MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

ACADEMIC YEAR 60 CREDITS
AAP6895 WORK PLACEMENT IN LANDSCAPE ARCHAEOLOGY
CO-ORDINATOR: PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
OTHER TUTORS:

MODULE OUTLINE

The placement scheme is designed to allow students to work alongside practioners 'in the field', and to get consolidated hands on experience in a subject/technique of particular interest to them. Placements can be in any sphere of professional practice in landscape archaeology or management of the historic environment. Students will be expected to spend approximately 10 weeks on the placement. The assessment will have two elements: a short account of the placement, and a written project report resulting from an aspect of the work undertaken..


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • Give you direct experience of a professional working environment through a placement with an archaeological organisation or research project.
  • Raise your abilities to initiate and complete specialist archaeological fieldwork, analyses, or management of the historic environment to a professional standard.
  • Equip you with relevant time management and organisational skills.
  • Foster independent thinking, judgement and further research skills through a project report.
  • Prepare you for employment within professional archaeology.

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • Knowledge of the principles and organisation of professional archaeological practice in landscape archaeology or management of the historic environment.
  • An ability to undertake tasks, under supervision, to a professional standard as part of a team or independently.
  • An in-depth and critical understanding of the academic and professional context in which you are working.
  • An ability to write a detailed report on an aspect of the work undertaken to a professional standard and within guidelines appropriate to the content.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

  • Discuss placement ideas, submit draft letter and cv.
  • Receive feedback, confirm placement, discuss placement objectives.
  • Meeting during placements, submit sample section of report.
  • Feedback on placement report.

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 4
Work placement 400
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 196

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Reflection 20% 1500 words
Report 80% 7000 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.”