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ARCH3025 Dissertation

Module Overview

The dissertation is a key component of your degree; in it you have a chance to show the skills of planning, research, analysis, and communication you have learned during your course.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Provide you with the opportunity to complete and communicate a piece of original, independent research. • Encourage you to engage with source materials • Allow you to address the challenges of planning research and completing it within a set timeframe and word limit.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The place of the research project within wider debates.
  • The range and usefulness of source material for your topic
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Manage a self-contained research project, including meeting quality, time and outcome goals.
  • Assemble and critique material from heterogeneous sources including fieldwork, museum studies, laboratory work, documentary research, published outputs and so on as relevant.
  • Communicate research of dissertation scope effectively, including clarity of style and presentation, thoroughness, structure, and consistency.
  • Make an effective oral presentation to a non-specialist audience, and to answer related questions.
  • Chair a presentation.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop a specific research question and identify related aims and objectives.
  • Apply methods, theories and sources to address specific research aims.
  • Accept constructive criticism and ability to utilise it.
  • Structure and explain your own arguments carefully and clearly.
  • Demonstrate originality of thought.

Syllabus

The dissertation will include a maximum of 10,000 words of text, plus charts, tables, figures and other illustrations • It will also include the Research Design approved by your supervisor as an appendix. • Your dissertation may be accompanied by supporting materials (including experimental data, images, databases, sources consulted but not cited, and so on). The supporting materials do not contribute directly to the final mark but provide context to the dissertation content. It is your responsibility to provide any supporting materials in a way that makes them accessible to the markers, including documenting them appropriately. Objectives: • The Dissertation is primarily an extended exercise in evaluation • It is also an introduction to the formulation and implementation of an archaeological research project. University of Southampton 3 Module Profile date module name Template Approved by Senate – June 2013 • It provides an opportunity for you to pursue an interest in any area of archaeological investigation, provided that it can be supervised and supported within Archaeology.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Your dissertation will be supervised by a specified member of staff with whom you will arrange a series of supervisions to help guide your research. In addition, you will take part in an undergraduate symposium, presenting your research plan and initial results to staff and students in order to gain formative feedback.

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task224
Preparation for scheduled sessions21
Lecture2
Seminar3
Project supervision15
Follow-up work14
Wider reading or practice21
Total study time300

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The dissertation will include a maximum of 10,000 words of text, plus charts, tables, figures and other illustrations. You should also include the Research Design approved by your supervisor as an appendix. Your dissertation may be accompanied by supporting materials (including experimental data, images, databases, sources consulted but not cited, and so on). The supporting materials do not contribute directly to the final mark but provide context to the dissertation content. It is your responsibility to provide any supporting materials in a way that makes them accessible to the markers, including documenting them appropriately. The mode of final submission will be made clear by the module co-ordinator via blackboard, but will normally include an electronic copy of the text and supporting materials as well as two printed copies. Formative assessment includes feedback from your supervisor via tutorials, on fieldwork and in the lab, and on submitted documents and blog posts. The following provide rough suggested time allocations only, and will vary considerably depending on your topic: 1. Regular blog posts describing development of ideas and progress (21 hours) 2. Completion of ethics assessment (7 hours) 3. Writing project design (14 hours) 4. Writing progress report (14 hours) 5. Preparation and delivery of presentation at Third Year Symposium (14 hours) 6. Writing first draft (35 hours) 7. Other reading, writing and other research activities, feeding into the above and to the final summative submission (195 hours)

Formative

Presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (10000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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