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MSci Archaeology

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MSci Archaeology

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master in Science

Programme Code

ARL-MSCI

UCAS Code

V403

JACS Code

V400 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

The general University and School conditions of entry must be satisfied. Entrance requirements for this course are:

• A-level

AAB + GCSE Mathematics grade C

• Irish Leaving Certificate

H2H2H2H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.

Plus minimum 60% final aggregate grade at end of Level 3 for entry into Level 4

For current general University and specific entry requirements for this pathway go to www.qub.ac.uk/ado/

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Undergraduate Master

Length of Programme

4 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Natural and Built Environment

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 4

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Archaeology (2014)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Roger Doonan (Levels 1-3)

University of Sheffield

Professor Sam Turner (Level 4)

School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Exit route: BSc Hons after first 3 years.

Students with protected characteristics

Physical disability may be a barrier to certain students (i.e. wheelchair users) from participating in some fieldwork activities.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No
Fitness to Practise programmes are those which permit students to enter a profession which is itself subject to Fitness to Practise rules

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The first three years of the MSci follow the educational aims of the BA Archaeology or BSc Archaeology and Palaeoecology programmes. On completion of these three years the student will be able to:

• Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the scope and key intellectual issues within the disciplines of archaeology and/or palaeoecology, and in-depth knowledge of selected specialist areas within the disciplines.

• Demonstrate key transferable skills, for example field survey and recording, site sampling, laboratory etiquette and practice, data handling and analytical skills.

• Demonstrate knowledge of and specialist experience in the archaeology of Ireland from prehistory to the present, complemented by understanding of the global scope of the discipline and specialist knowledge of selected other regions.

• Show awareness of the varied social, economic and environmental parameters underpinning past cultural change. Have an understanding of the role of palaeoecological research for informing our understanding of current climate and environmental change issues.

• Display an appreciation of the character and role of archaeological sites and landscapes in the present, including ethical and legal considerations and the relevance of public engagement.

• Demonstrate qualification in and key skills for lifelong learning and career development, including independent research abilities, team work, written and oral expression.

The extended undergraduate (Year 4) MSci Archaeology’s pathway in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and Cultural Heritage has been facilitated by the research and teaching strengths within the School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology and responds to the need for trained workers in this sector expressed in the broadest of terms, be it cultural or natural heritage or associated fields.

The overall aims of the programme are twofold;

1. To demonstrate how GIS technologies (including scanning and digitisation) can be applied to and play a central role in the recording, analysis, interpretation and management of heritage artefacts across a range of scales from excavated items, archaeological sites, paper records to historic buildings, monuments and the landscapes in which they are located.

2. To provide a learning environment that supports students in the development of their intellectual and practical skills through the study and interpretation of cultural heritage artefacts, their historic societal significance and relationship with the landscape and the wider environment in the past and the present-day.

The integration of expertise from Archaeology/Palaeoecology, the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF), Geography and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA) will create a unique ‘cultural heritage’ focussed programme in which students will experience ‘heritage’ in its widest context and will have the opportunity to practice the use a wide range of digital technologies and explore the conceptual issues associated with their application

In addition to providing students with the opportunity to acquire and apply GIS skills, students will also receive training in research project development and implementation providing a preparation for those students interested in furthering their career in academia through research at doctoral level. The programme specifically aims to give graduates the opportunity to:

• Develop specialist knowledge and understanding of ‘cultural heritage’ and the use of GIS technologies in approaches to analysing and interpreting representations of cultural heritage and securing a record of artefacts, for the future;

• Develop critical, reflexive thinking and appreciation of the philosophies that underpin analysis, interpretation and conservation;

• Develop research skills as preparation for doctoral research in a range of disciplines in the humanities and heritage sciences;

• Develop skills in qualitative, quantitative, textual and visual analysis

• Undertake a substantial piece of research in the field of Cultural Heritage.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate an ability to analyse concepts and ideas

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, exams

Present well-developed arguments in written and oral form

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, tutorials, seminars, oral and poster presentations

Methods of Assessment

Essays, reports, oral and poster Presentations, Tutorial assignments, Seminar assignments, exams

Select, design and execute a programme of primary research, including data acquisition, analysis, interpretation, and communication

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Project design, dissertation and independent project

Methods of Assessment

Term essays, dissertations, individual projects, project reports

Display critical awareness of a range of key terms, concepts, approaches, techniques and debates in archaeological and palaeoecological method, theory and science

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Directed reading, tutorials, seminars, oral and poster presentations

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, class tests, exams

Critically evaluate, interpret and structure evidence whether from reports, academic literature, web-sourced content, or fieldwork

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars, practical exercises, fieldwork exercises, oral and poster presentations and placements

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, social media and presentations

Formulate informed and evidence-based academic arguments based on results obtained during practicals, fieldwork and group and individual study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars, practical exercises, fieldwork exercises, and placements

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, social media and presentations

Plan, construct, and present the results of exercises in a coherent, balanced and logical format

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars, practical exercises, fieldwork exercises, and placements

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, social media, and presentations

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Use computer and information technology (such as internet and email use, word processing, spreadsheets, computer-based mapping, graphing and image processing)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practicals, provision of online resources

Methods of Assessment

Practicals, field and lab reports, dissertation, individual project, essays, presentations

Access library/museum/archive and World Wide Web resources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Introduction to library services in Induction week, training sessions in use of online resources, practicals

Methods of Assessment

Appropriate uses of resources expected in all continuous assessment

Undertake independent study, research and problem-solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research Design training, one-to-one guidance on dissertation and independent project research

Methods of Assessment

Report and dissertation writing, essays, presentations, practicals

Participate in and reflect on collaborative group-/team-work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Fieldwork, tutorials, seminars, practicals

Methods of Assessment

Practicals, oral and poster presentations

Time management

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Completion of practicals on time, oral presentations, coursework deadlines

Methods of Assessment

Practicals, oral presentations, all continuous assessments, dissertation and independent project

Team work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical exercises, fieldwork, post-fieldwork exercises

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Project Planning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical exercises, fieldwork, post-fieldwork exercises and dissertation work

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, social media, and presentations

Ability to generate logical and structured arguments based on evidence

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical exercises, post-fieldwork exercises and dissertation work.

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, social media, and presentations

Effective oral presentations using visual aids

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Presentations

Methods of Assessment

Presentations

Coherent report writing and use of IT including graphic, cartographic and GIS software

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical exercises, post-fieldwork exercises

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and social media

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Display knowledge of the nature, relationships, context, development and contemporary practice of archaeology and/or palaeoecology as disciplines and as professions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, field teaching, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework, dissertation

Display knowledge and critical awareness of primary archaeological data and their archaeological contexts (including landscapes, sites and monuments, artefacts and ecofacts)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals, field teaching, supervised research, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework, dissertation

Display knowledge and critical awareness of primary palaeoecological data and their relevance (including past landscape, ecosystem and climate reconstructions)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals, field teaching, supervised research, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework, dissertation

Display knowledge, both comparative and specialised, of selected archaeological periods (prehistoric through contemporary), regions (Britain & Ireland, Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Africa) and research themes (e.g. human evolution, the development of complex societies, cultural change through time and space, human-environment relationships)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, field teaching, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework, dissertation

Display knowledge of a range of key terms, concepts, approaches, techniques and debates in archaeological and palaeoecological method, theory and science

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals, field teaching, supervised research, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework, dissertation

Appreciate the legal policy and ethical frameworks for research and professional practice in archaeology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Coursework

Show an awareness of the wider public interest in archaeology and the public benefit of archaeology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, field teaching

Methods of Assessment

Coursework

Show an awareness of the contribution of palaeoecological studies to current debates on climate and environmental change

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, field teaching

Methods of Assessment

Coursework

Understand the principles and methods by which various types of content are acquired and analysed

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Fieldwork exercises and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Collate and interrogate data from primary and secondary sources and construct academic narratives in both oral and written formats

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Post-fieldwork practicals and presentations

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Understand how to spatialise and visualise content

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars, practicals and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, social media, and presentations

Undertake the development and implementation of an independent research project

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Placement project, individual report and dissertation

Understand the importance of Health, Safety and Welfare issues associated with laboratory and fieldwork and responsibility for team members

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports

Demonstrate understanding of the legal and ethical issues of working with cultural heritage artefacts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and dissertation, including specific occasions when formative feedback is provided by external heritage professionals

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate direct experience and competence in a range of core practical and interpretative skills, to an advanced level, involving the recording and analysis of archaeological and environmental evidence

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, dissertation, lab and field notebooks

Conduct research on archaeological sites and monuments (e.g. SMR, library, archives) and/or environmental habitats (e.g. bogs, lakes) or data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, field teaching, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, dissertation, individual project

Demonstrate field skills (e.g. surveying, excavation, site sampling, coring, recording, safety)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, field teaching, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Assessed fieldwork, practicals

Demonstrate an awareness of post-fieldwork processes (e.g. artefacts and materials research, human and animal bone research, illustration, sampling, data analysis, data presentation)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals

Methods of Assessment

Coursework

Develop a practical understanding of the use and significance of applying GIS and associated technologies as research tools in the surveying, recording, analysis and interpretation of cultural heritage

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, presentations, individual project

Develop expertise in site survey techniques and use of graphic and GIS software to present and communicate findings

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, presentations, individual project

Understand and interpret the landscape context for cultural heritage artefacts and their role in reflecting the societal mores of the time

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, field classes and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, presentations, individual project

Assess the relevance and quality of a substantial range of literatures and primary and secondary information sources and apply this knowledge to the analysis of the issues facing the preservation and long-term resilience of cultural heritage artefacts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, presentations, individual project

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Europe in Prehistory

GAP1008

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Barbarians, Vikings and Traders: The Archaeology of Historic Europe

GAP1010

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

30%

40%

Ancient Humans and Landscapes

GAP1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Environmental Change: past, present and future

GAP1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

70%

0%

Archaeological Excavation

GAP2039

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Ireland in Prehistory

GAP2041

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Thinking through Things Theorizing Global Archaeology

GAP2043

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

From St Patrick to the Plantation: The Archaeology of Historic Ireland

GAP2045

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Archaeology/Palaeoecology Dissertation

GAP3056

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Rome: Ancient City, Modern Heritage

GAP2049

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Introduction To World Archaeology

GAP1013

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Palaeoenvironmental Techniques

GAP2051

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Independent Project

GAP3069

3

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Archaeology of Human Evolution

GAP3072

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Volcanoes: environmental and societal impacts

GAP3080

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Palaeolithic Pioneers: Adaptation & Colonization in Global Perspective

GAP3082

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

55%

45%

0%

Archaeological Excavation

GAP1014

1

20

YES

16 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Landscapes and Geographical Information (GIS)

GGY2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Maps and Mapping - From the Stone Age to the Digital Age

GGY2053

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing as Decision Support

GGY3086

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Archaeology in Practice

GAP2057

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Early Medieval Europe: archaeologies of kingship, religion, and society

GAP3085

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Human Osteoarchaeology: Life and Death in the Past

GAP3086

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

35%

30%

Notes