Professional Skills in Archaeology (ARCM005)

StaffProfessor Linda Hurcombe - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.4
NQF LevelM
Co-requisitesCan be undertaken ONLY as part of ongoing Masters programme work - so at least 60 credits of relevant archaeological modules at M level.
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module allows you to pursue a specialist skills development research interest in Archaeology.  It will be particularly suitable for students who wish to explore skills in more depth than is offered within existing taught modules.  You are encouraged to devise their own skills research project or skills placement project subject to approval by a member of staff.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate a systematic understanding of the terms and conventions in their correct contexts
  • 2. demonstrate a critical awareness of the ethical issues involved
  • 3. demonstrate conceptual knowledge that enables students to critically evaluate the methodological framework of the skills project in hand
  • 4. assimilate and integrate experience of professional archaeological practice in the work-place
  • 5. continue to advance their professional archaeological skills to a high level
  • 6. demonstrate conceptual understanding of the appropriate professional procedures and etiquette of the professional organisation

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 7. Critically evaluate field observations and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses
  • 8. assimilate and critically analyse published and field data
  • 9. present a clearly-structured, well-written and appropriately illustrated report

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 10. undertake research as an independent individual, within or outside existing projects
  • 11. adhere to deadlines

Syllabus plan

Not applicable but students must agree placements and projects with the convenor.

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
Guided independent study150You are expected to develop professional skills through: Placement: this involves obtaining work experience in an appropriate organisation; this may include participation on an archaeological survey or excavation or craft activity that is of specific relevance to the field of study or: Professional skills project: this involves the furthering of one or more relevant archaeological techniques.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Verbal feedback will be part of interactions on a placement or interactions with an appropriate member of staff if developing a skill. A draft of the structure can be discussed with an appropriate member of academic staff.1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, 6verbal: interactive discussions as part of a placement or with academic staff

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
A project report that includes a reflective and critical analysis of the placement or professional skills project and the skills developed. Written assignment to comprise the project report and critical evaluation, designed to illustrate the nature and range of skills deployed, the degree of success achieved and the ability to analyse own performance.100max 4000 wordsallwritten

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
n/a see below

Re-assessment notes

Re-assessment as referral not possible; deferral possible by being awarded an extension.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Varies depending upon chosen subject.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Variable, e.g. museum collections, maps. reference collections, etc.

Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date


Key words search

Variable, e.g. archaeological, practical or professional skills