Sauk Valley Community College

Humanities 210

Syllabus

 

It is very important to get off on the right foot with this course. Unless you are used to taking Internet courses (and some of us are), this will be a very new experience. For example, all work will be carried out online- readings, information gathering, completion of assignments, communication, etc. Therefore, this course will require not only good reading and writing skills, but a willingness to take responsibility for doing the reading and completing the writing assignments. This is important because there will be no classroom discussion by which you can "pick it up as you go along." 

The syllabus is designed as responses to the questions--why, how, when, and where. It is a good idea to print off the syllabus and keep it handy for future reference.

Why?

There are many reasons for taking a course such as this, but the objectives listed below are a good place to start to understand the role of the Arts in our lives.

Objectives

There are five main objectives for this course-

  • to become familiar with representative examples of the Arts of the Western European tradition
  • to come to understand the necessity for the Arts, especially in our world of rapid change
  • to master, to some degree, the style of thinking most often applied to studying the Arts
  • to come to understand the Arts as a cultural practice
  • to conduct research on topics in the Arts and demonstrate mastery of the MLA citation style

These objectives are not separate categories or ideas. Rather, they interact with and influence each other; often you will not be sure which one you are dealing with as you move through the course work. That's ok, that's the way it's supposed to be. Whenever possible, identify where the objectives seem to have influence on each other and comment on the connections when making your postings to the Agora. 

How?

There are eight units in the course. The contents of each unit will be different but the format will be the same--

 

Activities will include visiting related sites on the Web and independent research. 

Communications between yourself and other  students, as well as with me, take place either  through the Agora or email


Grades

Quizzes -- 10 points ea.    60 total
Wolfflin Test-- 40 points
Writing Assignments-- 20 points ea.   80 total
Midterm--     80 points
Final-- 120 points
Discussion postings-- 20 points total

(Notice that Writing Assignments Three and Seven are optional. You may  use them for extra credit, if you feel you need it.) As you access your student grade report, you will see your points "pile up" as you make your  way through the course. Here is the grading scale  based on the cumulative points for the entire course--

A-  360-400
B-  320-359
C-  280-319
D-  240-279
F-  239 or below

Remember, you will be able to track your progress from your WebCT page. Your cumulative grade will be updated every week.

(Also, remember to follow the link above to get the details for submitting writing assignments. It would be a good idea to print it off also, but it does have important links for you to follow so be sure to read it online first.)

When?

One of the strengths of an Internet class is that a person can work on the course anytime, anyplace. Therefore, discussion postings, quizzes, and assignments may be sent in at anytime during the day or night. However, for your own benefit (and for my sanity), there are suggested deadlines for the writing assignments, Midterm, and Final. You are not bound to these deadlines but remember, students who spread the work out across the entire semester almost always get better course grades than do those who wait until the last couple of weeks to start working on the course.

These suggested due dates can be found in the Calendar section of your WebCT page. Be sure to check the calendar out.

Where?

HUM 210 Internet is located in three spaces, all of which are found on the Internet--

  1. The HUM 210 website (you are here now) is linked to from WebCT and is where you will find all the materials for HUM 210-- Lecture notes, Readings, assignment and quiz instructions, and so on
  2. The WebCT 210 site, where you take quizzes and post writing assignments, make your discussion postings, check for announcements/important dates, and track your progress.
  3. Links to other web pages on the Internet which are found on the Lecture Notes and the Related Sites page. These websites are our "library," where you will do your research for your writing assignments. They are also our "field trips," so to speak, as they take us to museums and informational sites all around the world. (Since these sites are not on the Sauk server I do not have control over them and occasionally a link will cease to exist. If you find a link that is no longer in existence, I would appreciate you letting me know.)
Quiz?

Here is your first opportunity to use the WebCT site by taking a "practice quiz" on the information from the Preface and Syllabus and the Plagiarism Self Assessment. IMPORTANT--These points are not added to your final total--points are assigned merely to let you know how well you did. However, the link to the quiz is only good for the first two weeks of the course. After that, the link goes dead.

There is also a practice uploading assignment to help you get used to sending papers in through  WebCT. Again, the link to this assignment will only be good for two weeks.

 

Google
WWW www.svcc.edu/academics/classes/murrayk/1_1_2000/main.html

Please use Google for your research. (Be sure to click WWW for searches beyond this site.)