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AHIS178 – Egyptian Hieroglyphs A

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Naguib Kanawati
Tutor
Suzanne Eiszele-Evans
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit introduces students to Middle Egyptian, the classical language of Ancient Egypt. This was the language of the Middle Kingdom and the early New Kingdom but it remained in use in religious and literary texts as long as the Egyptian civilisation survived. The understanding of Middle Egyptian is essential to earlier and later stages of this language.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize and recall Egyptian script and phonetic structure
  2. Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  3. Recognize and memorize foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  4. Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  5. Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  6. Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage
  7. Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  8. Explore the significance of Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient culture

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Participation/Weekly Exercises 10% Weekly
Four Short Tests 60% Weeks 4, 6, 8, 10
Final Test 30% Week 12

Participation/Weekly Exercises

Due: Weekly
Weighting: 10%

You must complete short exercises set each week from the textbook. Your lecturer/tutor will look for evidence that you have completed the set tasks for the week by your ability to express the concepts from and answers to these tasks in verbal form.

You must also participate in class discussions: your lecturer/tutor will look for evidence that you are willing to work with and respond to the views of your lecturer/tutor and other students in verbal form.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize and recall Egyptian script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognize and memorize foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore the significance of Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient culture

Four Short Tests

Due: Weeks 4, 6, 8, 10
Weighting: 60%

You will be asked to transliterate and translate a short passage of text using a dictionary and show knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of Egyptian hieroglyphs. You must follow the correct transliteration style as outlined in the textbook and/or in class.

The best 3 of 4 marks will count towards your final grade. The tests will be held in class during:

  • Week 4 (Monday 20.03.2017)

  • Week 6 (Monday 03.04.2017)

  • Week 8 (Monday 01.05.2017)

  • Week 10 (Monday 15.05.2017)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize and recall Egyptian script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognize and memorize foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore the significance of Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient culture

Final Test

Due: Week 12
Weighting: 30%
 

The final test will be an unseen text and you will be asked to transliterate and translate a short passage using a dictionary and grammar book and show knowledge of the grammar of Egyptian hieroglyphs. You must follow the correct transliteration style as outlined in the textbook and/or in class.

The test will be held in class during:

  • Week 12 (Monday 29.05.2017)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize and recall Egyptian script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognize and memorize foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore the significance of Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient culture

Delivery and Resources

Unit Requirements and Expectations

Students must achieve an overall mark of 50% or above to complete this unit satisfactorily.

Extensions and Special Considerations

If you anticipate any difficulty in attending class for a scheduled test it is important that you contact us as early as possible. Please avoid asking for extensions as missing deadlines complicates the work of markers and puts you behind. If you have to ask for an extension or the opportunity to reschedule the date of a test please request it before the deadline, and only request the extension if you face serious crises that can be documented in some way (e.g. with a medical certificate). ‘Getting behind with your work’ or 'I ran out of time’ are not excuses. If you miss a class test due to illness or a serious crisis that can be documented, you can re-schedule and sit the test at a later time. Please see us as soon as possible to organise a time and place to sit a supplementary test.

Sitting a supplementary test without valid documentation will result in a penalty of 2% of the test mark per day, including weekends.

Special Consideration Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/special_consideration/policy.html

Applying for Special Consideration Students applying for Special Consideration circumstances of three (3) consecutive days duration, within a study period, and/or prevent completion of a formal examination must submit an on-line application with the Faculty of Arts. For an application to be valid, it must include a completed Application for Special Consideration form and all supporting documentation.

The online Special Consideration application is found at: http://www.arts.mq.edu.au/current_students/undergraduate/admin_central/

Delivery

Lecture  Monday 10am-1pm

Location  W6B 286

Technology

The online presence for this unit can be accessed at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/.

PC and Internet access are required for those who wish to access iLearn and Echo. Basic computer skills (e.g., internet browsing) and skills in word processing are also a requirement.

For technical support go to: http://mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/informatics/help

Quick guides for students on the use of iLearn can be found at: http://mq.edu.au/iLearn/student_info/guides.htm

Please consult teaching staff for any further, more specific requirements.

Resources

The unit will be based on the following text book, which can be purchased via the Australian Centre for Egyptology (W6A 531, +61 (0)2 9850 8848 or egypt@mq.edu.au) or the David Brown bookshop (http://www.oxbowbooks.com/bookinfo.cfm/ID/22478//Location/DBBC) and other such avenues. Excerpts from the textbook are at the back of this unit guide and are also on the unit's website.

  • B.G. Ockinga, A Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian, (Revised Edition 2012, Mainz am Rhein).

It is recommended that you gain access to the following dictionary for assistance with translation:

  • R.O. Faulkner, A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian, (Oxford, 1976).

Unit Schedule

Week

Date

Lecture

Tutorials

Task

1

Monday

27.02.2017

  • Introduction to the Unit
  • Principles of the script; the Egyptian alphabet and transliteration (§ 1-8)

No tutorial

None

2

Monday

06.03.2017

  • Transliteration and Determinatives (§ 9-13)

Revision Week 1, 2

None

3

Monday

13.03.2017

  • Nouns (§ 14-21)
  • Adjectives (§ 22-25)

Revision Week 3

None

4

Monday

20.03.2017

  • Pronouns (§ 26-28)
  • Demonstratives (§ 29-33)
  • Interrogatives (§ 34)

Revision  Week 4

Test I

5

Monday

27.03.2017

  • Prepositions (§ 35-36)
  • Particles (§ 37-38)
  • Numbers and dates (§ 39-41) 

Revision Week 5

None

6

Monday

03.04.2017

  • Non-verbal sentences (I): Adverbial and Nominal (§ 42-52)

Revision Week 6

Test II

7

Monday

10.04.2017

  • Non-verbal sentences (II): pw and Adjectival (§ 53-59)
  • Revision of non-verbal sentences

Revision Week 7

None

Mid-semester break (17.04.2017 – 30.04.2017)

8

Monday

01.05.2017

  • Introduction to verb forms     (§ 60-67)
  • Suffix conjugation (§ 68)
  • Verbs (I): Circumstantial and Aorist (§ 68-70)

Revision Week 8

Test III

9

Monday

08.05.2017

  • Verbs (II): Present Perfect and    Historic Perfect (§ 71-72)

Revision Week 9

None

10

Monday

15.05.2017

  • Verbs (III): Future and    Subjunctive (§ 74-75)

Revision  Week 10

Test IV

11

Monday

22.05.2017

  • Passive (§ 76-79)

Revision Week 11

None

12

Monday

29.05.2017

  • Contingent Tenses (§ 80)

Revision

Week 12

Final Test

13

Monday

05.06.2017

 Class will be held if needed

None

None

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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Graduate Capabilities

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts

Assessment task

  • Participation/Weekly Exercises

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Assessment task

  • Participation/Weekly Exercises

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Assessment task

  • Participation/Weekly Exercises

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Explore the significance of Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient culture

Assessment task

  • Participation/Weekly Exercises

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize and recall Egyptian script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognize and memorize foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore the significance of Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient culture

Assessment tasks

  • Participation/Weekly Exercises
  • Four Short Tests
  • Final Test

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage

Assessment task

  • Participation/Weekly Exercises

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore the significance of Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient culture

Assessment task

  • Participation/Weekly Exercises

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize and recall Egyptian script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognize and memorize foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore the significance of Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient culture

Assessment tasks

  • Participation/Weekly Exercises
  • Four Short Tests
  • Final Test

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize and recall Egyptian script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognize and memorize foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  • Explore the significance of Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient culture

Assessment tasks

  • Participation/Weekly Exercises
  • Four Short Tests
  • Final Test