• 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 Mathieu Leclerc
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course provides a forum for students to reflect on and critique their writing and arguments as they work towards the completion of their research thesis. Coursework will be framed around the enrolled students' individual honours projects, and course meetings will be focussed on developing effective strategies for communicating archaeological results, including through intensive workshopping of thesis chapters in progress.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Present logical, structured and supported arguments both orally and in writing;
  2. Understand how to present data effectively in text, tables and figures;
  3. Communicate effectively with peers and colleagues about sophisticated archaeological concepts in seminar and presentation contexts;
  4. Provide and respond to peer-reviews of draft texts.

Indicative Assessment

Presentation (with 2 page summary) concerning preliminary results of honours thesis: 30 minutes 1000 words 30% (LO 1, 2, 3)

Book Review of an academic text focusing on the effective use of figures and tables: 1500 words 20% (LO 1, 2)

Organisation of seminar session focused on work-shopping a peer's draft thesis chapter plus one page summary of discussion and constructive criticism: 500 words 20% (LO 1, 3, 4)

Written peer-review and proofreading of the same peer's draft thesis chapter: 1000 words 20% (LO 1, 4)

Participation in seminar discussion: 10% (LO 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 and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Archaeological Practice Honours (HAPRC) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or completed 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR)

Prescribed Texts

Connah, G. 2010. Writing about archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major



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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
8329 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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