• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Major code ARCP-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Archaeological Practice Major

This major is available only to students undertaking the Bachelor of Archaeological Practice degree program.

The major in Archaeological practice is centred on skills in field and laboratory analysis of archaeological materials. Courses provide students with intensive training in finding, recording, excavating and analyzing archaeological sites and the materials found within them. This training involves both practical and theoretical aspects.

Learning outcomes

  1. Development of skills in undertaking archaeological fieldwork, including the techniques and approaches that can be used to locate, map, record, collect and excavate archaeological materials, and the conditions in which different techniques and approaches are optimal.
  2. Development of analytical skills and strategies for the analysis of archaeological materials. This includes the examination of human remains, artefacts, archaeo-fauna and archaeo-flora, archaeological sediments and other materials.
  3. Understanding of interpretative approaches including the application of archaeological theory and quantitative analysis.
  4. Familiarity with designing research in archaeology, including approaches to framing questions, selecting and applying data collection methods, means of developing and presenting arguments and model testing in archaeology.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ARCH1111 Archaeology Uncovered 6
ARCH1112 From Origins to Civilizations 6

A maximum of 30 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ARCH2004 Australian Archaeology 6
ARCH2041 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology 6
ARCH2052 Archaeology in Film and Fiction 6
ARCH2055 Archaeological Fieldschool 6
ARCH2059 International Archaeological Field School 6
ARCH2060 International Archaeological Field School Extension 6
ARCH2061 Archaeological Field Methods 6
BIAN2015 Human Skeletal Analysis 6
HUMN2000 Introduction to Heritage and Museum Studies 6
HUMN2051 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ARCH3000 Research Design and Analysis in Archaeology 6
ARCH3023 Thinking through the past: archaeological theory from 1950 6
ARCH3025 World Rock Art 6
ARCH3026 History of Archaeology: Discovering the Past 6
ARCH3028 Archaeology of Death and Mortuary Practices 6
ARCH3029 Making-Taking-Using-Breaking: Material Culture Studies and Technology in Archaeology 6
ARCH3108 Animals, Plants and People 6
BIAN3010 Scientific Dating in Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Studies 6
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