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Academic Year: 1 201409

Course Code and Title: MELD 1A03 ACADEMIC WRITING & INTEGRITY

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Jessica Turetken

Email: turtkej@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 723

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Website:

Office Hours: TBA



Course Objectives:

A writing course that focuses on the development of grammatically, lexically and stylistically appropriate English for writing summaries and short academic texts. Includes workshops on academic integrity.

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

•             recognize the different genres of academic writing

•             recognize the author(s)’ stance and purpose of an academic text

•             write clear, well-developed paragraphs

•             write persuasively

•             write short texts, summaries, and paraphrases using an appropriate style and vocabulary

•             recognize referencing in academic texts and have an understanding of academic integrity


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

1. Van Geyte, E. (2013). Writing: Learn to write better academic essays. Harper Collins Publishers: London, UK.

2. Hewings, M. (2012). Cambridge Academic English: An integrated skills course for EAP. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. (*this book is also used in MELD 1C03)

3. Paterson, K. & Wedge, R. (2013). Oxford grammar for EAP. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.


Method of Assessment:

Final grades in the MELD Program will be assigned on a pass/fail basis.  Students are required to complete each of the following assignments and having a passing overall average to receive credit for the course.

Assessments:

  •  5% - Attendance and class participation     
  • 10% - Timed paragraph                                
  • 10% - Paraphrased text                                
  • 10% - Summary                                            
  • 10% - Paragraph with quotations                   
  •  5% - Reduced paragraph with noun structures
  • 25% - Critical Review summary                      
  • 25% - Short essay with references                 


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Regular attendance is required to successfully achieve course outcomes.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to complete any work done in class. 

All work must be submitted in class on the due date.  Do not submit assignments by email or slide them under the instructor’s door. Late assignments will only be accepted with prior consent from the instructor and/or appropriate documentation to support your inability to submit the work by the due date. 

 

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

 


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:

Wk

Dates

Topic

Read

Assessment

1

Sept. 8-12/14

Audience, Purpose, Stance, and Genre in Academic Writing

VanGeyte, Chapter 1;  Hewings, Unit 7, pg. 106-107; Paterson & Wedge, Unit 01

 

2

Sept. 15-19/14

Planning & Writing Paragraphs; Effective Paragraph Structure

VanGeyte, Chapter 2; Paterson & Wedge, Unit 06

Timed paragraph (10 %)

3

Sept. 22-26/14

Basic Sentence Types & Cohesive Devices

VanGeyte, Chapter 7, pg. 76-83; Hewings, Unit 4;  Paterson & Wedge, Unit 20

 

4

Sept. 29-

Oct. 3/14

Student Authorship

Paterson & Wedge, Unit 13

 

5

Oct. 6-10/14

Paraphrasing

VanGeyte, Chapter 10; Paterson & Wedge, Unit 16

Paraphrased Text

(10 %)

6

Oct. 13-17/14

Summarizing

VanGeyte, Chapter 10; Paterson & Wedge, Unit 07

Summary (10 %)

7

Oct. 20-24/14

Using Direct Quotations

VanGeyte, Chapter 9;  Hewings, Unit 5, pg. 77-79

Paragraph with Quotations   (10 %)

8

Oct. 27-31/14

Register, Clarity, & Conciseness

VanGeyte, Chapter 4; Paterson & Wedge, 03

 

9

Nov. 3-7/14

Noun Structures & Nominalization

VanGeyte, Chapter 7, pg. 83-89; Paterson & Wedge, Unit 04

Reduced Paragraph with Noun Structures

(5 %)

10

Nov. 10-14/14

Developing a Point of View

VanGeyte, Chapter 8; Paterson & Wedge, Unit 10

 

11

Nov. 17-21/14

Taking a Critical Stance

VanGeyte, Chapter 6; Hewings, Unit 10, pg. 145-147; Paterson & Wedge, Unit 14

Critical Review Summary (25 %)

12

Nov. 24-28/14

Editing & Punctuation

VanGeyte, Chapter 5; Paterson & Wedge, pg. 180-181

 

13

Dec. 1-3/14

Academic Citation & Style Guides

Hewings, Unit 3, pg. 47-51

Short essay with References (25 %)


Other Course Information:

McMaster University Academic Integrity Policy:

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 http://www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

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

 

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. 2865 or email sas@mcmaster.ca.  For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.  

At certain points in the course it may make good sense to modify the schedule outlined below. The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly in class of any changes.