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Postgraduate Course: Reading Old English (LASC11058)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLanguage Sciences Other subject areaNone
Course website Please use Learn Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course focuses on the acquisition of the skills necessary to work with Old English text, both in edited and in unedited form. It provides students with an opportunity to acquire a reading knowledge of Old English, together with a command of central aspects of its grammar. In addition, they will learn to transcribe passages from facsimiles of Old English manuscripts, and they will prepare a student edition of one such short passage.

The course will start by concentrating on the rapid acquisition of essential basic grammar, consolidated through exercises, and on the translation of short passages of simple Old English prose. Once the basics are in place, the level of difficulty and length of the passages will increase. Less central aspects of the grammar will be dealt with gradually, over the course of the semester. At this stage, we will also begin with work on transcribing and analysing Old English from facsimiles of manuscripts, which will alternate with the translation work using printed texts.

Feedback Events:
Students will on several occasions be offered the opportunity to hand in a particular exercise, which will be returned to them with corrections; they get one brief and informal test in class (which will be corrected, but not marked); they get an exam briefing; they get a briefing on what is expected in the assignment, plus a separate short briefing with the MSc students to explain the different requirements for the MSc version of the assignment; and a revision session shortly before the exam where (as well as dealing with any general questions) we go through any parts of the provided past exam paper that the students present want to go through.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 13, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 181 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Reading Old English (Msc)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
* read and translate unseen West Saxon prose with the aid of a glossary or dictionary
* analyse unseen Old English in terms of morphological and syntactic properties
* transcribe Old English from facsimiles of manuscripts
* make a student edition of part of a facsimile of an Old English manuscript
Assessment Information
Students will be assessed by means of a project (60%) and one 2 hour examination (40%).

Assignment Submission Deadline: Monday 16th December, 12 noon
Assignment Return Date: 21st January 2014

Exam: date to be scheduled
Exam Return Date: tbc, approximately 3 weeks after exam takes place
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Course organiserDr Linda Van Bergen
Tel: (0131 6)51 1998
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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