Field Study (ARCM200)

StaffProfessor Oliver Creighton - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

To link theory and practice in the field of study by combining published information with personal observation of physical evidence, evaluating what is seen.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate a systematic understanding of the principles of 'reading' the landscapes
  • 2. make sound judgements from field observations
  • 3. assimilate and critically analyse published and field data

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate a critical awareness of current practices at an archaeological project/site
  • 2. demonstrate new insights in the field, informed by the chosen sites
  • 3. critically reflect on the presentation and academic significance of a project/site

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 1. present to a high level a clearly structured, well written and appropriately illustrated report
  • 2. research a topic independently
  • 3. adhere to deadlines

Syllabus plan

For each of two fieldtrips:

  • Introduction (1 hour)

  • Fieldtrip (two days @ 7.5 hours per day)

Post fieldtrip discussion class (1 hour)

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 Activities22 x one hour introductory classes
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities152 x 7.5 hour fieldtrips
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22 x one hour post fieldtrip discussion
Guided independent study131independent study

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
Written report one502000 words1-9written feedback
Written report two502000 words1-9written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Report oneReport 1, 2000 words1-9Refer/Defer period
Report twoReport 2, 2000 words1-9Refer/Defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Varies depending upon fieldtrip, but for example, for the Somerset Levels:

The Somerset Levels Papers
Coles, B. and Coles, J. 1986: The Sweet Track to Glastonbury. London.
Rippon, S, 1997: The Severn Estuary: landscape evolution and wetland reclamation.London.

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Origin date

May 2012

Last revision date

May 2012

Key words search

Landscape, Archaeology, Field observation