• Class Number 1540
  • Term Code 3420
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Philip Piper
    • Duncan Wright
    • Prof Philip Piper
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 05/02/2024
  • Class End Date 16/02/2024
  • Census Date 09/02/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 05/02/2024
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 (8th and 9th February 2024). 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. 

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

We will provide two Travel Approval Form ZOOM meetings for you to choose from. These meetings will be held on Monday 29th January at 10 am and 6 pm. This will provide help in the completion and submission of the forms.

Required Resources

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

Whether you are on campus or studying online, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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). 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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Stage 1 (Design)
2 Stage 2 (Implementation) Assessments 1,2
3 Stage 3 (Analysis and Report Writing) Assessment 3

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Applied Archaeology Exercise 15 % * 2
Aboriginal Heritage Assessment: Part 1 40 % 24/02/2024 3
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report: Part 2 45 % 05/04/2024 1,2,3

* 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:

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 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.


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 %
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: 24/02/2024
Learning Outcomes: 3

Aboriginal Heritage Assessment: Part 1

  • Aboriginal consultation and cultural values mapping
  • Landscapes, soils and geoarchaeology
  • Basic site mapping
  • Stone artefact and faunal analysis
  1. These aspects of the project will be completed in the field and/or laboratory and contribute to your report. The aim is to familiarise you with the processes of mapping, surveying, recording and basic artefact and bone analysis.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 05/04/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report: Part 2

  • Desktop research of the Mill Post site with relevance to local, State and national level context
  • Synthesise data from Part 1 into an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report following Heritage NSW criteria
  1. This assessment is designed to provide you with the skills to synthesise resultant data from the pre-excavation desktop survey, excavation and fieldwork and post- excavation research and analysis into a completed project report.

Academic Integrity

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.

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) 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

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.

Referencing Requirements

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.

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.

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).

Prof Philip Piper

Research Interests

Field archaeology, zoo archaeology, palaecology

Prof Philip Piper

By Appointment
Duncan Wright

Research Interests

Field archaeology, zoo archaeology, palaecology

Duncan Wright

By Appointment
Prof Philip Piper

Research Interests

Prof Philip Piper

By Appointment

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