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Project Management Skills - ARC00109M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gareth Dean
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module summary

This module will equip you with a range of skills for use in project management, which can be applied to many of the different jobs you might go into after graduation. It provides an introduction to the management of archaeological projects within the UK planning system, drawing on the guidance produced by Historic England and the CIfA. The module draws on examples of real archaeological projects to identify and prioritise tasks, develop schedules of work, devise risk assessments, create costings and explore team building.

Students enjoy the course which provides skills for future employment, transferable across different employment sectors

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

Project Management is an incredibly powerful skill, and pretty much everything in the world relies on it. Most archaeological projects involve teamwork, and team leaders are required to juggle people, time and budgets to achieve their aims.

  • To provide an understanding of principles and practice in project management

  • To explore some of the key documentation used in developing projects

  • To be able to identify and prioritise tasks and create schedule of work

  • Consider costing for a project

  • to introduce the application of risk assessment methods for conservation projects

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the key principles of archaeological project management

  • a knowledge of the curatorial frameworks and policies that govern archaeological project work in the UK

  • an understanding of the key tools and skills that are used in the management of archaeological projects.

Module content

This module will explore the management of projects from initial scoping and the formulation through to the planning and implementation and review on completion. This module will equip you with a range of skills for use in project management, which can be applied to many of the different kinds of jobs you might graduate into. It includes evaluation strategies, risk assessments, and ways in which to tender for work and implement and track project work

Indicative assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay: Project Proposal
N/A 100

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Indicative reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

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Indicative reading

Carver, J,. 2010. ‘The Urban Archaeology of the CrossRail Project’ in the The Proceedings of the Conference of Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT) 15, Vienna pp. 518-537

Cooper, M.A., Firth, A., Carman, J., & Wheatley, D. (eds.) 1995. Managing Archaeology. London, Routledge.

Schofield, J., Carmen, J and Belford P. (eds). (2011). Archaeological Practice in Great Britain Springer: New York (chapters 2 and 4)

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University constantly explores ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary. In some instances it may be appropriate for the University to notify and consult with affected students about module changes in accordance with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.