Internet Based


Term:Fall, 2013 (August 24 - December)
Revision:23 My 13
Credits:3
Class Time:Two online lectures weekly.
You should set aside two definite times each week to work.
Instructor:Frank Daniels
Instructor e-mail address: gretinski@gmail.com You need to know this!
Office:
Frank Daniels
Great Basin College Ely Campus
2115 Bobcat Drive
Ely, NV 89301
Phone:
(775) 289-3589 (office)
(775) 289-3599 (college fax)

Textbooks: Bible, any English translation containing the Apocrypha (Deuterocanonical books)
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. To compare textbook prices click here.



Class Conditions:

  1. You must have your own access to the Internet through a commercial provider and know how to login to your account.
  2. You must have the access software installed and working. This class does not teach how to set up the access software.
  3. You must have a Web browser and e-mail. The class assumes you are using Firefox version 3 or higher or Internet Explorer version 7 or higher. You need an e-mail account somewhere to send and receive feedback. The class assumes that you know how to properly use e-mail and your browser.
  4. The course requires weekly participation in a discussion group in the WebCampus atmosphere. The course assumes that you either are familiar with WebCampus or will attend a WebCampus orientation in your area to become familiar with WebCampus.

Class Description:

This course covers the history, changing philosophies, organization, and early theology -- mainly through the eyes of Jewish and Christian Biblical authors. Includes Israelite history, the prophets, Psalms, parables, letters, and apocalyptic. The historical development of Christianity continues through the Council of Nicaea.

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.

Withdrawal Policy:

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 below).
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 may be recorded as 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.

Course Objectives:

The student will survey elements of the Bible and related writings, coming to reach a better understanding of Biblical, Jewish, and some Christian issues. The student should gain an appreciation for the relationship between these two religions.

Learning Outcomes:

The successful student will be able to --

In order to accurately measure competency in these outcomes, various instructional and diagnostic elements are employed. These are described below.
In the above list of outcomes,
* means that the outcome is measured by the final paper;
** means that the outcome is measured by the response paper;
*** means that both papers measure the outcome; and @ means that the outcome is measured by the weekly discussion.

Instructional Methods:

Each week, there will be assigned readings from one or more of our textbooks; these will most frequently include Bible readings. The weekly readings (from paper books) will be mentioned on each week at the top of the lecture page. In addition to those readings, the lecture will often cover material related to but different from the material in the textbooks, often linking to other websites for material. Students are expected to participate in the discussions of each week's material.

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. The paper must reach me at the College (address above) by 5 PM Pacific Time, on the Friday of week 6. I will accept the paper any time after the Friday of week 3. For the format of the paper, see "More About the Papers," 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 and/or QUOTES do not count toward the page total. See "More About the Papers," below, for a description of the paper format.

You must submit a final topic via e-mail by the Friday that ends week 7. I must approve the choice of final topics. You may submit a final topic any time on or after the Friday that ends week 4. 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. I will accept the final paper any time on or after November 20th.

Withdrawal Policy:

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 below). 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.

Due Dates

NOTE about Due Dates: Each week of the semester starts on Saturday and ends on Friday. The semester consists of sixteen consecutive weeks. Without exception, two lessons are posted on each of the first 15 weeks. Therefore, if you are unable to determine what week we are on, divide the number of the second weekly lesson by two in order to find the week number. The weekly listing in the course Calendar (in WebCampus) may also show the week number.

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.

Each week's discussion of course material given in the lessons is due at 5PM on the day before the following lesson appears. In order to achieve the full complement of points for the discussion, you must post at least one substantive discussion per weekly topic. Often, these comments will come in response to questions posed at the bottom of the weekly lectures. Answer one or more of those questions in as much detail as you are able. Support your opinions with facts and inferences; avoid giving unfounded opinions or value judgments (e.g., "I like what they're doing.") or "amen" responses (e.g., "I agree with Terry.").

Paper Date of Earliest Acceptance Due Date
Response/Reaction Paper Friday of Week 3 Friday of Week 6
Topic for In-Depth Paper Friday of Week 4 Friday of Week 7
In-Depth Report November 20th Monday of Week 15

More About the Papers

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 or more deducted. Your reports should make sure to deal with the issues involved, not merely repeating historical materials. You are expected to draw your own conclusion, rather than parroting what others have said. Both papers must treat all groups, opinions, and issues fairly. Not treating a group or side fairly will result in a letter-grade deduction.
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.

Use footnotes rather than end notes, should any be necessary.
Use any of the recognized styles (e.g., APA, MLA) for quotations.

Grades will be based on the successful and timely completion of the assignments and on participation in the weekly discussion.

Grading:

The class is graded on participation and the various assignments, as follows:
Class participation Notice how important this is! 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:

A 90
B+ 85
B 80
C+ 75
C 70
D+ 65
D 60
F 0

Withdrawal Policy:

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.

Academic Integrity:

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.

Week Topics Covered
August 24 - 30 Intro to the Hebrew Bible Creation
August 31 - September 6 The Great Flood Abram to Moses
September 7 - 13 Character of the Torah Sample Readings
September 14 - 20 Judges-Kings The Early Prophets
September 21 - 27 Fall of Jerusalem, Minor Prophets Psalms
September 28 - October 4 The Exile, Daniel, more Psalms Deuterocanonical OT
October 5 - 11 Apocryphal OT, more Psalms Schools of Thought
October 12 - 18 Dating the Gospels and Acts the Life of Jesus; John
October 19 - 25 the Synoptics Parables of Jesus
October 26 - November 1 the Acts and Paul Letters of Paul
November 2 - 8 More Letters of Paul Hebrews
November 9 - 15 Other Letters Views of Revelation
November 16 - 22 the Qumran Community Jamnia and the Canon
November 23 - 29 the Fall of the Temple Second Century Christians
November 30 - December 6 Second and Third Century Christians; Arius Arius and Nicaea

The course ends at 5PM on December 6th, 2013.

Starting from scratch:

This class is accessed from the Internet. Therefore, there has to be some initial contact. I need to have you send me an e-mail message telling me you are ready to begin, and you need to do this by 5PM on August 30th, 2013. If you need to find some help to get started, you can always e-mail or phone me at the college building.

Getting started:

  1. Purchase the books ahead of time. If you are not in Elko, it may take up to ten days to get your books.
  2. Have your Internet access installed and ready.
  3. Obtain a WebCampus account from Pat Phillips at (775) 753-3511 or by writing to the Tech Desk, and familiarize yourself with the WebCampus environment. The lessons will appear in the Calendar.
  4. Retrieve your first lesson, which will be posted as a web page (you'll find a link in the Course Calendar in WebCampus). If you have access to WebCampus but cannot get to the lesson by Friday of week 1 (September 2nd), write to me via e-mail!
  5. Read the material for week 1 and comment to the list about it.
  6. As you finish the assignments, e-mail me, telling me that you have completed them (so that I will know to expect them soon).
  7. You should wait until the due dates are approaching to mail the papers, (see above).
  8. NOTE: Discussion topics will be mentioned at least once per week. If the class is to work properly, please do not stray "off topic." Do not be afraid to state your honest opinion.
  9. The Instructor may choose to participate in the discussion, taking one side or more than one side of the various issues, often raising questions for further discussion and reflection. Therefore, do not be concerned about disagreeing with the instructor on opinion issues, or with other students.
Good luck!

All lessons are © 2004, 2012 Frank Daniels
and are Licensed to Great Basin College