HIS 112
Unit 1: Introduction


The Kremlin in Moscow viewed from the Moscow River. As you know from my remarks at the end of HIS 111, you just cannot have enough pictures of the Kremlin. Photo courtesy T. T. Hammond.

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What you must do in this unit (There is a lot to do to get started.)

  • Familiarize yourself with the textbook and plan when assignments are due. Some weeks you will have more work to complete than other weeks; so plan ahead!
  • Review NOVA Online policies and procedures and the course requirements for this course.
  • Check out all of the course assignments and materials.  Pay particular attention to the details of the midterm and final exams. See the information on Canvas in the exams module.
  • For further course and contact information, please read your Instructor's Welcome on Canvas.
  • Watch the short introduction video. You can also watch my short video on why it is not that terrible that you have to take a history survey course.
  • Make sure that you have read the information on the course assignments and grading. This is very, very important.
  • Since the use of proper grammar, spelling and style are an inherent part of each assignment in this course, please take a moment to check the course writing resources available in Charlie's History Writing Center for more information.
  • Review the Questions to Consider and the Key Terms for this unit. These are important for your midterm and final exams--you might want to take a look now at the exam information.
  • Submit the required Introduction paragraph (10 points).
  • Post an informal introduction to the other students in the class on the discussion board in Canvas (5 points).
  • Take the Syllabus Quiz in Canvas. (10 points extra credit) This is a short, 10-question orientation quiz that you must take and pass with a score of 9/10 before you can continue in the course. If you must, you can retake the quiz more than once.
  • As an exception to the course one item submitted per day, you should complete all three of these on the same day.
  • NOTE that you must complete and submit the introduction paragraph to avoid being removed from the course on your First Assignment Due date. See your course schedule for the exact date.
What you should do in this unit
  • Watch the short video on developing a time management schedule for your course work. Please be realistic about your work, family and course obligations when you sign up for an online history course. If you are working fifty or sixty hours a week and taking a full load of courses, then you are going to have trouble finding enough time to study.
  • Watch the short video on asking questions in your course.
What you can do in this unit Extra Credit Options
  • For 10 points of extra credit, review this entire course website, check the online NOVA Online student orientation and submit any questions that you might have in canvas.  This must be done in unit 1 of the course to receive credit.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, comment in a long paragraph on the perspective of time displayed in Carl Sagan's Cosmic Calendar (also in slightly different versions at A Cosmic Calendar or The Cosmic Timeline).  You can also watch this on YouTube. (well worth watching!) Here is a link to the actual timeline of the universe.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, comment in a long paragraph on the remarks relevant to the characteristics of "civilization" according to François Pierre Guillaume Guizot.
Unit Learning Objectives
  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to explain the structure of the course and the format and requirements of the main assignments and exams.

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