Texas Government
GOVT. 2306 - Web

Welcome to Dr. Dille's Texas Government 2306 Web Course for Fall 2010!













Welcome to 
Texas Government 2306 Web

Fall 2010

Announcements

  1. The first day of class is August 23, for Fall 2010. Before starting the course please complete and submit BOTH the Student Information Bio and  the Web Checklist (click the blue text to open the two questionnaires). 5 bonus points for each

  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, August 27, 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.  

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  5. Technical Contact Person
    Students having technical problems with Blackboard  should contact
    Derrick Conway at 335-6682 or dconway@odessa.edu or Corey Davis at 335-6781 or cdavis@odessa.edu
     

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

  7. All students ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO attend one of the following Blackboard Training sessions in the LRC Bib Lab--2nd floor LRC:
         1.  
    Tuesday, August 24  at 12 noon
         2.  
    Wednesday, August 25 at 5:30 pm
    If you are unable to attend one of the above sessions, walk ins are welcome between 8 am-9:30 pm   
    --20 bonus points for attendance (sign in and get a proof of attendance slip before you leave)
     

  8. Go to the Blackboard Discussion Board and post your personal bio & respond to another student's bio by 1 pm Friday August 27-5 bonus points
     

  9. Send email to instructor by 1 pm Friday August 27--5 bonus points (those late registering email ASAP to get on email list)
     

  10. 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.
     

  11. 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:

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

 

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)

  Site last updated  7/8/10

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 am
TTh: 9-9:30, 11-11:30 am
T evening: 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:

Dye & Sparrow, Politics in America, 8th edition

EXAMS

  • The first 4 exams will be taken online during a 22  hour period, beginning at 12 midnight on Sunday and ending at 10 pm on Monday evening of exam day. 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 TESTING CENTER

  • VCT STUDENTS CAN TAKE THE FINAL IN A PROCTORED TESTING SITE ON THEIR HOME CAMPUS
     
  • Any out of town student wishing to take the final exam at another proctored testing center/site MUST provide the following information to the instructor 1 week prior to the final exam day--by  8am Tuesday, November 30:
    • Contact Person
    • Phone number
    • Fax number
    • Email
    • Mailing address

 

COURSE GRADE BASED ON:

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

  • a final exam (50 objective questions) = 200 points
     

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

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

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

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

  • Include your name, your OC ID number, date, & assignment title at the top of page 1 of ALL assignments (or lose a letter grade.)

  • All assignments MUST to be posted in Blackboard's Digital Drop Box to receive credit.   

  • Click on the  "Digital Drop Box" and then "Send Files" to post all assignments. 

 

LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY

Late assignments will be accepted up to 3 days after the due date.  No exceptions.

Grievance Policy - Chain of Command

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

 

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