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MELD 1AA3 Advanced Academic Writing (C01)

Academic Year: Winter 2019

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Anna Moro


Office: L.R. Wilson Hall 4041

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Please consult section instructor

Course Objectives:

Course overview

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

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

  • Norloff, C. & Renehan, A. (2016). University Success Writing Transition Level. Pearson Education.
  • Paterson, K. & Wedge, R. (2014). Oxford Grammar for EAP: English grammar and practice for academic purposes: With answers. OUP.*

*Although the Paterson and Wedge Oxford Grammar is included in the materials for 1AA3, it is a mandatory student resource to be used throughout the MELD program. It is not intended exclusively for this course.

Method of Assessment:

Argumentative Research Paper (28% total)

  1. Annotated Bibliography 4%
  2. Thesis Statement/Outline 4%
  3. Rough Draft 10% (including data commentary)
  4. Final Draft 10%

Homework & Quizzes 10%

Class Participation1 10%

Midterm Exam2 15%

Vocabulary size assessment 2%

Final Exam3 35%



1Students cannot earn participation marks without attending.

2To be held the week of Feb 11 – 15.

3Students must pass the final exam to demonstrate that they have met the appropriate language benchmark. The final exam will be held during the McMaster final examination period (April 11 - 29).

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Policy on missed work/late penalties

Course work must be submitted on the due dates, unless permission for an extension has been granted by the instructor before the due date. Extensions may be granted for legitimate reasons (e.g., MSAF, or medical or other documentation submitted to the Faculty of Humanities Advising Office). Late assignments will be penalized by 10% a day (including weekends).

MELD Course attendance policy

Students are expected to attend, be prepared for, and participate in each class. This is critical in order to ensure maximum exposure to academic English, and to meet the learning objectives of the course.

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:




Skills covered

Major assessments


Jan 7 – 11

Soc 1 (pp. 2-12, 23-24)

Bio 1 (pp. 50-54)

  • Research paper overview; narrowing a topic; developing a research question
  • Verb tenses



Jan 14 – 18


Jan 21 – 25

Econ 1 (pp. 28-38)

Env Eng 1 (pp. 117-119)

Soc 2 (pp. 124-138)

  • Idea development; evaluating sources; organizing research; reasoning for argumentation
  • Review of sentence structures



Jan 28 – Feb 1

Soc 1 (pp. 17-22)

  • Annotated bibliography



Feb 4 – 8

Econ 2 (pp. 44-47)

Bio 1 (pp. 62-67)

Soc 1 (pp. 12-16)

  • Thesis statements; outlines; paper organizational structures
  • Reporting verbs

Annotated bibliography


Feb 11 – 15




Feb 18 – 22



Feb 25 – Mar 1

Econ 1 (pp. 39-43)

Econ 2 (pp. 162-164)

Soc 2 (pp. 139-142)

  • Integrating sources
  • Signposting language, direct quotations, paraphrasing

Thesis statement & outline


Mar 4 – 8



Mar 11 – 15

Env Eng 1 (pp. 100-116)

  • Visuals; data commentary



Mar 18 – 22

Bio 1 (pp. 55-61, 68-71)

Hum 1 (pp. 74-99)

  • Coherence & cohesion; revision & editing; style & voice
  • Adverbials, language for cohesion
  • Scheduled instructor consultations (during office hours)

Rough draft – including data commentary

Due: March 18 at 9am in ALL sections


Mar 25 – 29



Apr 1 – 5



Apr 8– 9


  • Review

Final draft


Apr 11-29


Other Course Information:

Use of Turnitin

In this course we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.).