Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

ARA8290 : Research Themes, Theories and Skills in Archaeology II

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module will develop skills essential to the successful completion of archaeological research and initiating a career in the discipline.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only; week-by-week topics may be slightly different to the following:

• Lecture: Introduction to the MA Dissertation
• Workshop: preparing your Dissertation outline I
• Workshop: preparing your Dissertation outline II
• Workshop: Robinson Library Advanced library skills
• Workshop: Writing Conference papers, oral communication and academic networking
• Workshop: Producing Posters for conferences
• Workshop: Publishing in academic journals and writing books
• Workshop: Research and teaching careers and applying for academic jobs
Formative Assessment 10-minute Presentations (All MA students and academic staff to attend) (4 hours)
Semester 2, Week 11
Formative Assessment PGF Conference

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion251:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Library skills
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading251:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical41:004:00Student presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Tutorial
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study321:0032:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In Semester 2, Students will be assisted by formal sessions on ‘Advanced library skills’ (practical) and a ‘dissertation workshop: preparing your outline’ (small group teaching). These sessions will occur in weeks 2 and 3 after an initial introduction to the dissertation in week 1. They will each have to give a ten minute presentation on their outline submission. They would have already benefitted from an oral communication skills training session as part of ARA8390 in semester 1. A series of sessions will help to prepare students with various skills in academic research including networking, publishing work, and applying for jobs and careers. There will be training leading up to the Postgraduate Conference in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology which is designed to help with preparing for the MA Dissertation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M1002000 word dissertation proposal
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2M15 minute presentations to whole cohort with feedback from staff and peers.
Poster2MPoster based on Dissertation proposal to be submitted for PGF Conference
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation proposal will link to ARA8099 in Semester 3. It must be based on a clearly defined research question and an associated set of data of archaeological sources. A methodology will then be created for the analysis of the data/sources, and the proposal as a whole structured according to the AHRC headings for research project proposals.

The project proposal will assess your ability to plan a project using archaeological research methods. The project must be based on a clearly defined research question and an associated set of data or archaeological sources. A methodology will then be created for the analysis of the data/sources.

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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