Course Number: Grk 201
Course Title: INTRODUCTION TO GREEK
Term: FALL 2015

Instructor

John Hornyak

EMAIL: jhornyak@holyapostles.edu

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

Introduction to Biblical Greek will emphasize basic grammar and Vocabulary drawn from philosophic and biblical Greek texts. The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the Greek language and a working Vocabulary of words and terms used in the Koine dialect. This course is a prerequisite for Grk 202.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will demonstrate an ability to read, understand and write basic Greek texts. In particular students will demonstrate:

3. COURSE SCHEDULE

Week 1: Introduction to the Greek Language

Week 2: Learning Greek

Week 3: The Alphabet and Pronunciation

Week 4: Punctuation and Syllabification

Week 5: Introduction to English Nouns

Week 6: Nominative and Accusative; Definite article

Week 7: Genitive and Dative-Midterm Exam for MA Students

Week 8: Prepositions and ειμι

Week 9: Adjectives

Week 10: Third Declension

Week 11: First and Second Person Personal Pronouns

Week 12: αυτοσ

Week 13: Demonstrative Pronouns/Adjectives

Week 14: Relative Pronoun

Week 15: Final Exam

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

  Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar by William D. Mounce Hardcover $32.48

  Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook by William D. Mounce Paperback $16.27

6. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

7. EVALUATION

BA students will be graded on their weekly drills and translation exercises. These must be provided in written form for the English and Greek. The Latin must also be recorded in a common format such as mp3. MA students will in addition have two further more extended exercises as mid-term and final exams. Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59 and below

The workbook exercises will be counted as the primary assessment for BA students and 60% of the grade for MA students. For translations into English students will be graded on the accuracy of their translation into English (95%) and the style of English (i.e. does the translation read like English or like a translation of Latin) (5%). For translations into Greek, the accuracy and correctness of the translation will count for 95% of the mark and the pronunciation of the Greek (5%).

Hence translations into Greek must be recorded as well as written. Any student using a set translation of standard texts rather than providing their own translation will be given a mark of 0 for the exercise. A repeat of the offense may lead to an investigation for academic dishonesty (see below).


8. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

9. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required to be in class 3 hours a week and prepare for class discussions 4.5 hours a week. Expect to devote at least 7 quality hours a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

NB: An Incomplete may only be awarded to a student who has maintained a passing grade up to the point of the emergency.  Incomplete grades will change to a grade of F unless the requirements stipulated on the incomplete form are met by the date listed.

10. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Mr. John Hornyak first studied Greek, Latin, and German at Bishop’s Latin School, a Jesuit-run diocesan seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. He majored in Classical Linguistics (Greek and Sanskrit) and Philosophy at Duquesne University, after which he pursued the MA in Philosophy. Through the years he has earned an MA in Science and Math Education, MA in Instructional Design for Online Learning, is ABD in his studies for the PhD in Education (interrupted by severe health issues), MS in Organizational Leadership and Management, and is currently pursuing the Bioethics track in the MA in Theology program at Holy Apostles. Mr. Hornyak is the father of six children, and lives on 1 ½ acres in Middletown, MD, where is an avid gardener and a lifelong learner. He has worked in curriculum and Instructional Design for the NASA Classroom of the future, served as Director of Distance Learning at Wheeling Jesuit University, Instructional Designer at several universities, including Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. He may be contacted at: jhornyak@holyapostles.edu