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Welcome. This website is operated and maintained solely by me – your professor: Jesse Limanek. It serves to replace both a physical copy of your syllabus and whichever of the informational portals (be it Blackboard, Canvas, or Engage) is utilized by your colleges. At no point in the term will information for your classes with me be posted on your school’s portal, except for mid-term and final grades. So, make sure you add a bookmark for this page ASAP!

Please note: I utilize this site for three reasons. First, unlike the majority of your other professors, I work at three colleges – Anna Maria College, Nichols College, & Quisigamond Community College. Rather than constantly uploading and monitoring three portals, it is easier for me to deal with all of my classes through a singular system. Second, it is impossible to loose the internet. Rather than me having to always carry extra copies of the syllabus around, it is easier to post things to the ‘net. And third, it allows me to retain all legal rights in my work product. If I were to post anything on the school’s portal, it becomes their property. By me using my own website, I retain full possessory ownership over everything than is found on this site, which is critical seeing how I teach at three colleges.

If there is anything on this site which you do not fully understand, please ask me ASAP!

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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: Tuesdays & Thursdays 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
HST110: Cole & Symes, Western Civilization:, Their History & Their Culture, Volume C, 19th Edition; W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN-13: 978-0-393-62196-9

HST111 & HST112: U.S. History from OpenStax, Print ISBN 1938168364, Digital ISBN 1947172085, www.openstax.org/details/us-history

HST114: Jones, Adam, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction, Routledge Press, © 2006, ISBN 0–415–35384–X

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

HST232: Spielvogel & Redles, Hitler and Nazi Germany – A History 7th Edition, Routledge, ISBN 9780205846788

Nichols
LSB327: Robert Emerson, Business Law, 6th Edition, Barron’s, ISBN 9781438005119

QCC
HST105: 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

HST116: U.S. History from OpenStax, Print ISBN 1938168364, Digital ISBN 1947172085, www.openstax.org/details/us-history

PSC221: Bowman & Kearney, State & Local Government: the Essentials, 6th Edition Wadsworth Publishing, ISBN 9781285737485

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Grading:
Anna Maria College
HST110 – Western Civilizations II
HST111 – American Nation I
HST112 – American Nation II
HST114 – Genocide
HST118 – Global History II
HST232 – The Holocaust and WWII

Nichols College Courses
LSB327 – Business Law & Ethics

Quinsigamond Community College
HIST105 – World History II 1500-WWI
HST116 – US History II
PSC221 – State & Local Government

HIST 100 – Student Directed Classes
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 (American Nation I/II; US History I/II; Western Civilization I/II; World History I/II/III; Global History I/II; The Holocaust & WWII) at any college:

If class meets 2 day per week:
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. All students enrolled in the course must be present on the day of the exams to receive full credit, and no student may take the exam earlier than the scheduled time for any reason. 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%

If class meets THREE days per week:
Exams – To make the content more manageable, the course MAY be divided into four sections. Each exam will cover approximately one-quarter of the subject matter. The examinations, unless otherwise noted, are not cumulative. All students enrolled in the course must be present on the day of the exams to receive full credit, and no student may take the exam earlier than the scheduled time for any reason. Penalties will be applied for all work not completed when assigned (10 points per day late). NOTE: if for any reason we are unable to make our way through the material at a fast enough pace to complete the objectives of the classes, I will use the examination method outlined above for classes that meet TWO days per week.

The exams will be multi-faceted, consisting of matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short-essay questions. All students enrolled in the course must be present on the day of the exams to receive full credit. Penalties may be applied for all work not completed when assigned (10 points per day late).

Exams #1, #2, & #3 will each count as 15% of your grade
Exam #4 (final) will count as 35%

All survey courses:
Research Paper – For all students who take a history course 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

Extra Credit – There are three ways for all students to earn extra credit throughout the term.

#1 Quizzes – There MAY be pop quizzes randomly given throughout the term. You must be present to receive credit. No make-ups for missed quizzes will be offered because quizzes are graded as extra credit.

#2 Homework – Homework assignments will be given throughout the term. Typically these involve answering the chapter review questions from within your textbook. Grades for these assignments will be counted as quiz points.

#3 Additional Written Assignments – Opportunities for extra written assignments may be offered if deemed appropriate.

All extra credit points will be totaled and added to your current average throughout the term. The impact of these points are significant – for every five points earned, your average will increase by one point. By the conclusion of the term, most classes will have the opportunity to add as much as two grade points if all extra credit work is completed in proper fashion.

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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Genocide at any college:
Assignments – Due to the nature of this particular course, there will be no exams. Instead, your grade will be based upon several short writing assignments and quizzes given over the course of the term and a major research paper and presentation due upon the conclusion of the course.

Quizzes – At the conclusion of every topic, there will be a quiz. Expect between 7-10 quizzes throughout the term. Quizzes will count as 60% of your final grade.

Writing assignments – Homework will be assigned for every topic, and collected on the day of the quiz. All homework will be averaged together at the end of the term and equal a single quiz grade.

Research paper – All students enrolled in this class are required to complete an 10-13 page college-level research paper. All details for this assignment may be found within the Paper section of the class website. This paper will count as 25% 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.

Presentation – During the last week of the semester and/or final exam period (if class enrollment is small), every student enrolled in the class will give a 10-15 minute summary of the research presented in the paper. The presentation will count as 15% of your grade. To receive full credit, you must attend every class session in which presentations are given (unless expressly excused in writing by the prof), participate in the grading of your peers’ presentation, and ask questions during the Q&A portion of each presentation.

NOTE: Our Final Examination Period is scheduled for Monday, December 17th; 10:30-12:30

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 either material covered in the prior session or from that particular day’s readings. You must be present to receive credit. No make-ups for missed quizzes will be offered due to the the grading method outlined below.

Quizzes in this class serve two purposes – 1) to gauge your understanding of the material, and 2) as a way to earn extra credit. Each quiz will be graded on a 10 point scale. There will be between 13-15 quizzes given throughout the term, As a result, students have the potential to earn between 130-150 points on a 100 point scale for this portion of your final grade. Extra quizzes are given to offset low grades (yes, some will be extremely challenging) as well as any missed quizzes.

Reading quizzes will each count as 20% of your final grade.

Participation – To be successful in any law class, a student must be an active participant in the learning process. Class participation involving a discussion of both the assigned cases and the substantive law covered will be a significant part of your grade. In order to meaningfully participate, you must fully prepare yourself for each and every class session. This means not only must you complete all assigned casework, but also must read chapters that correspond to in-class content in advance of class discussion, use other resources (such as the internet, your peers, or even the professor) to assist in your learning, and, most importantly, be an active member of the class.

The basis of your participation grade are the ten Participation Assignments which shall be assigned throughout the term. If you are assigned to read a group of particular cases in advance of class, you must brief the case following the briefing template outlined in the Model Brief found in the Homework section of this website, and bring it with you to class. All briefs MUST be hand-written. Printed or photocopied briefs will not be accepted unless you receive advance approval by the professor. 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 will NOT be accepted late or if you miss class unless your absence falls under the three broad categories of excused absences covered in the Attendance section of this syllabus.

Please note that the point of a case brief is help you be prepared if called upon to discuss an assigned case. It is your literal cheat-sheet. Therefore, you will receive full credit for every briefed case that is turned in whether or not you identify the correct legal reasoning involved. Points will only be deducted if you did not fully complete all of the assigned cases.

Each Participation Assignment will count as 10 points.

Additionally, all students have a chance to earn extra credit if, when called upon, they are prepared to engage in a discussion of the assignment. On the other hand, students will lose points on top of receiving a zero for that particular assignment if not prepared. The amount depends on the final enrollment of your class. If your class is small, you will be called upon more frequently than someone in a large class. Thus, the extra points will be proportionally lower for those in smaller classes. Typically, for large classes, prepared students will receive +3 extra points and unprepared students receive -3 points. The exact amount will be determined by the professor when tabulating final grades at the end of the term.

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

Extra Credit – Additional opportunities for extra credit outside of what is outlined above may be offered by the professor 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

Extra Credit – There are three ways for all students to earn extra credit throughout the term.

#1 Quizzes – There MAY be pop quizzes randomly given throughout the term. You must be present to receive credit. No make-ups for missed quizzes will be offered because quizzes are graded as extra credit.

#2 Homework – Homework assignments will be given throughout the term. Typically these involve answering the chapter review questions from within your textbook. Grades for these assignments will be counted as quiz points.

#3 Additional Written Assignments – Opportunities for extra written assignments may be offered if deemed appropriate.

All extra credit points will be totaled and added to your current average throughout the term. The impact of these points are significant – for every five points earned, your average will increase by one point. By the conclusion of the term, most classes will have the opportunity to add as much as two grade points if all extra credit work is completed in proper fashion.

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 MAY 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 FOURTEEN (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 by the professor under any circumstance. The only exceptions to this rule is if the absence is related to: a documented school related event (such as road game or class trip), a documented government related event (such as military service or jury duty), or a documented medical emergency to yourself or child (such as being in a car accident the day of class or being prohibited from attending class by the college). 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. Truthfully, I would rather you come late than not at all. 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. Students caught recording will be asked to leave the class. This is done to protect my rights as an educator and your rights as a student. However, I will be recording the lectures to podcast over the course of the term. 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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