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MELD 1CC3 Adv. Academic Reading Skills (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: Consult section instructor

Course Objectives:

Course overview

This course further develops students’ skills in academic reading. The focus in this course is on the comprehension and critical evaluation of scholarly articles and texts from a range of disciplines.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required text

  • Zwier, L. & Vosters, M. (2017). University Success Reading Transition Level. Pearson Education.

Method of Assessment:

Summary 5%

Critique 8%

Literature review 10%

Midterm exam1 15%

Homework & quizzes 10%

Class Participation2 10%

Reading development assessment3 7%

Final exam4 35%



1To be held the week of Feb 25th.

2Students cannot get participation marks without attending.

3To complete this assessment students will sign up in OscarPlus.

4Students 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 assignments 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. 2-15)

Hum 1 (pp. 83-88)

  • Active reading, annotating
  • Tolerating ambiguity



Jan 14 – 18

Supplementary source

Hum 2 (pp. 216-219)

  • Evaluating sources, academic or not checklist
  • Evaluating credibility & motives of sources
  • Intro to peer review process
  • Intro to structure of academic articles; reading an abstract



Jan 21 – 25

Econ 1 (pp. 24-33)


  • Organizational structure, main ideas/supporting details, sentence functions, summarizing
  • Outlining a reading



Jan 28 – Feb 1

Bio 1 (pp. 46-59, 66-75)

Soc 1 (pp. 16-19)

  • Understand cohesion, relationships among ideas
  • Collocations & dictionaries



Feb 4 – 8

Env Eng 2 (pp. 236-238, 254-255)

  • Clarifiers and definitions



Feb 11 – 15

Econ 2 (pp. 158-167)

  • Implication & inference



Feb 18 – 22



Feb 25 – Mar 1

Soc 2 (pp. 134-148, 149-152, 157)


  • Facts vs opinions
  • Intro to critiques
  • Signpost expressions



Mar 4 – 8



Mar 11 – 15

Bio 2 (pp. 180-189, 198-207)

  • Evaluating evidence & argumentation, faulty rhetoric
  • Expressions of function & purpose
  • Intro to discussion sections



Mar 18 –22

Hum 2 (pp. 208-215, 220-229, 234-235)

Env Eng 2 (pp. 247-253)


  • Synthesizing information, multiple perspectives, direct & indirect quotations, reference to other sources
  • Intro to literature reviews
  • Hedging



Mar 25 – 29



Apr 1 – 5

Env Eng 1 (pp. 104-127, 132

  • Interpreting visuals
  • Multi-word vocabulary items
  • Intro to results sections



Apr 8– 9


  • Review

Literature Review


Apr 11-29




Other Course Information:

This course uses Avenue to learn.