• Class Number 3528
  • Term Code 3240
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Duncan Wright
    • Duncan Wright
    • James Wheeler
    • Prof Philip Piper
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 13/06/2022
  • Class End Date 24/06/2022
  • Census Date 17/06/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 10/06/2022
SELT Survey Results

This intensive course, a collaboration with EXTENT Heritage, introduces you to procedural and practical skills required to work effectively as a professional archaeologist in Australia. By doing so it eases your transition between academic and industry worlds, addressing key criteria identified by the central archaeology body in Australia - The Australian Archaeology Association. During this course we will complete field and lab-based exercises, including archaeological research, mapping (e.g. photogrammetry and GIS), artefact and feature analyses, also post-survey analysis of lithic and other artefacts. Finally, you will work towards drafting an Aboriginal site assessment in line with State Government legislation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate understanding of ethical, legal and OHS frameworks relevant to professional archaeology in Australia;
  2. acquire skills and aptitudes relevant to professional archaeology including Aboriginal consultation, mapping and archaeological/ geoarchaeological survey; and
  3. synthesise research into an Aboriginal Site Assessment.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is aligned with the practicalities of working as a cultural heritage practitioner. For this reason you will be completing tasks aligned with State Legislated processes relating to Aboriginal Heritage site assessment.

Field Trips

There will be one compulsory field-excursions (15-16 June). Please be aware that we collect data for assessments during this period. If you can’t make this you will need to re-consider taking this course. We will not be spending the night at this location which will mean we will travel to the site on both days (near Queanbeyan)

To join us you will need to fill out your travel away form by the end of Week 1. 

For insurance purposes please apply for travel away: https://eforms.anu.edu.au/Infiniti_Prod/Produce/WebLogin.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fInfiniti_Prod%2fProduce%2f

There is a help sheet provided on Wattle for you

Required Resources

Smith, C and H. Burke (2007). Digging it up down under. Springer, NY and papers provided on Wattle.

For land survey/geoarchaeology component: The National Committee for Soil and Terrain. 2009. Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook. CSIRO Publishing

For lithic artefact analysis: Holdaway and Stern (2004). A record in stone : the study of Australia's flaked stone artefacts. Museum Victoria and Aboriginal Studies Press, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra.

For faunal analysis: Filios, M. and Blake, N. 2015. Animal bones in Australian archaeology: a field guide to common native and introduced species, Sydney: Sydney University.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Wattle messages

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Stage 1 (design)
2 Stage 2 (implementation) Assessments 1, 2
3 Stage 3 (analysis & report writing) Assessment 3

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Applied Archaeology Exercise 15 % 01/06/2022 16/06/2022 2
Aboriginal Heritage Assessment (Part 1 – Field recording) 40 % 18/06/2022 24/06/2022 1, 2
Aboriginal Heritage Assessment (Part 2 - Final Report) 45 % 15/07/2022 29/07/2022 1

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


You should be prepared to spend 125 hours working towards course completion, made up from:

a) 52 hours of contact consisting of:

38 hours of practical workshops (Lectorials) over a 5 day, intensive period

14 hours over two days (field-trip); and

b) 73 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. The entire course will be completed within a 3-week period

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 16/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2

Applied Archaeology Exercise

• Six Group A Skills from the Australian Archaeology Skills Passport • Two Group B Skills from the Australian Archaeology Skills Passport

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 18/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 24/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Aboriginal Heritage Assessment (Part 1 – Field recording)

• Aboriginal consultation and cultural values mapping (10%) • Landscapes, soils and geoarchaeology (10%) • Basic site mapping (10%) • Stone artefact and faunal analyses (10%)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 15/07/2022
Return of Assessment: 29/07/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1

Aboriginal Heritage Assessment (Part 2 - Final Report)

• Desktop research for Millpost site including providing local, State and National context • Synthesise data from Part 1 into an Aboriginal Archaeology Report, following State criteria.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.


Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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