Online Syllabus

The official syllabus is below.  The syllabus constitutes a de facto course contract and includes information on college-wide policies.  For a quick course guide, see the Home Page (Announcement Page) for your Blackboard (Bb) section.  You can orient yourself to the course there and check-in.  Your Bb section should be available within five days of your course start date.

ONL SYLLABUS for HIST 1301 & HIST 1302

If you cannot agree to take exams online with video proctoring, you will have to withdraw from this class, as alternative testing is not available.

Cameron Addis
1430.05 HLC
Virtual Office Hours 2-5 PM Weekdays, By Appointment via Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate 

1301: Study of the history of the United States (and colonial America) from 1492 to 1877
1302: Study of the history of the United States from 1877 to the present.

  • Credit Hours: 3

Students interested in transferring courses to another college should speak with their Area of Study (AoS) advisor, Department Chair, and/or Program Director.

We provide each student with six semester hours of U.S. History instruction to meet the requirements of the Texas Education Code (51.303).  The Texas Legislature requires students to take 6 hours of American history to graduate from an institution of higher learning in Texas. This course helps fulfill that requirement with 3 credit hours. Always check with your adviser concerning which classes transfer to which colleges.  Students taking either History 1301 or 1302 can expect to improve their reading and writing competencies, critical thinking skills, research skills, etc., all of which help students succeed in life outside academia.


No SCANS Competencies Required.  Students will need good reading, writing and study skills to succeed in this course. Students will be expected to read about 500-700 pages of textbook, and, depending on the individual instructor, may be obliged to read an outside book and/or do a research paper. Students will have to write essays, book reports, and/or research papers and will be expected to observe decent English grammar and spelling rules. Although students will be told when tests will take place and be given detailed learning objectives to facilitate study, students will be expected to study information in detail to prepare for the tests.

Textbook: History Hub (Free, Digital OER)
Software: Respondus Lockdown Browser MONITOR
Specs & Download Link in Bb Under Respondus QSG Link / PDF Guide / Video
*Compatible w. Macs, PC’s & iPads
*Requires webcam and microphone
*Chromebooks and ThinkPads do not work with RLB, but students can rent iPads & laptops from ACC


This is an online course; you won’t be attending lectures or an orientation.  Students enrolling in Distance Learning courses will need maturity, ability, and self-discipline to successfully complete the requirements.  The student will be required to do the same amount of work and the same quality of work as students enrolling in the in-class sections.  Distance Learning courses are designed for mature and capable students endowed with a great degree of self-discipline and responsibility.  Keep in mind that the course load is equivalent to a 16-week college course, even if you’ve signed up for the 5-, 6-, 8- or 12-week course.  It transfers to 4-year schools like Texas, Texas State, A&M, Tech, etc.  It’s doable if you put in the time, effort and thought, but it’s not an easy backdoor route to college credit.  Those in the 5-week sessions, for instance, should plan on spending at least 3 hours per day on coursework.  You won’t be handed a “review sheet” before the exams so as to avoid real work (as often requested).  You’ll create your own notes by reading chapters in conjunction with learning objectives.  Early in the course, put the course deadlines listed in Blackboard into your personal calendar.  Please review the ACC Distance Education General Information available at: review the ACC Distance Education General Information.  Students will use the Blackboard learning management system for assignment instructions, submitting assignments, and collaboration.

In response to COVID-19-related campus closures, Austin Community College now provides free, secure drive-up WiFi to students and employees in the parking lots of all campus locations. WiFi can be accessed seven days a week, 7 am to 11 pm. Additional details.  Students who submit the Student Technology Access Form and indicate they need help accessing their online learning environment to successfully complete their courses are eligible to check out an ACC iPad for use during the semester. You must be registered for a credit course, Adult Education, or Continuing Education course.

Spring 2021 1301 Grading Scale:
A: 180-200 (90%)
B: 160-179 (80%)
C: 120-159 (60%)
D: 100-119 (50%)
F: < 99

200 Points:
150: 5 30-Pt. Objective Exams Over Textbook Chapters
35: Discussion Board Essay & Follow-Up (25 + 10)
5: Check-In & Sample Test
5: Emeritus Lecture Short Essay Not During Summer Sessions
5: Early Alert LO Paragraph

Spring 2021 1302 Grading Scale:
A: 180-200 (90%)
B: 160-179 (80%)
C: 120-159 (60%)
D: 100-119 (50%)
F: < 99

200 Points:
150: 5 30-Pt. Objective Exams Over Textbook Chapters
40: Discussion Board Essay (30 + 10)
5: Check-In & Sample Test
5: Emeritus Lecture Short Essay

Summer 2021 1302 Grading Scale:
A: 180-200 (90%)
B: 160-179 (80%)
C: 120-159 (60%)
D: 100-119 (50%)
F: < 99

200 Points:
150: 5 30-Pt. Objective Exams Over Textbook Chapters
45: Discussion Board Essay & Follow-Up (35 + 10)
5: Check-In & Sample Test


Attendance/Class Participation
The course in asynchronous.  The Discussion Board assignment is required to qualify for an A or B.  Regular and timely completion of work is expected of all students.  If attendance or compliance with other course policies is unsatisfactory, the instructor may withdraw students from the class.  The student is responsible for communicating with their professor during school closures and completing any assignments or other activities designated by their professor.

Withdrawal Policy
It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the rolls should they decide to withdraw from the class.  The instructor does, however, reserve the right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary.  If a student decides to withdraw, he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is recorded before the Final Withdrawal Date.  Check final withdrawal date for this semester in Blackboard on the calendar and attached WORD syllabus.  The student is also strongly encouraged to keep any paperwork in case a problem arises.

Students are responsible for understanding the impact that withdrawal from a course may have on their financial aid, veterans’ benefits, and international student status.  Per state law, students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2007 or later at any public Texas college or university may not withdraw (receive a “W”) from more than six courses during their undergraduate college education. Some exemptions for good cause could allow a student to withdraw from a course without having it count toward this limit. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an adviser when making decisions about course selection, course loads, and course withdrawals.

Missed Exam and Late Work Policies
Any late work will incur a five-point penalty.  No work will be accepted after the last day of the semester.

Students receiving an “I” for Summer 2020 may complete remaining course requirements and convert the I to a completion grade during the Fall 2020 semester.  The final date for conversion of spring and summer semester incompletes is November 19th, 2020, the published final fall conversion date for Incompletes.

Students receiving an “I” for Summer 2020 who have not completed course requirements by the November 19th, 2020 extended conversion date may request that the I be converted to a W and that they receive a voucher to take the course in Spring 2021.  These requests will be considered by the COVID-19 Spring 2021 Hardship Review Committee.  Approval would require extenuating circumstances that did not allow the student to complete the course requirements during the extended completion time.

Students may request an Incomplete from their faculty member if they believe circumstances warrant.  The faculty member will determine whether the Incomplete is appropriate to award or not.  The following processes must be followed when awarding a student an I grade.

  1.   Prior to the end of the semester in which the “I” is to be awarded, the student must meet with the instructor to determine the assignments and exams that must be completed prior to the deadline date.  This meeting can occur virtually or in person.  The instructor should complete the Report of Incomplete Grade form.
  2.   The faculty member will complete the form, including all requirements to complete the course and the due date, sign (by typing in name) and then email it to the student.  The student will then complete his/her section, sign (by typing in name), and return the completed form to the faculty member to complete the agreement.  A copy of the fully completed form can then be emailed by the faculty member to the student and the department chair for each grade of Incomplete that the faculty member submits at the end of the semester.
  3.   The student must complete all remaining work by the date specified on the form above.  This date is determined by the instructor in collaboration with the student, but it may not be later than the final withdrawal deadline in the subsequent long semester.
  4.   Students will retain access to the course Blackboard page through the subsequent semester in order to submit work and complete the course. Students will be able to log on to Blackboard and have access to the course section materials, assignments, and grades from the course and semester in which the Incomplete was awarded.
  5.   When the student completes the required work by the Incomplete deadline, the instructor will submit an electronic Grade Change Form to change the student’s performance grade from an “I” to the earned grade of A, B, C, D, or F.

If an Incomplete is not resolved by the deadline, the grade automatically converts to an “F.”  Approval to carry an Incomplete for longer than the following semester or session deadline is not frequently granted.

This will vary between sections.
Go to Blackboard > Start Here > Syllabus, Schedule, Course Grades.
The Blackboard Home Page also has the course due dates.

Please note that schedule changes may occur during the semester.  Any changes will be announced in class and posted as a Blackboard Announcement (or other resource faculty is using to communicate).

All ACC campuses and centers have one entrance for students and employees. The college is limiting facility access to faculty, essential staff, and students who are enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses. Each person is required to take the following steps:

1. Self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms using the ACC Health Screening App. There are three secure ways to use the app — 1) download it on your phone (recommended), 2) download the web link, or 3) you may use an iPad that is available at the door. It is easy to download and use. Answer a series of quick questions and the app will give you results. Save the results to show at the door upon entry. Get the app here.

2. ACC ID badges or Student ID cards will be required for all employees and students upon entry. Employees and students must display their I.D. at all times.

3. Temperature checks will be conducted with a no-touch thermometer. If you have a fever 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, you will not be admitted to the building.

4. ACC Health Screen App results will be requested at the door. If you are unable to download the app, an iPad will be provided at the door so that you may answer a series of questions to determine if you have COVID-19 symptoms which include: Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Chills Repeated shaking with chills Muscle pain Headache Sore throat Loss of taste or smell Diarrhea Fever Have you come into contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 with 14 days? If you do not pass the pre-screening, you will receive specific information on healthcare procedures and instructions for what you need to know to be able to return to campus.

5. Facial coverings/masks are required for anyone entering an ACC building. You must wear a facial covering/mask at all times. In private spaces such as an individual office, your facial covering may be removed if you are alone. These guidelines are consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which makes clear that facial coverings and social distancing are among the most effective measures for limiting the spread of COVID-19.

TIP—Students should arrive to campus early to ensure enough time to get through the screening line.

On-Campus Protocols
• Wash and sanitize your hands prior to entering a classroom, office, or facility. Hand sanitizing stations, disinfecting wipes, soap, and water are readily available.
• Continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds.
• Practice social distancing with all individuals by maintaining at least six feet of separation.
• Follow floor stickers that are placed throughout the campus to help guide social distancing in high traffic areas.
• A maximum of two people at a time will be allowed in elevators.
• Facial coverings/masks must remain on at all times. A facial covering may only be removed as allowed by the course safety plan (i.e., when alone in private spaces such as an individual office).
• For the safety of all who are on-campus, water fountains will be turned off, vending machines will have limited services, all food services will be suspended, and common area furniture will be removed. Please plan accordingly. Classroom Protocols
• Schedules are staggered and courses have been divided into smaller sections to minimize contact with individuals.
• Seating for standard classrooms is limited to nine students and one instructor unless the classroom is deemed large enough to handle more by the Safety & Operations Office.
• Faculty will assign seats to students to keep them at a safe distance from one another. It’s imperative that students follow seat assignments in order to track any contamination or the possible spread of COVID-19.
• Plexiguards are installed on faculty desks if there is not at least nine-feet between the desk and the first row of students.
• Once inside the classroom, facial coverings must continue to be worn.
• ACC encourages students to wipe down their desks before class begins. Supplies will be provided in each classroom. Deep Cleaning Protocols
• ACC’s Campus Operations Quality Control staff will regularly and frequently disinfect any and all high touch surfaces such as door knobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms.
• Staff will disinfect classrooms as soon as classes are over.
• Students and employees will be reminded to disinfect personal electronics on a regular basis. • Hand sanitizer will be available in or near every classroom.
• Sufficient disinfecting supplies are available to maintain hygienic standards throughout the day.
• These disinfectant procedures will occur after each class and at the end of every day. Illness & Travel Protocols
• If you feel sick, feverish, or unwell, please do not come to campus or office.
• You will need to get tested for COVID-19 and report the results (positive or negative) to ACC’s COVID-19 Liaison (see below).
• If you become ill in the classroom or inside an ACC facility, you will be asked to go into an isolation room to take the state’s online self-assessment.
• Isolation rooms are available on each campus and center with resources and information to help you learn about the next steps and where to go for a COVID-19 test.
• All areas used by anyone who is sick or tests positive for COVID-19 will be immediately closed, waiting for the appropriate period of time before it is thoroughly deep cleaned, disinfected, and deemed safe to reopen.
• If you have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID- 19 within the last 14 days, you must self-report. ACC’s Self-Report form is available online.
• ACC has identified a primary COVID-19 Liaison responsible for communicating and coordinating with local health departments. Our liaison is Michael Garcia, Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs, semhelpdesk@ A training video is available here at:


Campus Operations
To limit the spread of COVID-19, ACC campuses remain closed to all but faculty, essential staff, and students who are enrolled in certain Career and Technical Education courses.   Face-to-face classes and services are limited.

Statement on Academic Integrity
Austin Community College values academic integrity in the educational process.  Acts of academic dishonesty/misconduct undermine the learning process, present a disadvantage to students who earn credit honestly, and subvert the academic mission of the institution. The potential consequences of fraudulent credentials raise additional concerns for individuals and communities beyond campus who rely on institutions of higher learning to certify students’ academic achievements and expect to benefit from the claimed knowledge and skills of their graduates. Students must follow all instructions given by faculty or designated college representatives when taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations.  Actions constituting scholastic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, collusion, falsifying documents, or the inappropriate use of the college’s information technology resources.  Further information is available here.

Tests on Respondus are not open note.

Student Rights & Responsibilities
Students at ACC have the same rights and protections under the Constitution of the United States. These rights include freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition and association. As members of the community, students have the right to express their own views, but must also take responsibility for according the same rights to others and not interfere or disrupt the learning environment. Students are entitled to fair treatment, are expected to act consistently with the values of the college, and obey local, state and federal laws. LINK

As a student of Austin Community College you are expected to abide by the Student Standards of Conduct. LINK

Senate Bill 212 and Title IX Reporting Requirements

Under Senate Bill 212 (SB 212), the faculty and all College employees are required to report any information concerning incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking committed by or against an ACC student or employee. Federal Title IX law and College policy also require reporting incidents of sex- and gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct. This means faculty and non-clinical counseling staff cannot keep confidential information about any such incidents that you share with them.

If you would like to talk with someone confidentiality, please contact the District Clinical Counseling Team who can connect you with a clinical counselor on any ACC campus:  (512) 223-2616, or to schedule online: LINK.

While students are not required to report, they are encouraged to contact the Compliance Office for resources and options:  Charlene Buckley, District Title IX Officer, (512) 223-7964;

If a student makes a report to a faculty member, the faculty member will contact the District Title IX Officer for follow-up.

Student Complaints
A defined process applies to complaints about an instructor or other college employee. You are encouraged to discuss concerns and complaints with college personnel and should expect a timely and appropriate response. When possible, students should first address their concerns through informal conferences with those immediately involved; formal due process is available when informal resolution cannot be achieved.

Student complaints may include (but are not limited to) issues regarding classroom instruction, college services and offices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or disability.

Further information about the complaints process, including the form used to submit complaints, is available at: LINK

Statement on Privacy
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects confidentiality of students’ educational records. Grades cannot be provided by faculty over the phone, by e-mail, or to a fellow student.   Grades (or at least the scores leading to your final grade) will be listed on Blackboard, but no other students can see them.

Recording Policy
To ensure compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), student recording of class lectures or other activities is generally prohibited without the explicit written permission of the instructor and notification of other students enrolled in the class section. Exceptions are made for approved accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recording of lectures and other class activities may be made by faculty to facilitate instruction, especially for classes taught remotely through BlackBoard Collaborate or another platform. Participation in such activities implies consent for the student to be recorded during the instructional activity. Such recordings are intended for educational and academic purposes only.

Safety Statement
Health and safety are of paramount importance in classrooms, laboratories, and field activities. Students are expected to learn and comply with ACC environmental, health and safety procedures and agree to follow ACC safety policies.  Emergency Procedures posters and Campus Safety Plans are posted in each classroom and should be reviewed at the beginning of each semester.  All incidents (injuries/illness/fire/property damage/near miss) should be immediately reported to the course instructor. Additional information about safety procedures and how to sign up to be notified in case of an emergency can be found at: LINK

Everyone is expected to conduct themselves professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual may be immediately dismissed from the day’s activity and will be referred to the Dean of Student Services for disciplinary action.

In the event of disruption of normal classroom activities due to an emergency situation or a continuing illness outbreak, the format for this course may be modified to enable completion of the course. In that event, students will be provided an addendum to the class syllabus that will supersede the original version. 

Campus Carry
The Austin Community College District concealed handgun policy ensures compliance with Section 411.2031 of the Texas Government Code (also known as the Campus Carry Law), while maintaining ACC’s commitment to provide a safe environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  Beginning August 1, 2017, individuals who are licensed to carry (LTC) may do so on campus premises except in locations and at activities prohibited by state or federal law, or the college’s concealed handgun policy.

It is the responsibility of license holders to conceal their handguns at all times.  Persons who see a handgun on campus are asked to contact the ACC Police Department by dialing 512-223-7999.   Please refer to the concealed handgun policy online at: LINK

Discrimination Prohibited
The College seeks to maintain an educational environment free from any form of discrimination or harassment including but not limited to discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

Faculty at the College are required to report concerns regarding sexual misconduct (including all forms of sexual harassment and sex and gender-based discrimination) to the Manager of Title IX/Title VI/ADA Compliance.  Licensed clinical counselors are available across the District and serve as confidential resources for students.

Additional information about Title VI, Title IX, and ADA compliance can be found in the ACC Compliance Resource Guide available at: LINK

Use of ACC email
All College e-mail communication to students will be sent solely to the student’s ACCmail account, with the expectation that such communications will be read in a timely fashion. ACC will send important information and will notify students of any college- related emergencies using this account. Students should only expect to receive email communication from their instructor using this account.  Likewise, students should use their ACCmail account when communicating with instructors and staff.  Information about ACC email accounts, including instructions for accessing it, are available at: LINK

Use of the Testing Center
All testing is currently online.  While campuses are closed, exams for courses will be online tests that students can take from home.  For more information about online testing at ACC, visit the Online Testing resource page: LINK

This class will utilize Respondus Lockdown Browser, which can be downloaded from a link on the left-hand toolbar in Blackboard under Respondus QSG (Quick Start Guide), and the technical requirements for which are listed in Blackboard under Start Here > Essential Course Information > Technology Requirements/Skills.  Students lacking a desktop computer who need to rent an iPad can do so free of charge through ACC.

The success of our students is paramount, and ACC offers a variety of support services to help, as well as providing numerous opportunities for community engagement and personal growth.

Student Support
ACC strives to provide exemplary support to its students and offers a broad variety of opportunities and services.  Information on these campus services and resources is available at: LINK.  A comprehensive array of student support services is available online at: LINK

Student Accessibility Services
Students with documented disabilities who need academic or other accommodations must request them through the office Student Accessibility Services (SAS).   SAS offices are located at each major campus.  Students are encouraged to request accommodations when they register for courses or at least three weeks before the start of the semester; otherwise, the provision of accommodations may be delayed.  Students who have received approval for accommodations from SAS for this course must provide the instructor with the document titled “Notice of Approved Accommodations” from SAS before accommodations will be provided. Accommodations will not be provided retroactively.  Arrangements by the instructor for academic accommodations can only be made after he or she receives the “Notice of Approved Accommodations” from the student.

Additional information about Student Accessibility Services is available at: LINK

Academic Support
ACC offers academic support services on all of its campuses. These services, which include online tutoring, academic coaching, and supplemental instruction, are free to enrolled ACC students. Tutors are available in a variety of subjects ranging from accounting to pharmacology. Students may receive these services on both a drop-in and referral basis.

An online tutor request can be made here: LINK

Additional tutoring information can be found here: LINK

Library Services
ACC Library Services is operating online while campuses are closed during the current pandemic. Libraries continue to support ACC courses and programs and provide students with research and assignment assistance from expert faculty librarians. ACC students have full rights and privileges to access Library Services online 24/7 via the ACC Library website, and students must use their ACCeID logins to access all online materials, including ebooks, articles from library databases, and streaming videos. ACC Libraries provide the “Ask a Librarian” service, which allows students to reach a librarian 24/7 through online chat or complete an online form for in-depth questions.  Faculty librarians are available via email and virtually to meet with you by appointment seven days a week. Students can also contact the Library for questions about their library account, registration holds, and technology/device distribution options.  Visit:

In partnership with ACC’s Student Support Center, ACC Libraries also maintain a limited collection of textbooks for students (made available by Student Affairs) to borrow. Priority access to the textbook collection is given to students receiving assistance. More information is available on the ACC website by searching “Student Support Center Textbook Collection.”

Student Organizations
ACC has over seventy student organizations, offering a variety of cultural, academic, vocational, and social opportunities.  They provide a chance to meet with other students who have the same interests, engage in service-learning, participate in intramural sports, gain valuable field experience related to career goals, and much else.  Student Life coordinates many of these activities, and additional information is available at: LINK

Personal Support
Resources to support students are available at every campus. To learn more, ask your professor or visit the campus Support Center. All resources and services are free and confidential. Some examples include, among others:

  • Food resources including community pantries and bank drives can be found here:
  • Assistance with childcare or utility bills is available at any campus Support Center
  • The Student Emergency Fund can help with unexpected expenses that may cause you to withdraw from one or more classes.
  • Help with budgeting for college and family life is available through the Student Money Management Office.

A full listing of services for student parents is available at: LINK

  • The CARES Act Student Aid will help eligible students pay expenses related to COVID-19: Student Aid

Mental health counseling services are available throughout the ACC Student Services District to address personal and or mental health concerns: LINK

If you are struggling with a mental health or personal crisis, call one of the following numbers to connect with resources for help. However if you are afraid that you might hurt yourself or someone else, call 911 immediately.

Free Crisis Hotline Numbers:

  • Austin / Travis County 24 hour Crisis & Suicide hotline: 512-472-HELP (4357)
  • The Williamson County 24 hour Crisis hotline: 1-800-841-1255
  • Bastrop County Family Crisis Center hotline: 1-888-311-7755
  • Hays County 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-877-466-0660
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “home” to 741741
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline:   1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline:1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Any ACC student or employee with symptoms or exposure to the COVID-19 virus should inform their professor(s) or supervisor and complete the college’s self reporting form: