MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

ACADEMIC YEAR 60 CREDITS
AAP6882 DISSERTATION IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIALS
CO-ORDINATOR: PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
OTHER TUTORS:

MODULE OUTLINE

This module requires students to plan, execute and write up an original research project. This dissertation project is chosen with, and approved by, the Course Director and the specialist who will act as dissertion supervisor. Dissertation topics must be based on original research and on the students' own ideas: they must be worthwhile, affordable, manageable within time limits, be capable of supervision within the Department and related to the subject matter on the appropriate degree programme.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • To provide training and experience in the execution and reporting upon a piece of original archaeological research
  • To provide an understanding in the use and citation or written and electronic sources of information
  • Where appropriate to provide experience in handling archaeological data from field and/or laboratory and/or museum

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • competent in handling archaeological material.
  • competent in the collection, analysis, presentation and synthesis of archaeological data.
  • experienced consumers and critical assessors of the archaeological literature.
  • able to choose an appropriate analytical method to enable a successful outcome to a research project.
  • able to write a dissertation of publication standard.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

The preparation for the dissertation takes place over two semesters. An initial meeting in Semester 1 will take place to discuss dissertation ideas and to assign a suitable dissertation supervisor. Building upon and developing this idea takes place in Semester 2. This module is taken in conjunction with another module, where research design, discussion on presentation and bibliography, analytical methods and written submission of a feasibility study are embedded in the course. The practical and preparative elements of the course take place through Semester 2 and into Semester 3 when the dissertation is written. A chapter is submitted to the dissertation supervisor early in Semester 3 and feedback given. Supervision meetings and laboratory sessions are held between the dissertation supervisor and the student throughout the project.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS ACQUIRED

  • Ability to formulate, plan and undertake original research
  • Ability to synthesise and summarise substantial amounts of data
  • Ability to produce extended argument in written form
  • Ability to document and illustrate written argument
  • Planning and organisation of a large project
  • Critical analysis

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Tutorials and Lab training 30 hours
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 570 hours

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Dissertation 100% 15000 words

This module is exempt from the expectation set out in General Regulations relating to intellectual property which states, “A student undertaking undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes of study shall be the owner of the Student Intellectual Property created by that student”. If a student works on a project designed by or in collaboration with, or on data generated by or in collaboration with, a member of staff or a third party, a written agreement on ownership of intellectual property must be signed and lodged with the Department. Otherwise, any intellectual property generated will be owned by the student.”