Full details of criteria for awarding marks and classes are provided on the departmental website (https://www.tcd.ie/Germanic_Studies/language-resources/).
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is an academic credit system based on the estimated student workload required to achieve the objectives of a module or programme of study. It is designed to enable academic recognition for periods of study, to facilitate student mobility and credit accumulation and transfer. The ECTS is the recommended credit system for higher education in Ireland and across the European Higher Education Area. The ECTS weighting for a module is a measure of the student input or workload required for that module, based on factors such as the number of contact hours, the number and length of written or verbally presented assessment exercises, class preparation and private study time, laboratory classes, examinations, clinical attendance, professional training placements, and so on as appropriate. There is no intrinsic relationship between the credit volume of a module and its level of difficulty. The European norm for full-time study over one academic year is 60 credits. The Trinity academic year is 40 weeks from the start of Michaelmas Term to the end of the annual examination period 1 ECTS credit represents 20-25 hours estimated student input, so a 10-credit module will be designed to require 200-250 hours of student input including class contact time and assessments. ECTS credits are awarded to a student only upon successful completion of the course year. Progression from one year to the next is determined by the course regulations. Students who fail a year of their course will not obtain credit for that year even if they have passed certain component courses. Exceptions to this rule are one-year and part-year visiting students, who are awarded credit for individual modules successfully completed. Developing Study Skills
To keep on top of your work you need to develop good study skills. As part of your undergraduate study, we will be helping you to develop important soft or transferable skills such as planning, time management and multi-tasking so that you can manage your learning more effectively. These skills are life-skills and are as critical for study as they are for the world of work. When you are planning your study time, try to remember that for every hour of class, you should be doing at least two to three hours of private study (see ECTS and also the study skills document at https://www.tcd.ie/Germanic_Studies/language-resources/).
The department operates a peer tutoring system for JF students. More senior students advise and help Junior Freshmen to get to grips with coursework and private study.
The department runs a careers blog ‘GradLink online’, which enables SF, JS and SS students to contact and chat with graduates of the department, who are working in Ireland and abroad and can share their experiences of looking for that first job and pursuing a particular career path. Details will be provided at the annual Germanic Studies GradLink Evening and Careers Fair, which will be held in November 2012. At this event you can meet and chat to graduates of the department. Watch the departmental notice boards for more information on the venue and time.
Besides the books required for specific modules, you will need to obtain appropriate reference works to support your language learning. You should own at least one dictionary and grammar of German. We recommend Langenscheidts Grosswörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache and a bilingual dictionary such as The Collins German Dictionary. The recommended grammar is: Durrell, M. et al: Essential German Grammar (London: Arnold), 2002. You will need to buy this and bring it to all of your language classes. In later years, you should buy the latest revised edition of: Durrell, M., Hammer’s German Grammar (London: Arnold).
Bilingual business German dictionaries are available in the Library.
Language Fluency [10 credits] MANDATORY which includes:
GR1000 German language (3 hrs class, 1 hr private study, all year)
JF Spoken German (1 hr per week all year)
GR1015 German Business and Area Studies [10 credits] MANDATORY which includes:
German Area Studies (1hr per week all year, plus optional tutorial)
German Business Studies (2 hrs per week all year)
GR1011 Introduction to German Literature [10 Credits] OPTIONAL
1 hour per week all year + 1 hour per week tutorial all year)
GR1000, German Language (10 ECTS credits) Mandatory
This module aims to consolidate existing written, oral and aural German language skills and to encourage the further development of communicative and cultural competence.
The module develops grammatical structures through systematic revision of basic structures; text comprehension as well as written, oral and aural skills in the L2 with a focus on syntactic analysis; and production of a range of both written and oral/aural text types including descriptive and narrative texts and written expression of opinion (Leserbrief). Students improve their speaking skills by talking about different aspects of German life and people.
Students take an assessment test at the beginning of Michaelmas term.
3-hour end-of-year written examination (comprising comprehension, composition and grammar) [60 marks]
10-minute end-of-year oral examination. Students are expected to read and answer questions on a short text and/or advertisement and to converse with the examiners about themselves, their course, plans and so on. The material used in the oral examination also draws on the JF Spoken German classes. [10 marks]
1-hour end-of-year aural examination (comprising dictation and tape-work) [10marks]
In-Class Test, Wk 1, HT (20 marks)
All students must do weekly on-line tests and complete weekly homework.
The end-of-year written examination must be passed; other failed components may be compensated at the discretion of the examiners as long as the overall numerical mark is 40 or above.
STUDENTS CANNOT RISE WITH THEIR YEAR UNLESS THEY PASS THIS MODULE.
Students complete an evaluation form at the end of the module.