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Summer 2016 Syllabus for HIST-D017A-61Z
HIST-D017A-61Z - David Howard-Pitney
Call Number: 00543
Term: Summer 2012
4 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
United States civilzation to early National Era. A survey of the social, cultural, political, economic, and intellectual development of the Colonial Era with emphasis on the era of the American Revolution, the development of the Constitution, and the role of the major ethnic, social, and gender groups in the American experience.
Instructor Information: David Howard-Pitney
Professor of History at De Anza since 1990. PhD & MA, University of Minnesota. Books: "Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle" and "The African-American Jeremiad".

Phone: 408-864-8559
Office Location: F21-q
Office Hours: In Summer, by Appointment only. Call or email me to arrange an on-campus meeting.
ADVISORY: Eligibility for EWRT 1A or ESL 5 is advised.

l) Be prepared to spend 20 or more hours per week to use and study course materials. Read and study the text and other assigned reading and materials as required.
2) Take the required course Online Orientation on the Distance Learning Center website by no later than July 7.
3) This course section is offered ONLY through the "HistoryClass" online format; it is NOT on Catalyst. All exams and graded work will be taken online in HistoryClass. Students must purchase access to HistoryClass. Read below in this Syllabus under the "Textbook" heading instructions on two ways to obtain access to HistoryClass and to the "American Promise" textbook.
[Bookstore: Phone: 408-864-8455]
Purchase the following items at Either the De Anza College Bookstore Or on the HistoryClass web site:

1. Roark, et al., "The American Promise," 4th Edition, Volume A (or Vol. I).

2. "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Written by Himself." Note, this book is ONLY available at the college bookstore-- it CANNOT be purchased on the HistoryClass web site.

3. An Access Card to "HistoryClass," the course's online format. All assignments and graded work work will be done on HistoryClass. There are two ways to buy access to HistoryClass AND two ways to purchase the "American Promise" textbook.

To get access to HistoryClass: you can either purchase an access card, bundled with The American Promise Volume A, through the DeAnza bookstore OR you can purchase access to HistoryClass online. (HistoryClass includes an optional electronic version of The American Promise, Volume A, so if you don't purchase a print copy at the bookstore, you will still have access to The American Promise online).

This web page listed below is a captivate video that will help walk you through the process of registering an activation code or purchasing access to HistoryClass. Click the URL below to get started or follow the directions below.

1. Go to and click on the link to REGISTER YOUR CODE.

2. Scroll down to select HistoryClass for The American Promise, Volume I (Note: the textbook will be labeled Volume A and your HistoryClass Access Card will list Volume I- this is inconsistent but, don't worry, you will register for the correct class) and click on the link to REGISTER YOUR CODE. The registration screen will appear.

3. Click REGISTER your Code. The registration screen will appear.

4. Enter your Activation Code, name, and e-mail address, which will serve as your HistoryClass
username. You won't be able to change your e-mail address after you register, so pick one that will be valid for the duration of the course.

5. Create a password and password hint. The password must be at least 4 characters long and should be something memorable.

6. Register for a specific class by selecting your school location (state/province) from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen. Subsequent drop-down menus allow you to choose your institution and course title/instructor.

7. Finally, click NEXT at the bottom of the screen, confirm your account information, and click
CREATE ACCOUNT to complete the registration process.

1. Go to and click on the link to PURCHASE ACCESS TODAY.

2. Scroll down to select your version of HistoryClass, select your Volume from the drop-down menu, and click on the link to PURCHASE. The purchase screen will appear. Select your institution's state/province, your institution name, and the course title/instructor from the drop-down menus.

3. Enter an e-mail address and password. You won't be able to change your e-mail address after you register, so pick one that will be valid for the duration of the course. Likewise, the password must be at least 4 characters long and should be something memorable.

4. Provide payment information, including your name as it appears on your credit card, your credit
card number and expiration date, and billing address.

5. Click NEXT.

6. After confirming your information, click on PLACE YOUR ORDER.
7. Once the system has accepted your payment, a thank you screen will confirm your name, e-mail address, username, and password.

8. You will also receive a confirmation e-mail.

Go to to login to your HistoryClass course.
1. Enter your e-mail address and password.
2. Click Login.

If you have trouble with a log-in ID or password, contact technical support: 1-800-936-6899 or via e-mail at

Media Availability
Media Availability
Internet Access Required
Written Assignments
Written Assignment
There is an Essay of approximately 1,000 words, based on the book "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Written, by Himself" Due on June 21 (see HistoryClass for details). On each exam, there is an essay section of approximately 500 words. There are several Discussion Board postings of about 250 words each.
Final Grade
You may access your final grades through the Star System [408-777-9394 or 650-917-0509], and on the Internet through the College's Portal system [].
Additional Information

Additional Information
Please see HistoryClass web site for additional course 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
There will be 3 QUIZZES (each on an American Promise chapter) worth 20 points each, for a total of 60 Quiz points.

There will be 2 EXAMS, worth 60 points each, for a total of 120 Exam points. Each Exam will cover only the reading and other course materials assigned for its portion and will not cover material previously covered by an exam; no Exam, including the Final exam is cumulative.

There is an ESSAY for 60 points based on the "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano" book.

There will be 2 Discussion Board Activities, worth 15 points each for a total of 30 points.

Please see HistoryClass web site for fuller information.
Alternate Exams
There is ONLY ONE MAKE-UP ALLOWED on any exams, quizzes, essays or other graded assignments. Quizzes and exams are available for taking up until their due dates but not afterward. I strongly advise students NOT to delay taking a quiz or exam until just before its due.
Final course letter grades will be assigned on the basis of students total points and overall performance relative to one another (ie, "on a curve").

Assignments Schedule
All graded work is is performed online on HistoryClass. See HistoryClass weekly Assignments Center tab for more info.

Quiz 1 (on American Promise Chapter 1) is Due on HistoryClass by Sunday, July 8; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 2 (on American Promise Chapter 3) is Due by Sunday, July 15; 11:55 PM.

EXAM 1 (both Multiple Choice & Essays sections, on American Promise Chapters 1-4), Due by Sunday, July 22; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 1 Activity, Due by Thursday August 26; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 3 (on American Promise Chapter 6) is Due by Sunday, August 29; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 2 Activity, Due by Wednesday, August 1; 11:55 PM.

ESSAY on Equiano's "Interesting Narrative" Book, Due by Tuesday, August 7; 11:55 PM.

EXAM 2 (On Chapter's 5-8, NOT a cumulative Final Exam), Due by Sunday, August 12; 11:55 PM.
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.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455
Videostream Information
This course utilizes streaming video which can be accessed via the Catalyst system. Please view the Catalyst website at 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: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.

Due to licensing restrictions video programs are not available for downloading.

Online Education
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Phone: 408.864.8969
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Last Updated: 1/27/16