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Dissertation & Assessed Lecture for Archaeological Scientists - ARC00011H

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Steve Ashby
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

The purpose of the dissertation is to allow students to undertake a substantial piece of independent research on an archaeological science subject of their own choosing (BSc (Hons) Bioarchaeology students must undertake a dissertation with a bioarchaeological theme). The dissertation will allow them to apply research and study skills acquired during their 1st and 2nd years modules and to work with the guidance of one or more members of academic staff.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a specialist knowledge and understanding of their chosen subject
  • execute a programme of research, working independently
  • synthesise and critically evaluate a range of primary and secondary archaeological evidence
  • structure a substantial piece of written work
  • present a written dissertation to professional standards, including appropriate graphical and text presentation skills
  • manage their time effectively and complete a substantial piece of independent work to deadline
  • communicate research findings through a lecture, using PowerPoint


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Oral feedback on drafts will be given to students during supervisorials. Written feedback will be given on the dissertation and the lecture by the end of the summer term.

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