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Module

CAC2001 : Researching the Classics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Creese
  • Lecturer: Dr Claire Stocks, Professor Jakob Wisse
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module is designed both as a ‘training module’ to prepare students for independent study and research on aspects of the classical world, and as an opportunity to be introduced to, and to read and study for themselves, some key literary texts from the classical Greek and Roman world which they may not otherwise have the opportunity to study in depth within the taught syllabus.

This module aims to:
• Provide training for students in the skills necessary for undertaking independent study/research in Classical literature and culture, particularly as required for the Stage 3 compulsory (Q810) or optional (Q800, Y001) dissertation/special study Classics modules;
• Introduce students to, and give them the opportunity to study, a range of key literary texts from the classical world.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module involves studying a selection of texts from classical Greek and Latin literature with a view to developing skills associated with independent study and research. Lectures and Structured Guided Learning Activities (SGLA) will use the texts to focus on skills and approaches. A series of written assignments will allow students to practise the skills that they have learnt.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Semester 2 ONLY
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials141:0014:00SEM 1 Only
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading411:0041:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice401:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:002x online synchronous workshops in SEM 1 and 2x PtP workshops in SEM 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Synchronous online drop in sessions in SEM 1 Only
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study471:0047:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures/SGLA hours will introduce the texts to be studied, some of the research problems they involve, and possible lines of approach to these; and they introduce and demonstrate a range of the most important skills for independent study and research. Workshops provide the students with the opportunity to practise one or more of those skills on the texts. Drop-in sessions provide additional support in preparing for assessments. In private study, students apply the skills introduced to further research on and analysis of the texts for themselves. Students will receive guidance in directed research and reading.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50written assessment (2000 words)
Essay2M30Essay (1,500 words)
Written exercise2M20written assignment (1,200 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students submit written assignments on their set texts, requiring them to apply cumulatively the relevant research skills taught in each semester. This enables them gradually to develop and hone the requisite skills while applying them to specific classical texts.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances

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