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HI552F: PALAEOGRAPHY II (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course provides a more detailed follow-up to the issues of professional skills identified in Palaeography I, with an increasing focus on the particular needs of the individual students.  Reading and transcription-skills continue to be developed.   Script-recognition and professional evaluation of the evidence of script are taught, as are relevant aspects of the history of the book and of the various physical forms of documentary record.  Assessment is by in-course tests and by a final essay arising from practical project-work with documentary manuscript sources in the Aberdeen City Archives.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor David Dumville

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • HI501D Palaeography I (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

1) Practical work with prescription specimens with weekly homework exercises. 2) Practical work with manuscripts held by Aberdeen University Library, with a physical description to be written. 3) Study of script-history

Further Information & Notes

Available only to students at level 5

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

one two-hour written exam (50%) continuous assessment (50%) consisting of weekly transcription exercises (25%) and physical description of an MS (25%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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