ARMRES1-Research Paper 1

Module Provider: Archaeology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Grenville Astill


Summary module description:
This module enables students to develop key research skills and in-depth knowledge and understanding of a specific topic through writing a research report on a subject of their choice, with supervision and guidance from researchers in the field.

• to deepen knowledge and understanding of a chosen topic in Archaeology
• to enable discussion of research issues with practising researchers, and to
develop critical awareness of current research
• to develop key research skills in preparation for doctoral research or
professional employment

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able:

• to discuss the nature and significance of substantive and conceptual issues at
the forefront of research in the particular topic
• to evaluate the nature and quality of archaeological data and the competing
methodological and theoretical approaches to key issues in the subject area of
the essay and to develop critiques of them
• to locate, extract, and assemble data and information from varied sources, with
initiative and minimal guidance
• to take a creative approach to key issues and to develop independent
interpretations of material through self-directed research
• to synthesise wide-ranging material and to articulate arguments effectively and
clearly in writing an assessed essay and orally in tutorials

Additional outcomes:
This module also aims to develop independent problem-solving skills in evaluating complex and incomplete interdisciplinary data, which may be archaeological, textual and/or scientific. Tutorial discussions, critical reviews and the development of an individual essay topic encourage independent learning, as well as communication skills and personal responsibility.

Outline content:
Students must write a 5,000 word essay on a topic in Archaeology, which may include one or more themes from the following:

•Environment and landscapes
•Social complexity
•Historic settlement, urban and rural
•Religious landscapes
•Gender, the body and material culture
•Diaspora and colonization
•Human-animal-environment relationships
•Environmental and experimental archaeology
•Ancient Diet
•Material culture
•Building archaeology
•Archaeological geophysics
•Forensic archaeology, anthropology and palynology
•Environmental radioactivity, dating and climate change

Topics can be selected from a wide range of regions including for example: Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Mediterranean, Near East and the Americas, and early and later prehistoric and historical periods, including:

Bronze Age
Iron Age
Classical Roman

Selection and supervision of a topic is dependent on staff availability and discussion with the Module Convenor and MRes Programme Director.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching and learning is primarily by means of regular tutorials and supervision, supplemented by classes according to student interest and staff availability.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 15
Guided independent study 185
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
One essay of 5,000 words (20 credits)

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of coursework by 1st September, but it cannot carry forward more than a pass mark.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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