Assignments
Check Catalyst ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE for course due dates.

Students will complete THREE WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS.
Instructions and due dates are available in Catalyst.

Students are required to participate in DISCUSSION FORUMS by posting written responses to assigned topics. All posts are graded by the instructor.

Submit papers online through Catalyst at:
https://catalyst.deanza.edu/ No papers will be accepted by
email or drop off.
Extra Credit
There are NO EXTRA CREDIT assignments in this course. In fairness to all, under no circumstance will the instructor offer a special extra credit assignment to an individual student to accommodate their desire for a higher grade.
Exam Review
There are sixteen PRACTICE QUIZZES available online for students to check their comprehension and prepare for exams. These practice quizzes provide students with immediate feedback and can be taken multiple
times as a study aid. The practice quizzes are not part of the course grade.

CHAPTER OUTLINES are available in Catalyst to help students
review important concepts and prepare for exams.
Final Grade
Students can access final course grades through the campus
Portal System.
Additional Information
Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, provide (name of Instructor) with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number).
Testing / Grading
TWO GRADED EXAMS are given online in Catalyst. They are
composed of multiple-choice questions. There is a 24-hour
time period during which the exam must be completed. All
exam dates are listed in Catalyst.


However, if a make up exam is authorized due to
a documented medical emergency on the day of the test and notifies the instructor within 24 hours, the exam will be composed of short answer essay questions, not multiple choice.
At the end of the quarter, all points will be totaled in
order to determine the final course grade. Grades are based
solely on points and are not rounded up. Factors such as effort, improvement, personal hardships, desire for a higher grade, etc. are NOT part of the grading calculation. Any request for special grading consideration will be denied.

Grades are not rounded up.

93-100% = A; 90-92% = A-
87-89% = B+; 83-86% = B; 80-82% = B-
77-79% = C+; 70-76% = C
67-69% = D+; 63-66% = D
60-62% = D-; 59% and below = F
Exams Scores:
Test grades will be available in Catalyst AFTER the exam

Final Grade:
Course grades are based upon two examinations of equal
weight, three
written assignments, and participation in discussion forums.

Requirement Points
Exam #1 50 points
Exam #2 50 points
3 Written Assignments: 10 points each
5 Discussion forum participation total: 10 points each
Total Course Points: 180 points

Assignments Schedule
The course assignment schedule is available in Catalyst.

Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
Catalyst Information
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/ to login. Please note that you will be unable to login until the first day of class. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus. Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:

De Anza College Library: http://www.deanza.edu/library/

Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
  • Access to the Library Catalog which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
    Library Catalog: http://library.deanza.edu/uhtbin/webcat
  • Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.

Distance Learning
Building: MLC 250
Email: distance@deanza.edu
Phone: 408.864.8969

Last Updated: 9/5/13