Civ 100 Online SYLLABUS/INSTRUCTIONS
Summer Session I, June 9-July 11, 2014
There will be a meeting on Study Day at 11:00 AM in BR 235.
Attendance is required of everyone who intends to take this
It is important that you read the following syllabus carefully.
Unfortunately, it is long and detailed, but it is the only
opportunity I have to explain the course to you, and there is no
way to make it shorter while including everything you need to
This course will be conducted entirely via the Internet. It is an
independent studies course. There will be no lectures or exams.
Although I am quite willing to answer questions, the opportunity
for interaction is, of necessity, very limited. If you feel that
you are too undisciplined or otherwise unprepared for an
independent studies course, do not take this class. Note that the
course consists entirely of essay writing, which will determine
your grade. If you have a writing problem, you might be well
advised to consider another course in traditional format during
the regular academic year. An account will be set up for everyone
in the class on Bradley's Sakai system. If you have trouble, call
the Bradley computer help desk at 309-677-2964.
Here are some instructions about the form of the papers you are to
send to me through the e-mail feature of Sakai. To use it, click on
the "Mailtool" link in the column at the left of the screen. Then
choose "All Instructors."
1) The subject line must be filled in identifying the
message as an essay, revised essay, critique, or comment. If you
need immediate attention, put something like "HELP" or "URGENT" in
the subject line. As you can imagine I receive a large number of
messages. The first thing I do is to move the messages into
directories where I keep all the assignments by type, and it is
difficult for me to open each message to see what it is before
2) Do not send your assignments as attachments to your messages.
Simply to "cut and paste" from your word processor into your e-mail
message. You can always type in your papers directly while online. I move
messages into Unix files before reading them and cannot accept/read
improperly formatted papers. I do not open attachments. If you are
uncertain about any of this, it would be wise to send me a test message
that you have produced with the method you intend to use before the course
begins. I will not be able to help you with computer problems. The Bradley
computer help desk at 677-2964 serves that function. You must send me papers
that are formatted so that I can read them.
3) Microsoft, in its wisdom, uses non-standard code for
quotation marks and apostrophes. If you are using Word, you
must change the feature known as "Smart quotes" In order to do
that, look up “Autocorrect options in the Help menu. For the latest versions
of Word, it is done as follows:
1. Go to the "Options" menu under the “File” tab and click on “Proofing.”
2. Click the "Autoformat" tab
3. Uncheck "Replace straight quotes with smart quotes"
4. Click the "Autoformat as you type" tab
5. Uncheck "Replace straight quotes with smart quotes"
4) Do not indent to indicate paragraphs. Use the method you see here
of leaving a blank line between paragraphs and putting the first
line all the way to the left, even with the other lines.
In conformity with Bradley's policy of "writing across the
curriculum," writing is an important element of this course. Your
grade will be affected greatly by spelling, grammar, and other
elements of acceptable college-level writing. Corrections I make to
your assignments will appear in the following form
<< INCONSISTENT TENSE FORMS >>
interlined in your original document. At the end of the document,
you will find a grade. I use a point system: twenty points are
possible for each essay. Plagiarism will lead to a failing grade for the course.
The only way to reach me directly during the course is via e-mail.
Especially in the beginning of the course, if you do not receive a
response to your paper within a day or so after you send it, something
may be wrong with your system and either I am not getting your
assignments or they are not getting through to you when I return
them. If all else fails, you may call the Western Civ/Honors
Secretary, Debbie Beard, at 309-677-3283 and leave a message for
me. I cannot return calls. It is your responsibility to see that
you are connected to a functioning system. My e-mail address is
The text book is one that I have written and is available online through Sakai.
Go to the "Course Information" section and click on "Syllabus." As posted on
the site, the login is "civ" and the password is "civtexts."
The grade for the course is determined by a series of essays. Everyone will
complete a 1000-word essay on the assigned topic of the week by Wednesday of
each week and e-mail it to me. In other words, you will read the assigned chapters
from the text and write a 1000-word essay on an assigned topic based on those chapters.
Spelling, grammar, depth of thought, quality of expression, and appropriateness of
response to the essay topic will all be taken into account in the grading process.
The grade for the essay will be the average of the grades received on the original
submission and the revision.
Wednesday 11 June 1000 word essay on Chapts. 1-2
Friday 13 June revision of essay 1
Wednesday 18 June 1000 word essay on Chapts. 3-4
Friday 20 June revision of essay 2
Wednesday 25 June 1000 word essay on Chapts. 5-7
Friday 27 June revision of essay 3
Wednesday 2 July 1000 word essay on Chapts. 8-10
Friday 4 July revision of essay 4
Wednesday 9 July 1000 word essay on Chapts. 11-13
Friday 11 July revision of essay 5
When I say that an assignment is due on Wednesday, it means that
the assignment should be in my e-mail when I sit down to read it on