• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course offers students the opportunity to focus on a number of core anthropological methods that characterise the way the the discipline collects information and uses it in the production of ethnography.
The course also builds knowledge about the relationship of methods to the core aims and orientations of the discipline. Students will have the opportunity to gain practical skills in anthropological methods, including taking field notes, creating genealogies, conducting life history interviews, and developing an understanding of the ethical issues involved in anthropological research.

This course is restricted to students enrolled in HDR programs.

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. Critique research theses and evaluate the quality of research.
  2. Undertake quantitative analysis including statistical analysis.
  3. Present and interpret data in oral and written academic forums.
  4. Develop a research proposal.

Indicative Assessment

Thesis Critique: 1500 words 20% (LO 1, 4)

Laboratory Portfolio: 2000 words 30% (LO 2, 3)

Conference-style Presentation: 10-15 minutes 10% (LO 2, 3)

Research Proposal: 2500 words 40% (LO 1, 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 laboratories; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must not have completed ARCH3000, ARCH6500, BIAN3014 and BIAN6516.

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Drennan, R. 2010 Statistics for Archaeologists: A Common Sense Approach. Springer; 2nd ed. edition


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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