ARMSP2-Seminar Presentation

Module Provider: Archaeology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Grenville Astill

Email: g.g.astill@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module develops key skills in oral presentation and construction of cogent well-focused argument to specialist and non-specialist audience of staff and students on a topic of the student's choice, with supervision and guidance

Aims:
This module aims to develop key skills in oral presentation and construction of cogent well-focused argument to specialist and non-specialist audience of staff and students on a topic of the students choice, with supervision and guidance.

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

  • to plan and deliver a cogent and well-structured oral presentation on research
issues and material to an interdisciplinary group of staff and students
  • to demonstrate depth of knowledge, critical reasoning and well-focused
argument
  • to develop oral presentation skills and use of visual aids
  • to lead discussion and raise key points for debate and provide accurate
responses to questions
  • to ask penetrating questions and engage in critical and constructive debate

Additional outcomes:
In addition, students will learn key skills in knowledge dissemination and transfer and in working as a group.

Outline content:
Students will present a seminar paper for group discussion 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
•Bioarchaeology
•Geoarchaeology
•Environmental and experimental archaeology
•Micromorphology
•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:
Palaeolithic
Mesolithic
Neolithic
Bronze Age
Iron Age
Classical
Roman
Medieval
Post-Medieval.

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 through tutorials, an oral presentation and discussion in a group MA seminar in the Summer Term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 3 5
Tutorials 1
Guided independent study 91
       
Total hours by term 4.00 96.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
100% coursework - 1 assessed oral presentation 90%; seminar performance 10%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Resubmission of coursework by 1st September, but it cannot carry forward more than a pass mark.
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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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