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

  • 4. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current practices at an archaeological project/site
  • 5. Demonstrate new insights in the field, informed by the chosen sites
  • 6. Critically reflect on the presentation and academic significance of a project/site

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Present to a high level a clearly structured, well written and appropriately illustrated report
  • 8. Research a topic independently
  • 9. 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 teaching22 x 1 hour introductory classes
Scheduled learning and teaching152 x 7.5 hour fieldtrips
Scheduled learning and teaching22 x 1 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 words)1-9Referral/Deferral period
Report twoReport 2 (2000 words)1-9Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 50%.

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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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Available as distance learning?


Origin date

May 2012

Last revision date


Key words search

Landscape, Archaeology, Field observation