CL3AEL-Ancient Egyptian Language & Hieroglyphs

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: This module assumes no knowledge of the Ancient Egyptian language
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Rachel Mairs

Email: r.mairs@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to teach students some elements of the Ancient Egyptian language and give them skills to read Egyptian, in the hieroglyphic script, at an elementary level.

Aims:
This module aims to teach students some elements of the Ancient Egyptian language and give them skills to read Egyptian, in the hieroglyphic script, at an elementary level.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
• Read the most frequently used characters in the hieroglyphic script;
• Translate Ancient Egyptian at an elementary level;
• Understand some key elements of Ancient Egyptian grammar and vocabulary;
• Read portions of simple literary texts in Ancient Egyptian;
• Identify and understand some of the most important formulae encountered in hieroglyphic tomb and temple inscriptions.

Additional outcomes:
The module also encourages the development of skills useful for working in groups. In addition, students will be introduced to some aspects of Ancient Egyptian history, literature and culture.

Outline content:
The course will proceed by instruction in grammar and the Egyptian hieroglyphic script, and practice in translation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course will be taught in one two hour seminar each week. Students will be encouraged to partcipate in class activities and discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 67
Class test administered by School 33

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework
Coursework will consist of a one hour test administered within the Department in week 8 of the Spring term.?(33%)

Examinations
One three hour paper comprising: exercises testing knowledge of word-forms, syntax, vocabulary, and translation skills??This will take place during the examination period in the Summer term. (67%)

Formative assessment methods:
There will be frequent tests and homework assignments on word-forms, vocabulary, syntactical constructions, and translation. These are regarded as formative only and will not contribute to the final assessment

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One three hour paper.

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August.
    Coursework will be resubmitted in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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