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Undergraduate Course: Latin 1A (LATI08007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 Student who have studied the language extensively in the past (GCSE, at least, or equivalent) should normally enrol in Latin 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.

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
Pre-requisitesApproval is required from the Classics Teaching Director.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  42
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 143 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
Six tutorial exercises, marked best of five (20%)
Written Assignment (20%)

Practical Exam:
Midterm assessment test in class (20%)

Written Exam:
Two hour exam (40%)
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)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. use a vocabulary of essential Latin words and phrases;
  2. show a good knowledge of basic Latin morphology;
  3. recognise and understand basic Latin syntax;
  4. understand and translate passages of Latin involving a range of essential vocabulary, grammar and syntax.
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 intending to study beginners' Latin must select the Elementary Latin course (course code: PGHC11086), not Latin 1A.
KeywordsLatin 1A
Course organiserDr Donncha O'Rourke
Tel: (0131 6)50 3771
Course secretaryMr Pete Bingham
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