CLAS 2038OL - Latin and Greek for Scientists

Online - Summer - 2019

Ever wanted to dig a little deeper into the background of scientific terminology? Perhaps wondered where the word 'oxygen' came from? This course aims to familiarise students with the ancient Greek and Latin origin of scientific words and phrases. No prior knowledge of either language is required, since we will start with acquiring basic vocabulary relevant for the purpose of decoding scientific terminology. Prerequisites are an open mind and a curiosity about the history of words. The focus is on how English scientific terms derive from classical languages. During the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century, the English vocabulary doubled in size due to the rediscovery of the classical past and to new scientific discoveries. A grasp of the original meaning of words contributes to a better understanding of the history of science and so of our modern world. This course, therefore, offers an insight into the cultural and intellectual background of scientific terminology. Students will engage with a range of topics which have been selected to maximise learning about the mechanisms and processes in word formation: parsing words, clustering terms, word formation, malformations and linguistic implications of the Scientific Revolution, the mechanisms of word formation and their impact. After taking this course, students will be able to recognise the parts and origin of the most common scientific terms, understand the mechanisms by which words may rise and fall, and have a broad understanding of the important relationship between words and their use in various intellectual and social contexts.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CLAS 2038OL
    Course Latin and Greek for Scientists
    Coordinating Unit Classics
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact 2 seminars (start/end of course), online lectures, discussion board, self-directed study
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Course Description Ever wanted to dig a little deeper into the background of scientific terminology? Perhaps wondered where the word 'oxygen' came from? This course aims to familiarise students with the ancient Greek and Latin origin of scientific words and phrases.

    No prior knowledge of either language is required, since we will start with acquiring basic vocabulary relevant for the purpose of decoding scientific terminology. Prerequisites are an open mind and a curiosity about the history of words. The focus is on how English scientific terms derive from classical languages. During the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century, the English vocabulary doubled in size due to the rediscovery of the classical past and to new scientific discoveries. A grasp of the original meaning of words contributes to a better understanding of the history of science and so of our modern world. This course, therefore, offers an insight into the cultural and intellectual background of scientific terminology.

    Students will engage with a range of topics which have been selected to maximise learning about the mechanisms and processes in word formation: parsing words, clustering terms, word formation, malformations and linguistic implications of the Scientific Revolution, the mechanisms of word formation and their impact.

    After taking this course, students will be able to recognise the parts and origin of the most common scientific terms, understand the mechanisms by which words may rise and fall, and have a broad understanding of the important relationship between words and their use in various intellectual and social contexts.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Han Baltussen

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to

    1 Analyse basic characteristics of Greek and Latin words, grammar and syntax
    2 Interpret the principles and mechanisms of word formations
    3 Identify the components of biomedical & scientific terms
    4 Demonstrate familiarity with the historical context of early modern word formations in science
    5 Demonstrate a broad understanding of the contributions made by Greek and Latin to the English language
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2,3,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    discussion board
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    (online learning)
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3,4,5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    (online learning)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Words and Ideas by William J. Dominik, (ISBN 9780865164857), available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide, see

    Course booklet (will be provided online)
    Online Learning
    Under Online Learning some additional resources will be posted here before and during the course for further learning and broader interest. Feel free to browse now and dip in every now and then (I will send out alerts when new content is added).

    * NASA and Latin

    * Online latin dictionary

    * Library Catalogue Adelaide University (advanced search)
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This is an online course (OL). All content will be posted and you are expected to do the readings, exercisese, tests and written assignments, and listen to the (mini)lectures and podcasts posted on the course website.

    These various modes of teaching require some self-discipline (reading), but teh exercises are intended to keep you on track and give you a sense of your progression through the course. Some tests are merely formative (not graded), others are graded so as to take stock of what you have understood and learned up to that point.

    For feedback and Q&A I will be available online (email, telephone) once a day for one hour (time slot to be confirmed).

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload for this course is broadly equivalent to a regular course, but differently distributed. In general terms (no two people are the same so reading speed is averaged) you should (approximations):

    STRUCTURED LEARNING

    • 2 hours reading per day (35 hours total)
    • 4 hours research per week (16 hours total)
    • 1 hour discussion board online per week (4 hours total)

    SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING

    • 2 hours reading per day (34 hours total)
    • short lecture/podcasts, 25-30 minutes each (8 hours total)
    • 2 hours research per day (30 hours total)
    • 4 exercises (formative =trial / summative = graded) (4 hours total)
    • 4 x 1 hour tests (one per week) (4 hours total)
    • 3 x 5 hours revision (15 hours total)
    • written assignment (paper) final week (6 hours)

    TOTAL 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Online participation (Discussion Board) formative/summative 10%
    800 word paper (history and etymology of one word) summative 10%
    exercises  (4, approx. 250 words each) summative 20%
    olnine tests (4x5%) (4x500words each) summative 20%
    1,500 word essay (choice of given topics) summative 40%
    N.B. The word values for the tests and exercises are meant to allow calculating the total word limit for the course.
    Assessment Detail

    online exercises summative/ formative 4x5% (20% total)
    online tests (4x500words) summative 4x5% (20% total)
    1,500 word essay summative 40%
    online discussion (4x250words) summative/ formative 4x5% (20% total)
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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