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ARA8234 : Landscape Archaeology: Theory and Practice (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims:
• To provide students with an in-depth understanding and critical awareness of the key themes in landscape archaeology
• To provide students with an in-depth understanding and competence in the key methodologies of landscape research, analysis and management

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will address key approaches for landscape archaeology research, including digital and lab-based methods.
Teaching will be delivered through a combination of seminars, practicals and labs:
• Methods and sources for landscape archaeology
• Palaeoenvironmental and geoarchaeological analysis
• Modelling landscapes and integrating landscape survey
• Managing landscape archaeology and heritage
An integral part of the course will also be fieldtrips aimed at fostering key skills in analysing (i)
Multi-period Landscapes, and (ii) Geomorphology and Soils

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion611:0061:0037.5% of Guided Independent Study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading621:0062:0037.5% of Guided Independent Study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00Practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork26:0012:00Fieldtrip for training in practical skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Essay Preparation and Reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:0025% of Guided Independent Study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Seminars will provide advanced knowledge and critical understanding of themes through presentation and in-depth discussion of detailed case-studies.
2. Practicals will provide training and an in-depth understanding of key methodologies of landscape research.
3. Tutorial to provide specialist guidance on preparation of assessed work.
4. Private study to provide in-depth understanding through background reading, preparation of seminar presentations, identification/collation/analysis of information for assessments.
5. Field-trips will enable students to gain a fuller understanding of the nature of landscape, as well as training in practical skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M301500 words
Essay2A702500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Practical/Lab work will test students’ competence in practical skills, as well as the ability to analyse data gained through fieldwork and practical exercises in the lab.

Essays will assess ability to analyse data and published interpretations critically and display mastery of a complex and specialised area of knowledge, advanced skills relating to key themes in landscape archaeology, and data for a particular case study landscape. Students will conduct research using methods and techniques taught through seminars and practicals. Essays will be assessed according to established MA criteria in the degree programme handbook.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, and develops key skills in critical argument, 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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