# Hist 102 World Civilization 2

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Hist 102 World Civilization 2
Dr. Ron Spiller

The Ground rules No cell phones No computers
“KENT, Ohio - Researchers at Kent State University have found the priority of staying connected on smart phones could also lead to major problems for students "Our low cell phone users have an average GPA of about 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, and our high cell phone users had an average GPA of 2.8," Barkley said. “In addition, their six-month study revealed that those spending a higher amount of time on smart phones experienced more anxiety and less happiness in their lives.

Computers in Human Behavior Volume 31 February 2014, Pages 343–350
The Ground rules Computers in Human Behavior Volume 31 February 2014, Pages 343–350 “The relationship between cell phone use, academic performance, anxiety, and Satisfaction with Life in college students” Highlights • Measured cell phone use (CPUse) to include the device’s complete range of functions. • CPUse was negatively related to students’ actual Grade Point Average (GPA). • CPUse was positively related to anxiety (as measured by Beck’s Anxiety Inventory). • GPA was positively and anxiety was negatively related to Satisfaction with Life (SWL). • Path analysis showed CPUse is related to SWL as mediated by GPA and anxiety. No cell phones No computers

Course Components Three (3) major exams. Major Map Exam.
Lowest grade dropped Major Map Exam. Final Exam (counts twice). Participation can be a consideration. Pop quizzes a possibility.

Grade Calculation Exam 1 75% Exam 2 65% Exam 3 87% Map Exam 84%
Final Exam 88%

Grade Calculation Exam 1 75% 75 Exam 2 65% Exam 3 87% 87
Map Exam 84% 84 Final Exam 88% 88 x 2 = B

Excel formula: =SUM(A4,C4,D4,E4,E4)/5
1 A B C D E F G 2 3 EX 1 EX2 EX3 Map Final Average 4 75 65 87 84 88 84.4 Excel formula: =SUM(A4,C4,D4,E4,E4)/5 Participation can be a subjective number of points not to exceed 8%.

What is “participation”?
You constructively participate by: Answering questions (mine and your fellow students’). Asking questions of me or your fellow students that are germane to the discussion. Making comments that move the discussion along. Simply showing up to class ≠ participation. (Although there will be a seating chart and I will take roll.)

60% of you points come on the last day.
Grade Calculation Exam 1 45% 45 Exam 2 35% Exam 3 63% 55 Map Exam 73% Final Exam 74% 75 x 2 85 x 2 65 = D 70 = C 60% of you points come on the last day.

Exams Largely based on your text and the chapter learning objectives listed on the course website. 40-60 objective questions. 80% Map 10% 1 short essay (paragraph). 10% Choice of 2-3 questions (maybe) Largely based on class discussion and additional readings

Essay rubric Did you answer the question?
Did you actually say something? Did you provide (accurate) evidence? Grammatical?

Text Read the text! Class emphasis will tend to be on Europe
and the Middle East. You will be responsible for all the chapters. Pay attention to the “Review and Respond” questions at the end of each chapter.

Map Exams A map will be on each exam Major Map Exam 10%
May be modern and historical geography. Emphasis on the maps in your text. Major Map Exam The same day as the Final. Historical and modern world. Start learning them now.

Final Exam & Major Map Exam
100 objective questions Cumulative 80% based on Exams 1-3 5 individual maps ID 10 things/places on each map

Course website http://users.edinboro.edu/rspiller/home.html
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Contacting me Room 119 Hendricks Hall 732-2966 rspiller@edinboro.edu
Office Hours on website Calls generally not returned Best way to contact me

What is the purpose of this course?

Your assumptions . . . BS requirement Diverts you from your goal
A degree that lets you make Your degree will directly = your life goal.

College ≠ training College = education “educated: Cultivated, cultured . . .” Your ultimate job probably won’t have anything to do with your undergraduate degree.

The real purpose of this course
This is a “gate keeper” class. It provides context and a way of understanding who and what you are. This stuff—and a lot more—is on the Praxis Test.

Some of Bill Gate’s rules . . .
1. Life is not fair – get used to it. 2. The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. 4. You think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. 8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT.

“So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.” Sun Tzu c. 500 bCE

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