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Cert (PC) GIS & Cultural Heritage

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

Cert (PC) GIS & Cultural Heritage

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

Postgraduate Certificate

Programme Code

GEO-PC-CG

UCAS Code

JACS Code

F840 (DESCR) 50

Criteria for Admissions

The programme will welcome applications from students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds such as geography, archaeology, history, architecture, planning, engineering the humanities broadly etc..
For a postgraduate (PG) Diploma or Certificate, applicants will normally be expected to have a high 2.2 Honours degree or relevant work experience.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

60

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 7

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

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Sam Turner

School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

No

Programme Specific Regulations

None

Students with protected characteristics

Students with significant disability issues (i.e., wheelchair users) may encounter some difficulty with field work activities where sites are unpaved

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The overall aim of the ‘Cultural Heritage and GIS Technologies’ PG Certificate programme is;

With a focus on cultural heritage, to demonstrate how geo-spatial technologies and techniques (including GIS, scanning and digitisation) can be applied to and play a central role in the recording, analysis, interpretation and management of cultural heritage and to provide students with a learning environment that supports the development of their intellectual and practical skills.

The integration of expertise from Archaeology, the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF), Geography and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA) will create a unique focussed programme in which students will be introduced to, and trained in the use of a variety of geo-spatial and digital recording technologies and experience their application to recording and analysis of cultural heritage.

The programme’s objectives are focussed on giving graduates the opportunity to:

Develop knowledge and understanding of ‘cultural heritage’ and breadth of its tangible representations;

Acquire knowledge of, and skills in the use of geo-spatial technologies.

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

Develop transferable skills in GIS qualitative, quantitative, textual and visual analysis.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Critically evaluate, interpret, synthesize and structure information from reports, academic literature, web-sourced content and/or fieldwork

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, practical exercises and fieldwork exercises

Methods of Assessment

Project reports 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

Lectures, seminars, practical exercises, in-situ and post-fieldwork exercises and placements

Methods of Assessment

Project reports 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, in-situ and post-fieldwork exercises

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Team working

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical exercises, fieldwork activities and post-fieldwork exercises

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Project planning, time management and self-guided study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical exercises, fieldwork and post-fieldwork exercises

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Ability to generate logical and structured arguments based on evidence

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical exercises and post-fieldwork exercises

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Effective oral presentations using visual aids

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Project related presentations

Methods of Assessment

Presentations

Coherent report writing and use of IT including graphic, cartographic geo-spatial (GIS) software

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical exercises and post-fieldwork exercises

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, 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 practical exercises and presentations

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Understand how to spatialize and visualise content

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, practicals and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

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 and presentations

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Develop a practical understanding of the use and significance of applying geo-spatial and associated technologies as research tools in the surveying, recording, analysis and interpretation of tangible representations of cultural heritage

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

Develop expertise in survey techniques and use of graphic and geo-spatial (GIS) software to present and communicate findings

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, field classes and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Project reports and presentations

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

7

30

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

7

30

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

GAP7502 has prerequisite - GAP7501
The duration of the certificate is 12 weeks. Students complete 2 modules in semester 1.