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Summer 2016 Syllabus for HIST-D017C-61Z
HIST-D017C-61Z - David Howard-Pitney
U. S. History From 1900 To Present
Call Number: 00547
Term: Summer 2012
4 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
American civilization from 1900 to the present. A survey of the United States history (political, economic, intellectual and social development.)
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 up to 20 hours a week to use and study course materials. Read and study the text and other assigned reading and materials as required.
2) Taking the Online Orientation for this section on the De Anza College Distance Learning Center web site during the first week of class, by no later than 11:55 PM Sunday July 8 is required. Fulfilling the Orientation involves taking the Distance Learning Questionnaire "Are Distance Learning Courses for You?" on the College Distance Learning Center's web site. After you have taken this exercise, send me an email telling me your self-score, what you learned about yourself from the exercise, and how you will apply this self-knowledge to maximize your chances for success in our distance learning class.
3) This course section is offered only through the "HistoryClass" online format, so students must purchase access to HistoryClass. All exams and graded work will be taken online in HistoryClass. Read below in this Syllabus under "Textbook" heading the instructions on two ways to obtain access to HistoryClass and the 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 C (or Vol. II).

2. Howard-Pitney, "Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, & the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and '60s." Note, this book is ONLY available at the college bookstore and 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.

Read the Below Instructions:
(Note: the textbook will be labeled Volume C and your HistoryClass Access Card will list Volume II- this is inconsistent but, don't worry, you will register for the correct class)You can access HistoryClass for your course in one of two ways: OPTION 1. With an access card that you buy in your bookstore packaged with The American Promise, 4th ed., Vol C. The access card in this package contains an activation code that you will be asked to enter. OPTION 2. As an online purchase directly from Bedford/St. Martin's.
In either case, you'll either register your code or purchase access by going to the following URL and screen:

OPTION 1: Register a code printed on an access card purchased at your campus Bookstore in a package with American Promise, 4th ed., Vol C. Make sure to save and keep the card. It's part of a package, so don't throw it out by mistake. The card will have directions you need to register the code contained in it. When you go to the URL above, choose "Students Register Your Code", scroll down until you find your book and correct volume (note: the textbook will be labeled Volume C and your HistoryClass Access Card will list Volume II- this is inconsistent but, don't worry, you will register for the correct class). click Register, and follow the simple directions.

OPTION 2: Purchase access directly from Bedford/St. Martin's.
1. From the URL above, click on "Students Purchase Access Today"
2. Scroll down until you find your book and choose the correct volume, and click "Purchase"
3. Select the state or province where your institution is located from the drop-down menu. Then, select your institution and then your course (from the drop down menus)**. Click "Next"
4. Complete the registration form, including your first and last name, and email address. Create a username and password for yourself that you easily remember for use throughout the term. Click "Next"
5. Enter your payment information including name as it appears on the credit card, card number, expiration date, and billing address. Click "Next" and confirm all account information. Click "Place Your Order."

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
Internet Access Required
Written Assignments
There is an approximately 1000-word essay on the Martin Luther King/Malcolm X book, Due on Aug. 1. There is also on each exam an approximately 500-word Essay section. Each Discussion Board assignments are each about 250 words long.
Extra Credit
None available.
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
Please see HistoryClass web site for complete 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 Martin Luther King & Malcolm X book.

There will be 2 Discussion Board Activities, worth a total 20 points.
Alternate Exams
There is only ONE Make-up allowed for a graded assignment after its Due Date. Quizzes and exams are available for taking up until their due dates but not afterward. As there is just make-up and human error and technical challenges may occur, I strongly advise students NOT to wait to take a quiz or exam at the last moment 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").
Grades will be based on students' total points. Course letter grades will be assigned by students' performances relative to one another, or "on a curve."
Assignments Schedule
All graded work is is performed online on HistoryClass. See HistoryClass Weekly Assignments tab for fuller information.

Quiz 1 (on American Promise Chapter 22) is Due on HistoryClass by Friday, July 6; 11:55 PM.

Online Orientation is Due by July 8.

Quiz 2 (on American Promise Chapter 24) is Due by Friday, July 13; 11:55 PM.

EXAM 1 (both Multiple Choice & Essay Sections, on American Promise Chapters 22-25), Due by Friday, July 20; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 1 Activity (Essay Thesis), Due by Wednesday, July 25; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 3 (on American Promise Chapter 28) is Due by Friday, July 27; 11:55 PM.

ESSAY on Martin Luther King & Malcolm X Book, Due by Wednesday, August 1; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 2 Activity (Favorite King or Malcolm Document), Due by Monday, August 6; 11:55 PM.

EXAM 2 (Is NOT a cumulative Final Exam; covers American Promise Chapters 26-29); Due by Friday August 10; 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
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:

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:
  • 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.
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.

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Last Updated: 1/27/16