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Dip (PD) GIS & Cultural Heritage

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

Dip (PD) GIS & Cultural Heritage

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

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

GEO-PD-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 and the humanities broadly expressed.
For a postgraduate (PG) Diploma or Certificate, applicants will normally be expected to have a high 2.2 Honours degree (57%) or above, or equivalent recognised qualification in a relevant subject.

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

120

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 aims of the ‘Cultural Heritage and GIS (Geographical Information Systems)’ MSc programme are twofold;

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.

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 across a range of scales from excavated items, archaeological sites, paper records to historic buildings, monuments and the landscapes in which they are located.

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 ‘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 geo-spatial skills, students will also receive training in research project development and implementation. The programme specifically aims to give graduates the opportunity to:

Develop specialist knowledge and understanding of cultural heritage and the use of geo-spatial technologies and techniques in approaches to analysing and interpreting representations of cultural heritage and securing a record for the future;

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, fieldwork exercises, and placements

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, presentations and placement project

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, presentations, placement project, including specific occasions when formative feedback is provided by external heritage professionals

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 and placements

Methods of Assessment

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

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, presentations and placement project

Project planning, time management and self-guided study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical exercises, fieldwork, post-fieldwork exercises and placement project development

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, presentations and placement project

Ability to generate logical and structured arguments based on evidence

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical exercises, post-fieldwork exercises and placement project research

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, presentations and placement project

Effective oral presentations using visual aids

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Project related presentations and interaction with heritage professionals during the Professional Practice Placement

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, post-fieldwork exercises

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, presentations and placement project

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, presentations and placement project

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, presentations and placement project

Understand how to spatialize and visualise content

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, practicals and fieldwork

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, presentations and placement project

Undertake the development and implementation of an independent research project

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Placement project

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 placement project

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 placement project, 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:

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, presentations and placement project

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, presentations and placement project

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, presentations and placement 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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, presentations and placement project

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

20

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

7

20

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

7

20

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

7

30

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Each module requires the completion of all previous modules.