- Class Number 4091
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Duncan Wright
- Duncan Wright
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
How many courses do you know that provide tools required to unravel past lives from ancient sites and objects? This course aims to do just that, giving you an introduction to archaeology and the various techniques archaeologists use to investigate the past. Archaeologists dig holes in the ground, but they also work underwater, in museums and in laboratories. You will learn about all these archaeologies, get hands-on experience working with archaeological materials and develop skills required to review and interpret the archaeological literature.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- apply essential skills for classifying and interpreting archaeological materials;
- understand the diversity of archaeological techniques and their roles in uncovering information about past peoples;
- critique archaeological excavation reports and evaluate the quality of fieldwork and the conclusions reached; and
- identify objects in museum collections and reflect on the information they contain.
To maintain a COVID safe environment, you will need to either bring your laptop/ tablet (with laboratory worksheet document downloaded from Wattle) OR a notebook and pen to each laboratory. You will also not be allowed into laboratories should you not have a face mask.
Renfrew, C. and P. Bahn. 2008. Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice (5th Edition or equivalent). London: Thames and Hudson.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
Please be aware that slight changes may occur to order of lectures/ laboratories. It is important you regularly check Wattle for updates.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Archaeology adventures||See Wattle for your laboratory schedule|
|2||Beyond digging in the dirt & essay writing workshop|
|4||Underpinning themes in archaeology|
|6||Enter the stone age & Exam Workshop||Assessment 1 (in mid semester break)|
|7||Archaeology of art||Assessment 1|
|8||Anzac day (no lecture)|
|9||Using pots to get to people|
|11||Let the bones speak & Conclusions||Assessment 2|
|12||No lecture||Assessment 3|
see Wattle for details
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Essay about a museum object (2500 words)||30 %||11/04/2023||20/04/2023||1,2,4|
|Laboratory Portfolio||30 %||19/05/2023||01/06/2023||1,2,3|
|Take home test||40 %||01/06/2023||10/06/2023||1,2|
* 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 Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
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.
Both Lectures and Laboratories are assessed. The former through a take home test and the latter through laboratory worksheets. It is therefore a requirement that you engage with all course activities. To do so, you will need to pick a laboratory group during or before the first week of Semester.
For venue, please see Wattle page and look at this on a week by week basis in case the coordinator is forced to make changes during the semester.
This course includes a take home test.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Essay about a museum object (2500 words)
Purpose of assignment
This will prepare you for future work in cultural heritage by increasing your capacity for analysing and interpreting archaeological artefacts. Specifically, you will learn how artefact form (and archaeological context) allows you to interpret a human story.
Visit a museum with archaeological material on display (such as the National Museum of Australia in Canberra). Choose an object on display, research it and write an object history based on your research.
Using the skills learned in this course and your own independent research you should:
Describe the object (e.g. raw material/manufacture techniques).
Situate the object (e.g. place of origin, age, if possible other artefacts found at the same site);
Discuss how archaeologists have used this object (and others like it) to study past human behaviour, technology, economy and / or ideology;
Describe how are knowledge of context (where it was found and how old it is) increases our understanding about this object.
Evaluate how the object is displayed in the museum, what it is displayed with, what information is given to the public and whether you believe this display is appropriate based on your own research.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
No word count.
Purpose of assignment
A good way of cementing core archaeology skills covered in this course is for you to do/ study these for yourself. Worksheets will prepare you for a time when you are working on your own archaeological site or assemblage!
Word document worksheets have been uploaded on Wattle. These we will complete during the laboratories. Each laboratory you will need to either bring along your laptop/ tablet with this download or a notebook and pen in order to write down your answers.
The remaining sections you will fill out at home as you reflect on the lab tasks and how this might fit with what you learnt through lectures and course readings.
Grades for each worksheet will be amalgamated and then averaged to provide a final mark. Should you be unable to attend any tutorials (and try very hard to avoid this) please advise your tutor so alternative arrangements can be made.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Take home test
40 questions, 2-4 sentences per question (timed - 3 hours)
Purpose of assignment
The purpose of this test is to measure your overall comprehension of material covered during the semester. This will provide you with a solid foundation in archaeological practice.
For this assignment you will be answering questions about the topics discussed during the course (lectures and tutorials). For this reason it is vital that you listen to lectures and attend laboratories. To show a solid comprehension of course material you must also read textbooks and other assigned material.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
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) submission must be through Turnitin.
An online test (Assessment 3) can be accessed in Week 12 of the semester. This you can complete over a 24 hour period, however, once you start the test you have 3 hours to complete it.
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. For this course, however, online submission is required.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. 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.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Assignment grades will be returned via Wattle.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.
Resubmission of Assignments
Students may not re-submit assignments.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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