Ancient Biomolecules - ARC00034M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Matthew Collins
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module occurrences

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • To provide students with a good understanding of biomolecular preservation in skeletal remains
  • To provide students with an overview of the very latest methodologies used in biomolecular analysis
  • To allow students to place biomolecular data in the wider archaeological or palaeoecological context.

Module learning outcomes

Having completed the course you will:

  • be able to critically evaluate past studies for scientific rigour, cost and knowledge gained
  • be able to recognise the methodological strengths and limitations of various techniques
  • be able to recommend applications where biomolecular analysis is likely to be useful
  • know how to select, conserve and take samples for biomolecular investigations
  • be able to interpret published data sets

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

The formative assessment - a report based on a workshop - enables the students to identify how different strands of evidence can be combined, thus helping them to develop their essays for the summative assessment

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Timing of written and verbal feedback is published on our deadlines pages:

Formative assessment

Summative assessment

Indicative reading

Reading lists are published to the module web pages or VLE.



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