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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: Portuguese 1 (ELCH08012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis is an intensive course of tuition in spoken and written Portuguese for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language. The course will run for four hours a week throughout the year. Different points of grammar will be covered on a weekly basis in a grammar lecture and these will be reinforced in spoken and written language classes. In Semester 1 the fourth hour will be dedicated to reading, listening and video comprehension exercises. In Semester 2, students will study appropriate literary texts.

The course is open to students of any year and from other programmes, but priority will be given to students who have Portuguese as a named component in their degree. The number of students admitted is strictly limited to 30. A great deal of private study is necessary to meet the requirements of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Textbooks costing approximately 35
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  32
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 43, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 302 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course the students will be able to use all of the main grammatical constructions of Modern European Portuguese, converse in Portuguese on a variety of everyday subjects, read proficiently and accurately in Portuguese and write an essay in Portuguese with a clear and well developed argument, making use of some complex forms.
Students will also have a sound basic understanding of the geographical extent, historical development and cultural diversity of the Portuguese-speaking world.
Additionally, the course will allow students to develop their ability as linguists, through a greater understanding of the structure of language, and improve their communication skills, in particular both oral and written presentation skills.
Assessment Information
As well as regular non-assessed written exercises, assessed coursework will consist of two oral presentations, two listening comprehensions, a written exrcise, two class tests, and an essay (in English) on a literary topic.

All language exercises will be marked out of 100. The marks for these assessments will make up 40% of the total year assessment. The remaining 60% will be decided by the May Degree Examinations (Oral examination, 20%; Language component of examination, 20%; literature component, 20%).
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsDELC Portuguese 1
Course organiserDr Charlotte Hammond Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)50 3631
Course secretaryMrs Fiona Scanlon
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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