CCCOnline LogoCourse Snapshot for HIS121 - U.S. History to Reconstruction

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Course Competencies

The competencies you will demonstrate in this course are as follows:

1. Four general goals integrate history with workplace skills:

  1. Acquire information from many sources
  2. Break complex and multiple sources of information down into parts to create clearer understanding
  3. Understand the impact of time and space on perspective
  4. Develop narrative structures and arguments based on evidence

2. Throughout the course, students should be introduced to course content, practice using course content, and demonstrate they can:

  1. Describe how peoples, groups, cultures, and institutions covered in this course change over time
  2. Understand the events covered in the course in historical context and recognize how social, cultural, gender, race, religion, nationality and other identities affect historical perspective
  3. Communicate orally and in writing about the subject of the course and select and apply contemporary forms of technology to solve problems and compile information
  4. Use different resources for historical research, including libraries, databases, bibliographies and archives
  5. Analyze secondary sources and recognize differences in historical interpretation
  6. Identify types of primary sources, the point of view and purpose of their author or creator
  7. Create substantive writing samples which employ critical analysis of primary and secondary sources, and document those sources correctly
  8.  Construct knowledge in the discipline and synthesize historical narratives and timelines from primary and secondary sources, maps, and/or artifacts and critically analyze, interpret and evaluate many different points of view to construct historical arguments.
Learning concepts for this course are enchanced using videos, interactive websites, and online discussions.

Module Outcomes Mapped to Competencies

Module 1: Introductions, Sources of history
Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)

1.Compare a primary source to a secondary source and describe how historians use primary sources.

Not Applicable

Module 2: Native American, Slaves and European Colonists

Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)

  1. Evaluate the historical development of the Americas during the pre-and colonization period.
  2. Identify the sources of conflict between English immigrants and Native Americans during the colonization period.
  3. Explain the impact of the contact and interchange between the New World and the Old World.
  4. Analyze the need for labor, the origins of slavery and the development of racism.
  5. Describe Colonial American and the unique character of the colonies.
  6. Evaluate the effect of the Great Awakening on American identity.
  7. Practice selecting a suitable research topic for a short essay.
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Module 3: Revolution and Establishing a Nation

Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)

  1. Describe the French and Indian War.
  2. .Analyze the philosophical and economic problems preceding the revolution.
  3. .Explain the military and diplomatic course of the American Revolution.
1 a, b, c, d, 2a, b, c, d, h

Module 4:  Midterm Week
Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)

  1. Describe what historiography is and some of the historiographical debates of the Revolution.
  2. Create a draft bibliography using a variety of sources.
Not Applicable

Module 5: The Post Revolutionary Era
Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)

  1. Explain the problems and success of the writing of the Constitution of the United States.
  2. Describe the important events of the administrations between Washington and Jackson.
  3. Examine the consequences of territorial expansion.
  4. Analyze the growth of slavery in the new republic.
  5. Compose a thesis statement to present an argument for a research paper.
1 a, b, c, d, 2 a, b, c, h

Module 6: Slavery, Reform and the Gathering Storm
Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)

  1. Describe the development of the US economy in the early 19th century.
  2. Describe the main antebellum reform movements and the  Second Great Awakening
  3. Explain the effects of slavery on the life of the country prior to the Civil War.
  4. Describe the rise of an American popular culture
  5. Analyze the growth of the US and the consequences of a multicultural America, including the concepts of American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny.
  6. Create a draft of a substantial writing project and use criticism to improve and polish it
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Module 7: Civil War and Reconstruction
Learning Outcomes

Mapped to Course Competencies (above)
  1. Review the annexation of Mexican territories. 
  2. Explain the South’s decision to secede from the Union
  3. Describe the major battles and the military technology of the Civil War
  4. Analyze the economic and social consequences of the Civil War for both sides
  5. Assess the successes and failures of Reconstruction

Course Time Commitment and Expectations

For every credit hour, students should plan to spend an average of 2-3 hours per week for course-related activities in a 15-week course. For example, a 3 credit hour course would average an average 6-9 hours per week to read/listen to the online content, participate in discussion forums, complete assignments, and study the course material. For 10  and 6-week courses, the amount of time per week will be higher so all course competencies, module outcomes, and assignments will be covered.

Aside from typical reading assignments, this course has the following (Please Note: This list is subject to change based on the discretion of the instructor facilitating this course.):



Introductory Discussion


History Discussions (6 @ 65 points each)


Source Discussions (5@ 65 points each


Reflection Discussions (2@ 25 points each)


Research project deliverables:

    Topic (10 points)
Bibliography (30 points)
Thesis + Outline (30 points)
Draft (30 points)


Research Paper


Self-Check Quizzes (5)





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