• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Timothy Denham
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
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The course provides for individually-tailored reading, negotiated between the student and program convenor and/or supervisor(s) within the broad area of Archaeological Science. Fortnightly mentoring on-line/via Skype supports the reading goals set by the student.

Reading content is flexible. Reading may be matched to very specific goals eg. ahead of designing a research topic or project (in ARCH8029/8030/8031); it may be completed as background research for a thesis in the MArchSci (Research) degree; or reading may be more general, or transitional eg. providing background through an assisted mentored track using a package of core texts. The course is particularly designed to assist off-campus students who are undertaking periods of distance-learning.

Because the role, academic level, content and educational aims of this course are variable, the course may be taken multiple times: once within the Certificate of Arch. Science; once in the M. Arch.Science (48 unit degree) and once in the M.Arch.Sci (Research) degree.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course students will have specific knowledge and skills within the areas negotiated with the supervisor at the commencement of the course, and also:

  • Have developed skills in producing annotated notes and bibliographies
  • Have developed skills in tracking publication sources and lineages in academic thought
  • Have demonstrated the ability to combine independent study with critical analysis and comparative interpretations of texts


Indicative Assessment

Completion of an annotated bibliography or summary outline of position statements for a set topic (of up to 2500 words) (30%) or as set-up to a thesis design; completion of a fortnightly reading "blog" for the course (30%) and completion of one set essay/report of a maximum of 3000 words (40%) on a topic related to the defined scope for the reading.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Workload will be negotiated, but students will normally be expected to combine up to 80 hours of independent reading, with up to 50 hours of on-line library journal search, grouping of notes by topic, and submission of regular summary notes as part of the mentored program.


Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

By arrangement with the supervisor.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2447 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2409 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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