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AHIS118 – Latin A

2017 – S1 External

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Trevor Evans
Contact via trevor.evans@mq.edu.au
Building W6A Room 503
To be advised
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit introduces students of ancient history to study of the Latin language. It provides a systematic introduction to the grammar (especially morphology and basic syntax) and vocabulary. The unit also aims to help students develop the skills necessary for reading original Latin texts, and explores the significance of Latin for the study of relevant ancient cultures.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Participation 10% See unit schedule
Grammar Quizzes 15% See unit schedule
Prose Compositions 20% See unit schedule
Document analysis 15% See unit schedule
Examination 40% TBA (June examination period)

Participation

Due: See unit schedule
Weighting: 10%

The purpose of this low-risk assessment is to test your engagement with unit content and developing knowledge and skills. You will be required to participate in class discussions conducted via the General Discussion Forum on the unit's iLearn page. Do note that you must post your contribution before the deadline for each topic (deadlines to be advised via the unit schedule posted on the iLearn site).

The criteria against which this assessment will be assessed are level of engagement and demonstration of developing knowledge and skills. There will be four discussion topics. The minimum length of post on each topic is 30 words, the maximum 300 words.

For each topic one mark is available for engagement and one mark for demonstration of developing knowledge and skills. There are two marks available for effective participation in all four topics.


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

Grammar Quizzes

Due: See unit schedule
Weighting: 15%

The purpose of this assessment task is to develop control over Latin grammar and vocabulary, analytical skills, comprehension, and independent thinking. In each of the six electronic grammar quizzes you will be required to answer five questions.

The criteria against which this task will be assessed are accuracy and completeness of the information you present.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognise and recall Latin script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Latin grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognise and memorize foundational Latin vocabulary
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recognise and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Latin texts

Prose Compositions

Due: See unit schedule
Weighting: 20%

The purpose of this assessment is to facilitate understanding of Latin grammatical structures. You will be required to translate a series of sentences from English into Latin (five sentences in each of the four prose-compositions). The sentences will test your control over concepts discussed and illustrated by examples in the lectures and the unit's teaching materials available via the iLearn site). Note that you must use only vocabulary items introduced in the teaching materials.

The assessment criteria against which this task will be assessed are accuracy, completeness, and technical and stylistic control over the material.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognise and recall Latin script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Latin grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognise and memorize foundational Latin vocabulary
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Latin texts

Document analysis

Due: See unit schedule
Weighting: 15%

The purpose of this assessment is to develop analytical skills and independent thinking. You will be required to investigate a passage drawn from the unit readings and to provide a linguistic analysis of specific grammatical features (to be advised) appearing in that passage. Length-limit: 1000 words, including analysis, any footnotes, and bibliography.

The assessment criteria against which this task will be assessed are accuracy and thoroughness (6%), clarity of presentation (5%), and effective use of referencing and bibliography (4%).


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

Examination

Due: TBA (June examination period)
Weighting: 40%

The purpose of this assessment is to test general control over unit content. The examination is arranged as 4 questions:

  • in Question 1 you will be required to translate from Latin into English a short passage drawn from the unit readings (30% of exam. weighting);
  • in Question 2 you will be required to explain specific grammatical features in five short extracts drawn from the unit readings (25% of exam. weighting);
  • in Question 3 you will be required to reproduce five grammatical paradigms from the unit's teaching materials (available via the iLearn site) which you will have studied during the semester (25% of exam. weighting);
  • in Question 4 you will be required to translate four English sentences into Latin (20% of exam. weighting), using constructions studied and vocabulary employed in the prose compositions and sample sentences for this unit.

The criteria against which this task will be assessed are accuracy and completeness of the translation in Question 3 and of the responses in Questions 2 and 3, and accuracy, completeness, and technical and stylistic control of the translations in Question 4.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognise and recall Latin script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Latin grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognise and memorize foundational Latin vocabulary
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Latin texts
  • Recognise and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Latin texts

Delivery and Resources

Technology

This unit employs the following technology

• iLearn

• Echo

The unit has an online presence. Login is via: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/ 

All required unit materials will be provided via this iLearn site.

Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

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

For student quick guides on the use of iLearn go to: http://mq.edu.au/iLearn/student_info/guides.htm

Lecture Times

For lecture times and classrooms please consult: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2017/

Satisfactory Completion

Completion of all Assessment Tasks is required to complete the unit satisfactorily.

Submission and Extensions

For Participation the submissions are your contributions to the electronic General Discussion Forum. Submit the electronic Quizzes via the unit's iLearn page. Submission of the Prose Compositions and Document Analysis is electronic via Turnitin. The Examination is closed-book and administered by the central administration.

Extensions are available on medical grounds and may be requested under other special circumstances. Apply direct to the Convener.

Penalties for Late Submission

A penalty of 2% per day (including weekends) will be imposed for late submission of assessment tasks unless medical grounds or other special circumstances apply.

 

Unit Schedule

For this unit the Unit Schedule can be accessed via the Macquarie University iLearn website: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/

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 (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

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

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

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

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

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 Latin texts

Assessment tasks

  • Participation
  • Prose Compositions
  • Document analysis
  • Examination

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 outcomes

  • Recognise and recall Latin script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Latin grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognise and memorize foundational Latin vocabulary
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Latin texts
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recognise and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Explore the significance of Latin for the study of relevant ancient cultures

Assessment tasks

  • Participation
  • Document analysis

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

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

Assessment tasks

  • Participation
  • Grammar Quizzes
  • Prose Compositions
  • Document analysis
  • Examination

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 outcomes

  • Recognise and recall Latin script and phonetic structure
  • Identify and recall Latin grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Recognise and memorize foundational Latin vocabulary
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Latin texts
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recognise and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Explore the significance of Latin for the study of relevant ancient cultures

Assessment tasks

  • Participation
  • Document analysis
  • Examination

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

  • Identify and recall Latin grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recognise and recall linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Latin texts
  • Explore the significance of Latin for the study of relevant ancient cultures

Assessment tasks

  • Participation
  • Grammar Quizzes
  • Prose Compositions
  • Document analysis
  • Examination

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

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

Assessment tasks

  • Participation
  • Grammar Quizzes
  • Prose Compositions
  • Document analysis
  • Examination

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

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

Assessment tasks

  • Participation
  • Grammar Quizzes
  • Prose Compositions
  • Document analysis
  • Examination

Changes from Previous Offering

This unit is being offered under a new code from 2015. The unit booklet, readings, and assessment tasks have all been thoroughly revised.