MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

SPRING SEMESTER 30 CREDITS
AAP6142 LANDSCAPE SURVEY PROJECT
CO-ORDINATOR: BOB JOHNSTON
OTHER TUTORS: COLIN MERRONY, PAUL JOHNSON

MODULE OUTLINE

This module offers advanced field and lab training in aerial mapping, measured and geophysical survey, including the use of total station and GPS instruments. The module is taught through a seven-day field course on a ‘live’ research project.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • Introduce advanced techniques in archaeological survey and situate them in the context of the archaeological process.
  • Enable students to gain practical proficiency in interpreting and mapping aerial photographs, and measured and geophysical survey, including the use of total station and GPS instruments.
  • Enable students to formulate and complete a project of limited scope that applies mapping and survey techniques to addressing a specific research or management problem.
  • Foster students’ skills in presenting archaeological methodological statements, results and interpretation during practicals and in written reports.

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the sources of data and methods of analysis involved in landscape survey.
  • Formulate and accurately undertake a methodology that addresses a tightly defined research or management problem.
  • Deliver a coherent project report, meeting current industry standards in format and presentation.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

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

  • Introduction to project
  • Reconstructing the environment
  • Survey strategies and techniques
  • Aerial mapping
  • Field course desk-based prep, Easter field course, debrief.
  • Problem solving workshop

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures 10
Practical sessions 5
Field work 49
Supervised group work 7
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 229

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Project report 100% 5000 words