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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BA (Hons) Archaeology

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Archaeology Programme codeUFA3GOAGOA07
Study mode(s)Part Time
Full Time
Academic year2024/5
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

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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?
Archaeology Stage 1 BA Option Modules 2024-5
ARC1007 Archaeological and Forensic Science Practicals 15 No
ARC1008 Forensic Archaeology 15 No
ARC1080 Archaeology and Heritage: Past and Futures 15 No
ARA1030 Introduction to Islamic Archaeology 15 No

Stage 2


30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules.

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

Compulsory Modules

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

Optional Modules

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Archaeology Stage 2 BA Option Modules 2024-5
ARA2014 Regions and Empires in Islamic Archaeology 15 No
ARC2118 Lords to Lepers: Medieval Social Worlds 15 No
ARC2124 Giving and Taking: Anthropology and Archaeology of Circulation and Exchange 15 No
ARC2130 Discovering the Past with Molecular Science 15 No
ARC2131 Palaeolithic Archaeology of Homo Sapiens 100,000-12,000 BP 15 No
ARC2132 Trading Places, Towns, Royal Palaces and Fortifications: Early Medieval Centres in Europe 15 No
ARC2400 Understanding the Landscape of Roman Britain 15 No
ARC2504 Zooarchaeology 15 No
ARC2512 Palaeobotany 15 No
ARC2513 Aerial Survey 15 No
ARC2514 Forensic Anthropology 15 No

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARC3000 Archaeological Dissertation 30Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Archaeology Final Stage BA Option Modules 2024-5
ARC3003 Professional Placement 30 No
ARC3006A Advanced Fieldschool 15 No
ARC3013 Practicing Archaeological, Forensic and Heritage Science 15 No
ARC3136 Advanced Fieldwork 15 No
ARC3118 Lords to Lepers: Medieval Social Worlds 15 No
ARC3124 Giving and Taking: Anthropology and Archaeology of Circulation and Exchange 15 No
ARC3131 Palaeolithic Archaeology of Homo Sapiens 100,000-12,000 BP 15 No
ARC3133 Digital Pasts 15 No
ARC3135 Trading Places, Towns, Royal Palaces and Fortifications: Early Medieval Centres in Europe 15 No
ARC3400 Understanding the Landscape of Roman Britain 15 No
ARC3510 Experimental Approaches to Forensic and Archaeological Investigations 15 No
ARC3512 Palaeobotany 15 No
ARC3513 Aerial Survey 15 No
ARC3611 Funerary Osteoarchaeology 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

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.

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

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

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