Archaeological Dissertation (ARC3000)

StaffDr Robert Morkot - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level6
Pre-requisites60 credits of archaeology at EACH levels 1 and 2, i.e. 120 credits
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module will develop the ability to define a field of enquiry, undertake a sustained period of research into it and produce a dissertation upon it. It will encourage the application of knowledge, principles, skills of enquiry and (where appropriate) illustrative skills. It will develop the ability critically to evaluate the issues relating to the subject area.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Critically analyse and deploy primary archaeological data and acquire a detailed knowledge of the subject area under investigation.
  • 2. Prepare and deploy appropriate illustrative material.
  • 3. Know the chronological and methodological frameworks of the research area and use related conventions in their correct contexts.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Ability to undertake a sustained enquiry.
  • 5. Deploy bibliographical skills.
  • 6. Evaluate conflicting opinions.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Devise, implement and keep to a work schedule.
  • 8. Produce a substantial written report, using appropriate illustrations.

Syllabus plan

1. Introduction to dissertations (early in semester 2 of stage 2). Dissertation Handbook issued. 2. Consultation with potential supervisor to define topic (during semester 2 of stage 2). 3. Early October: meeting with supervisor to discuss progress made during vacation. 4. Further meetings with supervisor: late November/early December; late January/early February; March. 5. Dissertations are regarded as examinable components and as such, feedback will not be available until after the exam board has met.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities1Introductory lecture
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2Meetings with dissertation supervisor
Guided independent study297self-directed study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation Proposal Form200 words1verbal discussion

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation plan101000 words3, 5mark and written comments
Dissertation909000 words1-8mark and written comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Dissertation plan Dissertation plan 1000 words3, 5Referral/deferral period
DissertationDissertation 9000 words1-8Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative basic reading list:

Baxter, l., Hughes, C. & Tight, M. (1996): How to Research.

Buckingham: Open University Press. Bell , J. (1993): Doing your Research Project. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Creswell, J.W. (1994): Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods. London: Sage.

Parsons, J. & Knight, P.G. (1995): How to do tour Dissertation in Geography and Related disciplines. London: Chapman & Hall.

Rudestam, K.E. & Newton, R.R. (1992): Surviving your Dissertation. London: Sage.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative web based resources e.g. Webct: Lectures and module materials on the ELE Other resources: Departmental collection of examples of dissertations.

Available as distance learning?


Last revision date