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HIST 2030 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a survey of the geographical background, people, political life, economic and social development of Tennessee. Traces from the earliest beginnings to the present

Course Outcomes:
  1. Trace events from a historical perspective.
  2. ​Identify important historical events.
  3. Relate the methods of the historian to problems found in other disciplines.
  4. Critique the merits of secondary resource materials.
  5. Demonstrate basic research techniques used by historians.
  6. Evaluate the extent of change or continuity involved in the development of present institutions, conditions, and events.
  7. Describe specific aspects of intellectual, cultural, and religious developments in their historical perspective.
  8. Explain the concepts and order of events involved in major political, diplomatic and social developments.
  9. Appreciate the study/applicability of history.
  10. Explore concepts about human activity in appraising the consequence of one's chosen action.
  11. Develop skills in critical analysis. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

College-level reading and writing skills, basic computer skills, and the ability to think critically about concepts presented in an academic context.

Course Topics:

Module I: Tennessee Historical Events to the Civil War
Module II: Tennessee Historical Events from the Civil War into the 20th Century
Module III: Tennessee Historical Events from the 20th Century to the Present 

Specific Course Requirements:

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

To successfully complete this class, the student must participate in online discussions, complete the assigned Critical Article Reviews, complete and pass the Module Exams, and complete and pass the Final Exam. The three module exams are multiple choice. The final exam consists of multiple choice questions and is comprehensive. No make-up work will be allowed without proper medical documentation.

Grading Procedures:
Online Discussion300 points (6 topics/50 points each)
Critical Article Reviews150 points (3 reviews/50 points each)
3 Module Exams300 points (3 exams/100 points each)
1 Final Exam250 points
Total Points1000 points


Grading Scale:
F649 & below


Assignments and Projects:

Online Discussions
We will engage in class discussions regarding the topics presented in the websites supplied by the instructor. Discussion participation by all students is a requirement of the class. Over the course of the semester I will post six online discussion topics—the topics will be active for approximately two weeks during each of the three modules. Each discussion topic counts 50 points toward your final grade (300 total points). The student can access the discussions by clicking on the Discussion Button on the Navigation Bar. Please make sure to post under the correct heading and please make sure to include a title in your post. This segment of the course is designed to recreate a classroom discussion. For each topic you will offer an initial statement wherein you speak to who, what, where, when, and why the topic is significant. Also, I will look for AT LEAST TWO responses on a WEEKLY basis to your classmates' postings. In order to be considered adequate, your responses will need to illustrate that you have read and are prepared to respond to your classmates' thoughts. For example, "Nice post, Nancy," is not a legitimate response! For each topic consult and cite at least TWO sources to support your contentions. DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA FOR YOUR SOURCES! For additional sites see the Tennessee References section of the course. Please note the time period on the Course Calendar for which the discussions will be active and open in order to meet the deadline.

Critical Article Reviews
Each module contains a link to a journal article. In order to complete the critical article review, you will need to read, summarize, evaluate, and offer comment on the ideas and/or information that the author presents in the article. Please note the time period on the Course Calendar for which the dropbox will be open for submission of the reviews in order to meet the deadlines. The reviews are to be submitted in either Word or Rich Text Format and composed in MLA citation style. See Critical Article Review module for more information. 

Class Participation:

You are expected to participate in all interactive aspects of the course. For example, you must communicate with other students via emails and discussion board exchanges. You are expected to communicate with your instructor on a regular basis and check the course frequently for announcements. You must actively participate in threaded discussion events. Students are expected to work at a pace conducive to collaborative learning - that is, don't work to far ahead or too far behind the group. The class is designed to support student interaction. You will be responsible for meeting all deadlines. 

Late Policy:

You are encouraged to work at your own pace; however, deadlines are placed on threaded discussions, quizzes and tests. You should become familiar with the Class Calendar to determine when materials are due and adjust your study schedule accordingly. Once a deadline has passed you will be "locked out" of the material. Late work will not be accepted. Complete all assignments, discussion postings, and exams according to the calendar. Computer problems are not acceptable reasons for late work. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017