HIST11037 - Ancient & Medieval Civilisations: An Introduction

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Ancient & Medieval Civilisations: An Introduction provides an overview of world history to 1400CE. It examines the first civilisations and rise of empires to 500CE and new patterns of civilisation between 500 and 1400CE. Areas of study include the Ancient Middle East, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, the Islamic world, Byzantium, Africa, Japan, Korea, Meso-America and Europe to the Late Middle Ages. Students will be introduced to the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of each civilisation and the historical interactions between them. As an introductory level offering, the unit also introduces students to a preliminary understanding of the problems of historical evidence and emphasises both discipline-specific and generic skills. Students will require computer and internet access to complete some assessment for this unit. Together with the optional sequel, The Modern World Emerges: An Historical Overview, Ancient and Medieval Civilisations provides a firm foundation for more specialised history studies offered at CQU.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.61% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluations, supported by student emails.
Students in the 2017 offering of this unit commented positively about the quality of materials presented; a friendly Moodle site; detailed essay feedback; On-campus workshop notes in Moodle for Distance students; weekly online quizzes; and unit coordator support with academic and other student problems.
Continue with present structure and presentation for this unit, together with essay feedback and student support.
Action Taken
Unit structure and presentation were continued.
Source: Unit evaluations.
The main criticism centred around the coverage of the weekly topics and that they were not in-depth enough.
While this is a valid feedback item, this is a first year survey unit, with an emphasis on a broad, introductory approach. More in-depth history studies follow in second and third year.
Action Taken
A broad approach, characteristic of introductory survey history units, was maintained,
Source: Student evaluations in Moodle.
Perhaps more interaction between the Unit Coordinator and students on the online forum would lead to better learning outcomes.
Consideration will be given to introducing more structured voluntary interaction on the Moodle Q&A Forum.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the political, economic, social and cultural history of major world civilisations and their interactions from pre-history to 1400CE (AD1400).
  2. demonstrate an unprejudiced understanding of the differing worldviews of these civilisations and an acceptance of others' informed opinions.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the key historical problems of the period and be able to present evidence-backed solutions to these problems.
  4. demonstrate the following skills: i. the ability to explain the significance of historical events and processes relevant to the period; ii. the ability to critique historical interpretations and their applications to contemporary global issues; iii. the ability to understand and use the principle that ethical action and social responsibility are inherent in the study of history and its interpretations; iv. the ability to locate, retrieve, organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence from both primary and secondary sources; v. the ability to develop and communicate cogent historical argument and knowledge in written and oral forms, employment the required referencing methods where necessary; vi. the ability to be self-directed and self-disciplined, and to show initiative.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)