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LATIN 1Z03 Begin:Int.Latin I (C01)

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2019

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Dr. Patricia White


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 702

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24372

Office Hours: Mondays, 3:00-4:00 p.m., or by appointment

Course Objectives:

This course is an introduction to the Latin language; by the end of the term, students will have learned the material from Chapters 1-12 of the textbook Beginner’s Intensive Latin. The course will focus on Latin grammar, vocabulary, and syntax and how these can be applied to the translation and comprehension of Latin sentences and passages. Students will also translate English sentences into Latin in order to learn new grammatical concepts and new vocabulary.

This class meets days per week: three lectures and one tutorial. You must attend all of these all the time—if you do not, you will probably fail the course. In addition, participation in these classes makes up a huge portion of your final grade.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

The following materials are required for this course, and will be provided to you:

  • Beginner’s Intensive Latin, Volume 1 and 2, by C. Eilers (2019 edition).

Additional required materials may be posted on Avenue to Learn (ATL) or provided by the instructor.

Method of Assessment:

The following is a breakdown of the final grade for the course:

Daily vocabulary


Moodle exercises




Midterm test




Final Exam


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

A late submission of homework assigned for grading will receive a late penalty of a third of a letter grade per day (e.g., an assignment handed in one day late that originally had a mark of A- would received a mark of B+).

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor prior to the scheduled quiz or test in order to figure out alternate accommodations. A missed quiz or test will receive a mark of zero unless the student has a legitimate excuse and can provide the instructor with the required documentation.

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

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 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.

Topics and Readings:

Week of:


Dates of Evaluations

May 6

Introduction; Chapters 1 and 2


May 13

Chapters 3 and 4

Quiz 1 on May 13 (to the end of Ch. 2)

May 20

(May 20: Victoria Day, no classes)


Chapters 5 and 6

Quiz 2 on May 21 (to the end of Ch. 4)

May 27

Chapter 7 and 8

May 27: Midterm Test (to the end of Ch. 6)

June 3

Chapter 9 and 10

Quiz 3 on June 3 (to the end of Ch. 8)

June 10

Chapter 11 and 12


June 17

Readings and review

June 20: Final Exam

Note: This schedule is intended as a general guide. Lectures and tutorials will proceed according to the pace deemed appropriate by the instructor.