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ARA8031 : Research Methods in Archaeology (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module will introduce the diverse range of subject-specific skills essential to the successful completion of archaeological research and initiating a career in the discipline. For this reason, it is compulsory for all MLitt and MPhil students and for those PhD students in their first and second year of study. Some of the module’s lectures are offered to all new postgraduate research students, others to either Masters or first year PhD students. The module also provides training to second year PhD students. Some of the lectures are compulsory, reflecting their central importance to archaeological research, while others are optional, reflecting their more specialised content.

The aims of this module are:
•to develop an awareness of the subject-specific skills, issues and themes essential to archaeological research
•to develop an ability to employ oral, written and graphic forms of archaeological presentation
•to provide an introduction to the careers available to the trained researcher in archaeology

Original Summary:

Outline Of Syllabus

Studying material culture and museum collections
Employing regional and national archives in the UK
Introduction to using GIS in archaeological research
Using databases in archaeology
Who is afraid of statistics?
Using radiocarbon dates and Ox Cal
Introduction to using tables and illustrations
Writing conference papers, oral communication and academic networking
Ethics in archaeological research
Publishing in academic journals and writing books
Dissertation research strategies and methodologies
Research and teaching careers and applying for academic jobs
Careers in archaeology, museums and heritage

Teaching Methods

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Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The project and linked tutorial will assess your knowledge and understanding of some of the key archaeological research methods and skills discussed during in the module. The project must be based on a clearly defined research question and an associated set of data or archaeological sources, both of which must relate to the main themes of the student’s MLitt. A methodology will then be created for the analysis of the data/sources, putting into practice at least two of the following skills: critical analysis of published sources; studying collections of material culture; using regional and/or national archives; employing the www for research; using GIS in research; databases and/or statistics in archaeology; and employing radiocarbon dates. The results of the analysis will be fully presented in the project and in a 10 minute tutorial. The tutorial is not assessed although feedback will be provided by other students and the module leader.

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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