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LATIN 1Z03 Begin:Int.Latin I

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2017

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Dr. Graeme Ward

Email: wardga@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 702

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24372

Website:

Office Hours: TTh 2:30-4:30 or by appointment



Course Objectives:

This course introduces students to the Latin language and grammar. By the end of this class, the goal is for you to have acquired sufficient vocabulary and understanding of grammar to be able to read and write simple sentences.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

The following texts and materials are needed for the class:

C. Eilers, Beginner's Intensive Latin, Volume I (required, available at Campus Store)


Method of Assessment:

The breakdown of the final grade is as follows:

Moodle Chapter Exercises                             10%

Moodle Daily Vocab                                       10%

Participation                                                   10%

Quizzes                                                          40%

Final Exam                                                     30%

Latin 1Z03 meets 4 days per week (three lectures and one tutorial, on Thursdays). Consistent attendance is a vital for success in this course. The instructor holds regular office hours for consultation and help, which will be posted at lecture and on the Course website.

The Moodle Chapter Exercises and Daily Vocab available online (see links below) are done outside of class. They serve both to assess your immediate knowledge from the lessons and strengthen your ability to apply that knowledge on your own. Students are also evaluated according to participation during lecture. Participation is distinguished by active and consistent contribution to discussion in lecture, and willingness to answer questions or translate when called upon, rather than mere attendance. The lectures are designed to discuss and strengthen your understanding of points of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. You are expected to have studied that evening’s lesson before class and completed the sentences or activities assigned for homework, in order to be familiar with the vocabulary and topic and be able to participate effectively.

In addition to lectures, you will attend a weekly tutorial on Thursday.

There will be 5 tutorial quizzes on grammar and vocabulary held each Thursday except the first (May 4) and the last (June 15). Taken together, these quizzes comprise 40% of your final grade.

The final exam will be held during the final class (15 June) and is cumulative, covering all material from the term’s lectures and readings.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

If a student misses any quizzes, it is his or her responsibility to contact the instructor within one week of the absence. Reasons for absence include serious illness or personal distress. Students must contact the instructor as well as provide appropriate documentation (e.g., an MSAF form) to secure relief. The weight of missed quizzes will be transferred to the next appropriate quiz. The instructor may be contacted in person during office hours and by email. (See email and website policies below).

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Topics and Readings will be listed on the syllabus and discussed in class.


Other Course Information:

Moodle Chapter Exercises

There will be exercises to do almost every day and homework to bring finished to class most days. Included in this are regular graded exercises at the Classics Moodle site:

https://classics-moodle.humanities.mcmaster.ca

Every chapter is accompanied with a series of Moodle Chapter Exercises. Completing the exercises on time comprises your mark (10%) for Moodle Chapter Exercises. The login for Moodle is your McMaster email id (the bit before the @) and the password is your regular email password. In addition to logging-in, you need to enrol in the course (the link is on the left hand column on the website.)

Daily Vocab

A web-based vocabulary trainer will be used to help you learn the vocabulary for the course. The vocabulary trainer uses a progressive system of recall practice that reminds you frequently about new words when you first learn them, then focuses on the words you have greater difficulty remembering, until you have mastered the entire vocabulary. Access the program from this link:

https://dailyvocab.ca/

The trainer will “run” from the time we begin Chapter 1 to the end of term. Every day it will generate a new set of vocabulary questions. You gain one point for every completed daily exercise. To gain the full 10%, you must gain 30 points (i.e., complete the exercises on 30 different days). This is equivalent to approximately 5 times a week. You can do the exercises on any day you want.