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AHIS8252 – Egypt in the Age of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun

2021 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor and Lecturer
Dr. Camilla Di Biase-Dyson
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Arts Precinct, Level 1, Office B 121
By appointment
Co-Convenor
Dr. Susanne Binder
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Arts Precinct, Level 1, Office B 111
By appointment
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MAncHist or GradCertAncHist
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
AHIX8252
Unit description Unit description

This unit examines central historical issues of the New Kingdom with a focus on the Amarna Age (from the reign of Amenhotep III to Tutankhamon) based on an interpretation of a range of written sources (royal and non-royal) against the background of the archaeological record, art and architecture.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the corpus of royal and private monumental inscriptions of the late 18th Dynasty / Amarna Age.
  • ULO2: Evaluate at an advanced level the historical significance of documentary sources through the analysis and interpretation of texts in conjunction with iconographic and archaeological sources.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of central historical issues of the New Kingdom, in particular the late 18th Dynasty / Amarna Period.
  • ULO4: Evaluate modern historical interpretations of the history of the late 18th Dynasty against their use of the relevant primary sources.

General Assessment Information

Your work will be assessed against: Appropriate use of secondary literature (Documentary Project, Essay), clarity of argument, structure and expression (Documentary Project, Essay, Exam). The marking rubric for the essay is provided on iLearn.

EXTENSIONS and DISRUPTION to STUDIES (Special Consideration) Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests. For Special Consideration policy see below under Policies and Procedures

GRADES 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

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ON FINAL MARKS: Please note with respect to the marks you receive for work during the session: the marks given are indicative only; final marks will be determined after moderation. See further the note on Results in the Policies and Procedures section below.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Documentary Project 30% No To be determined when topics are assigned.
Contribution to Tutorial discussion board 10% No After the first documentary project has been presented.
Essay 30% No 09.05.2021 (Week 9)
Exam 30% No Week 13 (date TBC)

Documentary Project

Assessment Type 1: Media presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: To be determined when topics are assigned.
Weighting: 30%

Students will write a documentary project on a specified topic based on the analysis of textual, iconographic and archaeological evidence. They will prepare a PPT presentation, that includes audio narration, on the results of their research.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate at an advanced level the historical significance of documentary sources through the analysis and interpretation of texts in conjunction with iconographic and archaeological sources.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of central historical issues of the New Kingdom, in particular the late 18th Dynasty / Amarna Period.

Contribution to Tutorial discussion board

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: After the first documentary project has been presented.
Weighting: 10%

Students will participate in an online tutorial in which the material presented in the Documentary Projects will be discussed. They will make a written contribution to a discussion board.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate at an advanced level the historical significance of documentary sources through the analysis and interpretation of texts in conjunction with iconographic and archaeological sources.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of central historical issues of the New Kingdom, in particular the late 18th Dynasty / Amarna Period.

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 45 hours
Due: 09.05.2021 (Week 9)
Weighting: 30%

Students will write an essay on a topic on the history of the late 18th Dynasty. The essay will require an evaluation of secondary sources based on the analysis of primary sources (textual, iconographical and archaeological).


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the corpus of royal and private monumental inscriptions of the late 18th Dynasty / Amarna Age.
  • Evaluate at an advanced level the historical significance of documentary sources through the analysis and interpretation of texts in conjunction with iconographic and archaeological sources.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of central historical issues of the New Kingdom, in particular the late 18th Dynasty / Amarna Period.
  • Evaluate modern historical interpretations of the history of the late 18th Dynasty against their use of the relevant primary sources.

Exam

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 2 hours
Due: Week 13 (date TBC)
Weighting: 30%

Students will do an exam that involves the analysis and discussion of the historical significance of specific texts and iconographic and archaeological sources; answering questions on specific historical issues of the late 18th Dynasty


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the corpus of royal and private monumental inscriptions of the late 18th Dynasty / Amarna Age.
  • Evaluate at an advanced level the historical significance of documentary sources through the analysis and interpretation of texts in conjunction with iconographic and archaeological sources.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of central historical issues of the New Kingdom, in particular the late 18th Dynasty / Amarna Period.
  • Evaluate modern historical interpretations of the history of the late 18th Dynasty against their use of the relevant primary sources.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

The unit is delivered via iLearn and Echo360 which links the audio recording and the video capture of the visual material used to illustrate the lecture. External students will be required to listen to and work through the recordings of the classes.

PC and Internet access are required. Basic computer skills (e.g., internet, iLearn, word processing, Powerpoint) are also a requirement. Please consult teaching staff for any further, more specific requirements.

Recommended Textbooks

Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunset (Cairo, 2009)

Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunrise (Cairo, 2014)

Barry Kemp, The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. Amarna and its People (London, 2012)

David O’Connor & Eric H. Cline, Amenhotep III. Perspectives on his Reign (Ann Arbor, 1998)

Ronald T. Ridley, Akhenaten. A historian’s view (Cairo, 2019)

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) 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 or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@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 help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

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

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@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.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
10/02/2021 Essay submission date pushed forward one week.