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Syllabus

The following applies to all courses.  Any exceptions are noted within each subsection. NOTE: All details below are subject to change at the sole discretion of the professor without notice.

Contact Info
Office Hours
Goals
Text Books
Grading
Absences
Tardies
Classroom Rules

Contact Info:
If you have any questions, please to not hesitate to ask. The best way to reach me on non-class days is by email. Please use jesse@proflimanek.com to contact me. Make sure you put the course name in the subject line and somewhere in your email clearly identify which college you attend. This way I will not confuse you with a student from one of the other colleges at which I teach. Note: This is one of my personal accounts, so anything private that you wish share will remain private and confidential.

I do, of course, have an email account for each college as well. Please note: while I do check each account periodically, these accounts are property of the college. So, if you send me anything confidential, I can not guaranty that the content of your message will protected.
At Anna Maria: jlimanek@annamaria.edu
At Nichols: jesse.limanek@nichols.edu
At QCC: jlimanek@qcc.mass.edu

While contacting me via email is the best option, you may also contact me by phone at (508)213-2344. This is my office phone at Nichols College. Please note: I am only in my office during office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays (typically 10:50-12:05). So, if you call and I am not there, leave a message. The voice mail system will send me an email notifying me of your call and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Office Hours:
At Anna Maria: I do not hold office hours, but I may be able to meet with you either before or after class upon request.
At Nichols: Mondays & Wednesdays 10:50am-12:05 pm in my office in Conant 401.
At QCC: I do not hold office hours, but I may be able to meet with you either before or after class upon request.

Goals:
At the conclusion of the course, students should come away with a working knowledge of
the subject matter covered throughout the term. This goal shall be attained through analysis of the several relevant factors, such as the political, economic, intellectual and social changes that may have occurred during the time period of the course. To achieve this goal, students will need to engage themselves in the learning process. Students who fail to do so no only will get nothing out of the experience, but will more than likely have a difficult time achieving academic success.

Success in achieving this goal shall be assessed through:
1) Completion of appropriately designed testing materials used to measure knowledge as well as the ability to apply that knowledge to hypothetical situations,
2) Participation and contribution to classroom discussions, and
3) Completion of all written assignments offered throughout the term.

Needless to say, all students are expected to come to class sufficiently prepared for the day’s class. Additionally, all students are expected to be capable of discussing the subject matter of the day. This means you MUST read the relevant chapters in your text in advance of class time.

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Text Books:
Anna Maria
HST118: McKay, Hill, Buckler, Ebrey, Beck, Crowston, Wiesner-Hanks, Davila A History of World Societies Value, Volume II:Since 1450: Edition 10 Bedford/St. Martin, ISBN 9781457659959
HST111: Roark, Johnson, Cohen, Stage, Hartmann The American Promise, Value Edition, Volume 1: A History of the United States, 7th Edition Bedford/St, Martin, ISBN 9781319061999
HST112: Henretta, Edwards, Self, America’s History, Volume 2: From 1865, Value 8th Edition, Bedford/St. Martin, ISBN 9781319040390

Nichols
LSB327: Robert Emerson, Business Law, 6th Edition, Barron’s, ISBN 9781438005119
Ethics Packet: Chapter 2 from Jeffry Beatty’s Business Law textbook on XanEdu Publishing

QCC
HST116: Henretta, Edwards, Self, America’s History, Volume 2: From 1865, Value 8th Edition, Bedford/St. Martin, ISBN 9781319040390
PSC221: Bowman & Kearney, State & Local Government: the Essentials, 6th Edition Wadsworth Publishing, ISBN 9781285737485

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Grading:
Anna Maria College
HST118 – Global History II
HST111 – American Nation I

Nichols College Courses
LSB327 – Business Law & Ethics

Quinsigamond Community College
HST116 – US History II
PSC221 – State & Local Government

HST112 American Nation II
Participation – To be successful in this class, students must be an active participant in the learning process. Therefore, class participation in discussion of the assigned readings will constitute significant portion of each student’s grade. Meaningful participation requires that you read the assigned chapters in advance of class discussions on of the material, complete all assigned written work, and be prepared to present your findings to the class. Participation = 40%

Written Work – You are to summarize your assigned reading section. Your summary should include within it definitions for any key terms found within your section. Your are also to draft one multiple choice question and one essay question for every section you are assigned. The sequence of readings can be found in the Homework section of the website. Written work = 30%

Exams – There will be a mid-term and final exam. The majority of the exams will be written by the class throughout the term as part of every student’s written work. The mid-term will = 10%; Final exam = 20%

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For all history survey courses (US History I/II; Western Civilization I/II; World History I/II; Global History I/II) at any college:
Exams – There will be three examinations this term for ALL sections. Each exam will cover approximately one-third of the subject matter. The examinations, unless otherwise noted, are not cumulative. NOTE: 1) all students enrolled in the course must be present on the day of the exams to receive full credit, and 2) no student may take the exam earlier than the scheduled time. Penalties will be applied for all work not completed when assigned (10 points per day late).

Exams #1 & #2 will each count as 20% of your grade.
Exam #3 (final) will count as 40%

Research Paper – For all students take US History with Professor Limanek, you are required to complete an 1500-2000 word college-level research paper. All details for this assignment may be found within the Paper section of this website. This paper will count as 20% of your grade. It is due by the first scheduled meeting in the second to last week of class. It will be submitted via email – no hard copies will be accepted. Topic for your paper is due by the third week of class. It too will be submitted via email. Penalties will be imposed if either is late. Please email your assignment as an attached .doc or .docx file to my personal email – jesse@proflimanek.com

Quizzes – There were be several pop quizzes randomly given throughout the term. You must be present to receive credit. No make-ups for missed quizzes will be offered. Quiz points will be totaled and added onto your final grade as bonus points throughout the term.

Homework – Homework assignments will be given throughout the term. Typically these involve answering the chapter review questions. Grades for these assignments will be counted as quiz points.

Extra Credit – Opportunities for extra credit may be offered if deemed appropriate.

Grades – All grades will be posted throughout the semester on the class website listed by your ID# within the Grades section of this site.

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For all sections of LSB327:
Exams – There will be three examinations this term for ALL sections, two regular exams and a final. The first two exams will cover the subject matter for the period of time that immediately precedes it. The final exam, on the other hand, will be a comprehensive exam that covers all matters of law covered throughout the term. NOTE: 1) all students enrolled in the course must be present on the day of the exams to receive full credit, and 2) no student may take the exam earlier than the scheduled time. Penalties will be applied for all work not completed when assigned (10 points per day late).

Exams #1 & #2 will each count as 15% of your grade.
Exam #3 (final) will count as 30%

Reading Quizzes – Reading quizzes are short unannounced pop quizzes given at the beginning of class. These will encompass material from that particular day’s readings. You must be present to receive credit. No make-ups for missed quizzes will be offered.

Reading quizzes & mini-exams will each count as 20% of your grade.

Participation – To be successful in any law class, a student must be an active participant in the learning process. Class participation in discussion of both the cases and the law will be a significant part of your grade. Meaningful participation requires that you read the assigned chapters in advance of class discussions on of the material, complete all assigned casework, and be an active member of class.

If you are assigned to read a particular cases in advance of class, you must brief the case and bring it with you to class. All briefs will be hand-written. Printed or photocopied briefs will not be accepted. Students are required to complete briefs for all assigned cases. These will be collected at the end of each class. Missing or inadequate briefs will reduce your grade. Briefs generally will not be accepted late.

Students will also lose points if, when called upon, they are clearly not prepared for the class.

Participation will count as the final 20% of your grade.

Extra Credit – Opportunities for extra credit may be offered if deemed appropriate.

Grades – All grades will be posted throughout the semester on the class website listed by your ID# within the Grades section of this site.

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For all sections of political science (Intro, US Government or State & Local Government) at any college.
Exams – There will be three examinations this term for ALL sections. Each exam will cover approximately one-third of the subject matter. The examinations, unless otherwise noted, are not cumulative. NOTE: 1) all students enrolled in the course must be present on the day of the exams to receive full credit, and 2) no student may take the exam earlier than the scheduled time. Penalties will be applied for all work not completed when assigned (10 points per day late).

Exams #1 & #2 will each count as 20% of your grade.
Exam #3 (final) will count as 40%

Research Paper – For all students in PSC201 and/or PSC221, you are required to complete an 1500-2000 word college-level research paper. All details for this assignment may be found within the Paper section of this website. This paper will count as 20% of your grade. It is due by the first scheduled meeting in the second to last week of class. It will be submitted via email – no hard copies will be accepted. Topic for your paper is due by the third week of class. It too will be submitted via email. Penalties will be imposed if either is late. Please email your assignment as an attached .doc or .docx file to my personal email – jesse@proflimanek.com

Quizzes – There were be several pop quizzes randomly given throughout the term. You must be present to receive credit. No make-ups for missed quizzes will be offered. Quiz points will be totaled and added onto your final grade as bonus points throughout the term.

Homework – Homework assignments will be given throughout the term. Typically this involves answering and submitted the chapter review questions. Grades for these assignments will be counted as quiz points.

Extra Credit – Opportunities for extra credit may be offered if deemed appropriate.

Grades – All grades will be posted throughout the semester on the class website listed by your ID# within the Grades section of this site.

Attendance – Absences
You are required to come to class on time every scheduled meeting.  However, there may be times when situations arise which are beyond your control.  With that in mind, I will allow you to miss a predetermined about of classes in the semester without penalty. The number of allowed absences depends on the number of class meetings per week.

– If your class meets once per week, you may miss TWO classes per term.
– If your class meets twice per week, you may miss FOUR classes per term.
– If your class meets three times per week, you may miss SIX classes per term.

The penalty for missing more classes than allowed is as follows:
– If your class meets once per week, you will be penalized 5 points for each absence over the allowed limit. 
– If your class meets two or three times per week, you will be penalized 3 points for each absence over the allowed limit.

For example, if your class meets twice per week and you miss six classes, 6 points will be deducted from your final grade. So, hypothetically, a B of 85 will become a C+ of 79.

NOTE: While I do my best to keep an accurate tabulation of attendance throughout the term, any penalty incurred for missing more classes than allowed will not be deducted until your final average in totaled.

On the other hand, you will receive a bonus of 3 points if you are actively present for every scheduled class session. This too will be added to your final average.

Due to the constraints of missing too many classes, you will fail the course if you miss more than SIX (meets once per week), TEN (meets twice per week), or TWELVE (meets thrice per week).

NOTE: because I allow you to miss 2, 4, or 6 classes respectively without penalty, there will be no “excused” absences granted under any circumstance. So, be sure to use your absences wisely.

It is your responsibility to see if you missed anything. Be sure to check with either me or your classmates after class to find out any important info you may have missed. Due to time constraints, you must schedule an appointment with me to review any missed notes. NOTE: if your absences results in you missing a quiz, you will not be granted a makeup because a) quizzes in almost every class amount to extra-credit points and b) I typically review the answers when the quizzes are collected.

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Attendance – Tardies
Please arrive on time. I almost always begin the moment your class is scheduled to start. As you will see, one of several things occur at the start of class: a) I will check attendance, b) I give a quiz, c) I will present items of importance to the class such as exam dates or assignments, and/or d) I will review the major points from the previous session.

Generally, no penalty will be applied if you arrive to class late. The only time you will receive a penalty is if your tardiness is habitual. If you are frequently late, you will first receive a personal warning. Thereafter, every two tardies will count as an absence.

If you are late, it is your responsibility to check-in at the conclusion of class to ensure that your presence was noted. If you fail to do so, you may be marked absent. It is also your responsibility to see if you missed anything. Be sure to check with either me or your classmates after class to find out any important info you may have missed. Due to time constraints, you must schedule an appointment with me to review any missed notes (same as if you were absent). NOTE: if your tardiness causes you to miss a quiz, you will not be granted a makeup because a) quizzes in almost every class amount to extra-credit points and b) I typically review the answers when the quizzes are collected.

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Limanek’s Classroom Rules:
1. Once class begins, please stay put. The constant flow of students to and fro is a distraction that quickly becomes an annoyance. Not only does it disrupt my train of thought, but it also disrupts the concentration of your peers.
2. Always sit in the seat that you selected on the first day of class. The reason for this is simple – I want to learn as many of your names as quickly as possible. If you are constantly moving around the room, it is unlikely that I will remember more than your face.
3. Cell phones – shut them off. Believe it or not, you can survive without talking to or texting your friends for 75 minutes. If there is an emergency situation that might develop during class time, please let me know beforehand and we can address it privately.
4. Laptops are allowed. However, if I notice students using them for anything else other than note taking (re: IMing, playing games, etc), I will ban the use of laptops for everyone.
5. Recording class is not allowed. Over the course of the term, however, I will be recording the lectures to podcast. As I am doing this for my own purposes, some questions and exchanges may be edited out subject to the sole discretion of the professor to preserve the privacy rights of individual students. These are typically made available on my website in the “lecture” section within 48 hours of the class session.
6. Talking in class. This should be an interactive class. If you have an opinion, feel free to share it. However, due to the time constraints of our time together, such discussion should only be limited to the subject matter at hand, or anything that might relate to it. Also, when addressing me and/or the class, be sure to speak loud enough for the entire class – especially me – to hear you. Finally, I expect that you will be respectful to everyone in the room.
7. Eating/drinking in class. I do not mind if you bring food or drink to class, but please – don’t be a slob! Pick up your trash and properly dispose of it. Neither I nor the college’s custodial staff is your personal maid. If your space is constantly littered with garbage after class, I will penalize your final average.
8. During exams, I do not want to see anything around you other than a pen or pencil. Please place your bags at the front of the room. Please place your cell phones in your bags on silent mode; or, even better, leave them in your dorms or cars. If I see you fidgeting with a cell phone during an exam, I will ask you to leave the class and you will not be allowed to finish. Also, you are not allowed to leave class during an exam.

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