Texas Government
GOVT. 2306 - Web

Welcome to Dr. Dille's Texas Government 2306 Web Course for Summer II--2010












Welcome to Texas Government 2306 Web
Summer Session II--2010

Announcements

  • The first day of class is Monday, July 12 for Summer Session II 2010.  Before starting the course please fill out BOTH the Student Information Bio and the Web Checklist (click the blue text to open the two questionnaires). Please check this page often.  Any changes to this course or important announcements will be posted here.  5 bonus points for each.   
     

  • 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." bd350" if my OC ID# was 000350) and your password is oc+last 4 numbers of your social security number (ex.: "oc0138")
     

  • 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 Tuesday, July 13, 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.  
     

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

  • All students (especially first time web students) are STRONGLY urged to attend one of the following Blackboard Training sessions in the LRC Bib Lab (2nd floor):
        
    1.  
    Monday, July 12 at  5:15 pm         
         2.  
    Tuesday, July 13 at  12 noon 
          
    --20 bonus points for attendance.  
     

  • Go to the Blackboard Discussion Board (by clicking on "Communication" in Blackboard's menu) and post your personal bio and respond to another student's bio by 10 pm Tuesday. July 13--5 bonus points

     
  • Send email to instructor by 10 pm Tuesday July 13 --5 bonus points (those late registering email ASAP to get on email list)

     
  • 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.
     

  • Voter's Card: Students can earn bonus points by showing proof they are registered to vote.  Simply email a scanned copy of your voter's card to me or fax a copy to 335-6667.
    20 bonus points
     

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

 
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: Contact instructor by email.
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

  • The first 4 exams will be taken online during a 22-hour period, beginning at 12 midnight and ending at 10 pm the next day.
  • THE FINAL EXAM MUST BE TAKEN AT THE ODESSA COLLEGE STUDENT LEARNING CENTER
    (unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor one week prior to the final exam.)

  • 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 one week prior to the final exam date:

    • Contact person

    • Mailing address

    • Email address

    • Fax number

    • Phone number

COURSE GRADE BASED ON:

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

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

  • 2 Summaries (based on posted discussion topics)  = 100 points each

  • 2 web assignment papers  = 100 points each 

  • TOTAL POINTS in course: 1000 points (+ 35 bonus points to be earned--explained in first table above)

  • 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.  VCT students MUST provide the instructor with all necessary information  AT LEAST one week prior to the final exam (by 8am August 5):
    • 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 July 31 and provide all of the information listed above.

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

  • Include your name, your OC ID number, date, & assignment title at the top of page 1 of ALL assignments.

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

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

LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY

Late assignments will be accepted up to 1 day (24 hours) 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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