HISTORY 112 , Online, SU '13, 6/24-7/26, Section 96012 (5 Weeks)
United States History II (U.S. History Since 1865) - Syllabus
Dr. Brad Reynolds
INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME
Welcome to your summer online U.S. history class called United States History Since 1865 (History 112 Online) with me, Dr. Brad Reynolds. (Please note that if you are viewing this prior to the first day of class then this Web site is subject to change! It does not become official until the first official day of your class, so please reread everything here at that time if you are viewing this prior to that date!) Also, if you have not as yet read the "Online Classes Welcome and Orientation Letter Plus Online FAQs" then please scroll to the top of the page you are reading, click on "more" and click on the aforementioned location.
This is a 100 percent online course. You will be sending work to Dr. Reynolds by email and you will be taking some exams at Blackboard. Make sure you register at Blackboard and that you can access your account. You can reach Blackboard at http://bb9.canyons.edu. (If you do not see your class listed, then check back the next day. You class will be listed by the first day of classes.)
THE DISCUSSION AREA OF THIS WEB SITE AND THE DISCUSSION BOARD AT BLACKBOARD
If you would like to communicate online with any of the other students in your class about the class material, or perhaps form a study group online, or if you have a general class question for Dr. Reynolds that you wouldn't mind sharing with the other students so they could benefit from the answer too, then you can do a posting at one of two places. One is to the Discussion Area of this Syllabus which you can reach by scrolling to the top of this page, clicking on "more" and then placing your cursor over the name of your class. A popup to the Discussion Area for your class will appear to the left or the right. Click on it and follow the directions to do your posting. The other way you can communicate with the students in your class, or ask the instructor a general question, is to go into your Blackboard account and click on the Discussion Board. Whichever way you decide to go, you should check the Discussion Area of this Syllabus or the Discussion Board at Blackboard several times each week for any class changes or updates to your class. You can post whatever you want related to the class but remember that if you have a question of a personal nature, like something about your grade, you should send an email directly to Dr. Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember that you will be sending your work to Dr. Reynolds by email and not via the Discussion Area or Discussion Board!
Now, since it is important that you can access Blackboard for this class so you can take your multiple choice exams, please do a posting to the Discussion Board at Blackboard before the end of the first Wednesday of the class or you might be dropped from the course! (Or you can do a posting to the Discussion Area here if you are sure you can access Blackboard.) Just say "hello" to everyone by doing a posting with your full name and class section number, your major, maybe an interesting fact about yourself, or anything else that you would like to share with the other members of your class. That way Dr. Reynolds will know if you are actively enrolled in the class and, who knows, you might connect with an old friend or make a new one!
This is a 100 percent online class which means we do not have any formal face to face class meetings. All your news articles, history projects, and your review of a Web site on California history and government (which are discussed below) will be submitted by email to email@example.com. All of your your multiple choice exams for this class will be taken at Blackboard. If this or any of the other class material is not clear to you then please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Reynolds via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
This online course aims to acquaint you with the broad historical trends and the continuing controversies in American history since the end of the Civil War in 1865. It should help you realize that there are many ways to look at and respond to events. In so doing, the hope is that you will better understand the present so you can better shape the future. In order for you to understand and appreciate the course information more, you should stay current with the news of the day by regularly reading a daily newspaper, weekly news magazine, or news web site, and by keeping current with the reading assignments listed below. By the end of this course it is expected that you will know why the United States failed to reconstruct the Union as a truly democratic republic following the Civil War and what the struggle has been for civil rights, why and how the West was settled during the four decades following the Civil War and what impact that had on the U.S. economy and on the people of the West (especially the Native Americans), you will learn why and how the U.S. expanded into various parts of the world in the latter half of the nineteenth century and fought a war with Spain in 1898, why and how the United States became an industrial giant at the turn of the twentieth century and the impact that has had on the American people and government, why and how the U.S. became the world’s leading military power in the early twentieth century and has retained that title, how the U.S. has dealt with rapid economic take-off and then economic depression, why the United States fought two world wars in less than twenty-five years during the first half of the twentieth century, how a hatred for communism dominated American foreign policy for over four decades, how important social changes over the last one hundred years and especially the last fifty years have (and are) creating forces that will either make America still stronger in the new century or will tear it asunder, and how the war on terrorism has affected American policy at home and abroad.
STUDENT LEANING OUTCOMES or SLOs
The specific Student Learning Outcomes or SLOs for this class, as listed in the course curriculum outline on file with the college, are that by the end of the semester you should be able to:
Assess the causes and ramifications of social, cultural, political, and legal change in the United States; and
Evaluate America's foreign affairs from the late 19th Century to the present.
STDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The specific Student Leaning Objectives that students should know by the end of the semester in this class, according to
the class outline on file with the Curriculum Committee, are the ability to:
1. Appraise the social and political issues involved in Reconstruction, while comparing and contrasting various Reconstruction formats and evaluating the impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments;
2. Analyze the catalysts for western settlement, and the troubles between "the establishment" and Native Americans, while assessing the validity of assimilation venues such as the Dawes Severalty Act and education;
3. Evaluate the ordeals and progress of laborers in America over time, and assess the impact of ethnocentrism on labor legislation;
4. Articulate the agenda of the populist movement and discern the impact of race on farmers' alliances;
5. Assess progressivism's political and social reforms, including the diminished role of machine politicians;
6. Appraise the reasons for, and results of, American involvement in international affairs, from the Spanish-American War through the two world wars, and discern the cultural prejudices that have had an impact on international affairs;
7. Explain the causes of the Great Depression, while comparing and contrasting Hoover's and Roosevelt's governments;
8. Analyze the causes and results of the Cold War;
9. Assess and evaluate the causes and results of the Vietnam conflict;
10. Explain the causes and on-going results of America's African-American civil rights movement;
11. Appraise the cultural and political contributions of underrepresented populations;
12. Discern examples of national policies and practices at the local and state level, and explain the mutual impact of the nation and state upon each other; and
13. Demonstrate a familiarity with selected local and state political leaders and legislative or judicial issues.
The contact information below is good 24/7. When you send an email you will get a response as soon as possible and always within forty-eight hours. If you do not hear back from Dr. Reynolds within forty-eight hours, then please resend your original email to him on the third day and do not assume it was received. Also, please remember to ALWAYS INCLUDE your name, the name of your class, and YOUR CLASS SECTION NUMBER in the subject area of your emails. Please also include a detailed message so we can be resolve you question(s) quickly. Thanks!
Dr. Reynolds is available to you 24/7 at email@example.com. You are also welcome to drop by his office anytime on the Valencia campus of COC in BONH-329. However, since Dr. Reynolds is frequently out of his office due to classroom assignments, committee work, or other college responsibilities, and since you are taking a 100 percent online summer class, it is best that you try to contact Dr. Reynolds via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do drop by his office, feel free to leave a message under his office door if he is not in, but email will likely be the fastest way to get a response.
(OR email@example.com, but please do NOT send the same email to more than one address at a time! Thanks.)
Dr. Bradley Reynolds
Dr. Reynolds holds history degrees from UCLA and USC. He has taught American history for nearly forty years at three universities (the University of Southern California, California State Univeristy - Northridge, and the University of Vienna) and at two community colleges (College of the Canyons and El Camino College). He enjoys teaching and looks forward to discussing history with you!
THE TEXTS AND WHERE TO PURCHASE THEM
The two texts for this course are: Bradley Reynolds, American History, An Overview Since 1865, Eighth Edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012), ISBN is 0078119499, and A Patriot's History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen (New York: Sentinel, 2007), ISBN 978-1-59523-023-4. Both books are available at the COC Book Store and various online sites. You can also order the books from the COC Book Store by calling 1-661-362-3355 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Patriot's History is additionally available as an ebook at amazon.com and other sites.
The American History book was written specifically for your class. It includes outlines of material you should learn and a chronology of major events. A Patriot's History will give you more insight to the material so it is expected that you will read both books. They are the only books you should read and reference for the essay exams.
For a list of course topics, please look at the Table of Contents in your course texts.
COURSE READING ASSIGNMENTS
Your class reading assignments are to complete in the American History book Chapters 1-9 for your first exam, Chapters 10-17 for your second test, and the remainder of the book to answer your final exam. In A Patriot's History you should read Chapters 9-14 for test one, Chapters 15-18 for test two, and Chapters 19-22 for test three.
Besides reading your texts, you should read a current daily news source or weekly news magazine on a regular basis. You may be surprised at how much material in this class has a direct relationship to events today. So stay current with the news to enjoy the class material more and to help fulfill one of your class assignments which is to turn in ten current newspaper or magazine articles related to the class material (as described in the "Course Policies" section below).
The primary goals of this class are that your will complete the class readings, assignments, and exams as scheduled and that by doing so you will gain an understanding of how important it is to know United States history to better comprehend the present and help you shape the future.
To achieve the primary goals of the class, you should read your texts as listed above, and read a daily or weekly news source to locate articles related to the content of this class so you can complete your ten news articles assignment as discussed below in the "Course Policies" section. The purpose of this assignment is to show you that there are things in the news everyday that you will better comprehend if you have an underatanding of history.
Also remember to complete the ten history projects which are discussed in the "Course Policies" section below. The purpose of this assignment is to show you that there are many ways to learn and appreciate history.
Last, you need to complete your three multiple choice tests, your Student Learning Outcome (SLO) test, and your review of a Web site on CALIFORNIA history and government, all of which are discussed below in more detail.
COURSE POLICIES AND GRADING
The grades in this class break down as follows:
You will take 3 MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMS worth 20 percent each or 60 percent of your class grade. Their due dates and what the tests entail are discussed in more detail below under "Multiple Choice Exams."
Another 10 percent of your class grade will come from your 10 HISTORY PROJECTS. Their due dates and what the projects entail are discussed in more detail below under "History Projects."
Another 10 percent of your class grade will come from your 10 NEWS ARTICLES. Their due dates and how to do the articles are discussed in more detail below under "History Articles."
You will also take in this class 1 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOME (SLO) EXAM worth 10 percent of your class grade. This 10 question comprehensive multiple choice exam, for which you will have ten minutes to complete, will review the most important information you should have learned from reading your texts. It will be available at Blackboard on the date listed below in the Calendar section. The test will be graded on a 90-80-70 percentile scale. For more details about it, please see below under "SLO Exam."
Last, you are expected to complete 1 REVIEW A WEB SITE ON CALIFORNIA HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT worth 10 percent of our class grade. It must be received via email by the day and time listed below in the Calendar section or you will get an F for the assignment plus one lower class grade, so make sure you do this assignment! See below for more on how to complete it.
REVIEW OF THE CLASS GRADING
3 Multiple Choice Tests worth 20 percent each or 60 percent of your class grade
10 history projects worth 10 percent of your class grade
10 history articles worth 10 percent of your class grade
1 SLO exam worth 10 percent of your class grade
1 Web site review on California history and government worth 10 percent of your class grade
CALENDAR OF IMPORTANT CLASSWORK AND THE DUE DATES
June 24: On this first official day of your class, you should read the course syllabus carefully and, if you have not yet done so, read the "Online Classes Welcome and Orientation Letter Plus Online FAQs" located at www.bradleyreynolds.weebly.com. You should also start reading your assigned texts and start working on your first two projects and two articles which are due this Friday! (Note that your projects, and articles, can relate to any primary topic covered in your texts between 1865 and 2000 and do not have to relate directly to what you are reading at the moment.) If you have any questions about the class material you should email Dr. Reynolds this week at email@example.com. And don't forget to sign into the Discussion Board at Blackboard or Discussion Area of this Web site before Wednesday!
June 25: Remember that you need to do a hello posting to the Discussion Board or Discussion Area before midnight tomorrow to avoid being dropped from the class. And don't forget to start working on your first two projects and articles. Please cut and paste your projects and your articles (and all your other work) directly into the emails you send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also send each item in a separate mail! Yes, it's a bit more work but it will make tracking your work a lot easier. Remember too that you can turn in your projects and articles early and that you are encouraged to do so at least 72 hours prior to when they are due so that you have time to redo something if necessary. And please put your full name and you class section number in the subject area of the emails you send.
June 26: By this first Wednesday of class, you should have reviewed both of the books assigned to your class and you should have read the first few assigned chapters in each book. You might want to also reread the "Online Students Welcome and Orientation Letter Plus Online FAQs" at Dr. Reynolds's Web site since the Q and A section might have more meaning now. And don't forget to do your welcome posting by midnight to either the Discussion Area at this Web site or to the Discssion Board at Blackboard.
June 28: Before midnight COC time of this first Friday of your class you need to turn in your first two articles and your first two projects. Don't forget to cut and paste all work directly into your emails, send each item in a separate email, and to put your full name and class section number in the subject area of each email.
July 1: By today, the start of your second week of class, you should have started working on your second two articles and second two projects which are due this Friday by 11:59 p.m. COC time. Make sure you are also keeping up with your reading.
July 5: Today, the second Friday of your class, your second set of two articles and two projects are due via email to email@example.com no later than 11:59 p.m. COC time, bringing your total number of completed projects and articles to four each. Remember to cut and paste your articles directly into your emails and to include a link to your source. Also remember to put your full name and your class section number in the subject area of your emails and to send all work in separate emails.
July 8: Today, at the start of your third week, you need to start working on your third set of two articles and two projects which are due Friday. You should also be reviewing the multiple choice questions in the back of your American History book in preperation for your first multiple choice exam which will be posted on Thursday.
July 11: Today your first multiple choice exam will be posted to Blackboard. It is a timed exam (you have 60 minutes to complete 100 questions) and you cannot stop it once you begin so make sure you have reviewed the multiple choice questions in the back of your American History text before you take the test. While you have until tomorrow to take the test, you are STRONGLY encouraged to take the exam today in case of a problem. If you take the exam on Friday and a problem arises then you are NOT guaranteed the possibility of retaking the exam. You are also encouraged to use Firefox as your browser since it seems to crash less with Blackboard then does Explorer, but the choice is yours. (If you do not have Firefox on your computer you can download it for free at firefox.com.) Last, remember that your third set of articles and projects are due tomorrow by 11:59 p.m. COC time, as is your multiple choice exam.
July 12: Today, by 11:59 p.m. COC time, you first multiple choice exam must be completed at Blackboard and your third set of two projects and two articles are due at firstname.lastname@example.org (bringing your total number of articles and projects completed to six each). Make sure you cut and paste your work directly into your emails, that you send everything in a separate email, and that you put your name and class section number in the subject area of all emails you send. Thanks.
July 15: Today, as you start your fourth week of class, you should be working on your fourth set of two articles and two projects and preparing for you second multiple choice exam, all of which must be completed by 11:59 p.m. COC time this Friday!
July 18: Today your second multiple choice exam will be posted to Blackboard. Remember, you are strongly encouraged to take the test today instead of tomorrow for the reasons mentioned above. Also, remember to turn in your fourth set of two articles and two projects before tomorrow night 1t 11:59 COC time, and be sure to cut and paste your work directly into your emails and to include you full name and class section number in the subject area of your emails.
July 19: By today at 11:59 p.m. COC time your second multiple choice exam must be completed at Blackboard and your fourth set of two articles and two projects must be turned in by email to email@example.com bringing your total number of articles and projects completed to eight each. Please remember to cut and paste your work directly into your emails, send all work in separate emails, and put your full name and class section number in the subject area of your emails.
July 22: As you start your last week of class, you should be working on your last set of two articles and two projects, you should be preparing for your final multiple choice exam. You should also be looking for a Web site to review on California history and government , and you should be reviewing the multiple choice questions in the American History book to help you prepare for your SLO multiple choice exam later in the week.
July 25: Today your third multiple choice exam will be posted to Blackboard as will your SLO exam. Remember, both tests are timed (you have 10 minutes for the SLO exam), so make sure you have reviewed the multiple choice questions in the American History book before you take the exams. You must complete your exams by tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. COC time, by which time your your review of a Web site on CALIFORNIA history and government is also due as is your final two articles and two projects!
July 26: By today at 11:59 p.m. COC time you must complete your third multiple choice exam and your SLO exam at Blackboard, and submit your review of a Web site covering California history and government (and make sure this Web site review is clearly marked as your CALIFORNIA Web site review so it is not confused with a project since your last two projects and last two articles are also due by midnight today).
Congratulations - you have completed the course!
REVIEW OF IMPORTANT CLASS DATES
June 24: Class Begins!
June 26: Sign into the Discussion Board before midnight COC time!
June 28: Your first two projects and two articles are due before midnight COC time.
July 5: Your second set of two projects and two articles are due before midnight COC time.
July 11: Your first multiple choice exam is available at Blackboard.
July 12: Your third set of two projects and two articles are due before midnight COC time. You must also complete your first multiple choice exam before midnight COC time.
July 18: Your second multiple choice exam is available at Blackboard.
July 19: Your fourth set of two projects and two articles are due before midnight COC time. You must also complete your second multiple choice exam before midnight COC time.
July 25: Your third multiple choice exam and your SLO exam are available at Blackboard.
July 26: Your last set of two projects and two articles are due before midnight COC time. You must also complete your third multiple choice exam and SLO exam before midnight COC time. In addition, your review of a Web site covering California history and government is due today.
MORE ON THE MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS
The multiple choice questions will come for the most part from the questions at the end of each chapter of the American History text, so if you study the questions in Chapters 1-9 for your first multiple choice test you should not have too many surprises. And if you study the multiples at the end of Chapters 10-17 for test two you should not have too many surprises. And if you study the remaining chapters for your third multiple choice test then you should do well on it too! The multiple choice tests will be available at Blackboard the morning before they are due. Check the Calendar section above for the dates. Note that the multiple choice tests are timed (you will have 60 minutes for each of your three multiple choice exams, and each exam has 100 questions except for the SLO exam) so be prepared before you go to take each exam, just as you would in a face to face class! Also, just so you are not caught by surprise and then panic, I have been told that on occasion the tests at Blackboard move slowly. However, that's why you have 60 minutes to complete the exam! Most students in face to face classes finish the 100 question multiple choice test in 45 minutes or less, so extra time has been built into your tests in case of problems. Nevertheless, you are also STRONGLY ADVISED to take the multiple choice exams on the day before each is due (meaning n the Thursday when the exams are posted) so that if you have any technical problems they can be resolved before the deadline of when you test must be completed. You will likely NOT be able to resolve any technical problems that occur on the day the exam is due, and you cannot take the exam past the due date and time. So take note of when the exams will be available and take your exam on the first day if you can. You should also consider using Firefox as your browser instead of Explorer since the COC techies believe that it's more reliable with Blackboard. (If you do not have Firefox on your computer, you can download it for free at firefox.com). Whatever, keep in mind that your failure to do an exam will result in zero, which means an F for that test plus one lower class grade, and the multiple choice tests cannot be taken late under any circumstances. So make sure you have a good computer connection and that you have adequately prepared for the test before you go to take it.
THE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOME OR SLO TEST
On the next to lsat day of your class, the Student Learning Outcome or SLO test exam will be posted at Blackboard. This is a 10 questions test and you will have 10 minutes to complete it. The questions cover the entire class and some of the questions come from the multiples in your American History text, so review those and that should help. Remember, this test must be completed before midnight of the last day of class and you cannot take it late! The test is 10 percent of your class grade. Your failure to take the test will result in a zero for the test which is a F for the exam plus one lower class grade, so don't forget to take this test!
As mentioned above, the techies have indicated that students who use Firefox rather than Explorer as their browser when taking the exams at Blackboard are less likely to have their tests crash, so you might want to enter Blackboard using Firefox. If you do not already have Firefox on your computer, you can download it for free at firefox.com.
THE HISTORY NEWS ARTICLES
Besides your exam grades, 10 percent of your class grade will come from the ten history news articles assignment. The purpose of this assignment is to show you that there are articles in the news all the time which relate to the primary content of your class. So look for articles that specifically reference the primary material you are studying between 1865 and 2000. Also note that the articles must come from a current news source (meaning something published within the term dates of your class) like a daily newspaper or news Web site or a weekly newspaper or weekly news magazine. (Do NOT use a history magazine or history Web site, do not get your articles from a newspaper blog or magazine blog, and do not use "This Day in History" blurbs). When you find what is required, put it in an email with a link to the source (or scan or photo it and send it as an attachment if you are using a hard copy of something). Then write a paragraph about what the article says and another on how it specifically mentions something from the primary content of your class, which is U.S. history since 1865 to 2000. Make sure you submit your articles by their due dates mentioned in the Calendar section if you plan to complete this assignment, and remember that you can turn articles in early (and you should try to do so at least 72 hours before they are due so you will have time to redo an article if needed)! If you turn in all the articles by their due dates you will receive an "A" for this part of your class grade. Eight articles will earn you a "B," seven a "C" and six a "D." If you turn in less than six articles then you will get an F for this assignment, but that's better than a zero which is what you will get if you turn in nothing. (A zero is an F for the assignment plus one lower class grade!) So turn in something! And make sure you keep a copy of what you submit until you are told by Dr. Reynolds that your article was graded and recorded! Then keep the accepted email until you get your final class grade!
THE HISTORY PROJECTS
Another class assignment is to complete your ten history projects. The purpose of this assignment is to show that there are many ways to learn about the history you are studying. To find some suggestions of the history projects that you can do, go to www.bradleyreynolds.weebly.com and click on "Projects." There you will also find the worksheets for your projects. Things you can do include attending a lecture on something related to the primary content of this class, writing a book review on a book related to the primary content of this class, visiting a museum or library to see an exhibit related to the primary content of this class (if you do this make sure you keep the receipt so you can send a copy of it with your review), critiquing a historical cartoon or poster or photograph of something related to the primary content of this class, interviewing someone who knows about information related to the primary content of this class, or even analyzing a song or video game about topics related to the primary content of this class. Whatever you decide to do, remember that you are expected to do ten projects (at least five different ones, meaning you can do any type of project two times), you must follow the directions for each project as stated on each worksheet (although your reviews can be 1 to 3 pages and do not have to be 2 pages as stated on each worksheet), and you may not do more than two of the same projects (so, for example, you cannot do three movie reviews). Also, please make sure that the work you reference for your project is from within the term dates of your class (so, for example, if you do a museum review or a film review or a lecture review, make sure it comes from something you did within the dates of your class term) and and make sure that what you select relates to a primary topic of your class between 1865 and 2000. Once you have completed your project you should cut and paste your work into an email to Dr. Reynolds. If any of this is unclear, be sure to contact Dr. Reynolds via email for a further explanation. If you complete all ten history projects by their due dates, which are mentioned in the Calendar section above, then you will get an "A" for this part of your class grade. Eight completed projects by the proper due dates will earn you a "B," seven projects will earn you a "C," and six projects a "D." If you turn in less than six projects then you will get an F for this assignment, but that's better than a zero which is what you will get if you turn in nothing. (A zero is an F for the assignment plus one lower class grade!) So turn in something! As with the news articles, you can turn in your ten history projects either individually or in total anytime prior to their due dates to receive full credit, but you should try to turn them in sooner than later and preferably at least 72 hours before they are due so if something is rejected or lost you will have time to redo it. And make sure you keep a copy of each project until you know it has been approved by Dr. Reynolds! Then keep the accepted email until you get your final class grade!
THE CALIFORNIA HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT WEB SITE REVIEW
Last, but not least, don't forget to do your review of a Web site on California history and government! This can be on any Web site that mentions something about the history and government of California during some period covered in your class material, meaning anytime between 1865 and 2000. You can use the Web site worksheet under "Projects" at www.bradleyreynolds.weeby.com as your template if you like, but make sure you clearly label your California Web site review as such so it does not get confused with a Web site project. This assignment is 10 percent of your class grade. If you do not complete it you will get a zero for this assignment, which means an F for the assignment plus one lower class grade, so make sure you do this review. And note that this Web site assignment is in addition to your projects, so you can still do two Web site projects.
CHEATING, COPYING AND PLAGIARISM
Unfortunately, a note needs to be made here about cheating, copying, and plagiarism. If you are caught cheating because you copied someone else’s work, or if you plagiarize, you will receive a zero for all your projects or articles or California Web site review (which means an F plus one lower class grade) and you may be subject to further disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion. So make sure you obey the rules! If you have any questions about any of this make sure you ask Dr. Reynolds.
IF YOU DECIDE TO DROP THIS CLASS
If you decide to drop this class it is your responsibility to do so before the drop date. If you remain in the class you should plan to complete all the class assignments by their due dates.