Course Syllabus

Mrs. Rebecca Tyndall 

HINDS Community College

Social Studies Department 

228-218-7659 (Only call between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.)

(Please allow me 48 hours to respond to your emails as this is virtual college policy. I will check my email daily on Monday through Friday; however, it won’t be as frequent on the weekends.)

HIS 1113 (3 Credit Hours)

Course Description:A general survey of European History from ancient times to mid-seventeenth century.

Pre-Requisite:  None

Text: Making Europe: The Story of the West; Kidner, Bucur, Mathisen, McKee, Weeks; 2nd Edition

 Course Goals:

 1. To perceive, appreciate and transmit knowledge of the past and to provide an understanding of the human condition.

 2. To increase understanding of a multicultural environment and demonstrate the unity and diversity of the Western experience.

 3. To improve the understanding of students’ own cultures.

 4. To help remove myths and stereotypes.

 5. To improve writing skills, to develop critical thinking, to encourage library use, to facilitate transference of skills across disciplines with the use of technology.

Course Objectives:

 1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the political, social, and cultural events taking place in the Fertile Crescent.

 2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific, philosophical, economic, and political legacy of the Hellenic and Hellenistic ages.

 3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influence of Rome on the European legacy including the development of Christianity and Islam.

 4. Students will demonstrate an understanding to the period of the middle ages, when Europe developed into Christendom.

 5. Students will gain an understanding of the transitional period of the Renaissance and Reformation and how this bridged the periods of the middle ages and the early modern period.

Grading Scale: 10 point scale

Grades are on the points system, i.e., 98/100. I will calculate the total number of correct points you have earned and divide it by the points possible to determine your average.

Attendance is taken weekly per Hinds guidelines.  There will be an assignment(s) due each week, and in order for you to be counted present, you must complete that assignment within by the due date.  If you obtain 1 absence in the semester, you will be sent a Notice of Absences.  You must respond to me IMMEDIATELY or your enrollment in the course will be jeopardized.  If you receive 2 absences, you may be withdrawn from the course with an "F."

Exams can consist of multiple choice questions, true-false, and short answer. The exams for this class will be available online for a week.  There will be weekly chapter exams and they will be timed. A timer will appear on the screen to inform you as to how much time you have used. If you go over the allotted time, I will deduct five points for every minute you go over the designated time. Because you are allowed the flexibility of choosing your test day over a week's time period as well as the time of day you wish to take the exam, you must take the exam during the designated period. I do not reopen tests for a missed exam.  The Final Exam is comprehensive!  The final will be comprised of one essay, 10 multiple choice and 5 identification questions.  You will be provided a study guide prior to the final.

Two exams will be proctored. According to the virtual college policy, two exams in every online course must be proctored. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a time with an appropriate testing site. DO NOT wait until the last minute to schedule the exam. Be proactive and schedule it early so you will be ensured a time slot suitable for you. 

Discussions: Grades will be determined by how much online interaction a student submits on the Discussion Board. The Discussion Board is a meeting area that allows students to read posted inputs and submit inputs of their own for other students to view within a given module.  Keep responses focused on the subject. Ideas and opinions on the discussion board should be supported with data and rational facts. Inappropriate inputs are not allowed and will be removed from the Discussion Board. The instructor will contact anyone submitting inappropriate comments through email to resolve the situation. Continued submission of inappropriate comments will result in actions taken in accordance with the Student Rights and Responsibilities section (Statement No. 242-01) as outlined in the Student Handbook. Your responses should contain at least three to five good sentences. You must use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling in your responses. If you do not post your responses by the due date, you will receive a grade of zero (0). If you do not post according to guidelines, you will not receive full credit.  You must respond to AT LEAST TWO other students posts to receive full credit and they must be at least three to five good sentences each.

Book Review: Each student will be responsible for writing a two page book review on Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth by Norman Cantor.  This is department policy for this course.  The paper will need to have your name and class information in the top right corner of your paper, single-spaced.  Then, the body of the review should be double-spaced.  Use Times New Roman 12 pt font.  A book review guideline will be posted in the Course Content Area. Any tricks used to make a short/incomplete paper appear longer will not be tolerated.

Testing Policy 

The online exams must be completed during the designated time frame (one week). Students are expected to take their exams without any assistance. Your textbook and notes may NOT be used during the exam. Do not go over the allotted time allowed for the exam. You will have five points, for every minute you exceed the time limit, deducted from your over-all grade. Students are responsible for making sure their computers are functioning properly before the course begins. Tests are not necessarily reopened due to malfunctions. 

You will be required to take two proctored tests in this class.  You will need to go to to schedule exam.  Please do not wait until the last minute or you may not be able to schedule your exam.  Failure on your part to schedule your exam could result in a zero for that exam.  Please take this seriously.  It would be a shame to work through this course and receive a zero because you didn't schedule your proctored exam.

Notice of Non-discrimination Statement

Hinds Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Vice President for Administrative and Student Services, 34175 Hwy. 18, Utica, MS 39175; 601.885.7001.

Disability Support Services Statement

Hinds Community College provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Disability Services staff members verify eligibility for accommodations and work with eligible students who have self-identified and provided current documentation. Students with disabilities should schedule an appointment with the designated Disability Services staff member on their respective campus to establish a plan for reasonable, appropriate classroom accommodations.

Rankin Campus Carol McLaurin 601.936.5544

Raymond Campus Mark Palmer 601.857.3646

Jackson Campus-ATC Sherman Green 601.987.8148

Jackson Campus-NAHC Taylor Wheatley 601.376.4803

Utica Campus Michele Bouldin 601.885.7043

Vicksburg-Warren Campus Cooper McCachren 601.629.6807

Video Surveillance

Hinds Community College utilizes Video Surveillance Cameras in order to enhance security and personal safety on its campuses. It has been determined that use of this equipment may prevent losses and aid in the law enforcement activities of the Hinds Campus Police. To ensure the protection of individual privacy rights in accordance with the law, a formal Policy on the Use and Installation of Video Surveillance Equipment has been written to standardize procedures for the installation of this type of equipment and the handling, viewing, retention, and destruction of recorded media. Under no circumstances shall the contents of any captured audio or video recordings be exploited for purposes of profit or commercial publication, nor shall recordings be publicly distributed except as may be required by law.


The term "netiquette" is a compound of the words "network" and "etiquette". It refers to acceptable codes of practice for interacting with others while online. In order to prevent misunderstandings and promote engaging and meaningful collaboration, extra care must be taken into how you express yourself in your written communication.

How to Communicate

  • Be professional as you communicate. Reread your written text before posting or emailing.  In much of the corporate world, writing in all caps is considered yelling and, therefore, is not acceptable in any online communication, nor is texting lingo.
  • Be considerate. Think about how your words affect others.
  • Be respectful of the opinions of others and respect your instructor.
  • Be calm. Try to keep your emotions out of class.
  • Humor and sarcasm. Because there are no visual cues in distance education, humor and sarcasm are impossible to discern. Be very careful when interjecting humor and refrain from using any remarks that are sarcastic in nature.
  • Harassment and other offensive behavior. The online learning environment is no place to harass, threaten, or embarrass others. Comments that can be viewed, as offensive, sexist, or racially motivated will not be tolerated.
  • Offensive material. Students may not post, transmit, promote, or distribute content that is racially, religiously, or ethnically offensive or is harmful, abusive, vulgar, sexually explicit, otherwise potentially offensive.
  • Copyrights and intellectual property. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Ideas that are copied should always be cited correctly.


Academic Honesty Policy


Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Integrity and honesty is expected from all students. You are expected to do your own work. You may assist your classmates or receive assistance with regard to understanding procedures used on the computers, but you must answer your own exam questions and do your own typing for assignments. Any act of academic dishonesty will be grounds for failing this course. Consulting classmates for test information is an example of academic dishonesty.

Do not plagiarize from any source (lecture notes, textbook, websites, etc…) when answering text questions or complete other assignments for this course. Please consult the HindsCC catalog and student handbook for specific information. 

Hinds policy regarding academic honesty is as follows:


Students are expected to uphold the school’s standard of conduct relating to academic honesty. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they submit. The guiding principle of academic integrity shall be that a student's submitted work, examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student's own work. Students shall be guilty of violating the honor code if they:



1.Represent the work of others as their own.


2.Use or obtain unauthorized assistance in any academic work.


3.Give unauthorized assistance to other students.


4.Modify, without instructor approval, an examination, paper, record, or report for  the purpose of obtaining credit.


5.Misrepresent the content of submitted work.


The penalty for violating the honor code is severe. Any student violating the honor code is subject to the guidelines identified in the Student Handbook. If a student is unclear about whether a particular situation may constitute an honor code violation, the student should meet with the instructor to discuss the situation.



If a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing they will receive a zero for the assignment, possible failing of the course, and possible dismissal/suspension from school.


The instructor reserves the right to modify the course policy sheet for this course as it becomes necessary to do so.

Course Summary:

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