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CLAS 101L: Latin 1







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*This is an introductory, lower-division course. It is open to all students at the University, and has no prerequisites at all. It fulfills General Education requirements as an F-4 course (3 credits). Potential Concurrent Enrollment students should check immediately to see if there is room in the course; rules do not permit enrollment of CE students if regular students are waiting to be enrolled.



(1) A MID-TERM EXAM, of approximately 50 minutes, which will be held during the eighth week of the course. This quiz will test all the assigned material, whether actually discussed in class or not. The midterm will include (but not be limited to) vocabulary, grammar questions, questions asking you to identify words or to provide a word (Latin) as described, translation of sentences or short paragraphs. Cultural material discussed in class will be tested. There will be a selection in every part. 30%

(2) A FINAL EXAM, of approximately 1 hour, which will be held in the exam block assigned by the University. The final will test material mostly from the beginning of the 8th week to the assignment for the last class. Language is comprehensive in its very nature, however, and you might expect that anything and everything would come up. Cultural material discussed in class will be tested. The format will be similar to that of the midterm. No early exams can be given. 35%

(3) QUIZZES, of about 15 minutes each, format varying each time, depending on the lessons being tested. Expect vocabulary questions on every quiz and exam. Normally there are NO makeup exams for quizzes. But if you believe you have a valid reason why you did not take the quiz, ask the Instructor. 30%

(4) CLASS PRESENTATIONS. Each student will be asked to make an oral class presentation, embodying the results of their investigation into a Roman personnage, institution, or social or political phenomenon. This is part of the cultural component in the course, in accordance with the requirements of a General Education course. The Instructor will provide students with a list of terms from which they may select a project. The class presentation will be graded, and the material presented and discussed will be part of the testable material on Midterm and Final exams. 5%.



POLICY ON MAKE-UPS: Normally, NO makeups are allowed. At the professor's sole discretion, however, and after the presentation of an explanation and supporting documentation by the student, a re-examination may be allowed.

POLICY ON "INCOMPLETES": At the end of the term there are occasionally student(s) who are unable to complete the course requirements in a timely fashion according to the University Schedule of Classes and Schedule of Exams. Please read the policy statement and instructions for a person who falls into this category at the end of the term. It is the student's responsibility to see to this matter There are notifications that must be made and forms that must be submitted.

Cheating and plagarism:

Consult the University Catalogue for definitions. A student's work is assumed to be the sole work of the student and no one else; any collaboration, unless authorized by the Instructor, constitutes plagarism. The Instructor will assign a grade of "Zero" for an assignment on which cheating or plagarism is detected.


In view of the large number of students in the course, NO EXTRA CREDIT projects can be authorized.

Lectures given in this course are the intellectual property of the Instructor and under his copyright. They may not be recorded in any form, including tape recording, video recording, phone video or audio recording, etc., the sole exception being the taking of class notes by the student personally or by an authorized substitite. Such notes are for the sole purpose of a student's study to fulfill the requirements of the course. Any other use is forbidden. If you wish to obtain any exception to this policy, you must obtain the express written consent of the Instructor.


Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures regulations mandate various rules with regard to student attendance. Departmental policy considers attendance as mandatory, and subject to being considered an aspect of the final course grade. Two "unexcused absences'" are allowed, after which the instructor is entitled (but not required) to lower the student's grade by one full step (e.g. from B- to C-). Therefore, if you will be absent, you should produce a WRITTEN EXCUSE with appropriate documentation (medical note, employer's letter, etc.). Oral excuses or unverified excuses are not acceptable. To verify attendance, the Instructor will circulate a sign-up sheet at each class. It is the duty of the student to sign the sheet, and to keep note of his/her own attendance. The Instructor does not do bookkeeping for students, so keep a record of your own absences. If there is no signature on the Attendance Sheet, it is presumed that the student did not attend that class, and the sheet constitutes prima facie evidence to the fact. An attendance sheet may not be signed after the class period ends.

N.B.: This is NOT a distance-learning course; regular classroom attendance is required.

Professor's Office:

Sierra Tower 435 (677-3459, 677-3467) [Do NOT use voice-mail!]

OFFICE HOURS: MWF 7:30-8; W 12:15-12:45; F 10-45-11:15. Special arrangements can be made on request to meet at other times.
The Professor can also be contacted by e-mail at

The use of e-mail for matters of lesser importance is encouraged.



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August 1, 2010 8:49 PM

John Paul Adams, CSUN

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