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ARA8236 : Independent Study Project in Archaeology

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Eric Tourigny
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


A 10-credit module for MA Archaeology students that is designed to allow deep analysis of a subject/topic chosen initially by the student and then developed in consultation with an appropriate supervisor.

The module aims to provide an opportunity to investigate selected problem/problems (including
the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography).

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus content will depend on what topic the student chooses.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion461:0046:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading251:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Introduction Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision50:302:30N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study251:0025:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Tutorials provide in-depth feedback and offer an opportunity for some one-to-one discussion.
In the tutorial(s) the student may discuss possible topics and receive advice about them and their suitability and obtain some feedback.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A100One essay of 2,000 words, including notes but excluding bibliography
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will develop advanced experience in a particular area, which may have been identified as a training need. Students will be able to develop more tailor-made research opportunities for their taught MA programme prior to the dissertation.

This might be relevant for stronger students going on to PhD study for whom in-depth training is needed in a specific subject area beyond those offered within the taught MA modules and where a 4000 word project will provide additional foundation, prior to undertaking further research on a different area in the dissertation.

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

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. Where an exam is present, an alternative form of assessment will be set and where coursework is present, an alternative deadline will be set. Details of the alternative assessment will be provided by the module leader.

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