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HUMAN 3LM3 Art Of Leadership: Mentorship

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Amy Warriner

Email: warrinab@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 604

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: By Appointment, LRW 4045



Course Objectives:

This course offers senior undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a learning-centred leadership program, involving peer-to-peer mentoring of international students in the McMaster English Language Development (MELD) program. This structured, high-impact course uses aspects of the learning-centred mentoring paradigm, such as reciprocity, collaboration, development, and the achievement of mutually-defined goals. The course provides up-front and on-going training and development in active leadership and mentorship.

By the end of the course students will have learned:

  • the five practices for exemplary leadership
  • the key principles of excellence in leadership
  • the best practices and principles for effective mentorship
  • how to connect the experiential component of mentorship to aspects of the professional world
  • how to connect leadership theory with practice through reflection and discussion
  • insights into personal strengths and weaknesses as related to the development of leadership skills
  • valuable skills in the development of an electronic portfolio that is informed by evidence and reflective practice


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

  1. Kouzes, J. M. and B. Z. Posner. The Student Leadership Challenge. Wiley. 2014.
  2. Shankman, M. L., Scott, J.A., and R. Miguel. Emotionally intelligent leadership for Students (Inventory). Wiley. 2015.
  3. Starr, J. Mentoring Manual: Your step by step guide to being a better mentor. FT Press. 2014.


Method of Assessment:

Mentorship Reflections (4 x 4% = 16%)

  • At four intervals, you will be provided with a set of questions that will ask you to reflect on your mentorship experience overall and specifically since the last reflection. These questions will direct you to set goals and evaluate progress.

Coursework Reflections (6 x 3% = 18%)

  • Approximately every other week, you will be provided with a set of questions that will ask you to reflect on what you’ve been learning in class, in the videos provided, and through the self-assessments that you are asked to complete. Closer to the end of the semester, you will complete a reflection on how your work as a group went.

Quizzes (5 x 4% = 20%)

  • In the middle of the course, at the beginning of each of 5 classes, you will be given a quiz on the associated reading in the Student Leadership Challenge book. If you have read the chapter and spent a little time absorbing the content, these should be fairly easy, straightforward quizzes.

Final Portfolio (20%)

  • At the end of the course, you will submit a portfolio based on a review of your reflections and what you have learned, about yourself, about leadership and about mentorship. You will put this together into a presentation (a website is suggested – Wix, Weebly, WordPress, etc. – but a PowerPoint or even a Word document is acceptable). You will describe who you are, what you’ve learned and where you are going. More details to follow.

Presentation (10%)

  • You will be assigned to a group and provide with one of the Student Leadership Challenge practices. As a group, you will identify articles and real-life examples that demonstrate this commitment in action. You will get 6 minutes to share what you learned. We will have a workshop on presentation skills, but the primary purpose of this assignment is to navigate the process of working as a group.

Accountability Group (10%)

  • You will be placed into a group for the duration of the semester. You will do most in-class activities with that group and will be assigned a group-specific discussion board on Avenue. You are asked to regularly touch base with your group members to see how things are going with their mentorship and to share ideas. At the end of the semester, you will provide feedback about yourself and your peers and how much everyone participated and worked together throughout the term.

Attendance (6%)

  • We will record your attendance via Mentimeter at the beginning of class (if you arrive after this has been completed, inform your instructor or TA and you will get half credit for that day’s attendance). Your attendance grade will be the equivalent of the percentage of hours you attend class.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

If you know you cannot submit work on time, or are unable to meet with your mentee on a particular day, please notify relevant parties (TA/Instructor/Mentee) as soon as possible BEFORE the due date/meeting, and discuss with the Instructor or TA. Failure to notify may result in a zero for the component missed.


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:

Overview of Topics and Dates.

May change slightly. Guest speakers will be added dependent on their availability.

  1. Jan 8
    1. Definitions of leadership; Leadership Challenge Model; Syllabus overview
  2. Jan 15
    1. Definitions and principles of mentorship; Planning the first meeting
    2. Mentorship Week 1 – Jan 16 to 22
    3. DUE: Preparing Worksheet
  3. Jan 22
    1. Effective communication; Cultural assumptions
    2. Mentorship Week 2 – Jan 23 to 29
  4. Jan 29
    1. Model the Way (Quiz 1 before class starts)
    2. Mentorship Week 3 – Jan 30 to Feb 5
    3. DUE: Course Reflection 1
  5. Feb 5
    1. Inspire a Shared Vision; Linguistics workshop (Quiz 2 before class starts)
    2. Mentorship Week 4 – Feb 6 to 12
    3. DUE: Mentorship Planning Package
  6. Feb 12
    1. Challenge the Process (Quiz 3 before class starts)
    2. Mentorship Week 5 – Feb 13 to 26
    3. DUE: Course Reflection 2
  7. Feb 19 – Reading Week
  8. Feb 26
    1. Enable Others to Act (Quiz 4 before class starts)
    2. Mentorship Week 6 – Feb 27 to Mar 5
    3. Course Reflection 3
  9. Mar 5
    1. Encourage the Heart; Mentorship Check-up (Quiz 5 before class starts)
    2. Mentorship Week 7 – Mar 6 to 12
    3. DUE: Mentorship Reflection – Weeks 3, 4, and 5
  10. Mar 12
    1. Presentation workshop; Portfolio instructions
    2. Mentorship Week 8 – Mar 13 to 19
    3. DUE: Course Reflection 4
  11. Mar 19
    1. Presentations
    2. Mentorship Week 9 – Mar 20 to Mar 26
    3. DUE: Course Reflection 5
  12. Mar 26
    1. Presentations
    2. Mentorship Week 10 – Mar 27 to Apr 2
    3. DUE: Mentorship Reflection – Weeks 6, 7, and 8
  13. Apr 2
    1. Catch-up
    2. Mentorship Week 11 – Apr 3 to 9
    3. DUE: Groupwork Reflection
  14. Apr 9
    1. Wrap-up
    2. DUE: Final Portfolio
    3. DUE: Accountability Group Feedback


Other Course Information:

Details will be posted regularly on Avenue to Learn.