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BA Archaeology with Spanish

Academic Year 2019/20

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Programme Title BA Archaeology with Spanish Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Arts
Programme Code ARL-BA-SPA UCAS Code V4R4 HECoS Code 100299
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 4 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 480
Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Natural and Built Environment

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Archaeology (2014)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

For purposes of degree classification, the Archaeology with Spanish degree is to be classified as per the following formula: Stage 1 - 10%, Stage 2 - 20%, Year Abroad - 10%, Stage 3 - 60%.

Programme Specific Regulations

Unless exempted by the Head of School on the basis of prior learning or exceptional personal/medical circumstances, students will be required to complete a year-long period of residence in a Spanish-speaking country between Stage 2 and Stage 4, and during this study abroad period complete no less than 120 CATS points worth of Archaeology modules taught in the target language.

Students with protected characteristics

No barriers to access or progression

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the scope and key intellectual issues within the discipline of Archaeology, and in-depth knowledge of selected specialist areas within that discipline

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

demonstrate broad knowledge of and specialist expertise 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

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 Spanish language competence to the point of oral fluency and reliable, accurate and versatile written expression, particularly appropriate to archaeological discourse

demonstrate knowledge of the cultures and societies in which Spanish is spoken, and thereby to foster a lifelong interest in the language and in the Spanish-speaking world.

communicate effectively in a specialist context in both English and Spanish, in appreciation of the difference in Anglophone and Hispanophone intellectual traditions.

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

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information; and be familiar with appropriate means of identifying, finding, retrieving, sorting and exchanging information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, tutorials, seminars, oral and poster presentations

Methods of Assessment

Essays, dissertations, independent projects

Analyse concepts and ideas, and have the capacity to consider and solve problems, including complex problems to which there is no single solution

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 with clarity and fluency

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 under time-managed conditions and within word limits

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Project design, dissertation and independent project

Methods of Assessment

Term essays, dissertations, independent projects

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Directed reading, tutorials, seminars, oral and poster presentations

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, class tests, exams

Assess and appraise differing views on significant areas of academic debate

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Directed reading, tutorials, seminars, coursework

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertations, independent projects, exams

Exercise critical judgment on the basis of varied and problematic evidence and according to the persuasiveness of the arguments or the reliability of the evidence used

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, tutorials, seminars, oral and poster presentations

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertations, independent projects, exams

Synthesise ideas and develop arguments in Spanish, drawing from a range of diverse sources, as well as the ability to use appropriate methods of research and critical concepts specific to linguistic, cultural, literary, film/visual culture and language-based studies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Language classes, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, compulsory year abroad on the Erasmus programme, studying at one of QUB’s Hispanophone partner universities

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework assignments, class tests, exams, individual and group presentations

Reflect on their own learning and seek and make use of constructive feedback

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, tutorials and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework

Recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of study, which requires critical and reflective use of information and information technology in the learning process

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, tutorials and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertations, independent projects

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, dissertations, 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

Work effectively and creatively both independently and in a team setting

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Fieldwork, tutorials, seminars, practicals, research design training, one-to-one guidance on dissertation and independent project research

Methods of Assessment

Report and dissertation writing, essays, presentations, practical assignments

Manage time efficiently, work under pressure and to deadlines

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

Take notes and summarise accurately and effectively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations, seminar discussions

Present ideas and arguments orally in both formal and informal contexts; and the capacity to sustain a reasoned line of argument in the face of others, to listen, engage in sustained debate, and amend views as necessary in the light of evidence of argument

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations, seminar discussions

Understand the role and use of feedback in assessing and improving performance; and respond constructively to criticism

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors

Methods of Assessment

Written feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment

Reflect on intellectual and professional priorities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Engagement with Personal Tutors and Careers Liaison Officers

Methods of Assessment

Not formally assessed, but each student is allocated a Personal Tutor in Level 1 and meets with him/her throughout the duration of the degree programme

Understand and actively engage with a different intellectual culture

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, compulsory year abroad on the Erasmus programme, studying at one of QUB’s Hispanophone partner institutions

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework; for their year abroad, students are enroled on and are assessed through the international partner institution’s undergraduate programme

Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, adaptability and intercultural awareness

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, compulsory year abroad on the Erasmus programme, studying at one of QUB’s Hispanophone partner universities

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework; for their year abroad, students are enroled on and are assessed through the international partner institution’s undergraduate programme

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 as a discipline and as a profession

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 sources and their contexts (including landscapes, sites, monuments and artefacts)

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 method, theory and practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

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

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework, dissertation

Demonstrate an awareness of continuity and change over an extended period of time

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, exams

Appreciate the role of Archaeology in society and the varied ways in which it can be presented to a non-academic audience

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertation

Display detailed knowledge, through the integrated language component, of oral and written forms of Spanish, an understanding of the linguistic registers, structures and varieties of Spanish, as appropriate for specialist purposes

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Language classes, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, compulsory year abroad on the Erasmus programme, studying at one of QUB’s Hispanophone partner universities

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework assignments, class tests, exams, individual and group presentations

Display knowledge of central features of Hispanophone cultures (institutions, discourses, literature, film and visual culture, linguistics, historical background and culture), and their interaction/interdependence as well as an understanding of how Hispanophone cultures use language to express, communicate and develop their identity and interests

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, language classes, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, compulsory year abroad on the Erasmus programme, studying at one of QUB’s Hispanophone partner universities

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework assignments, class tests, exams, individual and group presentations

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 primary archaeological evidence

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, dissertation, lab and field notebooks

Conduct research on archaeological sites, monuments (e.g. SMR, library, archives) and museum collections

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, field teaching, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, dissertation

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

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, dissertation, lab notebooks

Demonstrate an appreciation of 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

Essays, coursework

Communicate effectively in both Spanish and English, specifically in archaeological academic or professional contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Language classes, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, compulsory year abroad on the Erasmus programme, studying at one of QUB’s Hispanophone partner universities

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework assignments, class tests, exams, individual and group presentations

Demonstrate a high level of understanding of oral and written forms of Spanish, the ability to deploy an appropriate range of vocabulary, structures and registers, as well as the ability to describe and analyse main grammatical features of Spanish and draw on a wide variety of resources to refine and improve their knowledge and understanding of Spanish.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Language classes, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, compulsory year abroad on the Erasmus programme, studying at one of QUB’s Hispanophone partner universities

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework assignments, class tests, exams, individual and group presentations

Show knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language, the ability to understand, evaluate and analyse texts, images and ideas from and about Spanish-speaking countries

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Language classes, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, compulsory year abroad on the Erasmus programme, studying at one of QUB’s Hispanophone partner universities

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework assignments, class tests, exams, individual and group presentations

Show familiarity with bibliographic convention and the ability to research, reference and present written work according to the requirements of the subject area

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials, seminars, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertation, individual project

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Europe in Prehistory ARP1008 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 0% 40%
From Romans to Normans: The Archaeology of Historic Europe ARP1010 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 30% 40%
Introduction To World Archaeology ARP1013 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 50% 20% 30%
Spanish 1 SPA1101 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
Intermediate Spanish SPA1111 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
Spanish for Beginners SPA1121 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
Archaeological Excavation ARP1014 1 20 YES 16 weeks N YES 75% 0% 25%
2 20 YES 16 weeks N YES 75% 0% 25%
Ireland in Prehistory ARP2041 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 40% 20%
Thinking through Things Theorizing Global Archaeology ARP2043 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
From St Patrick to the Plantation: The Archaeology of Historic Ireland ARP2045 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 0% 40%
Palaeoenvironmental Techniques ARP2051 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Spanish 2 SPA2101 2 40 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 45% 20% 35%
Landscapes and Geographical Information (GIS) GGY2002 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Archaeology in Practice ARP2057 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Archaeology of Islands ARP2058 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Eras SGAP Full Year GAP2999 3 120 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Archaeology/Palaeoecology Dissertation ARP3056 4 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Society, Death and Disease ARP3053 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 80% 0% 20%
4 20 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Spanish 3 SPA3101 4 40 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 45% 20% 35%
Early Medieval Europe: archaeologies of kingship, religion, and society ARP3085 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Advanced Geographical Information Systems GGY3060 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Human Evolution and Innovation through Prehistory ARP3087 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 45% 0% 55%
Domestic, Symbolic and Funerary Monuments in Prehistoric Europe ARP3088 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 35% 25%
Critical Thinking in Archaeology and Palaeoecology ARP3089 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 50% 50% 0%

Notes

At each Level/Stage, students are required to take 120 credits worth of modules from the list. * only one of SPA1101, SPA1111 or SPA1121 may be taken, choice determined on the basis of students' entrance qualifications ** participation in the four-week field excavation in June is a compulsory element of the degree programme *** compulsory if ARP1014 was not taken at Stage 1; not otherwise available **** this module is not a standard option but is provided: (i) to accommodate students on Erasmus placements at L3 and (ii) to provide an alternative to the double-weighted Dissertation module (ARP3056) under exceptional circumstances, as advised by supervisor; compulsory if ARP3056 is not taken; not otherwise available

Prerequisites SPA1011 Spanish 1 - A Level Spanish at Grade B or above. SPA1111 Intermediate Spanish - A/S Level Spanish at Grade B or above. SPA1121 Spanish for Beginners - Proven linguistic ability in any foreign language at GCSE Level (Grade A or above).