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Modules

Modules

ARA1030 : The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In this module we will study the archaeology of Britain from the beginning of the Roman period to the 20th century. Through lectures we will survey the nature and interpretation of the monuments and material culture of Roman Britain, the early middle ages, the later middle ages, and the post-medieval period. Lectures will also be used to help students improve their writing skills (grammar, style, presentation, structure, referencing) and develop a clear understanding of best practice in the preparation and presentation of written work at degree level. Through seminars we will investigate selected topics and themes in greater depth.

The aims of this module are therefore to:
• introduce the Roman, early medieval, late medieval and post-medieval archaeology of Britain
• introduce the interpretation of the historical periods through landscapes, monuments and material culture
• improve and enhance student writing skills

Outline Of Syllabus

The archaeology of Roman Britain
The early middle ages: Anglo-Saxons, Britons and Vikings
The later middle ages: from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation
Post-medieval and modern archaeology: industry and consumption

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion721:0072:0045% of guided independent studies
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture341:0034:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading721:0072:0045% of guided independent studies
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:0010% of guided independent studies
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The period-based lectures provide basic information and overviews. The writing skills lectures furnish students with key skills required to produce degree level written work. Six small-group tutorials (on aspects of the four main syllabus areas) will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion and analysis based around students’ prepared presentations.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An essay and an unseen examination will test written communication skills and students' ability to relate their knowledge to some of the main themes in the archaeology of historic periods in Britain.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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