Type of exam
Written and oral
How learning is assessed
All students have to pass a written test, intended to check their comprehension of the basics of Roman history, from the origins to Late Antiquity. The test will focus on the contents of the manual (nr. 1 in the reading list) and include multiple-choice questions, open-ended questions requiring short answers (2-3 lines) and one or two requiring long answers (10-20 lines). The questions will deal with important events and characters or more complex topics. The students will be asked to address the latter with a short analysis and a comment.
The Erasmus students will be allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.
Passing the written test is mandatory to get access to the oral exam, which will focus on the topics discussed in the class and volume nr. 2 (p. 173-375) OR volume nr. 3 (p. 71-314).
Working or non-attending students are asked to contact the teacher to arrange an individual program. Even so, the program will include the full reading of the manual (nr. 1) and one of the volumes nr. 2 and nr. 3. In any case, before the oral exam, both the working and the non-attending students are expected to pass the written test.
The evaluation will be expressed in 30/30: the achievement of both a critical vision on the topics and the mastery of the specific vocabulary of Roman History will be evaluated with marks of excellence (29-30 with distinction). A mnemonic knowledge of the subject and the use of a correct language, even if not always appropriate, will lead to discrete evaluations (25-28). Minimal knowledge of the topics and inappropriate vocabulary will lead to sufficient or just sufficient marks (18-24). Finally, in the case of serious gaps, the result of the test will be considered unsuccessful.