MODULE DESCRIPTION 2018-19

SPRING SEMESTER 15 CREDITS
AAP641 RESEARCH DESIGN: PLANNING, EXECUTION AND PRESENTATION
CO-ORDINATOR: MAUREEN CARROLL
OTHER TUTORS: CAROLINE JACKSON, PROGRAMME DIRECTORS

MODULE OUTLINE

This module provides students with the advanced understanding they need to design an effective research project, that addresses a question relevant to current debate in archaeology, and in particular to plan a successful MA/MSc dissertation. It comprises six group seminar sessions and three seminars in which students from different courses are streamed to be taught subject-specific material by experts in the field. The module culminates in a research day during which students present their dissertation plans to their peers and staff assessors. Assessment is in two parts: a succinct powerpoint presentation of dissertation proposal and outline; and a grant proposal..


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • critically evaluate research questions and proposals in terms of their intrinsic interest and feasibility for investigation
  • draw up an effective and realistic research design to address questions relevant to current debate in archaeology
  • communicate their research plans coherently to a sympathetic audience
  • plan a successful dissertation.

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • identified a dissertation topic addressing a question relevant to current debate in archaeology
  • identified how a question about past human behaviour or conceptions may be translated into data and variables retrievable archaeologically
  • sketched out a viable approach and methodology for tackling their chosen topic
  • where appropriate, resolved how available data should be sampled
  • formed a provisional view of the likely outcomes of the planned investigation
  • ascertained that this topic can realistically be addressed within the constraints of time and other resources, imposed by a Masters degree, and of available information
  • delivered a powerpoint presentation of their research plans to an audience of their peers and relevant staff

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

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

  • Defining an important question: from research context to research question
  • Writing and critiquing grant applications
  • Research Presentation Day


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Seminars:
MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology 12
Material Culture and related programmes 15
All MA programmes 10.5
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments):
MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology 138
Material Culture and related programmes 135
All MA programmes 139.5

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Dissertation proposal and outline 70% 2000 words
Presentation of dissertation proposal and outline 30% 5 minutes