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MELD 1AA3 Advanced Academic Writing

Academic Year: Winter 2016

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. N/A N/A


Office: Chester New Hall 228/231

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23718

Office Hours: See below. Office CNH 312

Course Objectives:

Office Hours (CNH 312):

Professor Justin Rossier (C01 and C03): Mondays 12:30 -13:30 and by appointment.

Professor Jessica Turetken (C02 and C04): Thursdays 10:30 - 11:30 and by appointment.

Course Description:

A writing course that focuses on the development of the appropriate language (grammar, vocabulary, style) and structure for essays and reports. Includes workshops on documenting sources and citation styles.

Course Objectives:

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

  • write clear, well-developed essays
  • develop an essay outline
  • write persuasive, cause/effect, and process essays
  • write formal reports using an appropriate style and vocabulary
  • recognize and use an appropriate citation style guide for referencing in written work

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Textbooks:

  1. Douglas, S. (2014). Academic inquiry: Writing for post-secondary success. Oxford, UK: OUP.
  2. Fava-Verde et al. (2009). Transferable academic skills kit course book. Reading, UK.: Garnet Publishing Ltd. *(also used in 1BB3 & 1DD3)

Method of Assessment:

Marking Scheme:

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.


  • Attendance and class participation = 10 %
  • Diagnostic Writing Assignment = 10%
  • Task 4, Model Essay assignment = 5 %
  • Task 5, Essay outline assignment =  5 %
  • Standard Essay = 10 %
  • Cause-Effect Essay = 15 %
  • Process Essa= 15 %
  • Persuasive Essay = 25 %
  • Report Activity 1, p. 302 = 5 %

MELD Term 2 Grading Scheme (IELTS/CEFR):

  • (<50 %) = 6/ B2.2
  • (50 %-70 %) = 6.5/ C1.1 [PASS]
  • (70%- 80 %) = 6.5/ C1.2
  • (80 %- 100 %) = 7/ C2.1

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Attendance and Late Submissions

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 appropriate documentation to support your inability to submit the work by the due date.  

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:

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.







Jan. 5-8/16

Review of Essay Structure

Hewings & Thaine, pp. 10-13 (pdf); Fava-Verde et al., Module 8, Unit 1, pp. 230-235



Jan. 11-15/16

Essay Outlines

Fava-Verde et al., Module 8, Unit 2 & Unit 3, pp. 236-248

Diagnostic Writing Assignment (10%)


Jan. 18-22/16

Appropriate Register

Fava-Verde et al., Module 8, Unit 2 & Unit 3, pp. 236-248



Jan. 25-29/16

Citation Styles

Fava-Verde et al., Module 8, Unit 4 & Unit 5, pp. 249-258

Task 4, Model Essay, pp. 262-265 (5 %)


Feb. 1-5/16

Standard Essays; Information Literacy & Research Skills

Fava-Verde et al., Module 8, Unit 6, pp. 259-262; Module 10, Unit 1 & Unit 2, pp. 308-318

Task 5, Essay Outline, p. 266  (5 %)


Feb. 8-12/16

Cause-Effect Essays

Douglas, Unit 1, pp. 1-42; Ward & Wilding, Unit 3, pp. 13-19; Unit 4, pp. 20-28 (pdf)



Feb. 15-19/16 (Feb. 15: Family Day)



Standard Essay (10 %)


Feb. 22-26/16

Process Essays

Douglas, Unit 2, pp. 43-86; Fava-Verde et al., Module 10, Unit 3, pp. 319-322; Unit 4, pp. 323-328



Feb. 29-Mar. 4/16

Persuasive Essays

Douglas, Unit 4, pp. 134-181; Fava-Verde et al., Module 10, Unit 5, pp. 329-332



Mar. 7-11/16

Academic Integrity

Fava-Verde et al., Module 10, Unit 6, pp. 333-341;

Cause/effect Essay (15 %)


Mar. 14-18/16

Report Writing

Fava-Verde et al., Module 9, Unit 1 & 2, pp. 272-280



Mar. 21-25/16 (Mar. 25: Good Friday)

Structure & Language of Reports

Fava-Verde et al., Module 9, Unit 3 & 4, pp. 281-290

Process Essay  (15 %)


Mar. 28- Apr. 1/16

Revising Writing

Fava-Verde et al., Module 9, Unit 5-6, pp. 291-305



Apr. 4-8/16

Wrap up




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