• Class Number 1586
  • Term Code 3320
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Archaeology & Cultural Heritage Field School (Vict
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ben Shaw
    • Dr Ben Shaw
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 01/02/2023
  • Class End Date 13/03/2023
  • Census Date 10/02/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course provides an opportunity for students to participate in new learning abroad opportunities offered by the School of Culture, History and Language. Opportunities may include faculty-led study tours as well as programs delivered by partner institutions. This shell course is intended for newly developed in-country classes whose offering is dependent on external circumstances, such as first-time New Colombo Plan funding or government/partner institution approval, and in-country classes intended as a one-time only offering.

Information on each topic offered within this course will be outlined in the 'Other Information' section, including the topics offered, and information on the unit value, convener, academic session and indicative workload. The topics offered through this shell course will typically be made available through a competitive selection process.

Field schools run within this shell code will be applicable to students enroled in the Graduate Certificate of Engaging Asia, Graduate Certificate of Engaging the Pacific, Master of Engaging Asia and Master of Asian and Pacific Studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Varies depending on the specific topic offered and will be described in the Other Information section for each new class when it is added.

Research-Led Teaching

This field school provides experience working on an archaeological research project collaboratively with Traditional Owners (Bunurong), a leading professional cultural heritage consultancy (Heritage Insight), local communities, landowners, and as part of a team to learn field techniques (excavation, survey, recording, mapping) and to engage with the process of research design and cultural heritage management. You will also learn paleo-ecological and linguistic approaches to research and will have the opportunity to develop research questions, apply appropriate field methods, and interpret collected raw data.

Field Trips

day or half day field trips to cultural sites near the field school location, namely Point Nepean.

Additional Course Costs

A nominal amount of $1000 per student to cover accommodation, food, and transport for the duration of the field school. Amount may be reduced depending on final arrangements.

Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

A reading list will be made available on Wattle before course commencement

A reading list will be made available on Wattle before course commencement

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

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.

Other Information

Class Learning outcomes

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

1) Plan and implement a team-based research fieldwork exercise

2) Acquire primary field data to a high standard for archival and research purposes.

3) Work safely and to a high standard within a fieldwork setting.

4) Relate the cultural value and research significance of collected data from a site and its setting to local, national, and international communities.

5) Demonstrate the importance of community consultation and the ethical considerations of working in a cross-cultural setting.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 This is an intensive hands-on undergraduate field school run over 2-weeks in February (5th-19th) 2023 to investigate an aboriginal and historic cultural heritage landscape on the stunning Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. The fieldschool is run in partnership with Heritage Insight, a leading Melbourne-based archaeology consultancy, and Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, the traditional land owners. A compulsory pre-fieldwork seminar will be held prior to departure. The course will be held jointly with ASIA2220. Enrolment will be limited to 20. Selection will be based on a written statement outlining how this course will benefit the students study and career aspirations, and evaluation of course marks to date. Assessment will include: Participation in a pre-fieldwork seminar (10%), Fieldwork portfolio (30%), Field notebook (30%), and summary report (30%)

Tutorial Registration

There are no tutorials

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Pre-fieldwork workshop participation 10 % 1,3,5
Fieldwork portfolio 30 % 1,2,3,4,5
Field diary 30 % 1,2,3,4
Summary report 30 % 1,2,3,4,5

* 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.


As the learning outcomes will be completed in the field, participation is mandatory.


There is no formal exam at the end of this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5

Pre-fieldwork workshop participation

Attend a planning workshop on the ANU campus. Participate in team discussions on research strategy, planning, consultancy procedures, and preparation of a Work Health and Safety assessment.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Fieldwork portfolio

Portfolio of data, field drawings, site recording forms, images, maps to a professional archive standard.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Field diary

Completion of a daily field diary outlining activities completed each day and a self reflective account of field experiences.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Summary report

The development of a 3000 word report outlining the history of the site, rationale and nature of the archaeological investigations, summary results of field season, and ethics of including Traditional Owners in research design and implementation. The report is styled in the format of summary reports submitted to regulatory authorities as part of the Cultural Heritage Management process in Victoria.

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

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

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

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.

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.

Returning Assignments

The assessment mark and comments on your written assignments will be provided electronically by viewing the Wattle/Turnitin submitted pdf.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Due to time constraints, there is no capacity to resubmit assignments.

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).
Dr Ben Shaw

Research Interests

Pacific archaeology, with a focus on Papua New Guinea and New Zealand from colonisation to historic contexts; Cultural heritage management; the social process of migration and cultural development; Material culture studies; Community engagement and perspectives on history

Dr Ben Shaw

By Appointment
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Dr Ben Shaw

Research Interests

Dr Ben Shaw

By Appointment
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