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AHIS1150 – Hieroglyphic Egyptian A

2022 – Session 1, In person-scheduled-weekday, North Ryde

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Camilla Di Biase-Dyson
Credit points Credit points
10
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AHIS1150 Online
Unit description Unit description

This unit introduces students to Middle Egyptian, the classical language of Ancient Egypt. This was the language of the Middle Kingdom and the early New Kingdom but it remained in use in religious and literary texts as long as the Egyptian civilisation survived. The understanding of Middle Egyptian is essential to earlier and later stages of this language.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Recognize, memorize and recall Egyptian script, phonetic structures and foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • ULO2: Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • ULO3: Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • ULO4: Apply relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • ULO5: Recall and apply linguistic metalanguage
  • ULO6: Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in translating, reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  • ULO7: Reflect and comment on the significance of hieroglyphic Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient cultures

General Assessment Information

Guidelines for preparing the assessment tasks as well as assessment criteria are available on iLearn. The assessment tasks are compulsory in this unit. Each assessment task has a due date and students are expected to submit their work on time.

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. For Special Consideration policy see below under Policies and Procedures.

Please note that grading decisions for each assessment task will be moderated against the set criteria and standards before task results are released.

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.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Vocabulary Tests 25% No 23:55 on 13.03.; 20.03; 10.04.; 08.05.; 15.05.2022
Assignments 30% No 23:55 on 03.04. and 22.05.2022 (Weeks 6 and 11)
Revision Test 15% No 23:55 on 01.05.2022 (Week 8)
Final Test 30% No 23:55 on 31.05.2021 (Week 13)

Vocabulary Tests

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: 23:55 on 13.03.; 20.03; 10.04.; 08.05.; 15.05.2022
Weighting: 25%

 

Students demonstrate their capability of reading hieroglyphs and their recall of vocabulary and phrases of hieroglyphic Egyptian.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Recognize, memorize and recall Egyptian script, phonetic structures and foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level

Assignments

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 8 hours
Due: 23:55 on 03.04. and 22.05.2022 (Weeks 6 and 11)
Weighting: 30%

 

Students complete a series of mixed questions to transliterate and translate hieroglyphic Egyptian as well as explain grammatical structures. They will demonstrate the appropriate use of the relevant reference tools. The assignments align with the weekly content and the students will experience a development in their proficiency in reading and understanding hieroglyphic Egyptian.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Recognize, memorize and recall Egyptian script, phonetic structures and foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • Apply relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recall and apply linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in translating, reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts

Revision Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: 23:55 on 01.05.2022 (Week 8)
Weighting: 15%

 

Students transliterate, translate and demonstrate their understanding of the hieroglyphic script and elementary level sentence structures. This Test provides the opportunity for thorough revision and consolidation of the weekly content up to the time of the test.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Recognize, memorize and recall Egyptian script, phonetic structures and foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • Apply relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recall and apply linguistic metalanguage

Final Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 2 hours
Due: 23:55 on 31.05.2021 (Week 13)
Weighting: 30%

 

Students are tested on the knowledge of the hieroglyphic script, vocabulary, syntax and grammar they have built, practiced and consolidated in the course of the unit. They demonstrate their ability to transliterate and translate text and understand cultural context.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Recognize, memorize and recall Egyptian script, phonetic structures and foundational Egyptian vocabulary
  • Identify and recall Egyptian grammatical structures at elementary level
  • Assess the grammar required for the translation of simple Egyptian texts
  • Apply relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools
  • Recall and apply linguistic metalanguage
  • Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in translating, reading and/or writing simple Egyptian texts
  • Reflect and comment on the significance of hieroglyphic Egyptian for the study of relevant ancient cultures

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 Writing Centre 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 taught as a "lectorial", which means lecture and tutorial are integrated as a 3-hour block. Each of these sessions will take place in person (though this is subject to change) and will also be recorded and made available the same day on the iLearn site over the Echo360 portal.

All relevant study materials, exercises and practice opportunities are offered through iLearn: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/

Students are required to access the online unit in iLearn by the end of Week 1 at the very latest and follow any relevant instructions and links for downloads that may be required. • For central technical support go to: http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/ • For student quick guides on the use of iLearn go to: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/tools-and-resources/ilearn/ilearn-quick-guides-for-students

 

Active engagement with the website is essential to successfully complete the unit. Discussion of items not covered in class can be conducted online via the Discussion Forum on the unit's iLearn site. Students are expected to complete the Exercises set in preparation for each class. This will enable them to participate actively in class, get feedback on what they have submitted when the exercises are discussed in class, ask pertinent questions, and integrate the new topics into a progressively more solid foundation.

All tests (five Vocabulary Tests, one Revision Test and one Final Test) will also be conducted via the website. For details on the submission of the two Assessment Tasks in Weeks 6 and 11) see the "Assessment at a Glance" section of the iLearn site.

Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient. External students are required to work through the recordings and the accompanying exercises and practice material as directed. For students attending classes on campus we strongly encourage that you bring along your own laptop computer, ready to work with activities set for the unit.

The textbook is B. G. Ockinga, Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian, 3rd edition (Mainz, 2012). This textbook is available to purchase in a limited number (in class in Week 1) but will also be made available in digital form to all students.

The various sections of this book contain all the materials you will need to successfully study Hieroglyphic Egyptian in AHIS1150 (Grammar, Vocabulary, Exercises, Reading Exercises, Sign List, Indices). It is also the essential reference work for the other language units taught: AHIS2150 and AHIS3150 (Hieroglyphic Egyptian B and C), and beyond.

Students who wish to continue with Egyptian studies should also acquire or get a digital copy (contact your Convenor!) of:

A. H. Gardiner, Egyptian Grammar 3rd ed. (Oxford, 1957 & reprints)

R.O. Faulkner, A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian (Oxford, 1962 & reprints).

A transliteration font that can be used in iLearn and other platforms, which was developed by David Chapman, a Macquarie student, is available on iLearn to download with instructions on how to install it. The font can be used when doing vocabulary and translation tests in iLearn.

Unit Schedule

A weekly schedule will be provided in iLearn.

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

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