Texas Government
GOVT. 2306 - Web

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Welcome to 
Texas Government 2306 Web

Spring 2011

Announcements

  1. The first day of class is January 18, for Spring 2011. Before starting the course please fill out BOTH the Student Information Bio, then fill out the Web Checklist (click the blue text to open the two questionnaires). 5 bonus points for each (if submitted by 10 pm Friday, January 21)
     

  2. Students  will not be able to login into the course until the first class day. Login instructions to Blackboard are located at http://www.odessa.edu/virtual/bblogin.htm.
    Your Blackboard user name/login is your first initial, last initial and your college ID without the leading zeros. (ex." bd999" if my OC ID# was 000999) and your password is oc+last 4 numbers of your social security number (ex.: "oc0999")

     

  3. NEW OC Email Policy: All OC students MUST use their OC student email address for all OC business and courses.  All emails the instructor sends out will be to students' OC student email addresses.  After Friday, January 21, only student emails using the OC email address will be answered.  To access your student email, go to the OC webpage at http://www.odessa.edu/ and in the upper right hand corner you will find "Quick Links" and beneath that the "Blackboard" and "Student Email" links.  
     

  4. Technical Contact Person
    Students having technical problems with Blackboard  should contact Derrick Conway at 335-6682 or dconway@odessa.edu or Shena Green at 335-6677 or sgreen@odessa.edu
     

  5. Student Email Problems
    Contact Patrick Cannady at 335-6615 or visit him in SUB-101A for all problems concerning student email.
     

  6. All students ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO attend one of the following Blackboard Training sessions in the Student Success Center--the orientation is in the 2nd floor LRC Bib Lab:
         1.  
    Tuesday, January 18 at 12 noon
         2.  
    Wednesday, January 19 at 5:00 pm
         3.  
    Monday, January 24 at 5:30 pm (for students registering late)

    If you are unable to attend one of the above sessions, walk ins are welcome between 8 am-9:30 pm  (call first: 335-6878) 
    --20 bonus points for attendance (sign in and get a proof of attendance slip before you leave)
     

  7. Go to the Blackboard Discussion Board and post your personal bio & respond to another student's bio by 10 pm Friday January 21--5 bonus points
     

  8. Send email to instructor using OC email account by 10 pm Friday January 21--5 bonus points (those late registering email ASAP to get on email list)
     

  9. Instructor suggestion: click on all of buttons to left, read and print out information & put in 3-ring binder for future reference during the semester.
     

  10. Here are some important links if you have questions or problems concerning Blackboard:

    Getting Started: http://www.odessa.edu/virtual/student/gettingstarted.htm

    Blackboard Login Instructions: http://www.odessa.edu/virtual/bblogin.htm

    Blackboard System Requirements: http://www.odessa.edu/virtual/blackboard/requirements.htm

    Blackboard Browser Configuration: http://www.odessa.edu/virtual/blackboard/browser.html
     

  11. Tegrity How-To recordings for students to:

  12. Use the OC Guest Wireless network
    http://www.odessa.edu/dept/it/network_phone/index.htm
    Look for the Network listing and click Guest Wireless Access Tutorial

    Set up their Student E-mail account
    http://www.odessa.edu/livemail.htm
    Click here for tutorial

    Access the Internet in the Dorms
    http://www.odessa.edu/dept/housing/computer.htm
    Get set up for the internet click here

    Contact Person for Tegrity recording problems:
    Hank Ryan at hryan@odessa.edu or 335-6516

    • This web site was last updated on 1/05/11

10 bonus points if registered to vote: voter's card is proof (Options: students can fax a copy to 335-6667 or 335-6724, email a copy as an  attachment, snail mail a copy, or bring a copy to my office)

Instructor:  Dr. Brian K. Dille 
Office: Deaderick Hall 209
Office Phone: 432/335-6592
Fax: 432/335/6667
E-mail: bdille@odessa.edu
Surface Mail: Odessa College
201 West University
Odessa, Texas 79764
Office Hours: M-W-F: 9-10 a.m.
TTh: 9-9:30, 11-12 noon
Tues.: 6-7 pm
Blackboard: Click here to go to the Blackboard login page.  The OC webmaster will enroll you in this course on Blackboard.  Once that is done, you will only need to login each time, click "Courses", then "Government 2306", and you will be in my course for test-taking, assignments, announcements, etc. 

Texts:

Maxell and Crain, Texas Politics Today, 2009-2010 edition

 

EXAMS

  • The first 4 exams will be taken online during a 22 hour period, beginning at 12 midnight on exam day and ending at 10 pm. In the rare instances an exam is taken late, there is an automatic one letter grade deduction.
  • Exam time- The time limit for each exam is 50 minutes, with two minutes being deducted for each minute the student exceeds the 50 minute time limit. 
  • THE FINAL EXAM MUST BE TAKEN AT THE ODESSA COLLEGE STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
  • VCT STUDENTS CAN TAKE THE FINAL IN A PROCTORED TESTING SITE ON THEIR HOME CAMPUS (but only if submitting all the required info one week BEFORE the final exam day.)

 

COURSE GRADE BASED ON:

  • 4 on-line exams (50 objective questions) = 100 points each

  • a final exam (100 objective questions) = 200 points

  • 4 Summaries (based on posted discussion topics  = 50 points each

  • 4 web assignment papers (2 required/chosen  by instructor & 2 chosen by student = 50 points each 

  • TOTAL POINTS in course: 1000 points (+ 50 bonus points to be earned--explained in top table above)

  • THE FINAL EXAM MUST BE TAKEN AT THE ODESSA COLLEGE STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
  • VCT STUDENTS CAN TAKE THE FINAL IN A PROCTORED TESTING SITE ON THEIR HOME CAMPUS.  VCT students MUST provide the instructor with all necessary information  AT LEAST one week prior to the final exam (by May 3):
    • Contact person
    • Mailing address
    • Email address
    • Fax number
    • Phone number
  • Any student wanting to take the final exam off-campus MUST make arrangements with the instructor by 8 am on Tuesday, May 3 and provide all of the information listed above.

    

  • All assignments are to be in Microsoft Word or RTF-Rich Text Format. 

  • Include your name, last 4 numbers of your social security number, date, & assignment title at the top of page 1 of ALL assignments. 5 points will be deducted from your grade for failure to include this information.

  • All assignments MUST to be posted on Blackboard under "Assignments" & in the appropriate unit # and assignment name to receive credit.   

   

LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY

Late assignments will be accepted up to 3 days after the due date--at 1 p.m.  No exceptions.

     See Syllabus for more information

Grievance Policy - Chain of Command

Student -> Instructor -> Department Chair -> Division Dean ->
 Vice President -> President -> Board of Trustees

 

SYLLABUS SCHEDULE INSTRUCTOR ASSIGNMENTS LECTURE DISCUSSION
WEBLINKS FAQ
EMAIL GRADEBOOK UNIT OBJECTIVES
EXAMS
POLICIES/ETHICS HOME OCHOME

 
Copyright 2000, 2001, 2002 Brian K. Dille. All rights reserved.