• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Guillaume Molle
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course introduces you to principles by which archaeological projects are devised and executed. It will provide you with basic skills that you will need should you continue into postgraduate study. Specifically, you will learn how to write an excellent thesis and/or academic publication. In addition you will undertake data analysis of a real archaeological assemblage and apply quantitative analyses (including statistics) to understand patterns within this assemblage. Finally, the course will provide you with useful techniques for presenting and promoting your results to an academic audience.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Critique archaeological theses and evaluate the quality of research;
2. Apply essential research skills for writing thesis chapters or academic papers.
3. Undertake quantitative analysis including statistical analysis;
4. Present and interpret data in oral and written academic forums.

Indicative Assessment

1000 word thesis critique (20%; LO 1).
Laboratory portfolio (30%; LO 3).
10-15 minute oral presentation (10%; LO 2,3,4)
2000 word short report (40%; LO 2,3,4)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of laboratories; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol you must have completed ARCH1111/ARCH1112 and 18 units of 2000 or 3000 level Archaeology (ARCH) Anthropology (ANTH) or Biological Anthropology (BIAN) courses or with permission of Convener. Must not have previously completed ARCH6500 or ARCH8102



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7003 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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