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Modules

Modules

ARA2101 : Artefacts (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to develop the skills in artefact identification that students have been introduced to in earlier modules. The study of artefacts is vital to archaeological interpretation. This module introduces the major artefact types (pottery, bone and metal objects) and examines how we classify and study objects. It goes on to explore how we can use artefacts to answer questions about site function, status and date.

Specific module aims:
1. To develop students' understanding of a range of artefacts and materials.
2. To foster an ability to comprehend and discuss technical and social aspects of ancient technology.
3. To develop students' skills in describing and processing archaeological finds to a professional standard.
4. To enhance students' ability to interpret finds assemblages within a wide archaeological context.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module develops the skills and knowledge that students have acquired in earlier modules. It examines specific groups of finds (metal work, ceramics, stone objects) in greater detail and focuses on how they should be described, identified, quantified and interpreted.

Students are introduced to what might be expected of them as finds specialists in the commercial archaeology sector. The pros and cons of splitting post-excavation analysis into assessment and publication are discussed and what might be required of a specialist commissioned to write such reports.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion651:0065:0040% OF GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading651:0065:0040% OF GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study341:0034:0020% OF GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

These teaching methods allow students to develop both their theoretical understanding and practical experience of handling objects. The assessment makes students think critically about the presentation of finds and their interpretation.
Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire; they stimulate
development of listening and note-taking skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902M10Artefact recognition test (unseen 1.5 hours)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M401750 word critique of an artefact report
Report2M502000 word report on artefact assemblage
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MStudents are required to undertake exercises in artefact identification and data manipulation.
Oral Presentation2MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

These forms of assessment will challenge students to apply the observational and critical skills that they have been introduced to in the course. The emphasis on using published finds reports and identifying / describing objects will test the students’ practical skills at artefact identification.

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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