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Dissertation and Assessed Lecture

Module leader: Steve Ashby


  • the purpose of the assessed lecture is to allow students to develop and demonstrate the skills of verbal presentation developed throughout their degree course, and to present an appropriate lecture to an archaeological audience.
  • the purpose of the dissertation is to allow students to undertake a substantial piece of independent research on a subject of their own choosing.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module a student will be able to:

  • select an archaeological lecture topic appropriate for a third year undergraduate audience
  • research the intellectual content of their chosen topic and select appropriate material for a lecture
  • structure a lecture presentation
  • organise and use appropriate visual material to communicate and support your ideas
  • deliver their lecture to an audience
  • be able, with academic guidance, to undertake a piece of independent research
  • be able to synthesise and critically assess a range of primary and secondary archaeological evidence
  • be able to structure a substantial piece of written work
  • be able to present a dissertation to professional standards, including appropriate graphical and text presentation skills
  • be able to manage their time effectively and complete a substantial piece of independent work to deadline
  • have an understanding of their chosen dissertation topic


Being good at research is essential in so many different career paths and this module allows you to develop your research skills as well as presentation of that research in both written and verbal format:

  • Self management: self motivation is key to being a good researcher and requires the ability to plan and manage time effectively and to work autonomously- skills that are valued in most careers. You will also need the ability to take initiative and a will to succeed!
  • Communication: you will need to present your research clearly and appropriately, both in written form as well as in a lecture at the end of the year. In this lecture it is particularly important to be able to tailor your message to the audience
  • Team working: you be working as part of a team in your research, but even if you are not, you should be communicating with your dissertation supervisor who is there to support and guide you through the research process
  • Problem solving: many of you will be retrieving, analysing and critically evaluating data and information from a wide variety of sources
  • Creativity and innovation: the dissertation offers you the opportunity to generate new ideas and to take opportunities in the world of research
  • Social, cultural and global awareness: many of you will be working within an international context. Whatever your research project, it is important to think about the ethical issues
  • Application of IT: you should be able at this stage, to identify the appropriate IT packages for the given task. You will be using the internet effectively for gathering your sources. You should be able to present your written work to a very high, professional standard.
  • Application of numeracy: many of you will be reading and interpreting graphs and tables and other forms of data

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