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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 1 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • B or above at A level in a foreign European language or its equivalent.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Russian Language 1A (RUSS1161). Not available to students following the European Studies programme.


  • To provide students with a sound basis in Russian grammar and to enable them to acquire a limited but practical range of vocabulary.
  • The intention is to begin to use the language actively at an early stage and to instil an awareness of its potential for expression.


  • The module is based on a published textbook and supplementary coursebook.
  • The different strands of the module are: a) grammar, b) texts, c) language workshop, d) exercises, e) oral, f) language laboratory.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
    • Students should be able to converse, write and read in Russian with some fluency, and will have covered the basics of Russian grammar by completing the majority of the units in the textbook, "Colloquial Russian".
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • In order that the students achieve competence in all the main language skills, a variety of methods will be employed: oral, translation, grammatical exercises, reading texts, language laboratory.
      • These methods will allow the students to become familiar with essential grammatical concepts and vocabulary and to use them in different learning contexts.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Practicals 22 6 per week 1 hour 132
      Preparation and Reading 268
      Total 400

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Examination 1 Component Weighting: 50%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Examination 1 3 hours 100%
      Component: Examination 2 Component Weighting: 37.5%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Examination 2 3 hours 100%
      Component: Oral Component Weighting: 12.5%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Oral examination 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Weekly written translations, grammar exercises, and preparation for oral classes.

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University