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Undergraduate Course: Latin 1A (LATI08007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces absolute beginners to the morphology and syntax of Classical Latin.
Course description This course covers the first sections of a standard syllabus in morphology and syntax (typically Wheelock's Latin, Chapters 1-24) and is intended for those with no experience in the language at all; it is not available to those with any prior knowledge of the language. It is a fast-paced course, allowing students to cover a large amount of material in the eleven weeks of teaching; tutorials begin in the fourth week and supplement the material covered in the lectures. Lectures are interactive, with students often working in groups and taking part in translation of unadapted Latin (inscriptions) from week 1.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Latin 1C (LATI08009)
Other requirements Students who have prior knowledge of the language should go into the advanced beginners' courses (1C and 1D). The Course Organiser will be responsible for assessing the students' language competence at the start of the course to ensure they are in the right course. If in doubt PTs should contact the Course Organiser in advance of registering students for the course.

Postgraduate students, please note that there is a dedicated postgraduate course for students who wish to take beginners Latin. Please enrol on Elementary Latin (PG) 1 - PGHC11086
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  44
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 144 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment consists of six tutorial exercises (20%) and one midterm assessment test (20%), taken under timed conditions in week 6.
A final written examination counts for the remaining 60%; the emphasis is on translation from Latin to English.
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework; in the case of tutorial exercises, this will be within days of handing in the work. There is further scope for discussion of feedback with the Course Organiser, Lecturers, Instructors or Tutors in lectures, tutorials, office hours, or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Latin 1A2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Latin 1A2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework (including quizzes, tutorial exercises and midterm exam) and examination as required, that they have a good understanding of the essentials of Latin grammar and syntax;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework (including quizzes, tutorial exercises and midterm exam) and examination as required, basic skills in translating and understanding Latin literary texts;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework (including quizzes, tutorial exercises and midterm exam) and examination as required, a sense of the common Latin roots of the Romance languages;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework (including quizzes, tutorial exercises and midterm exam) and examination as required, the ability to apply these skills to deepen their understanding of the ancient world.
Reading List
Wheelock's Latin, Frederic M. Wheelock, revised Richard A LaFleur (7th edition, revised): HarperResource (HarperCollins), 2011

Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary, ed. James Morwood (3rd, revised edition): Oxford UP, 2005
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Please note that graduate students need to take/audit the Elementary Latin course (course code: PGHC11086), not Latin 1A.
KeywordsLatin 1A
Course organiserDr Sandra Bingham
Tel: (0131 6)50 6689
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783
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