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HUMAN 3LM3 Art Of Leadership: Mentorship

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Anna Moro


Office: L.R. Wilson Hall 4041

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: TBA

Course Objectives:

This course offers senior undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a learning-centred leadership program, involving peer-to-peer mentoring of first year undergraduate students, either in Humanities or MELD. 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. Gawande, A. The Checklist Manifesto. Reprint. Picador. 2011. (any edition is fine)

Method of Assessment:

  1. LPI Assessment = 5%
  2. Mentorship meetings & logs = 25%
  3. Weekly reading/discussion reflections = 25%
  4. Collaborative mini presentation & report = 15%
  5. Learning portfolio presentation = 20%
  6. Attendance and Participation = 10%

LPI Assessment 

Early in the course students will complete the on-line Leadership Practices Inventory assessment. The tool is designed to help students measure their leadership behaviours in order to understand areas for further development and growth for effective leadership. Access Code provided with Student Leadership Challenge text.

Mentorship Meetings & Logs

Students are required to meet weekly with their mentees (once the meetings have begun) and compile weekly summary notes based on the mentor-mentee meetings. In the summary notes, students should reflect on plans, activities, mentee goals, successes and challenges, keeping in mind the leadership topics discussed in the course. To be completed on the new PebblePad platform (accessed through Avenue to Learn). 10 weeks x 2.5%.

Weekly reading/discussion reflections

Weekly short entries on readings, questionnaires, class discussions. To be completed on the new PebblePad platform (accessed through Avenue to Learn). 10 weeks x 2.5%.

Collaborative mini presentation & report

The collaborative mini presentation will be based on The Checklist Manifesto. Students will work collaboratively to identify leadership lessons from this work. More discussions to follow in class. The presentation and report will be due the week of November 23.

Learning portfolio presentation

The LP presentation will reflect the entire mentorship experience. There will be a workshop on preparing such a presentation in the first three weeks of class, as well as guidelines and additional details in Avenue to Learn. The LP presentation will be done in PebblePad. The LP presentation is due December 8.

Attendance and Participation

Students are required to attend class and actively participate in class discussions. Attendance will be taken at some point during each class, and students will be evaluated both on attendance and contributions to discussions.

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

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:

Overview of class topics (rough guideline).

Week 1

  • Introduction to course content and structure

Week 2

  • Defining leadership; Introduction to the leadership framework adopted in the course (5 Practices Model of Exemplary Leadership); Introduction to PebblePad (Guest speaker: Dr. A. Warriner).

Week 3

  • Essentials of Leadership (Guest lecturer: Mr. D. Kingma, DFA, Humanities) - topics to be covered include: personality dimensions, values and attitudes, motivation and empowerment, emotional intelligence, leadership communication, leading change

Week 4

  • Five Practices Model - Part 1: Model the Way

Week 5

  • Five Practices Model - Part 2: Inspire a Shared Vision

Week 6

  • Fall Reading Break

Week 7

  • Five Practices Model - Part 3: Challenge the Process

Week 8

  • Five Practices Model - Part 4: Enable Others to Act

Week 9

  • Five Practices Model - Part 5: Encourage the Heart

Week 10

  • Five Practices Model wrap-up; Call to action; Personal journey

Week 11

  • Five Practices Model; Essentials of Leadership; Leadership tips

Week 12

  • Collaborative mini presentations

Week 13

  • Learning Portfolio Showcase

Other Course Information:

More details will be posted on Avenue to Learn and in PebblePad.