Professional Placement (ARC3003)

StaffDr Robert Morkot - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level6
Pre-requisites60 Archaeology credits at level 2
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module will give experience of professional archaeological practice, requiring the deployment in the work-place, of skills and knowledge acquired at stages 1 and 2.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Accept responsibility for a project, clarifying the task and implementing it under guidance
  • 2. Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on practical experiences gained and the impact they may have on his/her views and actions
  • 3. Produce a reflective project report using appropriate illustrations and diagrams

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Complete a work report to employers specifications

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Preparing a CV and introduction letter to employer
  • 6. Time management in a workplace environment
  • 7. Negotiate the different types of working relationships with staff within the workplace, and others - directly or indirectly - relevant to the placement
  • 8. Develop / enhance practical work-based skills and experience

Syllabus plan

Students arrange their own placements; the convenor can be contacted for support if needed.
Post-placement workshop (end of term 2 in year 3): discussion of placement work and experience as a basis for  preparation of reflective report.

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
Placement160160 hours of placement
Scheduled learning and teaching activities4Workshops
Guided independent study136Preparation for placement and production of assignments

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
Employer's reference40Reference from employer1-2, 4-8Verbal and Written feedback
Written report503000 words1-4, 6-8Verbal and Written feedback
CV and letter of introduction10up to 750 words5Verbal and written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written reportWritten report 3000 words1-4, 6-8Refer/Defer period
Employer's referenceunable to be reassessed1-2, 4-8referred/deferred period
CV and letter of introduction CV and letter of introduction up to 750 words5Refer/Defer period

Re-assessment notes

It would not be possible to complete reassessment for the employers reference.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Hunter, J. and Ralston, I. (eds) 1993: Archaeological Resource Management in the UK.

An Introduction. DOE 1990: Planning Policy Guidance: Archaeology and Planning (PPG 16). London. English Heritage 1999: Developing Frameworks: Policies for our Archaeological Past 1979-1999. London.

Grenville, J. (ed.) 1999: Managing the Historic Rural Landscape. London.

Griffiths, D. 1994: 'A field to the spoiler': a review of archaeological conservation on Dartmoor, in D. Griffiths (ed.), The Archaeology of Dartmoor: Perspectives from the 1990s, Proc. Devon Archaeol. Soc. 52, 271-286.

Rountree, F. 1998: Taking Stock of our Ecclesiastical Heritage. Pratt, L.V. & O'Keefe, P.J. 1984: Law and the Cultural Heritage

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Archaeology, placement, practical, employability