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The Roman Empire

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: A340
  • Level: 3

Student reviews

If you want to know about Rome and the Romans and their Empire then this course will give you all the information. I cannot fault the topics covered - Rome itself, the military, fall of the Empire, Constantine, administration of the Empire, etc - there was no part of the content that I did not enjoy.

But - like any Level 3 course there is a lot to read and many people on the course who commented on the Facebook page that they set up found the constant chopping and changing from working from a text book to having to go online to complete activities very time consuming and it made the first two Blocks of the course feel rather bitty. That said, there was less online work in Blocks 3 and 4.

I cannot fault the content but I did not like how this course was presented. Be prepared to need constant access to a computer to do this course - having a shared family laptop made life hard for me.

Jane Elizabeth Bernhardt

Course starting: October 2015

Review posted: October 2016

If you wish to know about the Roman empire, take this course. If you dig archaeology, sign-up for this module, now. This is one of the best modules ever produced by the OU. The Roman empire combines history, archaeology and historiography into one neat and tidy package which will take a student on a journey from Rome's mythical far flung past, right up until the Roman empire's moribund and beyond, completing the circuit with Rome's reception. A340 also covers the way in which Roman archaeology has been studied in the past, containing current trends of scholarship. At the time of writing, A340 is right up to date. This module is superb.

With a strong emphasis on archaeology, A340 does not dismiss primary source analysis, on the contrary it combines evidence from inscriptions (coins, tombstones, etc. - epigraphy) to wall-sections, pottery remains and radio-carbon (C-14) dating. It is at the forefront of web based technology with an outstanding digital map. A340 is the a great module for a broader understanding of the Roman empire.

Maxwell Lewis Latham

Course starting: October 2015

Review posted: September 2016

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Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the October 2016 presentation of A340. The survey was carried out in 2017.

171 students (a response rate of 45.8%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.

% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 80.4 135
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 79.4 135
The module provided good value for money 62.8 103
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 83.9 141
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 72.8 123
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 91.2 155
I would recommend this module to other students 72.6 122
The module met my expectations 75.7 128
I enjoyed studying this module 79.3 134
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 75.7 128
Faculty comment: "The module team is pleased that the responses compare favourably with those of the 2015 respondents, matching, or largely exceeding, those satisfaction rates. Other than criticisms of group tuition policy, negative comments were similar to those made by the 2015 students, and action to address these issues has already been taken for 2017. We revised the assessment strategy to reduce workload towards the end of the module; made a video explaining the purpose and value of independent study; and revised the module website with the aim of enabling easier navigation, to support students with differing study habits, and enable students to return to activities more easily."
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