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Course ID: ARH100
Title: Introduction to Art
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 11840

Term: Summer I 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Required Textbook:

Title: Living with Art
Author: Mark Getlein
Edition: 10th edition
ISBN: 978-0-07-337925-8

*Please note: Students must use the 10th edition text to complete the course. You do not need the text CD for the course!

Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Understanding and enjoyment of art through study of painting, sculpture, architecture design, photography, and decorative arts. Emphasis on contemporary topics and cultural diversity in the arts.
Official Course Prerequisites
Prerequisites: None.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Define and use art historical terminology.
  2. Identify key works by various painters, sculptors, architects, photographers, designers, and ceramists.
  3. Critically compare and contrast various works of art from the United States and other parts of the world, identifying contemporary topics created by culturally diverse artists representing women and other minorities.
  4. Identify various visual elements, and explain how one uses these to analyze and evaluate works of art from many cultures.
  5. Describe various techniques and materials used in creating sculpture, paintings, and architecture in the United States and around the world.
  6. Identify stylistic characteristics of various historical periods from the United States and other parts of the world.
  7. Identify and analyze culturally diverse works of art to develop familiarity with the variety and interdependence of art created by minorities.
  8. Analyze a variety of works of art that are challenging and controversial, reflecting themes of interest in contemporary U.S. society.
  9. Identify and analyze works of art by women photographers, women sculptors, women painters, and women designers to address issues of discrimination, commissions, education, commercial exposure, and thematic choices.
  10. Identify and analyze works of art by African-American artists, Latino-American artists, Asian-American artists, and Native American artists to describe issues of discrimination, commissions, education, commercial exposure, and thematic choices.
Departmental Competency
  1. Compose critical analysis of the arts, incorporating originality of expression, a command of the English language and proper syntax, proper punctuation, and proper grammar usage.

Course Requirements

  1. You must complete all assignments in the course to get a passing grade.
  2. All assignments must be completed in the order in which they are due unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Otherwise no credit may be earned for the assignment(s) submitted out of order.
  3. Examinations: There are two examinations (a midterm and a final) in this course. Both exams may be taken online at home, but there is a time limit and they are closed book.
  4. Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Note: You must earn an average of 60% on the midterm and final exams in order to pass the course. This requirement is not negotiable under any circumstances. If your exam scores do not average 60% or higher, you will not earn a passing grade regardless of any and all assignment scores.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are 430 total points for the course:
Assignments = Total 210 points
Assignment A (10)
Assignment B (25)
Assignment C (50)
Assignment D (25)
Assignment E (50)
Assignment F (25)
Assignment G (25)
Midterm Exam
Multiple Choice Part 1 (100)
Written Part 2 (10)
= 110 Points
Final Exam
Multiple Choice Part (100)
Written Part (10)
= 110 Points
Overall = 430 Points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

387 - 430 points = A (90% - 100%)
345 - 386 points = B (80% - 89%)
301 - 344 points = C (70% - 79%)
258 - 300 points = D (60% - 69%)
0 - 257 points = F (0% - 59%)

Note: You must earn an average of 60% on the midterm and final exams in order to pass the course. If you earn less than 60% on the combined scores of the two exams, you will receive an automatic "F" regardless of your scores on the other assignments. This requirement is not negotiable under any circumstances.

The same percentages will be used to determine the letter grades on your assignments and exams. Please Notice: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible. Because we do not meet in a traditional classroom setting, there can be no "point adjustments" made for such things as "class participation" or other factors which are sometimes a part of on-campus classes.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. All students have an equal opportunity to receive a grade based upon the merit of the work they submit. This means that in order to be fair to all students, those students whose final point totals are only a few points away from the next grade level will receive the grade for the level they have achieved. For example, if your final point total for the course is 386 points, your grade for the course will be a B; you need to have 387 points in order to receive an A. This grading system has the advantage of allowing you to know your class standing at all times, and experience has shown that the majority of students appreciate this system and work well within it.

Hints for Success

Organization of one's time is very personal; however, below is a suggestion for a typical week.


    • Review the lesson and make note of any questions you have for your instructor.
    • Read the assigned chapter(s) in your text and/or writing guide.


    • Outline and write the rough draft for any applicable essays due at the end of the week.


    • Review the previous day's reading and create flash cards and other notes to study from.


    • Re-work the essay, making sure you have answered each part of the assignment and followed all assignment criteria.
    • Complete a quiz, if applicable.


    • Prepare the final draft of the essay.
    • Send your assignment (essay and/or quiz) to your instructor via Rio Salado College's communication system.


    • Relax and enjoy.

Active Reading

To help you read with maximum efficiency, use the steps outlined below. Using this process for reading your text will increase your interest and help you concentrate on critical ideas and concepts.

Survey the chapter before reading it:

  • Examine the title of the chapter.
  • Note headings and subheadings and the relationships among them.
  • Read captions under the diagrams, graphs, and visuals.
  • Note any questions that come to mind during the survey.

Take notes:

  • After reading each section in the chapter, write a summary in your own words.
  • Using flash cards, write down each key word with its definition and an example utilized in the text.

Review after you read:

  • Review your notes.
  • Review your answers to the companion questions.
  • Review key terms.


There is a required Midterm Exam and Final Exam for this course. Please review the "Course Requirements" portion of this syllabus for details. Your course materials give specific information about these exams and make suggestions for test preparation.

Check your Gradebook for specific due dates for your exams. You may take your exams early if you have completed the assignments ahead of schedule.

Submitting Assignments

All assignments are listed in lessons under the "Reading Assignment" and/or "Assessing Your Learning" headings. This is where you will find directions regarding submitting the required assignment. The lessons can be accessed from the "Syllabus and Lessons" links on your Course Homepage.

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything that you submit.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F)-awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.

  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.

  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting or by calling Student Enrollment Services at 480.517.8540 (1.800.729.1197 toll-free). In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z)-This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

    To receive Credit "P" grade, students must complete all course work, including exams, and attend all required meetings. A "P" grade is judged to be equivalent to a grade of "C" or higher. A No-Credit "Z" grade will be awarded for course work judged to be below the grade of "C."

    To change your grade option, you have 11 days from the start date of your course. As the student, you may change your grade option yourself by following these easy steps:

    Step 1 Log into your course

    Step 2 Go to your gradebook

    Step 3 During the timeframe that you have to request a grade type change you will see a link that is called "Change Grade Option" at the top of your gradebook. Click on that link and follow the directions to change your grade to the Pass/No-Credit Option.

    It is the student's responsibility to request advisement concerning the transferability of a grade of "P" or "Z."

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via RioLearn prior to or on the due date. You can request a due date change from the "Request a Change" link in the "Assessments and Due Dates" section of your Course Homepage.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Extra Credit

Policy Regarding Extra Credit

There are no extra credit assignments for this course and no paper rewrites are allowed in fairness to all. The scheduled assignments and exams are more than sufficient to measure your understanding of the content and concepts presented in the course. You will have a greater understanding of the subjects covered if you put your efforts into these assignments and exams, rather than scattering your energy over a greater number of projects. What we want to achieve is quality, not quantity.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Distance Learning course is assigned a "start date" and an "end date." It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

If a student falls behind, she/he must contact the instructor and request an extension of her/his end date in order to complete the course.

It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request.

Departmental Plagiarism Statement

Any plagiarized paper will receive a grade of zero with no opportunity for a rewrite! What is plagiarism? Defined briefly, plagiarism is using another's words and passing them off as your own. Defined in more detail, plagiarism is the use of another's words whereby appropriate quotation marks and source citations are not used for documentation. Plagiarism can involve phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or essays taken wholly or in part from another written source. This includes any Internet site! It can be disguised by shifting the word order or the word form of the original source. Students will receive zero credit for any assignment that is found to be plagiarized and will risk course failure. If one written submission is severely plagiarized, course failure may be immediate.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at (480) 517-8562 or


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

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