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									Certificate of Higher Education Courses 2012-13
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Course code and name:        1169E (LYA7) Ancient Egyptian archaeology: people and places 1A

Credits and level:           10 credits at level 1

Course tutor:                 Angela McDonald MA MPhil DPhil

This course focuses on the material culture of both lived and funerary spaces in ancient Egypt.
Students will be introduced to the main issues governing the theory and practice of Egyptian
archaeology to provide background for more specific case studies of sites from the Old Kingdom to
the end of the New Kingdom. You will study a broad range of sites both within and on the borders of
the Egyptian world - from villages and quarry sites to necropoleis like Saqqara and the Theban West
Bank. You will also learn about the key figures in Egyptian archaeology of the past. Time permitting,
the course will include a museum study day, which will let students see for themselves issues
involved in the inventory, storage, conservation, and display of excavated material.

Intended learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
 discuss the main theoretical issues in Egyptian archaeology, and the effect they have had (and
   continue to have) on the practice of archaeology, including how they have affected key
   archaeologists of the past
 discuss the opinions they have formed on the issues surrounding the treatment of excavated
   material in museum contexts
 interpret and analyse material evidence from ancient Egypt, from broader settlement patterns
   across time to the specifics of particular sites
 compare and contrast the lived and funerary domains.

What will I be expected to do to complete the course successfully?
You will be expected to attend the 11 two hourly meetings, held on Wednesdays from 2.00pm –
4.00pm, from 19th September 2012.

Course assessment
Assessment is by two case studies during the semester (one on an archaeologist in week six, and
one of a particular site in week ten) and an exam at the end of the semester.

  1    Essay 1         30% Due Date        Week 6
  2    Essay 2         30% Due Date        Week 10
  3    Final Exam      40% 90 Mins         Exam expected to be in week starting 10 December 2012
Students are required to complete at least 75% of the course assessment. Students who successfully
complete this course and its assessment will be able to use the credit to contribute towards the
University’s Certificate of Higher Education.

The course is designed for students who want to undertake assessment to gain credit to use either as
part of the Certificate of Higher Education, or another higher education qualification (see the brochure
for more information on this). Students who choose not to undertake all or some of the assessment
are welcome to attend, but should be aware that assessment forms a key part of the course.

Course reading:
The following are useful but not essential:
Kathryn A. Bard (2007) An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt.

Kevin Greene (2002) Archaeology: An Introduction [and online supplements].

How much will the course cost? What concessions are available?
The full fee for the course is £107 inclusive of tuition and membership of the University Library.
Those in receipt of income support, family credit, housing benefit or whose family’s sole income is
based on a contributory state benefit (such as unemployment benefit) may be eligible for a complete
fee waiver. You will be asked to fill out a fee waiver application and supply evidence of your status.
See the website at:
Please contact Laureen Sykes at 0141 330 1859, or via email at if you
have any queries.
If you are on a low income, you may qualify for the Scottish Government’s Individual Learning
Accounts scheme, which can be used as part-payment for all Certificate of Higher Education (and
language) courses. For more details, and to open an account, please telephone 0808 100 1090, or
see their website Note that you must have set up your ILA before you can
enrol on a course, and before the course start date.
Further guidance
If you would like to discuss your educational options, please arrange to speak with the Centre for
Open Studies Guidance Officer, Irene Vezza. Irene can be contacted at 0141 330 1823 or via email at
Note for undergraduate students
Please be aware that these classes may be rather different in style to the classes you are used to in
the full-time University programme. The classes are typically small and mostly consist of part-time and
mature students. Traditionally they are discussion-based classes rather than lectures, in which
students are encouraged to contribute their own observations and questions under the guidance of
the tutor. Undergraduate students are nonetheless very welcome to join.
Note for visually impaired students
This course information sheet can be provided in larger type (please telephone 0141 330 1835 to
request it). The information it contains can also be found on the web: navigate from
Additional support for students
We welcome applications from students with particular study needs. In conjunction with the
University's Disability Service, we will provide suitable help and support for students wherever
practicable. Please let us know about your situation so that we can do all we can to help. You can
take the opportunity to advise us of your requirements when you submit your enrolment form to us,
but later notification is also invited. A first point of contact is our disability coordinator Irene Vezza
(0141 330 1823 or

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