ARMSP2-Seminar Presentation

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

Module Convenor: Prof Grenville Astill


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

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
  • 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
•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

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

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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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