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LATIN 1Z03 Begin:Int.Latin I

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Claude Eilers


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 707

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23380

Office Hours: By appointment

Course Objectives:

Latin 1Z03 is an introduction to the Latin language and aims to teach enough Latin grammar and vocabulary that you will be able to read and write simple sentences by the end of the term.  In this term we will finish the first 12 chapters of the textbook Beginner's Intensive Latin.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

• C. Eilers, Beginners Intensive Latin (available in the Bookstore)

• I-Clicker (available in the Bookstore)

Method of Assessment:

• 5% — Attendance, participation, quizzes

• 10% — Vocabulary exercises at

• 15% — Web exercises at

• 40% — Weekly quizzes in tutorial 

• 30% — Final Exam (2 hours; cumulative for the whole term's work)

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Grades, incompletes, withdrawals, and make-up quizzes etc., are handled in accordance with faculty policies.

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

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

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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 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 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.

Other Course Information:

Classes and Tutorials

Latin 1Z03 meets 4 days per week: three lectures and one tutorial. You must attend all of these all the time—if you don’t, you will probably fail the course.  To help motivate you to regularly attend, 5% of the course mark is for attendance and participation, which will be recorded by the iClicker for class (see below) and by your TA, subjectively, for the tutorial.  Coming to class unprepared can, at the discretion of the instructor or TA, be treated as an absence.


The instructors and TAs hold regular office hours for consultation and help, which will be posted at the Course website (on which, see below).  Any student can go to any of the posted office hours of either instructor or TA.  Students are only allowed, however, to attend their assigned lecture and tutorial.


There will be 10 weekly quizzes, held during the tutorial each week.  Cumulatively, these will be worth 40% of the term grad. Because these quizzes become progressively more difficult over the course of the term, the first two are worth 2%, the next two 3%, then 4%, then 5%, then 6%. There will also be an examination scheduled by the registrar's office during the December Examination Period, which will be worth 30%.



Short comprehension quizzes, administered with an iClicker and based on material in the textbook or class, will be part of most lectures.  They help you retain what you learn and to assess your understanding. All students are responsible for purchasing an iClicker and bringing it to every class. (No loaners will be available.) 


You must register your clicker, at: In the "Student ID" field on that web page, use your Mac ID, which is the username before the "@'~ that you use to log onto your mac email. Note that you can use one i>clicker for all of your courses, and that if you already have one, you don't need to buy a new one, just be sure it is registered. If in doubt, re-register it, your clicks in class won't be 'lost.'


Web exercises at Moodle

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 Humanities Moodle site, which you may want to book-mark:

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 enroll in the course (the link is on the left hand column.) The class key is latina (all lower case).

  • The exercises and drills in moodle are self-correcting. You can repeat exercises as often as you like and your highest grade will be recorded.
  • If you miss an exercise, you get zero for it.
  • There are bonus marks for completing a lesson’s moodle exercises quickly; there are penalties for not completely a lesson’s exercises before we move on to the next lesson.

Vocabulary exercises

During the course of 1Z03, in addition to learning Latin grammar and verb- and noun-forms, you will be responsible to memorize over 400 Latin words.  In order to help you with that we've created a vocabulary-specific website that we expect you to complete daily:  All exercises will be worth 10% of your over-all mark. 


The vocabulary exercises 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 60 points (i.e., complete the exercises on 60 different days). This is equivalent to approximately 5 times a week. You can do the exercises on any day you want, but no more than once per day.


Within the first few days of the class, you will receive an email invitation to the dailyvocab website.