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Dissertation in Roman Archaeology (ARCM700)

StaffProfessor Martin Pitts - Lecturer
Professor Ioana Oltean - Convenor
Credit Value60
ECTS Value30
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

To pursue an individual programme of research applying appropriate principles and methodologies to a case-study approved by the programme director/s. You may choose between topics with an enhanced Archaeological element or an enhanced Ancient History element in agreement with the programme director/s.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate self-direction in the collating of information from disparate archaeological sources
  • 2. Demonstrate a practical understanding of established techniques and archaeological methodologies
  • 3. Analyse and integrate primary and published data, and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses and conclusions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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 Assimilate and critically analyse published/unpublished and field data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

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Research a topic as an independent individual
  • 7. Adhere to deadlines

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • one session introducing the requirements and scope of the dissertation, and one tutorial or online discussion session discussing an outline proposal
  • three tutorials giving specific advice on research topic and monitoring progress (times dependent on availability of supervisors during the summer)

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 63 hours: 1 x 2-hours introductory group seminar discussion and 1 x 1-hour individual tutorial to support the initiation of the project during the Spring Term. 3 hours: 3 x 1 tutorials with dissertation supervisor/s to support the pursuit of the project during the Summer Term and Vacation All the scheduled events may take place face to face, online, via email or phone.
Guided Independent Study594Independent study researching and preparing for dissertation submission.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research design500 - 600 words1-7Oral feedback
Initial bibliography1-7Oral feedback

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
Dissertation10020 000 words1-7Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
DissertationDissertation1-7Referral/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

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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