On this course you will learn about management techniques, and get to meet people who manage large archaeological projects and organisations, in order to get a real ‘flavour’ of what it is like to be responsible for getting an important job done, managing people and balancing different demands on a budget. You’ll learn many skills more generally relevant to management outside of archaeology as well. For the practical skills module you are tested on your ability to respond to changing finances and personnel and maintain project aims, and for the Team Project you'll have a chance to write a ‘real’ project design for funding based on real-world situations, in many cases having an impact on actual funding bids by community or other groups. All a great learning experience, as well as good for the CV!
This module will remind students of the commercial structure of archaeology in Britain in the 21st century and attempt to develop those transferable skills which the business environment requires. It will examine the definition of projects, project management techniques, team building and budgeting strategies to allow the student some insight into those issues which must be balanced by archaeological managers. The module is based on combining online teaching resources (on the VLE) with debate sessions, interviews, lectures and group and individual tasks.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
In this module we are building on the professional and management skills of the Field School team, who have all had experience within the professional world, alongside our existing successful VLE implementation in Field Archaeology, to provide a skills module giving undergraduates valuable business skills.
The learning materials (developed by David Brinklow, Archaeological Consultant, Steve Roskams and Penny Spikins) will use case studies to illustrate professional management skills employed in the field – eg project planning and use of Gantt charts, development of novel or adapted field methods, assessments of sustainability, management of different staff and volunteers, management and curation of artefacts etc.
This module not only provides practical skills in a certain area but also gives students the opportunity to develop the following skills: