1 Syllabus

HIS101 / Western Civilization I

Christine de Pizan

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor Information

Instructor Name: ABC
Instructor Phone: ABC
Instructor Email: ABC
Office Location/Hours: ABC
Department Chair or Dean Phone: Kimlisa Salazar Duchicela. 520.206.7153
Other Contact Resources: (optional) ABC

Course Information

Course Description: Pre-history to the Wars of Religion, a period extending from 10,000 BCE to 1648 CE. Includes transition from pre-historic to the historic period, Greco-Roman world, Early, Central, and Late Middle Ages, and Renaissance and Reformation.

Expectation of coursework hours: ABC
Course Meeting Days/Time: Online
Course Delivery/Modality: Online

Required Textbook: Textbook linked in course (no cost)

Student Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the transition from the pre-historic era to the historic era.
  2. Examine the features of the Greco-Roman world.
  3. Describe the Early Middle Ages.
  4. Analyze aspects of the Central Middle Ages.
  5. Describe the events of the Late Middle Ages.
  6. State developments of the Renaissance and Reformation.

Grade and Instructor Policies

Welcome to online HIS 101 – the objective of this course is to cover Pre-history to the Wars of Religion, a period extending from 10,000 BCE to 1648 CE. This includes the transition from pre-historic to the historic period, the Greco-Roman world, the Early, Central, and Late Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation. I will do everything that I can to ensure that your time in this class will be a positive learning experience for all of us. If you ever have questions or need coaching, please feel free to email me. Together, I think that we will have an exciting, stimulating and rewarding class adventure. Students: Please print a copy of this syllabus for handy reference. Whenever there is a question about the class requirements, remember this Syllabus is considered to be the guiding document.

Your instructor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus throughout the semester, but the changes will be posted on Brightspace by D2L under the title SYLLABUS REVISED with the date of revisions.

Grade Determination: List of Assignments and Points

You will read 14 of the chapters in the textbook and take a timed quiz for each chapter to test your comprehension of the reading and mastery of the material. At the conclusion of the semester you will take a comprehensive final exam over the 14 chapters of the text. You will additionally read one primary source on the class theme of ‘voyage’ for each of the seven modules of the course, and complete a two page synopsis of your reading. Lastly, each student will also participate in a group project which will be broken into 3 steps. You are responsible for completing each step in your group. I will randomly place students in their respective groups. The 3 required steps are:

  • Research the theme of ‘voyage’ for the group topic you have been assigned and develop a bibliography of at least 6 academic resources.
  • Locate a primary source, not already discussed in our class assignments, of a ‘voyage’, real or imagined, within the parameters of our class time and location.
  • Write, with your group members, a 2 to 3 page analysis and exploration of the concept of ‘voyage’ in western culture and the qualities specific to the selection of your group.
  • Develop, as a group, a presentation based on your collective work and post it to the class website.

Total Points for the Class

  • 10 pts. Introduction = 10 points
  • 300 pts. Chapter quizzes (12 X 20 points each)
  • 140 pts. Primary Source synopsis (7 X 20 points each)
  •  50 pts. Group research and bibliography
  • 100 pts. Group written analysis
  • 100 pts. Group presentation
  • 100 pts. Final Exam
  • Total Points 800*

*Available points are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor


You can check your grade through Brightspace by D2L at any point during the semester. If you have any questions, please contact me immediately. The final grades are a percentage of total available points. Your points and grade will increase as you complete work. You can expect to have graded assignments within 3 to 5 days of the due date of the assignment. Your grade will be a reflection of how well you have mastered the material, not how hard you have worked.

Grading Formula

  • A=  pts. 90 -100% of total available points
  • B=  pts. 80 – 89% of total available points
  • C=  pts. 70- 79% of total available points
  • D=  pts. 60 – 69% of total available points
  • F=  pts. 00 – 59% and below of total available points

Class Policies & Procedures

Course Activities: We will be using a course management system called Brightspace by D2L to disperse information, communicate with each other, turn in assignments, and do assessments. Briefly these are the categories commonly used by instructors at PCC. The Content menu will contain all the content information for the course, including weekly outlines, lectures, projects, etc. You should be able to print or copy any of the material you find here, and this area is where you will spend most of your class time.

Click on Grades to check points for individual assignments and for total points.

The Classlist menu gives you the ability to contact all your classmates and your instructor through email. This function is not to be used for non-class-related communication, or communication that you would not share in front of your instructor were this a face to face class. Make sure to cc yourself a copy of everything you send to me. NOTE: All Brightspace by D2L Assignment tool submissions must be in either Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. If you submit in any other format, your assignment will not be graded.

Grading Procedures and Policy

Student Withdrawal “W” Grades Students may withdraw from class without instructor permission as long as they do so by the deadlines set up under Key Academic dates on the PCC website. This can be done online or by submitting a “Registration Form” at any PCC Campus. Students who withdraw receive a “W” as a grade. For further information on how withdrawing will affect your academic record or financial aid, please see an advisor or counselor. If you are enrolled in a course—whether or not you participate—your instructor is required to submit a final grade for you, which will then become a part of your permanent college record at Pima. If you foresee you will be unable to complete the course as planned, it is your responsibility (and to your advantage) to officially withdraw and join us again when your schedule is more accommodating. In the event extenuating circumstances made it impossible for you to finish the course, you may request a grade of “W” from your instructor. “W” grade requests must be made in writing and approved by your instructor prior to official submission of your final grade to Pima Community College. A “W” grade may affect your financial aid eligibility and academic standing. I suggest you speak to an advisor prior to requesting a W.

Incomplete (I): The instructor does not give Incompletes.

“AU” Audit Grades: Auditing a PCC class means that you enroll, attend and do work for the class but do not expect to receive credit or a grade. To audit the class, you need the instructor’s permission and signature on an audit request form from any campus admissions office. This form and appropriate payment must be returned to the admissions office for admission. An audit registration cannot be completed until the first day of class. You must complete your audit registration by the end of the add period for the class you wish to audit.

Class Audits are only allowed with the instructor’s permission.

Final Grades: Final grades will be available under grades on Brightspace by D2L and students who wish to check grades may use the grade report which they can access through MyPima. Additional Information: If you have never once logged in to the course by the end of the semester, it is within my right to drop you from the course with a W.

Late Assignments: All assignments and due dates are available at the beginning of the semester so it is reasonable to expect quality work from students submitted well before the due date and time. If you do not procrastinate there should be no reason you cannot submit assignments properly. Waiting until the arrival of a deadline to submit your coursework or complete testing leaves no room for error and may result in failure to meet your deadlines and possibly even failure of your class. Remember, sometimes there are problems that can delay you. Please keep this in mind if you choose to submit assignments minutes before the posted deadline and experience a power failure or technology issues. All individual assignments will gladly be accepted early.

Academic Integrity

All work done for this class must be your own. We do not accept duplicated (identical) assignments. Duplicated work will receive a grade of “F” and may result in further action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Copying from any source without proper reference is considered plagiarism and will result in an F. Remember you textbook is a source and must be cited. Students are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct and the Code of Academic Ethics, also available at PCC campus libraries.

Pima Community College considers violations of academic ethics, including plagiarism, as serious offenses, which may result in failure of an assignment, the course or possible expulsion. Academic Dishonesty is considered a disciplinary offense under the Pima Community College Student Code of Conduct. Academic Dishonesty is defined as the submission of false academic records, cheating, plagiarism, altering, forging, or misusing a college academic record; acquiring or using test materials without faculty permission; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonest grades, honors, or awards. Any acts of academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action and could result in sanctions as described in the Pima Community College Student Code of Conduct.

Academic dishonesty in an online learning environment could involve:

  • Having a tutor or friend complete a portion of your assignments
  • Having a reviewer make extensive revisions to an assignment
  • Copying work submitted by another student
  • Using information from online information services without proper citation (Proper documentation consists of quotation marks around three or more of someone else’s words followed by a proper citation. No quotation marks are necessary if you put someone else’s ideas in your own words; however, you must follow the paraphrase with a proper citation.)
  • Using a paper you have/had written for another class to fulfill an assignment in this class unless you have permission of both instructors
  • Sharing or receiving answers on tests before the test has been completed

A first instance of academic dishonesty will result in a zero for the assignment and an academic progress report will be filed. The second instance will result in an F for the course and in addition, the matter will be turned over to the Vice President of Student Affairs. If you have any questions about appropriate academic citations, consult your instructor.

Online Environment “Netiquette”

When engaged in online interaction, it is important that we all follow netiquette. This means our feedback must be clear, concise, not in all capital letters (which indicates yelling), and focus on both the positive and negatives of the work we are reading, giving the author specific examples to support our criticism and specific suggestions on how to fix what we are criticizing. We should start and end each critique with a positive but specific comment about what we are reading.

Students are reminded to follow basic rules of civil communications:

There will be no inappropriate language, threats, or negative personal comments tolerated. All such correspondence will be forwarded to the Student Conduct Officer for appropriate action and you will be blocked from the course until you discuss the matter with the instructor. I will not tolerate bullying or abuse. Additionally, students are urged to report to the instructor immediately any harassment by a classmate, whether by email or on the Discussion Board and to forward the offending messages.

Recommended Websites

Statement of Diversity

The entire class will benefit from the wealth of diversity brought by each individual, so students are asked to extend every courtesy and respect that they, in turn, would expect from the class. This college is committed to creating a positive, supportive environment that welcomes diversity of opinions and ideas for students. There will be no tolerance of race discrimination/harassment, sexual discrimination/harassment, or discrimination/harassment based on age, disability, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or membership in a local commission.

PCC Definition of a Credit

Students are expected to spend a minimum of 45 hours per credit on work related to the class. This includes time spent in the classroom as well as out of class work such as reading assignments, homework, projects, etc. Allow 12 to 28 hours per week to complete the required work in this course. That is quite a time commitment. You should make sure you can meet that time commitment before you start this course.

Mandatory Statements

Attendance Requirements/Active Participation

A failure to participate as required may result in loss of financial aid and failure in the class. For every credit hour of your classes you should plan to spend approximately two to three hours outside of class studying each week. Attendance requirements(https://www.pima.edu/programs-courses/credit-programs-degrees/attendance.html)

Student Resources:

  • Key Dates: For class add, drop, and withdrawal dates, go to the “My Schedule” section of MyPima, found on the Students > Academics MyPima page. Additional semester Key Dates and Deadlines (https://www.pima.edu/calendars/key-dates-and-deadlines/index.html) are on the Calendar link at the top of PCC webpages.
  • Tutoring, libraries, computer commons, advising, code of conduct, complaint process. Student resources (https://www.pima.edu/current-students/index.html)
  • Plagiarism, use of copyright materials, financial aid benefits, ADA information, FERPA, and mandatory reporting laws at: Syllabus Resources/Policies(https://www.pima.edu/syllabusresources)


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