• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Geoffrey Clark
    • Dr Hsiao-chun Hung
    • Dr Jack Fenner
    • Dr Janelle Stevenson
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2018
    First Semester 2018
    Autumn Session 2018
    Winter Session 2018
    Second Semester 2018
    Spring Session 2018
    See Future Offerings

This course underpins the research-led teaching framework which is central to the Masters in Archaeological Science program. The student designs and builds an individually tailored course program to address their particular interests, skills requirements and vocational training objectives. It allows students to gain skills which are not taught as part of regular classroom teaching at the graduate level, normally working closely alongside an individual staff researcher selected according to their specialist research focus. The selected researcher acts as chair supervisor and mentor for the project. The project may be either laboratory based, or based on combinations of supervised fieldwork followed by tuition in analysis and data interpretation.  The project can include working with a specialist on fieldwork abroad or in Australia, and in topic areas too specialized or cross-disciplinary to be normally formally taught as electives. It may involve working with a specialist to gain skills in an area that is not usually formally taught at the ANU. Examples might include aspects of faunal analysis, midden or residue analysis, palynology, rock art research or advanced geological, GIS, or earth science techniques. The course coordinator arranges teaching for this course in consultation with the student and with available colleagues across contributing Colleges.  The course has the same structure, and is complementary to, ARCH8030 Archaeological Science Project 1. The course allows skill development and progression from core frameworks introduced in the compulsory core course ARCH8032, which is a prerequisite

Learning Outcomes


On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:


  • Scope, design and implement a research training plan in a specific topic area of Archaeological Science (or cognate areas eg. Quaternary Science).
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of competency in skills self-identified as training objectives at the concept stage of the project.
  • Self-appraise the outcomes of the project critically and make recommendations as to improvements and "next-steps''.
  • Present results from the project to a high professional standard and/or to a scholarly pre-publication standard.

Other Information

The convenors for this course in 2018 are: 

Jack Fenner - Summer and Spring sessions
Janelle Stevenson - Semester 1
Hsiao-chun Hung - Semester 2
Geoff Clark - Autumn and Winter sessions

To request a permission code to enrol in the course email admin.chl@anu.edu.au

Indicative Assessment

Research report or reports (total max.6000 words) based on laboratory/fieldwork studies engaged in (100%) A variety of media may be employed in the assessed portfolio as appropriate to the topic chosen eg portfolios of digital maps; annotated image library; analysed and interpreted questionnaire or survey results; laboratory data within summary report, a poster paper to a standard adequate for conference presentation.

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Supervised laboratory work, archive research, fieldwork and/or reading course over 12 weeks


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:
Band 1
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
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1475 01 Jan 2018 19 Jan 2018 19 Jan 2018 31 Mar 2018 In Person

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2847 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5437 01 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 30 Jun 2018 In Person

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6457 01 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 30 Sep 2018 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7725 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9431 01 Oct 2018 19 Oct 2018 19 Oct 2018 31 Dec 2018 In Person

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