This unit includes a KickStart package, designed to help you get a head start with your studies. Being well prepared can be the key to success, so be sure to take advantage of KickStart and make it work for you. KickStart is a package of resources and activities in iLearn that is specific to studying this unit. Your package may include welcome videos from the Unit Convenor, quizzes (not counting toward your final grade), insights from industry experts and tips from previous students on how to succeed in the unit.
When is it available?
One week before the start of the session, log into iLearn and access the KickStart package. Please note that the activities in the KickStart package do not count towards the final grade of the unit.
UNIT REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS
This unit will be structured following a Flipped classroom model, which describes a reversal of traditional teaching where students gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then class time is used to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge through strategies such as problem-solving, discussion or debates.
This unit will be taught via a blended delivery of content and instruction using a multi-media approach such as video lectures, 3D digital artefacts in addition to accessing reliable websites as well as online databases and journals. Through this approach you will acquire detailed knowledge of the relevant subject matter, the skills to locate, utilise and critique primary and secondary sources and a strong understanding of the required research methods for the discipline.
This unit is comprised of 2 key elements:
- Weekly video lectures on iLearn to prepare for . . .
- 2 hours of instruction with staff: 1 hour Seminar via Zoom and 1 hour Tutorial (either on campus or via Zoom)
- and individual study and preparation
- Students are expected to attend all classes (Seminars and Tutorials), unless there are extenuating circumstances.
- For Seminar and Tutorial times please consult the MQ Timetable website: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au. This website will display up-to-date information on your classes and classroom locations.
Information will be communicated regularly via iLearn, which will play a pivotal role throughout the session and will be your central hub for announcements, instructions, and participatory tasks. Each week will be structured as follows:
BEFORE SEMINARS | Preparation
- Watch video lectures and take notes in preparation for the Seminar and your Module Quizzes
- Complete short and specialised readings in preparation for the weekly Seminar and Tutorial
DURING SEMINARS AND TUTORIALS | Building Knowledge
- Attend the Seminar and Tutorial and engage with the teaching staff and your peers.
AFTER SEMINARS AND TUTORIALS | Consolidation
- Complete any outstanding tasks for the week and work on pending assignments
- Engage with a series of optional exercises and extension tasks (see iLearn for details)
REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED TEXTS AND/OR MATERIALS
There are no required textbooks for this unit. All reading materials will be provided through the MQ library. However the following texts are recommended:
- Baines J. and Malek, J., Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt (New York, 2000, rev. edition).
- Cullen, J., How to Read, Write, and Think about History (Malden, Oxford, 2013).
- Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P., Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (7th edition, London, 2016).
- Schulz, R. and Seidel, M. (eds), Egypt. The World of the Pharaohs (Cologne, 2004). ** Strongly recommended.
- Shaw, I., Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, New York, 2004). ** Strongly recommended.
- Shaw, I. and Nicholson, P., The British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (London, 2008).
- Tristant, Y., and Ryan, E., (eds) Death is Only the Beginning. Egyptian funerary customs at the Museum of Ancient Cultures Macquarie University (Aris and Phillips, Oxford, 2017). ** Strongly recommended.
All booklets from the Shire Egyptology Series, such as:
- Hall, R., Egyptian textiles (Aylesbury, 1989).
- Hope, C., Egyptian Pottery (Aylesbury, 2001).
- Nicholson, P., Egyptian Faience and Glass (Buckinghamshire, 1993).
- Robins, G., Egyptian Statues (Princes Risborough, 2001).
- Stewart, H.M., Egyptian Shabtis (Buckinghamshire, 1995).
- Taylor, J.H., Egyptian Coffins (Aylesbury, 1989).
- Uphill, E.P., Egyptian Towns and Cities (Aylesbury, 1988).
Most of these texts are available for purchase at BookTopia or similar online avenues.
UNIT WEBPAGE AND TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED
This unit will use iLearn: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/
PC and Internet access are required. Basic computer skills (e.g., internet browsing) and skills in word processing are also a requirement. Please consult teaching staff for any further, more specific requirements.