• Code ARCH4003
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Biological Anthropology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mathieu Leclerc
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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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 thesis results, including through intensive workshopping of thesis chapters in progress.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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 concepts in seminar and presentation contexts; and
  4. provide and respond to peer-reviews of draft texts.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 6 unit version (null) [LO null]
  2. Draft thesis chapter (2500 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Summary of thesis results (30 minute presentation) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Peer review of draft thesis chapter (1000 words) (10) [LO 1,3,4]
  5. 12 unit version (null) [LO null]
  6. Draft thesis chapter (2500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  7. Summary of thesis results ( 30 minute presentation) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  8. Peer review of draft thesis chapter ( 2 x 1000 words) (20) [LO 1,3,4]
  9. Workshop organisation of one peer review chapter (15) [LO 3]
  10. Book review ( 1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2]

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6 unit version: 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of seminars; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

12 unit version: 260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of seminars; and, b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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


Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major


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 to 12 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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $640 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $830 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5593 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View
7599 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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