DR. DAMEROWS COURSES
HIS 101, HIS 102, GOV 201, GOV 202, GOV 207, GEO 201Spring Semester 2013 from January 22 to May 14
This page is incorporated into each of my specific course syllabi.
Courses Offered By Prof. Damerow
HIS 102-003 Western Civilization II MWF 10:10 – 11:05 N-24
GOV 202-001 American National Government MWF 11:15 – 12:10 N-28
HIS 102-009 Western Civilization II MW 2:00 – 3:20 N-23
GOV 207-071 International Politics W 5:40 – 8:30 P.M. MLH
Office Hours in N2-17 Upstairs Counseling Center
Information for International Studies Majors:
Telephone and Email:
I prefer Emails over phone calls. During phone calls, please speak your name and phone number distinctly and slowly.
ATTENDANCE: Mandatory. Excessive cutting authorizes the instructor to lower the course grade. When a student must be absent from class, it is desirable to advise the instructor in advance. Test dates should never be missed without prior notice. They can not be made up.
NOTE TAKING: It is imperative that you take notes. Two to five pages of notes per class are usual. If you average less, see the instructor. Recordings of lectures are NOT permitted.
HOURLY EXAMINATIONS: Exams have both an objective and an essay component. The objective questions, usually multiple choice, are drawn largely from the main textbook; the essay questions relate to the class lectures. For all exams, you need both a pencil and a pen.
MAKE-UP POLICY: Make-up exams are NOT a student right. They may be given at the discretion of the instructor for legitimate reasons, such as your own hospitalization. When granted, make-ups are scheduled at the convenience of the instructor.
If make ups are granted, they are given at the end of the semester after the Last Hourly Examination at a time convenient to the instructor.
It is also possible that the instructor will drop the lowest grade for all students in a given course. Those who have missed one of the regularly scheduled exams will have this lowest grade count as their make up. They will not be given an additional make-up possibility. Two missed hourly exams can not be made up.
The oral class instructions may modify these general principles..
QUIZZES: Announced and unannounced quizzes may be given at the discretion of the instructor. Quizzes cannot be made up.
NO EXTRA CREDIT. My courses do not allow extra credit work. The grade in your regular work is your grade for the course.
GRADING AND EXAMINATION POLICIES. See separate instructions for each particular course.
FINAL EXAMS ARE GIVEN DURING THE FINAL EXAM WEEK: Beginning Wednesday, May 8 2012
DEPARTMENTAL PREREQUISITES FROM MY COURSES:
GOVERNMENT 201 AND 202
It is my recommendation that all students taking my courses be fluent in English reading and writing at a college proficiency level.
LETTER GRADES: The Student Handbook indicates the grading system used at the College.
Numerically, an average course grade of 59 and below is a grade of "F". 60 and above is "D"; 70 and above is "C"; 80 and above is "B"; and 90 and above is "A". D+, C+, and B+ are given if the course grade is above 65, 75, or 85, respectively. There are no A+ grades at the College.
TUTORING: Students must arrange for their own tutoring assistance if needed. Help may be available through the Academic Learning Center (ALC). Please check with the ALC if tutors are available and, if so, at what times.
STUDY TIME REQUIRED: In addition to the lectures, you are required to read, study, and master an average of 50 to 75 pages per week in these 14-week courses. It is standard practice to study two to three hours per 50-minute lecture period in a course. A three credit course should require six to nine hours of home study per week in addition to attending classes.
CHEATING: Don't do it. Copying information from another student, looking at a crib sheet, text messaging, or other methods of looking up information during an examination is considered cheating. Such behavior will lead to an F on the exam, may result in expulsion from the class, and, given the severity of the offense, dismissal from the College. Helping another student to cheat is also a cheating offense.
PLAGIARISM: When doing a term paper, copying information from any source without quoting and footnoting is considered plagiarism. It is a cheating offense.
COURSE PHILOSOPHY: You are taking college-credit courses which are intended to transfer to four-year institutions. College-level study skills and maturity are assumed.
It should not be necessary to state, but coming late to class, talking to friends during the lecture, receiving or making cell phone calls, or leaving during a class to go to the bathroom, except in unusual circumstances, are unacceptable behaviors. It is not acceptable to come consistently late to class. Arriving more than 20 minutes late will constitute an absence. Walking in and out of class repeatedly during the same class period is unacceptable.
The instructor has the right to ask you to leave a class. Failure to comply will result in asking the Campus Security to remove the student from class.
Electronic devices like beepers and cell phones must be turned off during the class period.
You may type your class notes directly into a portable computer, but you may not videotape or record. During exams, all electronic devices must be turned off.
During class discussions or in answering questions, controversial opinions may be expressed and are, indeed, encouraged. Academic freedom is a right of students and professors. Rude or threatening language are unacceptable and you will be asked to leave the class if your behavior becomes disruptive.
This list of "dos and don'ts" has become necessary as a preventative. I have never had to throw a student out of my classes. There has rarely been disruptive behavior. Collegiality has been the rule in my classrooms and I intend to keep it that way. So don't get scared when reading all these injunctions.
NO EXTRA CREDIT. My courses do not provide for extra credit.
ROLE OF PARENTS: Privacy laws prohibit instructors from disclosing grades and other information about college students over 18 years of age. This is not a high school. Please don't have your parents call me if you are doing poorly. Fight your own battles.
RECORDING DEVICES: Not permitted.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. In accord with College policies and public law, appropriate accommodations will be made for students with disabilities. Please see the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities in the Counseling Department. The official disability statement from Union County College is stated below.
"Union County College offers reasonable accommodations and/or services to
persons with disabilities. Any student who has a documented disability and
wishes to self-identify should contact the Coordinator of Services for Students
with Disabilities at (908) 709-7164, or email
are individualized and in accordance with Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992. In
order to receive accommodations, students must be registered with the Disability
Services Office. Students should register with the office as soon as possible.
Accommodations are not official until the Faculty Accommodations Alert Form(s)
are issued from the student to his/her instructor(s). "
WITHDRAWALS FROM COURSE
WITHDRAWAL: The last date by which students may withdraw officially from this
course during the SPRING
Semester 2013 is Tuesday, March
19. Students must withdraw
officially through the Registrar's Office in order to receive a grade of W on their
transcripts. Unofficial withdrawals, that is no longer attending classes for whatever
reason, result in a grade of F.
LATE WITHDRAWAL: The College also has a Late Withdrawal policy for legitimate reasons such as hospitalization or severe family problems. A form, available from the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, needs to be filled out stating why the late withdrawal is necessary. At the instructor's discretion, this late withdrawal may be granted. The Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs must also agree that the request is legitimate or that the instructor's denial of the request should be reconsidered.
Different instructors have different standards on what is a legitimate reason for a late withdrawal request. Poor grades are not viewed as legitimate reasons by many. Late withdrawals are not a method for avoiding an 'F' grade and they are not a student right. My late withdrawal standard will be announced in class. I am generally liberal about granting late withdrawals, but this liberal policy ends on Monday, April 22 for the Spring Semester 2013. There are no late withdrawals after that date.
To receive a late Withdrawal Grade, you must bring the official form, filled out and signed, in person to me. You must then return the form to the Department Secretary of the Economics, Government, and History Department. You may see me before or after class, but may not interrupt me during class. Putting a form in my mailbox is not acceptable. YOU MUST SEE ME IN PERSON BEFORE APRIL 22.
Thereafter no late withdrawals are given for any reason.
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