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AHIS108 – Ancient Greek A

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Ian Plant
Contact via ian.plant@mq.edu.au
W6A 508
Monday 9-10; Thursday 9-10 or by appointment
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
The main aim of this unit is to teach students to read documents in Ancient Greek. This is an introductory unit and no previous knowledge of Ancient Greek is expected, nor is familiarity with the rudiments of English grammar essential (although this is helpful). By the end of the unit students should be able to read simple passages in Greek; should have a sound knowledge of the vocabulary of the texts studied; and should have acquired sufficient mastery of their grammar and vocabulary to understand the texts at the level of word and phrase. A second semester of study is required before students are able to read original Greek documents with any degree of fluency.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge: a) Recognize and recall Greek script and phonetic structure; b) Identify and recall Greek grammatical structures at elementary level; c) Recognize and memorize foundational Greek vocabulary.
  2. Skills: a) Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Greek texts; b) Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools; c) Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage.
  3. Application: a) Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Greek texts; b) Explore the significance of Greek for the study of relevant ancient cultures.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Vocabulary Tests 15% Final week of session
Translation Exercises 45% Weekly: Friday 9pm
Examination 40% MQ Exam period

Vocabulary Tests

Due: Final week of session
Weighting: 15%

Short quizzes on the vocabulary covered in the course, set chapter by chapter. There are some short questions on grammar too. The quizzes may be attempted at any time before they close: Friday of week 13 at 9pm. It will not be possible to attempt them after that time. 

The quizzes are attempted online. Click on the Quizzes link in the blue Activities box to find them. Please note: you are only allowed one attempt at each quiz.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Knowledge: a) Recognize and recall Greek script and phonetic structure; b) Identify and recall Greek grammatical structures at elementary level; c) Recognize and memorize foundational Greek vocabulary.

Translation Exercises

Due: Weekly: Friday 9pm
Weighting: 45%

Weekly exercises to practise vocabulary, grammar and syntax knowledge. The exercises come from the unit textbook. There is a separate schedule of the exercises for assessment on the unit's website. Some require translation from Ancient Greek, some into Ancient Greek.

You do not need to submit all the exercises in the textbook--just the ones listed in the assessment schedule.

Assignment submission

Weekly assignments  are submitted by uploading your document (eg .doc or pdf) to ilearn. For instructions on how to do this, see below:

iLearn Assignment Upload Procedure


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Knowledge: a) Recognize and recall Greek script and phonetic structure; b) Identify and recall Greek grammatical structures at elementary level; c) Recognize and memorize foundational Greek vocabulary.
  • Skills: a) Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Greek texts; b) Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools; c) Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage.
  • Application: a) Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Greek texts; b) Explore the significance of Greek for the study of relevant ancient cultures.

Examination

Due: MQ Exam period
Weighting: 40%

This will examine knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Knowledge: a) Recognize and recall Greek script and phonetic structure; b) Identify and recall Greek grammatical structures at elementary level; c) Recognize and memorize foundational Greek vocabulary.
  • Skills: a) Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Greek texts; b) Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools; c) Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage.
  • Application: a) Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Greek texts; b) Explore the significance of Greek for the study of relevant ancient cultures.

Delivery and Resources

Delivery: Internal (Day) and External. This unit will use live lectures, ECHO recordings, ilearn website and ZOOM (live web-class).

 

Lectures: Please see the Timetable for the scheduled classes. All lectures are recorded by the ECHO system and available live online through ZOOM.

 

Ilearn: The unit's webpage may be accessed at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/

 

Technologies required: PC and Internet access are required. Basic computer skills (eg internet browsing, uploading documents) and word processing skills are expected.

 

ZOOM:

This provides a live web link to the lectures. Students who are not in class are able to interact with the lecturer and class live via the internet. Students may participate, for example, by listening, speaking, watching texts being written and edited live, participating through a 'chat' function, editing texts (eg to answer questions. See the link on the unit webpage. These sessions are recorded so they may be played back.

Textbook:

This unit uses a textbook which is essential for classwork and weekly exercises.

  • An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach
  • C.A.E. Luschnig, revised by C.A.E. Luschnig & Deborah Mitchell
  • Second Edition (Hackett: Indianapolis & Cambridge, 2007).

 

This is available from the Co-op Bookshop. Please note that the second edition is substantially different from the first edition.

 

Changes to previous versions of this unit guide.

The learning outcomes have been modified since the last offering of the unit.

Unit Schedule

Please see separate document on the unit's website for a schedule of the topics to be covered each week.

Learning and Teaching Activities

Lectures

Introduction and discussion of Greek grammar and syntax. Discussion of grammatical examples from the textbook and Ancient Greek texts. Answering questions relevant to the topics covered.

Weekly Exercises

Written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.

Vocabulary

Short online quizzes set to encourage familiarization with Ancient Greek vocabulary. These will nevertheless be open book.

Examination

This will include written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Also tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.

Online discussion

The opportunity to discuss texts and grammar studied in the course with other students and the unit coordinator.

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

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.

Due Date & Time for Assessments: All assessments must be submitted by the due date and time.

Extensions for assignments can only be granted for medical reasons or on compassionate grounds. Without documentation (medical or counselling certificates) or prior staff approval, a penalty of 2% a day, including weekends, will be applied. If required (and where possible) applications for extensions should be made before the assignment's due date.

 

The online quizzes must be completed by 9pm on the Friday of week 13. No extensions for the quizzes are possible. Do not leave the quizzes to the end of semester. I strongly advise you to complete them as we progress through the course.

 

University Grading Policy

http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/grading/policy.html

The grade a student receives will signify their overall performance in meeting the learning outcomes of a unit of study. Grades will not be awarded by reference to the achievement of other students nor allocated to fit a predetermined distribution. In determining a grade, due weight will be given to the learning outcomes and level of a unit (ie 100, 200, 300, 800 etc). Graded units will use the following grades:

HD

High Distinction

85-100

D

Distinction

75-84

Cr

Credit

65-74

P

Pass

50-64

F

Fail

0-49

A student is required to achieve an overall mark of 50% or above to complete the unit satisfactorily.

Procedure on on Individual Assessment Grade Review, Unit Grade Review, Appeals Against Grades and Special Circumstances can be found at http://www.mq.edu.au/courses/open_universities_australia/download_forms/

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

  • Skills: a) Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Greek texts; b) Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools; c) Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage.

Assessment tasks

  • Translation Exercises
  • Examination

Learning and teaching activities

  • Introduction and discussion of Greek grammar and syntax. Discussion of grammatical examples from the textbook and Ancient Greek texts. Answering questions relevant to the topics covered.
  • Written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • This will include written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Also tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • The opportunity to discuss texts and grammar studied in the course with other students and the unit coordinator.

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

  • Examination

Learning and teaching activity

  • Introduction and discussion of Greek grammar and syntax. Discussion of grammatical examples from the textbook and Ancient Greek texts. Answering questions relevant to the topics covered.
  • This will include written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Also tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • The opportunity to discuss texts and grammar studied in the course with other students and the unit coordinator.

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:

Learning and teaching activities

  • Introduction and discussion of Greek grammar and syntax. Discussion of grammatical examples from the textbook and Ancient Greek texts. Answering questions relevant to the topics covered.
  • Written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • The opportunity to discuss texts and grammar studied in the course with other students and the unit coordinator.

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:

Assessment tasks

  • Translation Exercises
  • Examination

Learning and teaching activities

  • Introduction and discussion of Greek grammar and syntax. Discussion of grammatical examples from the textbook and Ancient Greek texts. Answering questions relevant to the topics covered.
  • Written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • Short online quizzes set to encourage familiarization with Ancient Greek vocabulary. These will nevertheless be open book.
  • This will include written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Also tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • The opportunity to discuss texts and grammar studied in the course with other students and the unit coordinator.

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 outcome

  • Skills: a) Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Greek texts; b) Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools; c) Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage.

Assessment tasks

  • Translation Exercises
  • Examination

Learning and teaching activities

  • Introduction and discussion of Greek grammar and syntax. Discussion of grammatical examples from the textbook and Ancient Greek texts. Answering questions relevant to the topics covered.
  • Written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • This will include written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Also tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • The opportunity to discuss texts and grammar studied in the course with other students and the unit coordinator.

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

  • Knowledge: a) Recognize and recall Greek script and phonetic structure; b) Identify and recall Greek grammatical structures at elementary level; c) Recognize and memorize foundational Greek vocabulary.
  • Skills: a) Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Greek texts; b) Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools; c) Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage.

Assessment tasks

  • Translation Exercises
  • Examination

Learning and teaching activities

  • Written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • Short online quizzes set to encourage familiarization with Ancient Greek vocabulary. These will nevertheless be open book.
  • This will include written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Also tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • The opportunity to discuss texts and grammar studied in the course with other students and the unit coordinator.

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 and teaching activities

  • Written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • The opportunity to discuss texts and grammar studied in the course with other students and the unit coordinator.

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

  • Knowledge: a) Recognize and recall Greek script and phonetic structure; b) Identify and recall Greek grammatical structures at elementary level; c) Recognize and memorize foundational Greek vocabulary.
  • Skills: a) Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Greek texts; b) Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools; c) Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage.
  • Application: a) Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Greek texts; b) Explore the significance of Greek for the study of relevant ancient cultures.

Assessment tasks

  • Vocabulary Tests
  • Translation Exercises
  • Examination

Learning and teaching activities

  • Introduction and discussion of Greek grammar and syntax. Discussion of grammatical examples from the textbook and Ancient Greek texts. Answering questions relevant to the topics covered.
  • Written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • Short online quizzes set to encourage familiarization with Ancient Greek vocabulary. These will nevertheless be open book.
  • This will include written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Also tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • The opportunity to discuss texts and grammar studied in the course with other students and the unit coordinator.

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 outcome

  • Skills: a) Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Greek texts; b) Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools; c) Recognize and recall linguistic metalanguage.

Assessment tasks

  • Translation Exercises
  • Examination

Learning and teaching activities

  • Introduction and discussion of Greek grammar and syntax. Discussion of grammatical examples from the textbook and Ancient Greek texts. Answering questions relevant to the topics covered.
  • Written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • This will include written exercises from the textbook: some from Ancient Greek into English, some from English into Ancient Greek. Also tests working knowledge of grammar, syntax and vocabulary.
  • The opportunity to discuss texts and grammar studied in the course with other students and the unit coordinator.

Changes from Previous Offering

Zoom has replaced the previous online whiteboard: Blackboard Collaborate.