HIST139: World War II
Section: EA5     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearOctober 2011 / (10 weeks): Oct 3, 2011 to Dec 12, 2011
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Martin Sutton   Email: Martin.Sutton@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8340

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 8 - 12 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


This information has expired. If you are looking for current course information you must go to the current semester course information page.

Accessing Your Course

Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)

Your course is using Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)! Your student account in Bb Vista will be created about 2 weeks prior to the start of your class and you can log into the system at that time. Please use the time before the start of your class to become familiar with Bb Vista by using the tutorials provided for you.

You will be able to access your course as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Bucks Bb Vista course space at: http://online.bucks.edu

  • Username: Your new user account will consist of your last name and first initial, and if necessary, followed by a random number. For example, John Smith's user account will be smithj4567
  • Password: Your initial password for all systems will be reset to "bd" followed by your birthdate in mmddyy format. (Example: bd042372 for 4/23/72). You will need to establish your new password immediately, which is 6-9 characters in length, using letters & numbers. You should also establish a password hint at this time.
  • To obtain your new user account go to http://www.bucks.edu and select WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your new user account name will display on the screen

Note: If you registered late, there may be a short delay in activating your Bb Vista login.

Computer Requirements and Settings

Your computer must be correctly configured to work with Bb Vista. Before you login do the Check Browser located on the Bb Vista login page. This will ensure your browser is configured so the complete functionality of this application is available to you. If errors are detected, mandatory or recommended changes will be indicated.

Access Codes

Some Bb Vista courses that use content provided by textbook publishers require an access code. If your course requires one, you will be prompted to enter it the first time you access the course. This access code may be included with the purchase of a new textbook, or may be purchased separately from the textbook publisher through http://www.webct.com/content/viewpage?name=content_student_access_codes.

If you purchased a used textbook and do not yet have an access code, you can obtain a 15-day temporary code the first time you log in by clicking the "get temporary code" link. You will then have 15 days to purchase your access code.


Detailed troubleshooting information is available by clicking on Help on the Bb Vista login page or on any page within the system after you have logged in.

Learning To Use Bb Vista

  • Face-To-Face Workshops! are offered at the beginning of each full semester at the Newtown campus.
  • LIVE Online Sessions! are offered via web conferencing before the start of each modular session and full semester.

Check http://www.bucks.edu/e-resources/virtual-campus/after-registration/kickoff/ for dates and times.

We also encourage you to use the various "Learning Bb Vista" courses provided online when you log in to your Bb Vista account.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

The book for the course is James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War II. When referring to the book I usually just say "Stokesbury." You can do the same in your papers. There are periodic essays due based upon your reading in Stokesbury. There is also a book report due at the end of the semester. Consult the syllabus for the bibliography (book list) which I want you to use in your book selection. Papers should be carefully written and double-spaced. If you decide to go beyond Stokesbury, list any other source used under Works Cited at the end of the paper. The syllabus is posted on Bb Vista under the course designation (HIST 139). It may also be accessed at www.bucks.edu/welcome. It is important to read and understand the syllabus and assignments before embarking on the course. Traditional academic skills--reading and writing--are stressed in the course. If you have reading problems, you probably should not take the course until you have resolved these problems. In the syllabus you will find the assignments and due dates listed. It is important to meet the deadlines for submission of your papers. Papers may be sent to me (suttonm@bucks.edu) as Microsoft WORD attachments or you may post them on Bb Vista . Either way is acceptable. I do check my e-mail every day and try to return papers as soon as possible. I am for a short turnaround time. Suggested length of papers: three to five papers, double-spaced. As there are no exams or classroom responsibilities, I want you to focus your attention on the written assignments-- papers and book report. For your book report, consult the bibliography (book list) at the end of the course syllabus. This is an extensive list. Don't be scared away by its length. Take time and select a book on a topic of interest to you. I prefer nonfiction to fiction for this assignment. The syllabus serves as your guide to the course. Read it carefully. Review the glossary of terms to familiarize yourself with the vocabulary of WW II. Read assignments in an atmosphere without phones ringing, mobile phones singing, and/or television/radio or other electronic sound blaring in the background. Finally, the syllabus is the most important document of the couse, the book is the most important source, and you are vessel into which this content is poured. The aim is to achieve an understanding of the broad currents of the war-- its causes, course, and consequences for future generations. There where be discussion board questions posed throughout the semester. I am available for consultation at suttonm@bucks.edu.