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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Term: 2

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 builds upon the content of HUMAN 3LM3 in order to provide additional training in leadership and mentorship, and coaching (coaching of new mentors). Students will also continue to have a mentoring relationship with first year students. Through a seminar structure, students explore, discuss and present on key leadership themes. 

By the end of the course, students will have developed a deeper understanding of the follow key areas involving leadership:

  • what it means to be a leader
  • research perspectives on leadership
  • the personal side of leadership
  • the leader as relationship builder
  • a leader's role in shaping cultures and values, and leading change

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Daft, Richard L. The Leadership Experience, 6 ed. Cengage Learning, 2015.



Method of Assessment:

Overall breakdown:

  1. Mentorship meetingss = 22%
  2. Class participation = 20%
  3. Leading seminar = 5%
  4. Short presentation =10%
  5. Weekly reflection on seminar topic = 20%
  6. Final paper - study of leader = 23%


Mentorship Meetings:  Students are required to meet weekly with their mentees and compile weekly summary notes from their meetings.  In the summary notes, students should reflect upon plans, activities, conversations, goals, successes, challenges and opportunities with their mentees – all in the context of the seminar topics discussed each week.

  • minimum 150 words per entry
  • due Date:  weekly (Tues evening by 11:59 pm in Dropbox in A2L)
  • percentage of course = 22% (11 weeks x 2%)

Class Participation:  overall attendance and contribution during class seminar discussions

  • seminar participation = 10%
  • mentor-mentor sessions = 10%

Class Presentation: Students are required to individually prepare and deliver 1 brief, class presentation in which they will relate a lecture topic to any leader of their choosing

  • length:  approx. 10 minutes
  • due date: see sign-up schedule
  • percentage of overall mark = 10%

Leading seminar discussion 

  • each week two students will lead the seminar discussion (based on a question from the reading)
  • total mark = 5%

Weekly reflection on reading

  • to be submitted each Tues evening (by 11:59 pm) as a Reflection in the LP tool
  • reflection is to be from a personal perspective
  • min 100 words 
  • 10 weeks x 2% each = 20% of final grade

Final Paper: Students will be required to select 1 leader from a list provided by the instructors, and assess their chosen leader’s style, strengths, weaknesses, etc. in the context of the topics discussed during weeks 2 - 9.

  • length: approx. 2000 words
  • due date: April 8th 2015
  • percentage of final mark = 23%


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.

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