MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

AUTUMN SEMESTER

15 CREDITS

AAP6097 GIS FOR ARCHAEOLOGISTS
CO-ORDINATOR: GIANNA AYALA
OTHER TUTORS: PAUL JOHNSON

MODULE OUTLINE

Introduce the principles, methods and data structures employed in the analysis and reconstruction of archaeological landscapes using spatial technologies. Provide hands-on training in the application of ArcGIS in archaeological research and professional practice. Enable students to develop skills in interpretation and problem-solving using GIS. Develop students’ critical understanding of how spatial technologies are used in archaeological research.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • Introduce the principles, methods and data structures employed in the analysis and reconstruction of archaeological landscapes using spatial technologies.
  • Provide hands-on training in the application of ArcGIS in archaeological research and professional practice.
  • Enable students to develop skills in interpretation and problem-solving using GIS.
  • Develop students’ critical understanding of how spatial technologies are used in archaeological research.

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Explain the principles, methods and data structures employed in the analysis and reconstruction of archaeological landscapes using spatial technologies.
  • Integrate different types of spatial data using ArcGIS, undertake basic analysis and interpretation of the data, and produce maps to a professional standard.
  • Solve a research question using GIS and digital spatial data.
  • Critically evaluate the application of spatial technologies to archaeological research questions.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES

Our lectures/seminars are highly participative and taught by leaders in their field.

  • GIS in archaeology: an introduction
  • Google MyMaps and Google Earth
  • Data Structures & Introduction to ArcGIS
  • Introduction to Vector
  • Mobile GIS and Introduction to raster analysis
  • Making maps
  • Presenting maps
  • Experiencing landscapes

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Seminar 2
Laboratory Sessions 20
Field Work 3
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 125

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Project Design Formative 500 words
Project Report 100% 3000 words