SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE UNIT
To complete the unit successfully you need a minimum mark of 50% overall. You must attempt every piece of assessment or marks may be deducted (see 'Extensions and Penalties' below).
F: 0-49% P: 50-64% CR: 65-74% D: 75-84% HD: 85-100%
Grade descriptors may be found in a separate document on the unit’s website.
You are required to post five blog entries each of 150 words (+/- 10%) commenting on one significant aspect of the set reading(s) which will be discussed in the relevant tutorials by Saturday, 11 pm of weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11. Each blog entry must include a topic sentence, evidence and argument, and be fully referenced. Each blog is worth 10% of the total mark with only the best four counting, making a total of 40% of your assessment for the unit. You must make a decent effort at all five blogs; a defective blog may not count. Please note that the mark for one blog post will drop irrespective of how many you turn in.
There are short online quizzes in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10, and one major online quiz in week 13. The minor quizzes will test you on material covered in the lectures and tutorials of the current and preceding week. (Tip: you will easily be able to answer the questions if you have listened to the lectures and read the set readings for each tutorial - they are not designed to trick you). Access to each quiz is through the unit’s website. You may take the quizzes at any time during the relevant week but you may take each quiz only once. All answers will be either right or wrong. Each minor quiz consists of 8 questions and is worth 4% of your mark making a total of 20% for all four. The major quiz will comprise 20 questions and will test you on material covered in the whole unit - it is worth 10%.
The MAJOR ESSAY is due by 5pm Friday 5 November, 2017. It MUST be submitted through Turnitin. It is worth 30% of your total mark for the unit.
A choice of essay questions will be provided by the mid-semester break. Tutorial 5 is devoted to discussing the requirements for a good essay. Draft answers (on a non-assessed question) will be provided demonstrating the level required to reach each grade.
Your answer to the essay question should demonstrate extensive use of primary and secondary sources. Bibliographies provided give you a starting point for developing a reading list of secondary literature relevant to the essay topic. In order to locate further material on particular issues you should consult the footnotes and indices of modern works.
Your essay should be based on an analysis and discussion of primary (ancient) sources. Secondary literature should be used to aid you in your analysis and interpretation of the ancient sources and to place your interpretation within the context of previous scholarship. All opinions included in the essay, whether quoted directly or paraphrased, MUST be referenced according to the guidelines, Assignment Presentation Style Guide https://www.mq.edu.au/public/download/?id=292059. Do not footnote lectures or include anything in footnotes except citations, and remember to include every reference you have actually used in your bibliography. You must include a word count. Anything beyond the prescribed word limit will not be marked.
1. Argument and critical evaluation of evidence - 30% weighting
2. Structure and organisation - 20% weighting
3. Use of primary sources - 15% weighting
4. Use of secondary sources - 15% weighting
5. Grammar, style and spelling - 10% weighting
6. Referencing and bibliography - 10% weighting
RETURN OF WORK
Blogs: I plan to mark the blogs with feedback within a week of submission.
Quizzes: Results will be available as soon as the quiz closes.
Essay: I will mark this on-line through Turnitin and release it when all marking is completed.
EXTENSIONS AND PENALTIES
All due dates are firm. Permission to submit a late piece of work will only be granted in case of illness or other exceptional cases. Special approval for such late submissions must be sought in advance (where circumstances permit it). Late work will otherwise incur a penalty of 2% per day (including weekends). Failure to make a decent attempt on any of the blogs may result in it not being counted and another blog being deducted from the aggregate mark for the blogs, unless there are 'special circumstances' (normally illness or serious misadventure) and an extension of time is granted by the Unit Convenor or the Head of Department. Quizzes cannot be taken after their close-off time. If special circumstances (see above) result in a quiz being missed, an average of marks for the other quizzes will be awarded.