MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-2018


SPRING SEMESTER 20 CREDITS



AAP234 ARCHAEOLOGY MATTERS



CO-ORDINATOR: TBA
OTHER TUTORS: KEVIN KUYKENDALL, COLIN MERRONY


MODULE OUTLINE

Archaeology Matters enables students to develop their research skills and their understanding of the cultural and professional context of archaeology. Students will work on a research project studying the historic environment of a given area of Sheffield. They will work collaboratively with peers, academic staff, professional archaeologists and members of the community. The students will build on their understanding of the research process and further develop their skills in observation and interpretation of archaeological evidence. They will gain new skills in planning a research project, the application of advanced techniques in organising and analysing data, and the presentation of results in a public setting.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

• Develop students’ capability to plan, implement and present the results of archaeological research while working as part of a team in a collaborative project.
• Develop students’ skills in acquiring, using and critically evaluating information from a variety of sources, including material, textual and digital evidence.
• Develop students’ abilities in applying analytical techniques, including statistical methods, and interpret different kinds of archaeological data as a means of establishing an understanding of historical processes.
• Introduce the cultural, ethical and professional contexts of archaeological research and managing the historic environment
• Introduce the value of heritage in defining the diversity of living communities, and an appreciation of the cultural relevance of the past.
• Develop students’ abilities to communicate the results of a programme of archaeological research to peers and to professional and public audiences.
• Develop student’s abilities to reflect on the development of personal skills and knowledge as a part of the research process.


MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate:
• Plan, implement and present the results of an archaeological research project as part of a team.
• Acquire, use and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources, including material, textual and digital evidence.
• Perform, describe and evaluate the use of analytical techniques to interpret different kinds of archaeological data as a means of establishing an understanding of historical processes.
• Discuss the cultural, ethical and professional contexts of archaeological research and managing the historic environment.
• Discuss the value of heritage in defining the diversity of living communities, and an appreciation of the cultural relevance of the past.
• Present the results of a programme of archaeological research in reports and an exhibition.
• Reflect on the development of personal skills and knowledge as a part of the research process.


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type Hours
Lectures 6
Seminars 1
Workshops 24
Exhibition 3
Independent/Group Study (including preparation for assessments) 166


ASSESSMENT

Method % of marks Length / words
Project Report 55%
Group Project Design 25%
Group Exhibition/Poster 20%


EXAMPLE LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES

  • Archaeology Matters
  • Working Together
  • Research Design
  • Introduction to the ‘Historic Environment’
  • Working with communities
  • Digital sources and maps
  • Introduction to HERs
  • Archives & library visit
  • Sheffield’s Geography and History
  • Project design review
  • Sheffield’s Geography and History
  • Working with audio and video
  • Data presentation and statistics
  • Archives and data standards
  • Poster preparation
  • Poster exhibition
  • Project evaluation review