LATIN 101: Fundamentals
of Latin I Dr. A. Dwight Castro
Fall Semester 1999/12:50 MWF PH122/Ext. 7150
1. If you wish to major or minor in Latin, you may use Latin 101 as
one of the required courses for the major or minor. However, if you
wish teaching certification, you may not count Latin 101 or 102
towards the minimum of 36 semester hours required in the major.
2. Any student may use Latin 101 for general elective credit.
No previous knowledge of Latin is required.
NOTE: Latin 101 will not fulfill the Intellectual Perspective
in Foreign Language.
B. Required Text:
J. C. Traupman, Lingua Latina, Book I.
You are also strongly encouraged to have a small Latin dictionary.
The Bookstore has copies of The Collins Gem Latin Dictionary, which
the instructor recommends; however, any similar dictionary is acceptable.
C. Scope and Objectives:
Latin 101 has two main objectives:
1. To introduce you to the Latin language. The four basic language skills—speaking,
listening, reading, writing—will be addressed.
2. To help you improve your English language skills.
These objectives will be accomplished by a systematic study of the morphology,
syntax, and phonology of the Latin language, accompanied by some study
of English etymology. This study will be reinforced by both written and
oral exercises and by student projects. Learning strategies will include
both individual and cooperative work.
D. Course Requirements:
1. You will be expected to do all of the following: a) attend
class regularly, b) prepare all as-signments and participate in daily recitations
and other activities based on the assignments and/ or new lessons,
c) take all quizzes and examinations, and d) do one special project.
2. No more than three unexcused absences from class will
be permitted without penalty. Absences will normally be considered as excused
only in cases of certified illness, other types of certified
emergencies, and scheduled activities connected to another class
or to inter-collegiate sports in which you participate. The penalty
for excessive unexcused absences will be an automatic "D" for the class
participation grade (see below, E1d) for four un-excused absences, and
an automatic "F" for the class participation grade for five or more unexcused
LATIN 101: GENERAL SYLLABUS (FALL 99)/p. 2
3. No unexcused absences (as defined above, D2) from
quizzes or examinations will be per-mitted without penalty. The penalty
for an unexcused absence from an examination or a quiz will be an automatic
"F" for that examination, or an automatic zero for that quiz. If an
absence from an examination is considered as excused, a make-up will be
offered. No make-up will be offered for an absence from a quiz;
however, if the absence is considered as excused, the missed quiz will
not be counted.
NOTE: It is your responsibility as a student to supply
evidence of an acceptable excuse for an absence. Any such evidence must
be presented no later than the first day that you resume
attendance following an absence. Failure to present such evidence may cause
your absence to be regarded as unexcused.
1. You will be graded on each of the following activities:
a. EXAMINATIONS: There will be three major examinations during
the semester. The spe-cific dates, content, and format will be announced
at lease one week in advance.
b. QUIZZES: There will be several short quizzes on the various lessons.
Such quizzes may be announced only one day in advance.
c. SPECIAL PROJECT: There will be one such assignment, which
will be due at some point during the second half of the semester. Separate
instructions will be issued for this assign-ment which will explain it
in more detail.
d. CLASS PARTICIPATION: The quantity and quality of participation
in daily class recita-tions and other activities will be the criteria for
determining the grade for this activity; but four or more unexcused
absences during the semester will adversely affect this grade (see
2. Letter grades (ABCDF), modified (at the instructor’s discretion) by
a plus or minus sign, will be used for each graded activity (see above,
E1). A separate letter grade will be given for each examination
and for the special project. For the quizzes, a single letter grade,
based on the cumulative numerical score of the individual quizzes, will
be given at the end of the semester. Likewise, a single letter grade
for class participation will be given at the end of the semester. A more
detailed explanation of the grading system will be given in a separate
3. The final course grade will be an average of the grades earned in
each graded activity (see above, E1). In computing the final course grade,
the grades for each activity will be weighted as follows: EXAMINATIONS—15%
each; QUIZZES—15%; SPECIAL PROJECT—15%; CLASS PARTICIPATION—25%.
F. Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is expected in all graded activities. Evidence
of academic dishonesty in any graded activity (e.g., cheating on a quiz
or examination or plagiarism in a special project) will certainly result
in an automatic "F" for that specific activity, and may result in a more
severe penalty (see the statement on this subject in the 1999-2000
Westminster College Undergraduate Catalogue, p. 79).