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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Anna Moro


Office: CNH 107

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27532


Office Hours: Academic Advisors: Christine Kawerau, Jackie Osterman, Jennifer Richardson Office Hours:Monday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Course Objectives:

The objective of this course is to provide entering students with a comprehensive orientation of all programs and services within the Faculty of Humanities community. This course will be taught using a combination of in-class and on-line resources.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Avenue to Learn ( is used for course content. You will be required to enter your MAC ID (login and password).

Method of Assessment:

For successful completion of this required course, students must:

  • Meet with an academic advisor for a 15 minute discussion about topics covered in the course
  • Meetings may be booked from October 1 to November 30 through the Academic Advising Office, CNH, 107, 905-525-9140, extension 27532
  • This course will be graded using a Pass/Fail evaluation method.

Failure to meet with an advisor will result in a “Fail” grade, unless other arrangements are made with the advisors well in advance.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

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

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.

Other Course Information:

This course is taught by a team consisting of Academic Advisors, representatives from each area within the Faculty of Humanities, speakers from support areas on campus, and alumni. It will be delivered over 12 modules, some in person and some on-line. It is a required course for all Level I students and its successful completion is required for graduation.


Course Schedule






Week 1



Week of

Sept 10


Introduction and Deans’ Welcome




Academic Advising Office


Rowena Muhic-Day



Week 2


Week of Sept. 17

Academic Integrity Office


Academic Regulations

Kimberly Mason


Academic Advising Office



Week 3


Week of Sept. 24


Student Accessibility Services


Student Wellness Centre


Carol Hartung


Pearl Mendonça & Melissa Fernandes


Week 4



Week of Oct. 1



 Leeanne Romane


Week 5



Week of Oct. 8



Learning Portfolio


Laura Harrington


Week 6



Week of Oct. 15


Student Success Centre


Angela Fortino



Week 7 to week  12


 Oct. 22 to Dec 3




On line Departmental Module





Avenue to Learn


By Appointment

Oct. 1 to Nov 20


Student scheduled evaluation discussion



Academic Advising Office