|Term:||Fall, 2007 (August - December)|
|Revision:||17 My 07|
|Class Time:||Two online lectures weekly.|
|You should set aside two definite times each week to work.|
|Instructor e-mail address:||email@example.com|
Textbooks: Bible, any English translation containing the Apocrypha
Myths from Mesopotamia, by Stephanie Dalley; ISBN 0-19-283589-0
On the Book of Psalms, by Nahum M. Sarna; ISBN 0-8052-1023-7
Arius: Heresy and Tradition, Revised Edition, by Rowan Williams; ISBN 0-8028-4969-5
These books may be ordered through your outlet of choice (e.g., Amazon.com).
eFollett is at
This course is NOT "self-paced". You must participate in a weekly discussion and read certain readings. Remember that you have a "live" instructor who will answer your questions -- this is not a correspondence course.
In order to accurately measure competency in these outcomes, various instructional and diagnostic elements are employed. These are described below.
There will be two class assignments. The first of these will consist of a short response paper. The response paper must be a two to five page summary, typed and double spaced, describing what new information you have learned so far. Explain the material for the response paper in your own words. What has come out in the course discussion that was new/different/interesting? What did you find on the websites that the course links to? You may mail the discussion paper by hand or attach it as an MS Word file to an e-mail. If you mail it, the paper must be mailed to me at the College (address above) and postmarked no later than Wednesday of week 6. If you e-mail it, you must do so no later than 5 PM Pacific Time, on the Friday of week 6. This semester, that date is October 5th. I will accept the paper any time after September 21st. For the format of the paper, see below.
The second assignment will be a comprehensive look at one of the weekly topics.
Any time issues in translation, transmission of information, or interpretation
exist, you must present both (all) sides of the issues fairly --
presenting them in language that that opinion's supporters would use. Feel free
to draw conclusions about the issue! You will not lose points for drawing a particular conclusion,
but points will be deducted if all sides are not presented fairly -- as that group or
side would present their views.
This research paper must cite (and list) three to five sources (excluding the Bible) and must be ten to twenty pages in length, typed, double spaced. TITLE PAGES, BIBLIOGRAPHY, and pages consisting mostly of PICTURES do not count toward the page total. See also below for a description of the paper format. You must submit a final topic via e-mail by the Friday that ends week 7 (October 12th). I must approve the choice of final topics. You may submit a final topic any time on or after September 29th, and one reason that a topic might be rejected is that others in the class have chosen the same topic. Therefore, it is best to submit a choice of final topics soon. This final paper must be received by me (mailed, faxed, or attached) no later than 5 PM Pacific Time on the Monday of Week 15. This semester, that date is December 3rd. I will accept the final paper any time after November 21st.
NOTE about Due Dates: All of the items are due on the day of the week (Monday, Friday) specified in the above paragraphs. If the numeral dates do not match the day of the week given, it is the day of the week that is correct.
|Paper||Date of Earliest Acceptance||Due Date|
|Response/Reaction Paper||September 21st||October 5th|
|Topic for In-Depth Paper||September 29th||October 12th|
|In-Depth Report||November 21st||December 3rd|
Both papers must have 1” side, top, and bottom margins and be typed in a 12 point ("normal-looking") font. The first thing I am going to do is check the length. Short papers will have a letter grade deducted. Your reports should make sure to deal with the issues involved, not merely repeating historical materials. Both papers must treat all groups, opinions, and issues fairly. Your papers will not be graded on style or grammar. They should be written as well as you are able, however. The papers will be mailed back to you only if you request them and provide mailing information.
Grades will be based on the successful and timely completion of the assignments and on participation in the weekly discussion.
|Class participation||30 points total|
|Response Paper||20 points|
|Final Topic Submitted and Approved on time||10 points (this is all-or-nothing!!)|
|Final Report||40 points|
Therefore, the total number of points available for the semester is 100 points. The number of points required to obtain each grade is as follows:
If you determine that you wish to drop the course prior to its conclusion, it is necessary for you to officially drop, either online through the college's website, or by visiting one of our college campuses and submitting a drop form. Any student who does not officially drop will receive a grade at the conclusion of the course. These grades will be based on the number of points that you have accumulated (see above).
If you do not officially drop the course as described above, by taking this class you agree that your "last date of attendance" for official purposes will be the last day of this course. Since this may affect your financial aid, it behooves you to drop officially or to complete the entire course.
The Nevada System of Higher Education expressly forbids all forms of academic dishonesty, including (but not limited to) all forms of cheating, copying, and plagiarism. Students who are discovered cheating will be assigned zero points for the current assignment. If the cheating is believed to be widespread -- to involve other students and/or to cover more than one assignment or test -- then all students involved will receive "F" grades for the course and will be brought to the GBC Academic Officers for prosecution. I will normally recommend that students found guilty in that instance be placed on one year disciplinary probation.
Here is the course schedule. If you get behind it may prove difficult to catch up.
|August 27 - August 31||Intro to the Hebrew Bible||Creation|
|September 3 - 7||The Great Flood||Abram to Moses|
|September 10 - 14||Character of the Torah||Sample Readings|
|September 17 - 21||Judges-Kings||The Early Prophets|
|September 24 - 28||Fall of Jerusalem, Minor Prophets||Psalms|
|October 1 - 5||The Exile, Daniel, more Psalms||Deuterocanonical OT|
|October 8 - 12||Apocryphal OT, more Psalms||Schools of Thought|
|October 15 - 19||Dating the Gospels and Acts||the Life of Jesus; John|
|October 22 - 26||the Synoptics||Parables of Jesus|
|October 29 - November 2||the Acts and Paul||Letters of Paul|
|November 5 - 9||More Letters of Paul||Hebrews|
|November 12 - 16||Other Letters||Views of Revelation|
|November 19 - 23||the Qumran Community||Jamnia and the Canon|
|November 26 - 30||the Fall of the Temple||Second Century Christians|
|December 3 - 7||Second and Third Century Christians; Arius||Arius and Nicaea|
The course ends on December 7th, 2007.