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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Archaeology

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Archaeology Programme codeUFA3GOAGOA07
Study mode(s)Part Time
Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The Single Honours BA (Hons) Archaeology degree allows you to develop an in-depth knowledge about a range of periods and places, as well as the broad variety of techniques and skills that archaeologists use to engage with the past.

It does not matter if you do not have an A-level in Archaeology – most students come to Exeter without any prior experience in the subject. Introductory modules will quickly bring you up to speed with the key topics and principles that underpin all archaeological research and allow you to explore the history and prehistory of the world.

Archaeology at Exeter is characterised by a wide range of choice, both in the topics covered by modules and the opportunities offered for field work. Modules in the second and final years fall into two categories: themes such as Egyptology, medieval, Neolithic, Roman or Bronze Age archaeology; and hands-on techniques such as analysing artefacts, animal bones, human and plant remains or understanding the landscape through methods such as aerial survey.

You will have the opportunity to take part in field work locally, elsewhere in the UK and further afield. Field work opportunities for undergraduate students have included surveys and excavations of a late Saxon town and Norman castle in Oxfordshire, Bronze Age domestic settlements in Kazakhstan, a prehistoric Indian village in South Dakota, and the prehistoric ritual landscape at Stonehenge.

In your first year, the modules you take will give you a solid grounding in the techniques of archaeology and the key topics that archaeologists study in all periods, from the earliest times to the later Middle Ages. During the second year you will take one of the fieldwork modules then choose from a series of options. Optional modules give you the flexibility to tailor your degree to your particular areas of interest. Subjects are varied and may include specific historical periods or cultures, or examining human bones and artefacts. The only compulsory module in the third year is the Dissertation which many students find the most rewarding part of their degree. It gives you the chance to carry out independent research in an area of most interest to you. You will also choose optional modules which may include a work placement.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The Single Honours BA (Hons) Archaeology degree allows you to develop an in-depth knowledge about a range of periods and places, as well as the broad variety of techniques and skills that archaeologists use to engage with the past.

It does not matter if you do not have an A-level in Archaeology – most students come to Exeter without any prior experience in the subject. Introductory modules will quickly bring you up to speed with the key topics and principles that underpin all archaeological research and allow you to explore the history and prehistory of the world.

Archaeology at Exeter is characterised by a wide range of choice, both in the topics covered by modules and the opportunities offered for field work. Modules in the second and final years fall into two categories: themes such as Egyptology, medieval, Neolithic, Roman or Bronze Age archaeology; and hands-on techniques such as analysing artefacts, animal bones, human and plant remains or understanding the landscape through methods such as aerial survey.

You will have the opportunity to take part in field work locally, elsewhere in the UK and further afield. Field work opportunities for undergraduate students have included surveys and excavations of a late Saxon town and Norman castle in Oxfordshire, Bronze Age domestic settlements in Kazakhstan, a prehistoric Indian village in South Dakota, and the prehistoric ritual landscape at Stonehenge.

In your first year, the modules you take will give you a solid grounding in the techniques of archaeology and the key topics that archaeologists study in all periods, from the earliest times to the later Middle Ages. During the second year you will take one of the fieldwork modules then choose from a series of options. Optional modules give you the flexibility to tailor your degree to your particular areas of interest. Subjects are varied and may include specific historical periods or cultures, or examining human bones and artefacts. The only compulsory module in the third year is the Dissertation which many students find the most rewarding part of their degree. It gives you the chance to carry out independent research in an area of most interest to you. You will also choose optional modules which may include a work placement.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/ 

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARC1010 Themes in World Archaeology 15No
ARC1020 Essential Archaeological Methods 15No
ARC1030 Investigating British Archaeology 15No
ARC1040 Artefacts and Materials 15No
ARC1070 Practical Skills in Archaeology 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARC S1 BA Arc SH opt 2023-4
ARA1030 Introduction to Islamic Archaeology 15 No
ARC1007 Archaeological and Forensic Science Practicals 15 No
ARC1008 Forensic Archaeology 15 No
ARC1050 Objects: Contexts and Display 15 No

Stage 2


30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules (including HUM2000 and HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace).

a You must take either ARC2003 or ARC2004 (you cannot choose both).

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARC ARC2003-ARC2004 [See note a above]
ARC2003 Archaeological Fieldwork Project 30 Yes
ARC2004 Archaeological Fieldschool 30 Yes

Optional Modules

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARC S2 BA SH and CH opt 2023-4
ARC2003 Archaeological Fieldwork Project 30 No
ARA2014 Regions and Empires in Islamic Archaeology 15 No
ARC2004 Archaeological Fieldschool 30 No
ARC2012 Monumental Changes: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain and Ireland 15 No
ARC2120 Things and Us: Ancient and Contemporary Material Culture 15 No
ARC2121 Brooches, Beads, Swords and Shields: Early Medieval Material Culture 15 No
ARC2123 Sustainability and Collapse in Past Societies 15 No
ARC2130 Discovering the Past with Molecular Science 15 No
ARC2401 Understanding the Landscape of Medieval Britain 15 No
ARC2406 Medieval Castles in Context 15 No
ARC2408 Romanisation: Interaction, Conquest and Change in Late Iron Age and Roman Dacia 15 No
ARC2504 Zooarchaeology 15 No
ARC2514 Forensic Anthropology 15 No
ARC2516 Human Origins and Evolution: the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic 15 No
CLA2514 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence) - Pompeii: Destruction, Discovery and Afterlife 15 No
CLA2517 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence): Hellenistic Palaces in West Asia 15 No
HIH2002 Uses of the Past 30 No
HIH2208A Medieval Paris 30 No
HIH2234 Sailors, Slavery and Piracy: The Atlantic World, 1600 - 1800 30 No
HIH2592 Science, Empire, and Natural History Museums: A Global Perspective 30 No
HUM HUM2000-HUM2001
HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace 30 No
HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace 15 No
HUM HUM2004-HUM2005
HUM2004 Making a Career in Publishing 15 No
HUM2005 Tales of Freedom, Necessity and Providence 15 No

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARC3000 Archaeological Dissertation 30Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARC SF BA SH and CH opt 2023-4
ARC3003 Professional Placement 30 No
ARC3006 Advanced Fieldwork Project 15 No
ARC3011 Practicing Archaeological Science 15 No
ARC3012 Monumental changes: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain and Ireland 15 No
ARC3120 Things and Us: Ancient and Contemporary Material Culture 15 No
ARC3121 Brooches, Beads, Swords and Shields: Early Medieval Material Culture 15 No
ARC3123 Sustainability and Collapse in Past Societies 15 No
ARC3401 Understanding the Landscape of Medieval Britain 15 No
ARC3406 Medieval Castles in Context 15 No
ARC3510 Experimental Approaches to Forensic and Archaeological Investigations 15 No
ARC3516 Human Origins and Evolution: the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic 15 No
ARC3611 Funerary Osteoarchaeology 15 No
ARC3408 Romanisation: Interaction, Conquest and Change in Late Iron Age and Roman Dacia 15 No
ARC3133 Digital Pasts 15 No
HUM HUM3000s
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
HUM3015 The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China 15 No
HUM3016 Book Publishing: Principles of Book Commissioning, Editing and Design 30 No
HUM3003A Hacking the Humanities: How to Plan and Run Successful Digital Projects 15 No
HUM3003 Hacking the Humanities: How to Plan and Run Successful Digital Projects 30 No
HUM3004 Transforming the Tablet: Digital Approaches to Ancient Text and Artefact 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Understand basic archaeological techniques and appreciate their major advantages and disadvantages.
2. Appreciate the relationship between data collected in the field and its interpretation. 3 Identify the different roles of professional archaeologists.
3. Identify the different roles of professional archaeologists.
4. Understand the chronology of archaeological periods and the main themes in archaeology from early prehistory to the end of the Middle Ages.
5. Show familiarity with some key archaeological sites and finds.
6. Show competence in the various techniques of practical Archaeology and an understanding of their problems and possibilities.
7. Use appropriate archaeological terminology.
8. Deploy information from technical projects and sources.
9. Demonstrate understanding (at increasing depth,according to level) of thematic/methodological issues (increasingly complex, according to level).

1-3 are developed initially through ARC1020, ARC1040 and ARC1070 followed by ARC2003/4, and developed in increasing sophistication through fieldwork and professional placement options during the final stage.

4 and 5 are developed through ARC1010, ARC1030 and ARC1060, and then through various thematic options in the second and final stages.

6-8 are developed through ARC1020, ARC1040, ARC1050 and ARC 1070, and in stage 2 through ARC2003/4, and ARC3000 in the final stage.

9 is developed through the optional thematic modules taken across all three stages. The level of competence expected of you increases in each stage of the programme. Methodological issues area introduced through ARC1020 an ARC1070 and developed through ARC2003/4. The chronological and thematic framework is introduced in ARC1010, ARC1030 and ARC1060 in stage 1 and developed through many options in the second and final stages. ARC3000 in the final stage brings the methodological and thematic elements together in an independent research dissertation.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of term-time essays, other written reports/projects, oral presentations, a fieldwork-related project, a dissertation and unseen examinations.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

10. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources.
11. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research.
12. Judge between competing views.
13. Understand the difference between qualitative and quantitative data
14. Show clear awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research
15. Think and write broadly about large themes
16. Comprehend and deploy complex terminology and discourses.
17. Use a library, field visits and the world-wide web to find information.
18. Deploy critical argument, based on professional standards of evidence use.
19. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, evidence
20. Reference sources accurately in written work, including use of the Harvard system in Archaeology
21. Answer questions concisely in writing.
22. Present work and answer questions orally
23. Think of pertinent and intellectually demanding questions to ask other students.

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme, but the emphasis becomes more complex as you move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both presentation and class discussion).

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of term-time essays, other written reports/projects, oral presentations, a fieldwork-related project, a dissertation and unseen examinations.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

24. Undertake independent study and work to deadlines.
25. Use a word processor, and the world-wideweb.
26. Digest, select and organise material from disparate sources for suitably illustrated, clear and concise written work of varying length.
27. Evaluate own work.
28. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
29. Work with others as part of a team.
30. Interact effectively with peers and staff
31. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
32. Plan and execute a demanding piece of work over a long time scale.
33. Adapt and transfer the critical methods of the disciplines into unfamiliar contexts, including a variety of working environments.

24 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme, notably the Dissertation (ARC3000).

25 is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed, and through use of the internet as a general research tool in all modules. There is further scope for developing IT skills through module options.

26 is developed through a variety of written assignments throughout the programme.

27 is developed through appraisals and the qualitative self-assessment involved in completing cover sheets for all assignments.

28 is initiated as group work and presentations at stage 1 and developed through group and individual presentations and class and small group-based debates and seminars in option modules in the second and final stages.

The skills in 29-31 are developed through interaction in seminars and in discussion with tutors about essay work, and in response to critical comment, both collective and individual. There is also particular emphasis on 29-30 during fieldwork modules (ARC2003/4).

32 is developed through the Archaeology Fieldwork Project in stage 2 and dissertation work in the final stage (both of which have work towards an end-of-module deadline).

10 is developed through during fieldwork activities in ARC2003/4.

The skills in 24-26 are assessed in all modules. 26 is covered by the fact that you prepare written assignments of differing lengths.

Formative assessment of group oral presentations (28-29, 31) occurs in ARC1030.

32 is covered by the dissertation.

33 is assessed through field and placement reports.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students within Archaeology have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study, whom they meet at least three times a year, and who are available for at least two hours a week. Personal tutors also conduct a Personal Development Planning (PDP) interview in January when students discuss a pre-completed self-appraisal with their tutor, and agree an 'action plan' to consolidate and improve performance over the coming year.

Programme handbooks and other useful information can be accessed via the student intranet: http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/taughthandbook/ .

Other useful information and student resources can be accessed via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE): http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/login/index.php , which has specific information on library skills, essay writing and research skills.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Archaeology

19. UCAS Code

V400

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Archaeology

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

01/09/2021