Postgraduate

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Modules

ARA8025 : Graduate Seminar in Roman and Early Medieval Finds Analysis

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This course provides students with the opportunity to undertake supervised study of artefacts, including objects from some of Europe’s finest collections of classical antiquities in the Great North Museum. Students are able to select individual pieces from the collections for detailed study and receive individual supervision in preparing a report on the objects they chose.

The aim of this course is to provide students with an advanced knowledge of artefact evaluation and detailed artefact report preparation.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Roman coins
2. Byzantine coins
3. Copper - Alloy
4. Iron
5. Stone
6. Glass
7. Bone and Horn
8. Methods and theory

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion841:0084:0050% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading401:0040:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching40:302:00Individual Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00Fieldtrip and seminar to a local museum
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:0025% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The course requires students to handle artefacts and study them in depth under supervision. They gain practical experience and an in-depth theoretical understanding of the study of artefacts through lectures and 'hands-on' practical sessions.

Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills. Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50Artefact recognition test (unseen) (1.5 hours)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M502,000 word report on an artefact or assemblage in the museum collections
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MN/A
Oral Presentation1MN/A
Written Examination1MIn class tests
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be expected to identify and comment on 15 artefacts. The student is required to select an artefact or assemblage for detailed study. The study is to include illustrative material as well as a maximum text of 2,000 words. The form of any re-sit shall be determined by the Board of Examiners. The test is designed to balance the detailed study of artefacts covered in the remaining half of the module. The report requires students to engage directly with material held in the University collections (or, exceptionally, artefacts from other sites) and to relate that evidence to its context. It therefore ensures that students gain both a high level of familiarity with artefacts and the ability to assess them in a broader context.

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.

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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