Bioarchaeology Dissertation Human Osteoarchaeology (ARCM408)

StaffDr Catriona Mckenzie - Convenor
Credit Value60
ECTS Value30.00
NQF Level7
Pre-requisitesARCM414 and ARCM405
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

To pursue an individual programme of research, applying appropriate principles and methodologies, to the study of a topic relating to human osteoarchaeology, that has been approved by the module convenor.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a systematic and comprehensive understanding of techniques or methods of human osteoarchaeology appropriate to the particular research topic
  • 2. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with an understanding of the wider research context of the dissertation topic
  • 3. Demonstrate self-direction in the collating of information from disparate archaeological sources
  • 4. Demonstrate a practical understanding of established techniques and archaeological methodologies
  • 5. Analyse and integrate primary and published data, and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses and conclusions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Assimilate and critically analyse published/unpublished and field/laboratory data
  • 7. Present a clearly structured, well written and appropriately illustrated dissertation

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Research a topic as an independent individual
  • 9. Adhere to deadlines

Syllabus plan

Spring Term: one seminar discussion session introducing the requirements and scope of the dissertation, and one tutorial discussion session discussing an outline proposal Summer Term and Vacation (times dependent on availability of supervisors during the summer): three tutorials giving specific advice on research topic and monitoring progress, either in person or remotely (online, by phone or email)

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 activities600Learning and Teaching Methods

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research proposal and initial bibliography 500 words max plus bibliography 2,3,6,8

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 10020,000 words max 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9Mark 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
DissertationDissertationallreferred/deferred period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

 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.

Flick, U. 1998: An introduction to qualitative research. London: Sage.

O'Connor, M. & Woodford, F.P. 1975: Writing scientific papers in English. Oxford: Association of Scientific Publishers.

Rudestam, K.E. & Newton, R.R. 1992: Surviving your dissertation. London: Sage.

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Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Human Osteoarchaeology, Research, Dissertation