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ME3906 - Normans, Natives and Norsemen: Scotland c.1050-1250

Academic year

2021 to 2022 (Semester 1)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 9

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

Evening Degree module

Planned timetable


This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module coordinator

Dr N D McGuigan

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

From c. 1050 to c.1250 the kingdom of Scotland obtained roughly its modern territorial form, in a process that was a pre-requisite for the durable identity that would preserve the nation not simply through the Wars of Independence but also through subsequent periods of Union. The module will be structured thematically, looking at cultural, economic and political developments. In the first section those themes investigated with a focus on the core of the kingdom between the Moray Firth and Firth of Forth. In the second section we shall work through select frontier zones (Galloway, the Isles, Orkney and Lothian).

Relationship to other modules


You cannot take this module if you take ME3305

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 0%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 100%

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have compiled/developed an indicative list of learning and teaching methods:
  • Written: Is included in this category any assessment done under exam conditions (exams during diets, class tests) that do not involve the use of practical skills.
  • Practical: Are included in this category oral assessment and presentation as well as practical skills assessed in situ (in a classroom or laboratory for instance). Performances in the performing arts context are also classed as practical assessment.
Further details can be found on the QAA website.


Coursework = 100%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 1.5 hour tutorial

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.