• Code ARCH8036
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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The course provides intensive training opportunities for students in the Master of Archaeological Science program either as research training in laboratories, or as applied science archaeological vocational placements. The course is available as a core course or as an elective in the MArchScience (48 unit ) degree or in MArchSci (Research) degree.  The minimum internship period is normally equivalent to 20-30 days of placement, but this may completed flexibly or part-time. The course may be taken multiple times within the MArch Science degree programs, subject to negotiation with, and approval from, the program convenor. 

Course aims and outcomes are individually tailored to the students training need and goals. This commonly provides the key training skill platform on which PRPs or thesis topics can subsequently develop. The course may be undertaken on campus, off campus in Australia, or overseas. In all cases the course is designed by the student in consultation with the program convenor, and is subject to approval by the convenor and H & S vetting by the MArch Science convenor. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Variable according to the project, but normally involving combinations of:

  • Specified core training skills or expertise in some aspect of laboratory practice (eg training to use a machine or instrument) or field deployment of scientific instruments (eg Ground Penetrating Radar)
  • Professional skill acquisition as part of a mentoring program work with a professional company or team
  • Acquisition of skills needed for a defined thesis topic in the MArchSci (Research) program.

On completing the course students will have acquired knowledge and skills appropriate to: 

  • Acquit specific tasks in applied science approaches within professional archaeological working environments
  • Use appropriate selected tools and methods to better contextualise contemporary archaeological science within the broader public and industrial contexts where archaeological practice or heritage outcomes are expected
  • Implement specific research task or techniques  

These generic outcomes will normally be gained within research institutions, professional companies, facilities operated by partner industrial organisations or as internships linked to professional workshops or conferences. international placements will commonly involve use of IARU partners or similar engagements with M ArchScience program affiliated partners.    

Indicative Assessment

The course assessment is variable and tuned to the purpose of the internship. A minimal assessment requirement will be production of diary/log of activities undertaken on a daily basis. Indicative assessment and mark proportions will be set at the outset of the internship and may involve combinations of portfolios of data; imagery archives; professional draft reports, laboratory analytical results; project reports; draft scientific papers as reports or as poster papers for delivery at a Conference.

Course assessment (as a 6 unit) not to exceed the equivalent of ONE 5000 word extended research essay or pro rata increased to 10,000 words if (exceptionally) the course is taken as 12 units of credit (eg through a full semester IARU or similar internship abroad).

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Normally set to a minimum period of placement with partner organisations of 20 days. Pre-internship design, associated reporting and assessment tasks will form additional load nominally to between 10-40 hours outside of the placement period. 

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

No single text covers the range of topics in this course.


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 to 12 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $509 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $728 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3302 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 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
8874 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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