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ARCH2028 Advanced Methods of Archaeological Analysis

Module Overview

No-one is born a researcher, but the skills to successfully run a project - from its design, through its implementation, to the final reporting stage - can be easily learned. In this module you will be guided through the research process as it is often encountered in archaeology. You will be introduced to research planning, the use of illustrations and graphic presentation, the collection of archaeological data, core statistical and computational analyses, effective communication, ethics and risk assessment, project management, and the publication process. The aim is to equip you with the skills necessary to produce your final year dissertation and undertake any future research projects

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Underpin the research/independent learning carried out for other modules • Assist in the production of all illustrated, text-based assignments and presentations • Provide a platform for developing the dissertation project and the successful completion of the dissertation itself.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Key principles of archaeological research design
  • Effective information retrieval from a variety of sources
  • A range of computer-assisted tasks in data management, analysis, illustration and interpretation.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design research queries effectively
  • Critique published archaeological work
  • Analyse quantitative data using simple statistics
  • Write well structured, illustrated and correctly referenced work
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Produce efficient and productive independent research
  • Search for information from libraries, archives and electronic databases
  • Effectively read and takes notes from key literature
  • Improve the style and structure of your written work
  • Use a range of software for data management, analysis, illustration and interpretation
  • Prepare and deliver presentations
  • Work effectively in groups.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Obtain specialised archaeological information from libraries, archives and subject-specific databases.

Syllabus

This module is designed to underpin the research carried out for other units and to assist the production of all illustrated, text-based assignments and presentations. These skills provide a platform for developing the dissertation project and the successful completion of the dissertation itself.

Special Features

You should be fully familiar with the PDP documentation on the CD which was issued to you at the beginning of your first year. It will be the your responsibility to identify subject-specific literature relevant to your group projects.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Workshop sessions, which will include elements of lecture, seminar, group meetings and discussion/interactive learning. • Computing practicals. Learning activities include • Essay and report writing • Supervised and collaborative development of group project • Simple computer-based analyses.

TypeHours
Independent Study114
Practical classes and workshops36
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Fisher, A (2001). Critical Thinking: An Introduction. 

Denscombe, M. (2003). The Good Research Guide. 

Creme, P. and Lea, M.R. (1997). Writing at University: A Guide for Students. 

Blaxter, L., Hughes, C. and Tight, M. (2001). How To Research. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback • Workshop format will provide opportunities for informal feedback • Group search will facilitate informal peer feedback.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Literature and data search 50%
Project design 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CodeModule
ARCH1005Archaeological Methods for Fieldwork and Analysis
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