University of Chester

Programme Specification
Archaeology BA (Hons) (Single Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Single Honours)

Archaeology

Archaeology

University of Chester

University of Chester

Chester Campus

Undergraduate Modular Programme

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

3 years (Full Time)

7 Years

Annual - September

V400

V400

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities History and Archaeology

QAA Archaeology, 2014

Not applicable

History & Archaeology

Thursday 7th March 2013

  1. To offer students a varied but coherent experience of British and non-British archaeology over the historic and prehistoric periods and of the methods and theories that underpin the subject.
  2. To encourage students to reflect critically upon the nature of the discipline of archaeology and to apply themselves to a range of sources.
  3. To facilitate the development of a range of key skills, relating to the theories, methods, practice and application of archaeology.
  4. To enhance opportunities in employment and research through systematic attention to the application of learning outcomes in those contexts.
  5. To contribute to strategies to fulfil the University mission, including the promotion of excellence in scholarship, widening access, collaboration with employers (where appropriate) and the application of rigorous quality assurance procedures.
  6. To draw on other disciplines and sub-disciplines, including relevant areas of physical geography and heritage studies, thus enriching and enhancing the programme and including cross or inter-disciplinary elements.

Level 4

On completion of Level 4, students

  • Will have knowledge of aspects of British and non-British archaeology over the historic and prehistoric periods (HI4001, HI4003, HI4004, HI4005)
  • Will be able to describe and explain the fundamental methods and theories that underpin the subject (HI4000, HI4002)
  • Will be able to effectively draw upon information from a prescribed range of primary and secondary sources (all Level 4 modules).

Level 5

On completion of Level 5, students

  • Will be able to identify and explain key issues, including those which have some level of complexity, relating to the study of archaeology (all Level 5 modules, particularly HI5008, HI5001)
  • Will be able to identify, find, and use effectively, a small range of source materials to supplement those which have been prescribed by the module leader (all Level 5 modules).

Level 6

On completion of Level 6, students

  • Will be able to identify and explain in detail complex issues which are at the forefront of the study of archaeology (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6001)
  • Will be able to identify, find, and use effectively, a wide range of source materials to supplement those which have been prescribed by the module leader (all Level 6 modules).

Level 4

On completion of Level 4, students

  • Will be able to relate references to secondary source materials with their own ideas in their work (all Level 4 modules).
  • Will be able to collate information and ideas to form a well-reasoned argument (all Level 4 modules).
  • Will be able to interpret aspects of archaeology and heritage within a prescribed context (all Level 4 modules).

Level 5

On completion of Level 5, students

  • Will be able to integrate secondary source material effectively in their own work (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to identify, collate, critically analyse, interpret, and justify the relevance of a range of appropriate sources (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to produce a well-reasoned argument supported by relevant evidence (all Level 5 modules).

Level 6

On completion of Level 6, students

  • Will be able to integrate a range of primary and secondary source materials effectively with their own ideas in their work (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6000).
  • Will be able to identify, collate, critically evaluate, and justify links between different types of source material (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6000).
  • Will be able to devise and sustain a coherent argument supported by relevant evidence (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6000).
  • Will be able to make sophisticated judgements, using critical analysis and evaluation, in relation to a particular argument (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6000).

Level 4

On completion of Level 4, students

  • Will be able to convey information clearly, using accurate English expression (all Level 4 modules).
  • Will be able to adhere to word-count restrictions for assignments (all Level 4 modules).
  • Will be able to reference sources in a consistent manner in line with the guidance provided (all Level 4 modules).
  • Will be able to identify different approaches to the study of archaeology (HI4000, HI4003).
  • Will be able to identify and explain conflicting arguments within the study of archaeology (all modules, particularly HI4002 and HI4003).
  • Will be able to use limited methods of archaeological enquiry and have a broad understanding of a range of archaeological techniques (all Level 4 modules, particularly HI4000).

 

Level 5

On completion of Level 5, students

  • Will be able to convey complex information clearly and accurately, using appropriate English expression, grammar, and vocabulary (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to reference accurately a range of different types of sources, in line with the guidance provided (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to identify, explain, and use appropriately, relevant methods of archaeological enquiry (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to demonstrate application of archaeological method in the analysis of a range of sources (e.g HI5001, HI5008, HI5002);
  • Will be able to understand and explore conflicting assertions and arguments, weighing and adjudicating between alternative positions (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to analyse and solve straightforward problems by identifying, explaining and selecting appropriate approaches (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to operate effectively within employment contexts that require the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making (HI5002).

Level 6

On completion of Level 6, students

  • Will be able to convey, clearly and accurately, complex information and arguments, using appropriate English expression, grammar, and vocabulary (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6000).
  • Will be able to structure written work clearly and appropriately such that a clearly defined and sustained argument can be discerned (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6000).
  • Will be able to identify, critique, and justify the appropriate use of relevant methods of archaeological enquiry (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6000).
  • Will be able to demonstrate capacity to draw valid and, where appropriate, original conclusions from a range of sources, through independent enquiry and through the systematic application of archaeological methods (all Level 6 modules)
  • Will be able to critique conflicting assertions and arguments, and present a coherently reasoned, evidence-based evaluation (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6000).
  • Will be able to identify, analyse, and solve straightforward and complex problems by selecting, justifying, and using appropriate approaches (all Level 6 modules).
  • Will be able to create, implement, monitor, and evaluate a plan to achieve a limited number of agreed objectives (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6000).

Level 4

On completion of Level 4, students

  • Will be able to communicate information and ideas clearly, in a structured manner, both orally and in writing (all Level 4 modules).
  • Will be able to use specified forms of IT for the purpose of finding relevant sources (all Level 4 modules).
  • Will be able to use specified forms of IT in the presentation of information (all Level 4 modules).
  • Will be able to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses in communication (all Level 4 modules).
  • Will be able to work with others, meeting specified objectives and their own responsibilities (all Level 4 modules, particularly HI4000).

Level 5

On completion of Level 5, students

  • Will be able to communicate information and ideas clearly, orally and in writing, in a structured manner that demonstrates the development of an argument through to a rational conclusion (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to use a range of forms of IT for the purpose of finding relevant sources (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to use specified forms of IT to enhance the communication of information (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses in communication and identify their implications and relevance for personal development (all Level 5 modules).
  • Will be able to work with others, meeting specified objectives and their own responsibilities, using appropriate techniques for working with others (all Level 5 modules).

Level 6

On completion of Level 6, students

  • Will be able to communicate more complex information and ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, in a coherently structured manner that demonstrates the development of a sustained argument through to a rational conclusion (all Level 6 modules, particularly HI6000).
  • Will be able to identify and use a range of IT resources to enhance the communication of information (all Level 6 modules).
  • Will be able to identify collective objectives and personal responsibilities within a group situation, and use and evaluate strategies to meet them (all Level 6 modules).

This Archaeology Single Honours programme builds upon the foundation of the Combined Honours programme in Archaeology which the then History Department introduced in 1999.  The general structure of both the Single and the Combined Honours programmes include introductory modules at Level 4 and more specialist modules at Level 5 and (especially) at Level 6.  In all aspects it conforms to the Quality Assurances Agency's (hereafter, QAA) Archaeology Subject Benchmark Statement, 2014 (hereafter, ASBS), § 6 (Benchmark Standards) and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (hereafter, FHEQ), August 2008, §. 4 (Qualification Descriptors).

The Single Honours programme shares the general approach and rationale of the Combined Honours programme, with emphasis on the archaeology of Britain. It also retains the professional and academic collaboration with archaeologists from Cheshire West & Chester Council (hereafter, CWAC).  The Single Honours programme is considerably larger and broader than the Combined Honours programme.  Modules at all three levels explore a range of temporal and geographical aspects of archaeology.  Although the geographical focus primarily remains on Britain, modules at all three levels embrace aspects of European, Atlantic and world archaeology.  In addition, modules also focus on practical and fieldwork elements of archaeology, including, at Level 5, a compulsory and assessed participation in a major archaeological project, usually an excavation.  Archaeology Single Honours students are required to take the Level 5 summer term Experiential Learning: Archaeology module (HI5002), working together on the same excavation (for the foreseeable future the training excavations are directed and run by archaeologists from CWAC).

Our programme draws upon and exploits the rich surviving heritage of Chester and the surrounding region. The focus on British archaeology plays to the strengths and research specialisms of the programme team, which cover a broad chronological focus from prehistory to 21st century archaeology.  The academic programme includes field trips to and/or practical work within a region that embraces North Wales, the Northern Marches and North-West England with additional opportunities provided for work elsewhere in the UK relating to staff research projects. 

The Archaeology Single Honours programme includes a number of heritage modules that are relevant to students taking Archaeology. The strength of our heritage provision is one of the distinctive elements to the archaeology programme at the University of Chester with students able to engage with key issues of heritage presentation, management and practice at all levels of their degree.  Liaison with the Department of Geography & Development Studies has also presented the opportunity of building in a module option from geography on a related and useful topic at first year level complementing elements of environmental archaeological study developed in levels 5 and 6. The Archaeology Single Honours programme therefore embraces a number of strands that the students can explore at all three levels.  The core of the programme remains the archaeology of Britain and the methods, theories and skills that underpin the subject, whilst providing students scope to develop interests in a range of applied and thematic concepts and practices.

Level 4

At Level 4, Single Honours students must take one core 40-credit module, three core 20-credit modules, and choose one 20-credit optional module.

Level 4 Core Modules

HI4000 (Introduction to Archaeological Practice)

HI4001 (Introduction to the Archaeology of the British Isles)

HI4002 (Living with the Past: An Introduction to Archaeological Heritage)

HI4003 (Debates in World Archaeology)

Level 4 Optional Modules (choose one)

HI4005 (The Archaeology of the Sea and Seafaring in Britain and Ireland)

GE4001 (Introduction to Physical Geography and Geology)

Level 5

At Level 5, Single Honours students take three core modules, namely HI5008 (20 credits),  HI5001 (20 credits) and the summer term experiential learning in Archaeology, namely HI5002 (Experiential Learning: Archaeology), worth 20 credits.  In addition, Single Honours students take from an annually prepared list three optional modules each worth 20 credits. 

Level 5 Core Modules

HI5001 (The Archaeology of Material Culture)

HI5002 (Experiential Learning: Archaeology)

HI5008 (Archaeological Skills: Tools for Research and Analysis)

Level 5 Optional Modules (choose two)

HI5003 (Themes in British Prehistory: From Rock-Art to Hadrian's Wall)

HI5004 (The Archaeology of Medieval Britain, AD400-AD1500)

HI5005 (Recreating the Past: Archaeological Heritage Interpretation)

HI5010 (Reconstructing Past Environments)

HI5011 (The Contemporary Past)

Study Abroad

For those students who wish, and meet the requirements, the Archaeology Single Honours programme offers the opportunity to undertake a study year abroad at one of the University's exchange institutions through the selection of the 120-credit optional module WB5008 (The Study Abroad Experience).

Level 6

At Level 6, Single Honours students must take two core modules, namely HI6000 (Archaeology Dissertation), worth 40 credits, and HI6001 (Archaeology and Contemporary Society), worth 20 credits.  In addition, Single Honours students must choose from an annually prepared list three 20-credit optional modules.

Level 6 Core Modules

HI6000 (Archaeology Dissertation)

HI6001 (Archaeology and Contemporary Society)

Level 6 Optional Modules (choose three)

HI6008 (Vikings)

HI6009 (For Those About to Rock: Carved Stone Monuments and their Early Medieval Context)

HI6011 (The Archaeology of Human Remains)

HI6015 (Bioarchaeology)    

HI6018 (Preserving the Past: Managing and Presenting Buildings, Monuments and Collections) 

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
GE4001 4 Introduction to Physical Geography and Geology 20 Optional
HI4000 4 Introduction to Archaeological Practice 40 Comp
HI4001 4 Introduction to the Archaeology of the British Isles 20 Comp
HI4002 4 Living with the Past : An Introduction to Archaeological Heritage 20 Comp
HI4003 4 Debates in World Archaeology 20 Comp
HI4004 4 Greeks, Etruscans, Romans & Celts: Introduction to European Classical Archaeology 20 N/A
HI4005 4 The Archaeology of the Sea and Seafaring in Britain and Ireland 20 Optional
HI5000 5 Advanced Practical Skills in Archaeology 40 N/A
HI5001 5 The Archaeology of Material Culture 20 Comp
HI5002 5 Experiential Learning: Archaeology 20 Comp
HI5003 5 Themes in British Prehistory: From Rock-Art to Hadrian's Wall 20 Optional
HI5004 5 The Archaeology of Medieval Britain, AD 400-1500 20 Optional
HI5005 5 Recreating the Past: Archaeological Heritage Interpretation 20 Optional
HI5006 5 Landscape Archaeology of the British Isles 20 N/A
HI5008 5 Archaeological Skills: Tools for Research and Analysis 20 Comp
HI5009 5 Archaeology of Cult and Belief 20 N/A
HI5010 5 Reconstructing Past Environments 20 Optional
HI5011 5 The Contemporary Past 20 Optional
WB5008 5 The Study Abroad Experience 120 Optional
HI6000 6 Archaeology Dissertation 40 Comp
HI6001 6 Archaeology and Contemporary Society 20 Comp
HI6002 6 Collecting the Past: Museums and Material Culture 20 N/A
HI6003 6 The Archaeology of the Modern World, AD1500-2000 20 N/A
HI6004 6 Death and Burial 20 N/A
HI6005 6 Archaeology and the Irish Sea Province 20 N/A
HI6006 6 The Archaeology of Buildings 20 N/A
HI6007 6 Preserving the Past: Managing Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments 20 N/A
HI6008 6 Vikings 20 Optional
HI6009 6 For Those About to Rock: Carved Stone Monuments and their Early Medieval Context 20 Optional
HI6011 6 The Archaeology of Human Remains 20 Optional
HI6012 6 From Foragers to Farmers: The Mesolithic and Early Neolithic of the British Isles 20 N/A
HI6013 6 Palaeoecology and Environmental Archaeology 20 N/A
HI6014 6 The Archaeology of the 20th and Early 21st Centuries 20 N/A
HI6015 6 Bioarchaeology 20 Optional
HI6016 6 Romano-British Archaeology 20 N/A
HI6017 6 Later British Prehistory, c.1500BC - AD50 20 N/A
HI6018 6 Preserving the Past: Managing and Presenting Buildings, Monuments and Collections 20 Optional

120 credits = Certificate of Higher Education
240 credits = Diploma of Higher Education
360 credits = Bachelors Degree with Honours

UCAS points:

A minimum of 112 UCAS from GCE A Levels, or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/BBC.
GCE A Level: The department recommends one of the following subjects:
Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, History, Politics, Sociology
BTEC:

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM

BTEC Diploma: D*D*

Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects, including History
International Baccalaureate: 26 points, including History
QAA: Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR:

OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma: DD

 Extra Information:             We accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs.

The ASBS, 2014, inter alia comprises five substantive sections to guide the design, structure, content, delivery and assessment of Archaeology undergraduate degree programmes: Section 2 (Defining Principles and Contexts for Degree Programmes), which recommends that the following four contexts provide the foundation, namely (a) the historical and social, (b) the ethical and professional, (c) the theoretical and (d) the scientific; Section 3 (Subject Knowledge and Understanding); Section 4 (Skills), Section 5 (Teaching, Learning and Assessment), Section 6 (Benchmark Standards).  The text in Sections 24a, 26 & 28 of this programme specification aligns the programme of study to the ASBS, 2014, both generally and specifically.

The ASBS notes that degree programmes will vary in their aims, objectives and emphases with respect to the four contexts and that degree programmes 'will be located at different points within a triangle drawn between the complementary archaeologies of the humanities, sciences, and professional practice.'  This Single Honours programme lies towards the humanities corner of the 'triangle.'  However, professional practice underpins many applied aspects to fieldwork and analysis at all levels and optional modules offer students opportunities to engage in applied scientific research and techniques. The essential scientific contexts of theory and practice are also fully embraced.

Acknowledging ASBS, §. 5.1-5.8, the programme uses a wide range of learning and teaching methods, including: lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, field trips and private study. Specifically:

  • Lectures - stimulate interest and provide a frame of reference for further study.
  • Seminars - facilitate discussion and debate on key ideas and research issues within the discipline.
  • Tutorials/workshops/laboratory work - provide opportunities for more personalised direction and hands-on experience and practical skills.
  • Fieldwork/field visits - provide opportunities for first-hand experience of archaeological historical sites and fieldwork.
  • Private study.

The Department is committed to a broad and varied assessment regime which is recognised as central to the student learning experience (ASBS, §. 5.9-5.11).

  • Essays and written assignments - testing the ability to write within word limits, convey ideas with clarity and accuracy, reference to an academic standard and the ability to conduct private study and research.
  • Oral presentations - testing presentation skills, the ability to discuss issues with clarity and respond to questions.
  • Dissertation - testing the ability to conduct individual primary research and communicate ideas and information effectively in an academic manner and within word limits.
  • Portfolio - testing the ability to acquire key archaeological skills, analyse archaeological data and present material in a clear, effective manner.

Formative assessment is embedded at each Level.  All assessment is targeted to the learning outcomes of each module and to the programme overall.  All assessment feedback is linked to the stated learning outcomes of the relevant module, with effective communication a consistent requirement.

The successful graduate will possess effective skills in written and spoken communication, and the interpretation of texts and data. The graduate will be self-critical and reflective with a high level of skill in problem-solving, project management, relevant IT skills, collaborative learning and working to deadlines.  Graduates are envisaged as fully capable of working within the commercial archaeology sector at entry level.  They will have experience in the following skills: report writing, draftsmanship, map and mapping skills, excavation skills and a grounding in survey and geophysics and material handling and identification.  These skills will prepare them for entry level employment in archaeology or further research.

Areas of employment suitable for graduates include commercial archaeology, consultancy, quantity surveying, heritage management, estate management, countryside management, museums, illustration, IT, geographical information systems, planning, further archaeological research at higher degree level and many others for which the graduates' transferable skills make them fit for purpose.

The programme conforms to the University's policies and codes of practice on equal opportunities and diversity and widening access and participation. By its very nature, the programme addresses questions of race, gender, disability and age throughout its syllabus and at all levels of study. The Department is sensitive to the range of different educational needs required by students and thus coordinates its learning and teaching with Student Support & Guidance, in terms of study plans and various types of developmental advice, while its assessment regime is designed to evaluate a broad range of student skills and competencies.

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