COURSE SYLLABUS

Faculty Information: Dr. David P. Byers

What to Call Me: Feel free just to call me David. If you want to be formal, you can call me Dr.
Byers or simply Professor/Professor Byers.

Contact Info: Please contact me via email anytime at; you can reach me by
phone (402) 498-9685 between 10-5 p.m. CST most days or leave a message and I’ll get back to
you usually within 24 hours. Other times for phone conferences are available upon request.

Course Name: The Industrial Revolution

Prerequisites: None

Credit: 1/2 credit

Course Description: In this 12-week course, students explore the years that encompass the
Industrial Revolution that started in England and that continued in the United States with the
end result being tremendous advances in various fields thanks to the efforts of numerous
inventors. Online reading assignments and handouts guide students through the subject matter
while weekly reports help them demonstrate their knowledge of the key people, inventions,
and advancements of the Industrial Revolution.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have:

1. Identified what the Industrial Revolution was and which significant events were occurring in
   the U.S. and the world during the same timeframe
2. Examined various inventions and innovations that were the result of the Industrial
3. Conducted in-depth examinations of certain inventions and/or inventors from the Industrial
4. Examined some modern-day applications of inventions from the Industrial Revolution

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty prohibits representing the work of others to be one’s own (plagiarism)
and/or receiving unauthorized aid on an assignment (cheating). Penalties for academic
dishonesty may include a grade of “F” on the work in question and/or for the entire course at
the professor’s discretion.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This syllabus is subject to change as the instructor deems appropriate in
order to best meet your needs.

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Course Schedule and Assignment Deadlines: Our week will run Monday through Sunday each
week so that you have an entire week and weekend to complete your assignments. I will send
you the upcoming week’s homework on Saturday or Sunday before the upcoming week.
Homework deadlines are typically Sundays by midnight Omaha time unless otherwise indicated
by the professor.

Week 1: 1/16—homework due 1/22
Week 2: 1/22—homework due 1/29
Week 3: 1/29—homework due 2/5
Week 4: 2/5—homework due 2/12
Week 5: 2/12—homework due 2/19
Week 6: 2/19—homework due 2/26
Week 7: 2/26—homework due 3/4
Week 8: 3/4--homework due 3/11
Week 9: 3/11—homework due 3/18
Week 10: 3/18—homework due 3/25
Week 11: 3/25—homework due 4/1
Week 12: 4/1—homework due 4/8

Level of Work Required

The content of all of your assignments should reflect the best work you can do. You should do
your best with every assignment to be sure to include exactly what is required, to go beyond
the minimal requirements, and to impress your instructor!

You will be called upon on a number of occasions to integrate theory or ideas with real-life
events. This means doing your best to make sense of what you are learning and figuring out
how it applies to your past or current experiences, as well as knowledge you may have already

What to Expect from Your Instructor

      I will reply to your emails within 24-48 hours during the week, but I may need an extra
       1-2 days in case of holidays or weekends.
      I will be glad to set up individual appointments with you in person or by phone at
       mutually convenient days/times.

Emailing Your Work & Assignment Deadlines

Plan to email your work to the instructor on or before the day the assignment is due. Email your
work to

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Course Completion

Courses are considered completed once the student has submitted all the required
assignments. At that time, final grades will be emailed to the student in an official transcript.

Format for Emailed Homework

Unless the assignment indicates otherwise, simply type your work in the body of the email.
Keep your formatting simple. Just write in block paragraphs, all flush left and then leave a
double space between paragraphs so your work is easily read.

What Are Rubrics?
Rubrics are a set of parameters and expectations for your performance in one or more areas of
each course. These rubrics are the same for every course throughout the program.

General Rubrics for all Assignments

To earn an "A" for an assignment, you must:

      Submit the work when due
      Follow all instructions for the assignment
      Effectively use standard English--NO use of instant messaging language should be used
      Use excellent writing mechanics including clear, concise language, effective syntax, and
       appropriately-sized, coherent and focused paragraphs
      Have no more than five spelling errors and/or typos (points are deducted for each one)
      Demonstrate a consistent use of logical reasoning and critical thinking skills
      Thoroughly address every point/question from the assignment—using the five-
       paragraph method (see the information in the syllabus for instructions)
      Include paraphrases and/or quotes from expert sources that accurately represent the
       author's intentions and support your points (see the information in the syllabus for
      Correctly cite and reference expert sources used in the paper (see the information in
       the syllabus for instructions)

IMPORTANT NOTE: For further information about grading and assignments, as well as for
homework tips, go to my web page:
There you’ll find grading information and much, much more to help you with all your courses.

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                            The Five-Paragraph Method of Writing

When your homework gives you a question to answer or a topic to discuss, you don't want to
answer with just one word, a phrase, or even just a couple of sentences. Instead, you want to
develop your thoughts so your answer has depth and breadth, which means that the 5-
Paragraph Method will help you do just that.

Below is an outline of what the 5-Paragraph Method looks like. Then see the link to a website
that does a nice job of describing how to write effective paragraphs!

Paragraph 1--Grab the reader’s attention with a hook (interest-grabbing sentences). Be sure
your introduction explains what your essay topic is.

Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 should each open with a topic sentence and then proceed to have 3-5
sentences that offer specific support for your topic sentence. Think of it as building your case
like a lawyer does in court! Each paragraph explains a little bit more about your overall

Paragraph 5 is where you reword your opening thoughts on your subject and provide final
thoughts to bring a nice close to your topic.


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                                How Do I Cite Sources in My Paper?

Sometimes you’ll want to quote an expert in your paper to help prove or support your
points. So, how do you format a quote to make sure you have correctly cited the expert?

Just follow these easy steps:

1. Make sure you quote the expert exactly.
2. Put the entire quote in quotation marks.
3. Right after the quote in parentheses put the author's last name, the year of the work, and
the page number of the quote.

* If you don't know the year, use n.d.

* If you don't know the page number, use n.p.

Let's pretend you are writing a 5-paragraph essay on the joys of learning.

So, you need a good quote from an expert to support a point about learning.

And, you pick the following quote by someone named John Thompson in a book that he
wrote back in 1997.

So, in the body of the paper you would include this quote and citation to support the point
you were making about learning. (Outside the quotation marks is what you wrote.)

Learning is an important thing to do throughout your life. "Lifelong learning keeps the mind
sharp well into old age" (Thompson, 1997, p. 34). Now we know what Thompson said, which
supports what you were saying.

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Week 1: 1/22—homework due 1/29

   1. Review the PowerPoint (PPT) presentation I sent you via email, “The Industrial
      Revolution” focusing on slides 5 and 20-28 all about steel. Steel was a very important
      discovery during the Industrial Revolution and it remains important to us today.
   2. Go to this website:
          a. View the video “How Steel is Made” on the first page of the website (see the
             screen shot below).

          b. Use this link to see where steel is made in North America:
          c. Now, choose the link “New Steel” in the middle of the page. This will create a
             drop-down list of places where steel is used today. Explore each of those links to
             see how steel is used today.

   3. Steel can also be re-used. Explore the links below to see how steel from the World Trade
      Center towers, which were destroyed by terrorists on 9/11/01, was re-used to make a
      ship with the name USS New York:

Week 2 Written Homework due by 1/29: Using the 5-paragraph method, write a report about
anything you learned this week about steel, such as how it’s made, about the USS New York, or
any combination of things that will make a great 5-paragraph report!

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Weeks 2-12 will continue in the same way as indicated above for Week 1. The student is
provided all the required resources either in the syllabus or via email to complete the defined
assignment each week. The schedule and deadlines are clearly indicated.

More information would be provided in this and other areas, but it has been reduced for this
sample syllabus.

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