Students should note that all of the modules below may not be available to them.

Undergraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Undergraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

Postgraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

AR1001 The Archaeology of Ireland in Context
AR2014 Artefact Studies
AR2016 The Development of Archaeological Thought
AR2033 Chalcolithic and Bronze Age Europe
AR2034 The Archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland and Britain
AR2037 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
AR2038 Human Remains for Archaeologists
AR2042 The Archaeology of Later Medieval Ireland, c.AD 1100-1550
AR2044 Heritage Management and Archaeology
AR2045 Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork
AR2046 Geoarchaeology Field School
AR2047 The Iron Age in Western and Central Europe
AR3010 Research Project
AR3030 Dissertation
AR3031 Archaeological Ceramics
AR3039 The Archaeology of the Early Irish Church
AR3040 Health, Diet and Disease in Early Societies
AR3045 The Industrial Archaeology of Ireland, 1750-1930
AR3050 Archaeo-palynology
AR3051 Wetland archaeology and palaeoenvironments
AR3052 Beyond the Celtic World - Ireland in the First Millennium BC
AR3053 Landscape Archaeology
AR3054 Late Iron Age Ireland and the Roman World
AR3055 Transitions in Prehistory: Ireland in the Third Millennium BC
AR3056 The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Ireland, c.1550-1750
AR3060 Archaeological Approaches to Forensic Science
AR6001 Dissertation in Archaeological Excavation
AR6002 Research Skills Seminar
AR6003 Dissertation in Human Osteoarchaeology
AR6004 Archaeological Excavation: Planning and Research Design
AR6005 Archaeological Excavation: Strategy and Practice
AR6006 Post-Excavation Analysis and Interpretation
AR6007 Case Studies in Archaeological Excavation
AR6008 Training Excavation
AR6009 Mortuary Theory
AR6011 Biocultural Approaches to Human Remains
AR6012 Palaeopathology Seminar
AR6013 Archaeological Survey and Remote Sensing
AR6014 Osteoarchaeology Laboratory
AR6022 The Museum in the 21st Century
AR6023 The Museum Environment
AR6025 Museums and The Public
AR6026 Museum Placement 1
AR6027 Dissertation in Museum Studies
AR6028 Museum Curation: Objects, Their Collection, Recording and Presentation
AR6029 Work Placement 2
AR6030 The Exhibition Experience

AR1001 The Archaeology of Ireland in Context

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Max 300.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Fieldwork (1-day Field Trip); 75 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 25 x 1hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Tomas O Carragain, Department of Archaeology; Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology; Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide an introduction to the study of archaeology with particular reference to the archaeology of Ireland and to selected topics in world archaeology.

Module Content: This module provides a general introduction to the discipline of Archaeology for students who have no particular background in this subject. Students are introduced to the aims and practices of archaeology as a modern scientific discipline and career option. The module also provides a general introduction to the archaeology of Ireland, spanning some ten millennia from the earliest human settlement of the island to the early modern era.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Acquire a broad understanding of the theoretical concerns and methodologies employed by archaeologists.
?Have a general appreciation of the archaeology of Ireland, from earliest times to the early modern period.
?Acquire practical experience in the identification and interpretation of past material culture (artifacts, monuments and archaeological landscapes).
?Be placed in a strong position to acquire further knowledge of archaeology, as well as practical experience in this field.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Formal Written Examination 180 marks; Continuous Assessment 120 marks (1 x In-class Test 30 marks; 1 x Field Trip 15 marks; Tutorial Work [slide test, notebook and attendance at tutorial] 45 marks; 2 x 1,500 word essays 30 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated ( by taking an additional 1 x 3hr written paper).

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AR2014 Artefact Studies

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 22 x 1hr(s) Lectures (excluding museum visit); 2 x 1hr(s) Practicals (including drawing classes).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology; Ms Rose Cleary, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the study of archaeological artefacts and the skills involved in their analysis.

Module Content: This module aims to give students an appreciation of archaeological artefacts and the skills involved in their curation and analysis. A number of case studies are discussed in lectures while analytical and drawing skills are examined in practical sessions. A museum field-trip is an integral part of the module.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Identify the use of raw materials in antiquity, their properties and geological sources.
?Interpret the technological processes connected to the productionof ancient artifacts.
?Assess the principles of conventional artefact recording and the methods employed.
?Be able to evaluate the various scientific approaches to the analysis of archaeological artifacts.
?Assess the range of information that artefacts can provide in regard to past human societies.
?Appreciate the role of museums in the curation of archaeological artefacts and their presentation to the public.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (1 x project).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (essay(s) in lieu of any failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment, as prescribed by the Department).

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AR2016 The Development of Archaeological Thought

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Tutorials.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology; Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide students with an insight into the key concepts and debates in archaeological theory.

Module Content: This module examines theoretical approaches to understanding the human past. The historical origins of different schools of thought are considered. Using case studies, these approaches are applied to the interpretation of the archaeological record. The module includes formal lectures on the major concepts and ongoing debates in archaeological theory, as well as small group discussion sessions.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Appreciate the contribution archaeology has made to an informed understanding of human behaviour in the past.
?Assess the interpretative history of the discipline of Archaeology.
?Identify how the different intellectual constructs are used within or beyond the discipline of archaeology to interpret the past.
?Evaluate major themes in the development of archaeological thought, including internal debates and external influences.
?Explain current issues in archaeological theory and the major terms used in such debates.
?Acquire critical learning and writing skills through selective reading and note-taking, and through essay writing.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1,500 word Essay 50 marks: Class Assessments (Presentation and test) 50 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) (in lieu of failed Class assessments (Presentation and Test)) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Submit Essay in lieu of Failed Essay; Supplemental Autumn exam in lieu of failed Class Presentations and Class Test).

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AR2033 Chalcolithic and Bronze Age Europe

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: The goal of this course is to provide students with a broad introduction to the later prehistory of continental Europe and Britain, with reference to Ireland. The student will be introduced to the various issues and debates surrounding the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age periods in Europe.

Module Content: This course will examine developments in human society in western Europe from the Chalcolithic to the Late Bronze Age. The origins and early development of metallurgy will be considered. The thematic approach will explore the social and cultural context of human life in this period, drawing comparisons between developments in Ireland and other regions of Europe.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Interpret the development of Chalcolithic and Bronze Age societies in Europe.
?Identify the range of archaeological evidence from these periods of European prehistory.
?Assess the key sites and monuments of the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age in Europe.
?Assess the key artifact finds from these periods.
?Examine interpretative approaches to the study of the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (1 x 1,500 word Departmental Essay 30 marks; Attendance on Fieldtrip 10 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (essay(s) in lieu of any failed element(s) of Continous Assessment, as prescribed by the Department.).

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AR2034 The Archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland and Britain

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 1day(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr John Sheehan, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Tomas O Carragain, Department of Archaeology; Mr John Sheehan, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: This module has two principal objectives: first, to provide students with a broad introduction to the archaeology of early medieval societies in Britain; and secondly, in the light of this evidence, to provide them with more detailed knowledge of aspects of the archaeology of early medieval Ireland.

Module Content: The module considers the rich archaeological evidence for societies in Ireland and Britain during the early medieval period. The first part focuses on Britain, paying special attention to the period between the collapse of the Roman Empire and the arrival of the Vikings, though Viking Age changes are also considered. The second part looks in more detail at aspects of the archaeology of early medival Ireland. Themes considered include ethnicity, identity and gender; daily life, agriculture and trade; the archaeology of kingship; and the evidence for both pagan and Christian rituals and beliefs.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Identify and review some of the main categories of archaeological evidence relating to Anglo-Saxon England.
?Identify and review some of the main categories of archaeological evidence relating to early medieval northern and western Britain.
?Analyse some of the main categories of archaeological evidence relating to early medieval Ireland.
?Evaluate and assess, from an archaeological perspective, significant social and economic developments in Ireland during the early medieval period.
?Compare and contrast Ireland and her closest neighbours in the early medieval period.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (1 x Departmental Test 30 marks; Attendance on fieldtrip 10 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward, Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit essay(s) in lieu of failed elements of continuous assessment as prescribed by the Department.).

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AR2037 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Benjamin Gearey, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Benjamin Gearey, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: This module will introduce students to environmental archaeology, palaeoeconomy and geoarchaeology. It will outline the main methods and approaches commonly employed and illustrate the practical application of these different techniques to the analysis of archaeological sites and their contribution to understanding of past landscapes and people. It will also situate scientific approaches to the study of the past within the broader context of archaeological enquiry, demonstrating the importance of an integrated approach to the record.

Module Content: The module will take a broad focus covering the most commonly employed techniques including: pollen analysis, plant macrofossil and beetle studies and the analysis of animal bones. It will provide examples through case studies of the critical contribution that environmental archaeology has made to the understanding sites, landscapes and cultures. The module will also introduce students to geoarchaeology. The focus will be on understanding environmental archaeology both as a practical set of techniques and ultimately as an integral and essential part of archaeological enquiry.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Show an understanding of the basic application of different environmental archaeological techniques
?Assess the role of environmental archaeology and paleoeconomy in the analysis of different sites and landscapes
?Determine the contribution that environmental archaeology, palaeoeconomy and geoarchaeology has made to broader archaeological enquiry in Ireland and further afield.
?Show an understanding of the importance of an integrated approach to past peoples and cultures.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (1 x class test 30 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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AR2038 Human Remains for Archaeologists

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): AR1001

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12hr(s) Lectures; 12hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: The principal objective of this practical course is to equip the students with the basic skills necessary to deal with human cranial remains that they might encounter in the course of archaeological fieldwork.

Module Content: The practical element of this course is built around imparting a detailed knowledge of the human skull and, in particular, the ability to identify fragmentary human crania in varying degrees of preservation. Legal and ethical issues concerned with the retrieval of human remains are discussed as are issues related to excavation and curation.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Outline the legal status of archaeological human remains in Ireland
?Outline ethical issues attached to the recovery and curation of archaeological human remains
?Identify the bones of the human skull
?Identify fragments of human skull bones
?Side fragments of human skull bones
?Outline the principal methods used to determine sex in archaeological skeletal material
?Outline the principal methods used to estimate age-at-death in archaeological skeletal material.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay, 30 marks; In-class practical tests, 70 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students failing the In-Class Practical Tests overall, or the essay, must submit essays in lieu of these, as prescribed by the Department.).

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AR2042 The Archaeology of Later Medieval Ireland, c.AD 1100-1550

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide students with an overview of the archaeology of later medieval Ireland, c.AD 1100-1550

Module Content: An overview of the archaeology of the period c. AD 1100-1550. The main emphasis will be on the principal theoretical and methodological approaches applied to the study of settlement forms, economy, society and material culture in Ireland, in the later medieval period.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Evaluate the principal changes in later medieval Gaelic and Anglo-Norman society
?Identify the new landscape forms developed in Ireland during this period
?Assess the role of the Church as cultural bridge to contemporary Europe and as an agent of change
?Critically evaluate the extent to which Ireland became a colonial society in the later medieval period.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay, 30 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Pass elements carried forward; essay set in lieu of failed elements of CA.).

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AR2044 Heritage Management and Archaeology

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide students with an overview of heritage management and the archaeological resource in Ireland.

Module Content: This module examines several aspects of the heritage/cultural resource management of archaeology in Ireland. These include heritage education, conservation/regeneration, heritage interpretation, cultural tourism, the management of historic buildings and landscapes and role of heritage in the construction of identities.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Develop and understand the principles of heritage interpretation and their application to archaeological projects
?Identify ways in which heritage management can facilitate both physical and intellectual access to Ireland's archaeological resource
?Understand the principles underlying the management of archaeological sites and landscapes
?Gain a wider appreciation of the role of archaeology in forging community identities and how they might assist in their generation.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x Project 50 marks (2000 words); 1 x class test 25 marks; 1 x fieldtrip report 25 marks (1000 words)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Essay(s) in lieu of any failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment, as prescribed by the Department)).

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AR2045 Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): AR1001 or AR2200 or AR2111

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 35 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 1day(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology; Mr Nick Hogan, Department of Archaeology; Ms Connie Kelleher, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide students with the practical knowledge necessary to understand and apply the methods and principles of archaeological fieldwork, including field survey, excavation and underwater archaeology.

Module Content: This course aims to introduce students to the principles and methods of archaeological field survey. The student will be introduced to the different ways archaeologists collect survey information in the field. Topics covered include the organisation of archaeology in Ireland; the legal framework for Irish archaeology and heritage protection; documentary and map studies; and many different approaches to site investigation, from the use of aerial reconnaissance to geophysical survey. Students are required to carry out a field survey project. The course then moves on to examine excavation practice in modern archaeology, ending with an overview of underwater archaeology detailing its history and development. Fieldtrips are an integral part of the module.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Identify and review the sources used in archaeological field survey in Ireland.
?Apply basic archaeological field survey and monument description techniques
?Collate cartographic, documentary and field information with other sources, to produce reports on field monuments.
?Assess the overall approach to archaeological excavation and the methodologies involved.
?Trace the history and development of underwater archaeology in Ireland and abroad.
?Examine current practice and legislation in respect to underwater archaeology in Ireland.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x Field-Survey Project 120 marks; 1 x In-Class assessment 60 marks; Fieldtrip participation 20 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Written submissions as prescribed by the Department).

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AR2046 Geoarchaeology Field School

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): AR1001

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 1 x 1weeks(s) Fieldwork (residential field school); 14 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Benjamin Gearey, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Benjamin Gearey, Department of Archaeology; Staff, Department of Archaeology; Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To provide students with the knowledge necessary to understand and apply the methods and principles of geoarchaeological fieldwork, including field survey and terrain mapping, palaeoenvironmental sampling and landscape analysis.

Module Content: This module aims to introduce students to the principles and methods of geoarchaeological fieldwork and their application to the analysis of historic landscapes. The student will be introduced to the different ways archaeologists collect site and landscape information. Topics include documentary and map studies, remote sensing techniques, site survey methods and palaeoenvironmental sampling. Students will participate in a landscape survey leading to the compilation of a survey project.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Devise appropriate research strategies towards the analysis of different types of historic landscape.
?Apply different geoarchaeological methods in the recording and analysis of historic landscapes.
?Collate cartographic, documentary and field information with other sources, to produce reports on archaeological monuments and landscapes.
?Assess which geoarchaeological methods are suitable for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in different contexts.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x Field-Survey Project 100 marks; 1 x Fieldwork Assignments Diary 100 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Fieldwork Project(s) in lieu of any failed element(s) of CA, as prescribed by the Department.).

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AR2047 The Iron Age in Western and Central Europe

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the Iron Age of Western and Central Europe, providing an overview over the archaeology of contemporary communities from Ireland to Slovenia and Austria to Denmark as well as the main interpretative issues of the period.

Module Content: The diversity of archaeological expression as well as shared characteristics and role and effect of the interaction with Greeks, Etruscans and Romans will be a focus in discussing Iron Age communities, their emergence and decline over the course of the Hallstatt and La Tene period. Students will be introduced to sites, characteristic artefacts, historic events and places and shifts in interpretation of these in recent research, such as the issue of the Celts.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Trace the range and development of archaeological communities during the European Iron Age.
?Identify and review technological and cultural characteristics of the period and their change over time.
?Critically assess interpretations of this material in regard to past and current interpretation.
?Articulate current issues in European Iron Age archaeology.
?Compare and contrast the archaeology of select study regions.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (Continuous Assessment 40 marks (Group Project)).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Essay(s) in lieu of failed element(s) of Continuou Assessment as prescribed by the Department).

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AR3010 Research Project

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (Independent supervised research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to archaeological research methods and test their ability to complete an archaeological project on a theme related to any module taken or being taken in the Archaeology Department.

Module Content: Students are required to submit a 3,000-4,000 word dissertation, which can be an essay based on archaeological literature, an analysis of a body of material, or a fieldwork project (depending on availability of material and adequate supervision). The standard of organisation and presentation (complete bibliography, proper referencing, adequate and clear illustration) is important.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Formulate an original research topic.
?Identify and access appropriate bibliographic resources and other sources of relevant information.
?Identify and apply appropriate research methods.
?Synthesise information on the chosen archaeological theme, with the appropriate referencing.
?Prepare a bibliography appropriate to the project.
?Communicate research results effectively in a written presentation.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 - 4,000 word dissertation).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Any failed or non-submitted dissertation must be submitted for the Autumn Supplemental Examination).

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AR3030 Dissertation

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: No Limit.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (Independent supervised research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to archaeological research methods and test their ability to complete an archaeological project on a theme related to any module taken or being taken in the Archaeology Department.

Module Content: Students are required to submit at 6,000-8,000 word dissertation, which can be an essay based on archaeological literature, an analysis of a body of material, or a fieldwork project (depending on availability of material and adequate supervision). The standard of organisation and presentation (complete bibliography, proper referencing, adequate and clear illustration) is important.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Formulate an original research topic.
?Identify and access appropriate bibliographic resources and other sources of relevant information.
?Identify and apply appropriate research methods.
?Synthesise information on the chosen archaeological theme, with the appropriate referencing.
?Prepare a bibliography appropriate to the project.
?Communicate research results effectively in a written presentation.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 6,000 - 8,000 word dissertation).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Any failed or non-submitted dissertation must be submitted for the Autumn Supplemental Examination).

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AR3031 Archaeological Ceramics

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 20 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 5 x 2hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Ms Rose Cleary, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Ms Rose Cleary, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: The course will provide a foundation in ceramics from the Neolithic to post-medieval periods. On completion, the student will be familiar with and able to identify a range of ceramics including domestic and funerary pottery and other ceramic products.

Module Content: The course will examine raw materials and the technology of pottery production, trade and exchange and the uses of pottery studies for archaeology. Case studies include Irish Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery, post-Roman imported pottery, Viking and Anglo-Norman pottery, post-medieval ceramics including structural and other clay products.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Assess the methods of pottery production in antiquity and the historic period.
?Examine the application of pottery studies in archaeological interpretation.
?Outline the sources used to research and analyse pottery, including ethnography, scientific analyses and observation.
?Identify Irish prehistoric and historic ceramics, including pottery, roof and floor tiles, clay pipes and other ceramic.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (2 x Class tests 25 marks each (50 marks);).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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AR3039 The Archaeology of the Early Irish Church

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 1day(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Tomas O Carragain, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Tomas O Carragain, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: The objective of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the archaeological evidence for the process of conversion to Christianity in Ireland and the development of ecclesiastical power structures over the course of the early medieval period (c.AD 400-1150)

Module Content: The module begins with a consideration of the spread of Christianity in western Europe, after which there is a detailed exploration of the process of conversion in Ireland in the light of the rich excavation record. We then consider themes such as church foundation and organisation, ecclesiastical landholding, the economy of church sites and their lands, and their relationships with kings and nobles. Attention then turns to the layout of major ecclesiastical sites and the buildings and monuments found at them, including relics, sculpture, churches and round towers. Finally, the impact of the ecclesiastical reforms at the end of the period are considered.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Critically assess the archaeological evidence for the conversion of Ireland to Christianity.
?Use archaeological evidence to evaluate the principal models that have been put forward for the organisation of the early Irish Church.
?Examine the range of ideas that may be embodied in the layout of Irish early ecclesiastical sites.
?Critically assess current theories about the monuments and buildings found at major ecclesiastical sites.
?From an archaeological perspective, examine the impact of the Gregorian reform on early ecclesiastical sites in Ireland.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3000 word essay (60 marks); 1 x class test (30 marks); Field trip attendance (10 marks).).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Essay(s), as prescribed by the Department).

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AR3040 Health, Diet and Disease in Early Societies

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: The objective of the practical element of this course is to equip the students with the basic skills necessary to deal with the human postcranial skeleton that they might encounter in the course of archaeological fieldwork.

Module Content: The practical element of this course is built around imparting a detailed knowledge of the human postcranial skeleton and, in particular, the ability to identify fragmentary human skeletal remains in varying degrees of preservation. Research into past diets are discussed and the course will also consider the origins and evolution of human diseases.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Demonstrate familiarity with the bones of the human postcranial skeleton.
?Identify fragments of human postcranial bones.
?Side fragments of the human postcranial skeleton.
?Assess information on current issues in paleodietary studies.
?Assess information on current issues in palaeopathology.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (1 x Class Test 50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Essay(s) in lieu of any failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment, as prescribed by the Deparment).

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AR3045 The Industrial Archaeology of Ireland, 1750-1930

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide students with an overview of the archaeology of industrial society in Ireland, c.AD 1750-1930.

Module Content: An overview of the archaeology of industry and industrial society in Ireland, in the period c.AD 1750-1930. The main emphasis will be on an introduction to the main theoretical and methodological approaches applied to the study of settlement forms, economy, society and material culture in Ireland in the latter historical period.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Understand the nature of incipient industrialisation in Ireland before AD 1750 and identify its landscape impacts.
?Critically evaluate the physical development of the types of industry created in Ireland before AD 1930.
?Gain an active appreciation of the application of recent methodological approaches in landscape archaeology to material culture of Irish industrialisation.
?Contextualise Ireland's role in the industrialisation of Britain and the continent.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (essay in lieu of failed elements, as prescribed by Dept.).

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AR3050 Archaeo-palynology

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Benjamin Gearey, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Benjamin Gearey, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: This module will introduce students to the practice of palynology, the analysis of sub-fossil pollen. It aims to provide students with a rigorous grounding in pollen analysis within the context of archaeological sites and questions (archaeo-palynology) in particular, with a focus ranging from site to landscape. It will also highlight the role of palynology within broader environmental archaeological frameworks in Ireland and further afield.

Module Content: This module will be structured around lectures/seminars and practical classes. The lectures will introduce students to the theory and method of palynology, with subsequent practical classes allowing students to develop 'hands on' laboratory skills, including microscopic indentification of pollen grains, data presentation and analyses. The module will also incorporate comprehensive case studies of the application of palynological data in archaeological research, including landscape scale themes such as the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition, Holocene climatic and cultural change and human activity and site-specific studies of environmental context and economy.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Apply basic theory, method and practice of palynology, including sample collection, sub-sampling and laboratory techniques including pollen extraction, microscope identification and data presentation.
?Critically interpret palynological data in terms of patterns of vegetatior change, human activity and the associated archaeological record.
?Show an appreciation of the contribution that such data can make to understandiing of long term patterns of environmental change.
?Assess the role of pollen analysis within broader archaeological study.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (2 x Class Tests 20 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (essay(s) in lieu of any failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment, as prescribed by the Department).

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AR3051 Wetland archaeology and palaeoenvironments

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Benjamin Gearey, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Benjamin Gearey, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: This module will introduce students to wetland archaeology, the archaeological study of wetlands including peat bogs, river floodplains and coastal environments. It will present the importance of such contexts for the integrated study of archaeology and environmental archaeology. It will contrast the forms of information provided by wetland environments with terrestrial contexts and demonstrate the importance of information from both contexts for an integrated understanding of past human activity. The module will also highlight the particular methodological approaches to investigating wetland sites.

Module Content: This module will be structured around lectures/seminars and a field trip. It will outline the formation processes of wetland environments and consider the processes underpinning the exceptional preservation of organic material in wetland environments. The module will focus on a series of case studies of iconic wetland sites and finds from Ireland and beyond, including the Ceide Fields of Co. Mayo, human remains from the peatlands of northwest Europe ('bog bodies'), the trackway complexes of the Irish midlands, the prehistoric 'lake settlements' of the Somerset Levels of southwest England and Fenlands of eas England. The module will also include a significant focus on the critical contextual information provided by palaeoenvironmental data, the preservation of which is a key feature of wetland sites and landscapes. The module will also consider the fragility and vulnerability of wetland sites to a range of natural and anthropogenic threats.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Interpret the particular formation processes of wetland environments and their significance for human activity and the archaeological record.
?Appreciate the difference between teh preservation environments of wetland and dryland contexts and the implications for the survival of different forms of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental remains.
?Assess the importance of wetland sites for the integration of archaeolgical and palaeoenvironmental datasets.
?Critically evaluate the contribution that wetland archaeology has made to archaeological understanding and understand the specific methodological approaches to different wetland environments.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (Class Test 30 marks; Attendance on Fieldtrip 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (essay in lieu of failed element of Continuous Assessment , as prescribed by the Department).

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AR3052 Beyond the Celtic World - Ireland in the First Millennium BC

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 1day(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the Irish Iron Age, including its material remains, sites, artefacts and issues with an emphasis on new discoveries, advances in analysis and interpretation.

Module Content: The course will cover Irish later prehistory from the Late Bronze Age (c.1150 BC) to the end of the first millennium BC. Sites as well as materials will form the basis for a theoretically informed examination of the Late Bronze Age and the Irish Iron Age. The well-known iconic Iron Age sites and artefacts will be set into their contemporary context of mostly newly excavated sites. Recent advances in our understanding of the material culture of the period will be explored in regard to how they add to our understanding of the Irish Iron Age. Through lectures and student tasks the site record and material culture will be examined in detail with an explicit focus on the main research questions and issues of the period.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Appreciate the range of sites and materials of the Irish Iron Age
?Assess interpretative approaches to the Irish Iron Age and their change against the background of developments in archaeological theory and discovery
?Critically examine the archaeological record in regard past and current interpretations of the Iron Age in Ireland.
?Evaluate the archaeological record against its British and European counterparts.
?Identify central current and future research issues of the period.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 50 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (Continuous Assessment 50 marks (1 x Project 40 marks; attendance on fieldtrip 10 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Essay(s) to be sumitted in lieu of failed elements of Continuous Assessment, as prescribed by Department.).

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AR3053 Landscape Archaeology

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Ms Rose Cleary, Department of Archaeology; Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the theoretical concepts and methods of landscape archaeology, with particular reference to case-study research undertaken in Ireland.

Module Content: This module provides a general introduction to the theory and methodologies of landscape archaeology, with particular reference to recent research in Ireland. The lectures will explore different theoretical perspectives that can be applied to an understanding of 'landscape' in archaeology, and also the approaches employed in the analysis of these locations. Students will be introduced to different landscape types through case-studies drawn mainly from research undertaken in the Department of Archaeology. The module concludes with a detailed examination of the archaeological landscape of Lough Gur, Co. Limerick, where students are taken on guided field excursions.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Trace the history and development of landscape archaeology in Ireland and abroad
?Assess the overall approach to landscape archaeology and the methodologies involved
?Apply basic field survey methods to the analysis of archaeological landscapes
?Collate cartographic, documentary and field information with other sources, to produce reports on archaeological landscapes
?Examine the historical significance of archaeological landscapes at a local, regional and national perspective
?Examine the potential of local archaeological resources in terms of touristic and educational initiatives.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay 30 marks; field project and participation 70 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Failed essay to be repeated; failed project to be re-submtited.).

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AR3054 Late Iron Age Ireland and the Roman World

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide students with an understanding of the archaeology of the Late Iron Age in Ireland, with reference to Romano-British connections from the first to the fifth centuries AD. To equip students with the factual and theoretical understanding to examine the history of the Roman Empire and the varied and complex relationships that existed with regions within and outside the Empire, most notably Britain and Ireland.

Module Content: This module examines the archaeological record of Ireland in the first half of the first millennium AD. This includes the newly emerged evidence for settlement, subsistence and economic activities. The evidence for different types of interaction with the Roman world is presented, considering historic, site and artefactual evidence. The history and archaeology of the Roman Empire will be briefly outlined. The concept of Romanisation and related processes will be critically examined and the example of the English and Scottish Late Iron Ages used as case studies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Identify and review the various type of evidence from Ireland for interaction and contact with the Roman world.
?Outline the broad development of the Roman Empire
?Critically evaluate the evidence from Ireland in the context of processes of Romanisation and cultural contact with the provinces and regions beyond.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (Continuous Assessment 30 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay)).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Failed essay to be repeated (as prescribed by the department)).

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AR3055 Transitions in Prehistory: Ireland in the Third Millennium BC

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 1day(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: This module explores the archaeology of Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic (Copper Age) societies in Ireland during the third millennium BC.

Module Content: This module examines the archaeology of the third millennium BC, one of the most formative periods of Irish prehistory. Various themes of continuity and change are considered with reference to the development of regional societies of the Late Neolithic, Chalcolithic and earliest Bronze Age. The lectures explore new monument traditions (henges, timber circles and wedge tombs), changes in funerary practice and religious belief, new forms of settlement, as well as important innovations in technology and material culture. Some of these developments were indigenous in character, while others reflect cultural influences from Britain and the Continent. The course is particularly concerned with exploring the origins of metallurgy in Ireland with reference to the international Beaker 'culture'. It also considers the changing nature of social relations in that period, the exercise of power, and the distinctive societies that emerged in different regions.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Exaluate the significance of the third millennium BC in terms of the development of human societies in prehistoric Ireland.
?Assess the contribution made by external connections and culture influences in the period from the Late Neolithic to the beginning of the Bronze Age in Ireland.
?Record and analyse key sites and monuments from this period of Irish prehistory.
?Record and analyse important artifact finds from this period of Irish prehistory.
?Evaluate different interpretative approaches to the study of this period of Irish prehistory.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 60 marks (1 x 1.5 hr end of year written examination); Continuous Assessment 40 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay 30 marks; 1 x 1 day fieldtrip 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Failed essay to be repeated, Essay in lieu of failed Fieldwork. Repeat essays prescribed by Department in June/July.).

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AR3056 The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Ireland, c.1550-1750

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide students with an overview of the archaeology of post-medieval Ireland, c. AD 1550-1750.

Module Content: A critical reappraisal of the archaeology of Ireland from the plantation period to the development of demesne landscapes in the early eighteenth century. Particular attention will be placed on introducing the current methodological approaches, and how post-processual theoretical brands have been and applied to the study of settlement forms, economy, society and material clture in Ireland during the post-medieval period.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Discuss the nature and extent of English attempts to colonise Ireland during the early seventeenth century, and to identify and evaluate how these transformed key aspects of the Irish landscape.
?Critically evaluate the failure of the Reformation in Ireland, and how important facets of the material culture of the Renaissance in Ireland were shaped by native resistance to English attempts to enforce confessional change.
?Demonstrate an understanding of Ireland's important role in the burgeoning Atlantic economy, and how through this Ireland became a junior partner in English colonialism.
?Gain an active appreciation of the development of agricultural regimes and demesnes landscapes in early eighteenth century Ireland.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 60 marks; Continuous Assessment 40 marks (1 x 1,500 word essay 30 marks; fieldtrip attendance 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 90 min(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 90 min(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Essays as presvirbed by the Department).

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AR3060 Archaeological Approaches to Forensic Science

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 15 x 1hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: This module examines the application of archaeological methods to the search, recovery and analysis of humans remains and evidential material from crime scenes

Module Content: The potential of archaeological approaches for forensic analysis of crime scenes is examined through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals and field demonstrations. This includes the application of remote sensing and field survey methods for the discovery of buried evidence, including both human remains and material culture. The recovery of this evidence through controlled excavation techniques is considered, with reference to archaeological principles of context, association, stratigraphy, and taphonomy. Students will be introduced to the recovery and analysis of buried human remains in forensic contexts. Overall, they will acquire a range of problem-solving analytical skills through an understanding of team-based approaches to the forensic investigation of buried material.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Critically evaluate the broad contribution that archaeological approaches can make to the forensic investigation and understanding of a crime scene
?Select through independent literature review the most appropriate remote sensing techniques to discover buried objects and human remains in different ground conditions
?Make practical use of different methods of ground survey and photography within search grids to establish a physical record of surface evidence
?Apply basic principles of archaeological stratigraphy and taphonomy to an understanding of buried human remains and evidential material
?Select and independently evaluate appropriate methods for the scientific dating of different types of buried evidence
?Evaluate the recovery, treatment and analysis of buried human remains from an anthropological perspective.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Project 80 marks; Class Presentation 20 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Essays in lieu of failed elements (as prescribed by Dept)).

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AR6001 Dissertation in Archaeological Excavation

Credit Weighting: 45

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 7, Max 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Co-requisite(s): None.

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To develop critical writing and interpretative skills specific to the requirements of archaeological excavation.

Module Content: Each student will submit a dissertation by the end of September. The dissertation will apply the knowledge and training gained in course modules towards an investigation and understanding of archaeological excavation. It is also an opportunity to specialize in a particular aspect of excavation or related research. The standard of organization and presentation (comprehensive bibliography, proper referencing, adequate illustration) is important.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Identify and access appropriate bibliographic resources and other sources of relevant information;
?Identify and apply appropriate research methods to the study of an excavation-related topic;
?Collect and analyse information relevant to the dissertation topic;
?Communicate research results effectively in a written and oral presentation.

Assessment: Total Marks 900: Continuous Assessment 900 marks (Dissertation (max 20,000 words)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Resubmit Continuous Assessment (whether passed or failed) (Resubmit revised Dissertation). Resubmit revised dissertation.

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AR6002 Research Skills Seminar

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 8, Max 100.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars; Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to various research methodologies, procedures and skills needed for dissertation work.

Module Content: This module will consist of a series of seminars which take a practical approach to the following themes - writing skills, presentation skills, graphical techniques and photographic skills, computer skills, bibliographic skills and the location and use of primary documentary sources.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental importance of research design in archaeology;
?demonstrate competence in literature review;
?demonstrate an understanding of research ethics;
?develop abilities in presenting archaeological research, both verbally and in publication.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 5,000 word (min) Project Assessment (70 marks); 1 x Presentation (30 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (As prescribed by the Department.).

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AR6003 Dissertation in Human Osteoarchaeology

Credit Weighting: 45

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 4, Max 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Other (Supervised Research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To develop the academic skills and critical abilities of a topic of the students own choosing via a piece of extended written work on that subject.

Module Content: Supervised, independent research on topic agreed between student and module co-ordinator.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Quantify, record and analyse osteoarchaeological data;
?utilise appropriate descriptive and analytical procedures;
?demonstrate the ability to formulate and test hypotheses;
?demonstrate the ability to think holistically;
?critically evaluate and draw supportable conclusions from osteoarchaeological data.

Assessment: Total Marks 900: Continuous Assessment 900 marks (1 x 20,000 word Dissertation to be completed by the end of September in the year after Registration).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Submission of Dissertation.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Students may resubmit for the Summer Examination Board in the following year.

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AR6004 Archaeological Excavation: Planning and Research Design

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 7, Max 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Co-requisite(s): None.

Teaching Method(s): 20 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 1day(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad introduction to archaeological excavation, and specifically to the design and planning of excavation projects, with particular reference to current practice in Ireland.

Module Content: Topics covered in this course include theoretical approaches to excavation; the history of excavation; legal frameworks under which excavation is conducted; ethical concerns and preservation by record; excavation licensing (research designs and method statements); organization and logistics; documentary and cartographic research; site survey; remote sensing; safety and excavation.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Understand the historical basis for current practice in archaeological excavation, as well as the legal framework in which this work is undertaken;
?Apply for excavation licences in Ireland, involving the preparation of site-appropriate research designs and method statements;
?Carry out historical research and cartographic analysis in advance of archaeological excavation;
?Survey archaeological sites in advance of excavation, including both surface mapping and geophysical prospection;
?Identify and organize the resources required to conduct an archaeological excavation, including financial and human resource management expertise.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Project 60 marks; class test 40 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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AR6005 Archaeological Excavation: Strategy and Practice

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 7, Max 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Co-requisite(s): None.

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: This course will provide students with a broad introduction to archaeological site formation and stratification, and to different approaches to excavation and recording.

Module Content: Topics include site- and context-specific approaches to excavation; sample and total excavation strategies; digging methods; site management; formation processes and archaeological stratification; recording systems; context excavation; spatial recording; photography; GIS and computer applications.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Design excavation strategies appropriate to different types of archaeological site and different excavation circumstances;
?Develop the basic skills required to carry out an archaeological excavation, including digging methods and recording systems;
?Work effectively as part of an excavation team, and acquire management skills necessary to direct or supervise these operations.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Project (60 marks) and Class Test (40 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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AR6006 Post-Excavation Analysis and Interpretation

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 7, Max 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: The aim of this course is to introduce students to different areas of post-excavation analysis, interpretation and publication practice.

Module Content: Topics covered will include the site report and excavation archives; stratigraphic sequences and the Harris Matrix; absolute chronology; site illustrations; recording and analyzing artifacts; conservation of finds; recovery and analysis of bio-environmental and human remains; publication and dissemination of excavation results.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Identify and assess the range of research carried out at the post-excavation stage, and liase with specialists;
?Write preliminary and final excavation reports, as well as related specialist reports;
?Acquire specialist skills in computing and information technology relevant to archaeological excavation;
?Compile excavation archives;
?Communicate the results of archaeological excavation to a specialist and non-specialist audience using conventional print media and web-based delivery;
?Design conservation plans connected to public presentation and long-term preservation of excavation sites.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Project (60 marks) and Class Test (40 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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AR6007 Case Studies in Archaeological Excavation

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 7, Max 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Co-requisite(s): None.

Teaching Method(s): 21 x 2hr(s) Seminars; 2 x 2day(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: This seminar course will present a range of published case-studies, designed to introduce students to how to approach and complete the excavation of different site types.

Module Content: Seminar presentations on published excavations, presented by department staff, visiting lecturers and M.A students. Broad range of site types covered, with critical examination of excavation publications and consideration of site conservation strategies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?To design excavation strategies appropriate to different types of archaeological site based on published case-study examples;
?Write excavation reports;
?Compile excavation archives;
?Design different approaches to public presentation and long-term preservation of archaeological sites.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Student Seminar Presentation (80 marks); Student Portfolio (120 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated. Autumn Exam to be taken in lieu of failed student presentation. Failed portfolio to be re-submitted.

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AR6008 Training Excavation

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semester 3. (May - July).

No. of Students: Min 7, Max 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Co-requisite(s): None.

Teaching Method(s): 1 x 4weeks(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: The module will provide students with practical training in archaeological excavation strategy and methods.

Module Content: Students will attend a four-week training excavation as part of this programme. This excavation will be scheduled between March and May. Students will be involved in all stages of the excavation project, from the initial site survey and layout, to the digging, recording and interpretation of archaeological features and finds.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Survey an archaeological site in advance of excavation, including both surface mapping and geophysical prospection;
?Manage the effective running of an archaeological excavation;
?Acquire digging and recording skills required to carry out an archaeological excavation.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (2 x projects 150 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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AR6009 Mortuary Theory

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 4, Max 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures (Lectures/Seminars); Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To examine the life cycle and its material culture correlates.

Module Content: Modern archaeology is multi-disciplinary, drawing on information and resources from both the natural and social sciences. This course concentrates on the latter of these two and explores the history of ideas about which aspects of life in the past archaeologists feel they can uncover. Particular attention is paid to the role of ethnography in archaeological explanation. The course is structured around an examination of the human life cycle and proceeds through the examination of mortuary and other behaviours using archaeological and anthropological case studies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Demonstrate an understanding of the history of archaeological thought;
?critically evaluate differing archaeological approaches to death and disposal;
?understand the development of ideas concerning Rites of Passage;
?critically evaluate differing approaches to childhood in archaeological writing;
?critically evaluate differing approaches to gender in the archaeological literature;
?critically evaluate approaches to Otherness and difference in archaeological research.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (5 x Seminar presentations 50 marks; 1 x Project (2,000 words) 50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (As prescribed by the Department.).

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AR6011 Biocultural Approaches to Human Remains

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 4, Max 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: This course provides an overview of current theoretical and methodological issues in human osteoarchaeology.

Module Content: The following topics will be considered: biocultural interpretations of human remains in archaeological contexts; depositional and post-depositional attributes that affect interpretations of mortuary sites; bone and tooth structure and the remodelling sequence; patterns of skeletal growth; ecological, behavioural and cultural influences on morphology; age estimation and sex determination; estimation of stature from human remains; genetic relationships and morphology; palaeodemography.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Critically evaluate differing theoretical approaches to the study of archaeological human remains;
?demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues associated with the excavation and reburial of archaeological human remains;
?critically evaluate different methodological approaches to the study of archaeological human remains.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Seminar Presentations 50 marks; Essay (2,000 words) 50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (As prescribed by the Department.).

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AR6012 Palaeopathology Seminar

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 4, Max 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: This course provides an overview of current issues in the study of health in past human populations.

Module Content: Topics covered include: disruptions in growth and development; specific and non-specific infectious disease; degenerative joint disease; metabolic disease; congenital abnormality; stress indicators; dental disease; activity-related skeletal changes; skeletal indicators of diet and health; the influence of different subsistence strategies on skeletal/dental variability; the relationship between behaviour and patterns of trauma; cultural modifications to the skeleton and dentition.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Correctly identify and diagnose a range of pathological conditions which can be macroscopically identified on the human skeleton
?Critically evaluate archaeological, documentary and medical records used in the analysis of past human health
?Apply both qualitative and quantitative approaches to palaeopathological analysis
?Interpret palaeopathological data and results in biocultural contexts
?Demonstrate the ability to develop a differential diagnosis
?Recognise and critically appraise relevant theoretical aspects
?Apply palaeoepidemiological approaches and methods to the analysis of disease in past populations.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Seminar presentation 50 marks, Essay (2,000 words) 50 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (As prescribed by the Department).

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AR6013 Archaeological Survey and Remote Sensing

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 25 x 1hr(s) Lectures (Lectures/Field Practicals).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Mr Nick Hogan, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To explore contemporary survey methods and technologies employed by field archaeologists in recording archaeological sites and landscapes.

Module Content: This module will examine current approaches adopted by field archaeologists carrying out detailed site and landscape survey in Ireland and beyond. Traditional survey methods will be considered alongside emerging digital technologies. The course will be divided between classroom teaching and field-based practical work. General themes will include traditional and electronic survey methods, archaeological drafting, geophysical prospection, digital cartography, aerial and terrestrial photography, satellite remote sensing, and relevant software systems including GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and CAD (Computer-Aided Drafting/Drawing).

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Have acquired knowledge in the principles of, and have gained practical experience with, traditional survey methods, including field-walking and reconnaissance survey, tape survey, levelling and tacheometry
?Understand the principles of, and have gained practical experience with, more recently established and emerging technologies, including Total Station, GPS, terrestrial LiDAR, photogrammetry, and geophysical prospection techniques
?Have experience with all stages of archaeological field survey projects, including desk-based research and the post-survey presentation and dissemination of results
?Appreciate the role of computers in the fieldwork process and have acquired experience with relevant software applications
?Appreciate the need for careful planning and resourcing in order to carry out effective and safe field survey campaigns
?Have gained a level of practical knowledge and confidence enabling them to work effectively on commercial and research archaeological field projects in Ireland and elsewhere.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Field Project 70 marks; Class Test 30 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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AR6014 Osteoarchaeology Laboratory

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 4, Max 7.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 2hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Barra O Donnabhain, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To achieve an understanding of the organisation of the human skeleton and the bioarchaeological methods used in its analysis.

Module Content: Human osteology; estimation of age; determination of sex; estimation of stature; analysis of dentition; palaeopathological description; osteobiography; analysis of cremated remains; osteological databases; osteoarchaeological report writing.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Identification of fragmentary human bone from archaeological settings;
?gain familiarity with standard methods of estimating age;
?demonstrate proficiency in methods used to determine age-at-death and to estimate living stature;
?demonstrate proficiency in charting of dentition and analysis of same;
?gain experience in analysis of cremated human remains;
?utilise osteological databases;
?demonstrate the ability to think holistically about assemblages of archaeological human remains;
?critically evaluate data and draw supportable conclusions.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (10 x Laboratory Tests, 100 marks; 1 x Project (3,000 words), 100 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (As prescribed by the Department.).

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AR6022 The Museum in the 21st Century

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 14.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 1.5 x 1day(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr John Sheehan, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Mr John Sheehan, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to current international museological issues and to explore the future direction and potential of museum development.

Module Content: Principal issues addressed include: museum visitor profiles, use of educational theory in museums; the 'total museology' concept; museums as social institutions; the role of museums in the representation of state, community, gender, class and ethnicity, memorial museums and public history, virtual museums, and the role of museums as centres for research on different aspects of cultural heritage.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Demonstrate an understanding of the potential power of museums
?Evaluate the changing roles of museums in society
?Have an awareness of museums as institutions of contested access
?Demonstrate an understanding of virtual museums
?Evaluate the future of museums.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Project (5,000 words) 70 marks; Class Workshop Presentation 30 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students failing the project are required to resubmit, and students failing the Seminar Presentation are required to submit an essay in lieu of the Class Presentation (as prescribed by the Department).).

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AR6023 The Museum Environment

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 14.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 8 x 2hr(s) Lectures (Held in National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.); 8 x 1hr(s) Other (Laboratory sessions, held in National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.).

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To develop knowledge in key areas of the management of the museum environment: storage, conservation and display.

Module Content: Key issues addressed include storage, conservation and display.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Demonstrate competence in understanding the physical museum environment in relation to the care and display of objects
?Acquire a range of skills relating to storage, conservation and display of museum collections
?Demonstrate an understanding of good practise in core areas of museum operation
?Appreciate the scientific principles and procedures relating to the conservation of materials in a musuem collection
?Apply best practice to the display of museum materials in a controlled environment.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (100 Continuous Assessment marks (1 x 5,000 word project on an approved topic dealing with an aspect of museum environments relevant to the theme of the module)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Resubmit Continuous Assessment (whether passed or failed) (Failed projects must be resubmitted for examination in the Autumn).

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AR6025 Museums and The Public

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 14.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 1.5 x 1day(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Dr Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the roles of the museums, past and present, in their local, regional and national communities.

Module Content: Key concepts addressed include the emerging role of museums in reflecting cultural diversity, multi-culturalism, social capital, the ethics of public interpretation, and educational services provided to the wider community. The role of specialist museums, such as open air forms, in this regard, will also be examined. Alternative attempts to stimulate and interpret the past in heritage centres and theme parks are also analysed.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Explain the emerging role of the museum in the community
?Assess ethical concerns arising from the public presentation and interpretation of museum displays
?Evaluate the role of museums in cultural heritage and social transformation
?Appreciate the important contribution that museums can make to school education
?Evaluate the contribution of folk- and specialist museums in the presentation of cultural herigate
?Evaluate the role of museums in promoting social diversity and inclusion.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (100 marks continuous assessment ( Project (5,000 words) 70 marks; Seminar Presentations 30 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (students failing the Project are required to resubmit, and students failing the Seminar Presentation are required to submit a written paper (as prescribed by Dept)).

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AR6026 Museum Placement 1

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 14.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 1 x 4weeks(s) Placements.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr John Sheehan, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Mr John Sheehan, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide students with work experience and learning opportunities in relevant work environments.

Module Content: A four-week long work placement in which students are provided with learning opportunities and apply the learning outcomes of the taught programme.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Demonstrate a satisfactory standard of competence in working in the instutions of the placement providers and with the work practices utilised in them
?Demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with placement providers
?Demonstrate evidence of learning activities and experiences in a Placement Report Portfolio
?Demonstrate the application of principles of Museum Studies modules in the placement settings and in the Placement Report Portfolio.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (200 Continuous Assessment marks: 1 x 5,000 word Placements Report Portfolio to be completed, together with placement provider report).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% 40% in Continuous Assessment and a pass judgement in the placement. Students who fail to satisfy this requirement will fail the module overall. Candidates must normally meet a requirement of 100% attendance for the placement. If students do not complete the required number of placement hours due to illness etc, any time off must be made up by extending the placement (subject to availability).

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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AR6027 Dissertation in Museum Studies

Credit Weighting: 35

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2 and 3.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 14.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (Supervised research); Seminars (Research Skills Training); Other (Student Presentations).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To develop academic skills and critical abilities, on a topic specific to museum studies, via a piece of extended written work on that subject.

Module Content: Supervised, independent research on a topic agreed between student and supervisor. This may be an analytical or practice-based study, involving, for example, an exhibition, an archival database project, a study in policy development, a visitor experience study, digital media application, etc. The work will apply the knowledge gained on course modules, and elsewhere, towards the research topic.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Identify and access appropriate bibliographic and other relevant resources
?identify and apply appropriate research methods to the study of a museum-related topic
?Critically engage with theoretical and methodlological issues relevant to the topic
?Demonstrate the ability to formulate and test hypotheses, and think holistically
?Draw supportable conclusions from the research and communicate these results effectively.

Assessment: Total Marks 700: Continuous Assessment 700 marks (1 x 20,000 word dissertation to be completed by the end of September in the year following registration.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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AR6028 Museum Curation: Objects, Their Collection, Recording and Presentation

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 14.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 1.5 x 1day(s) Fieldwork.

Module Co-ordinator: Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Prof William O'Brien, Department of Archaeology; Mr Griffin Murray, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.

Module Objective: To train students in modern standards of museum curation and introduce them to issues relating to collections management and exhibitions.

Module Content: Topics covered will include: the history of collections; collection, disposal and exhibition policies; legislation; ethical considerations; documentations; loans; storage and access; security and emergency planning; exhibitions; online presentations; research and publication.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?fully document and catalogue museum objects
?write museum policies relating to collections management and exhibitions
?assess different areas of Irish legislation concerning museum collections
?appreciate the practical and ethical issues concerning museum collections and exhibitions
?critically evaluate museum exhibitions from a customer and educational perspective
?evaluate the storage, access and security requirements for museum collections and exhibitions
?prepare an emergency plan for the protection of a museum collection and exhibition
?apply best practice in national and international museum standards programmes to the care of museum collections.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Essay or Museum Cataloguing Project (5,000 words) 70 marks; Class presentations 30 marks.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students failing the essay/project are required to resubmit, and students failing the Class Presentations are required to submit a written paper (as prescribed by Dept).).

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AR6029 Work Placement 2

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 14.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 1 x 4weeks(s) Placements.

Module Co-ordinator: Mr John Sheehan, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Mr John Sheehan, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide students with work experience and learning opportunities in relevant work environments.

Module Content: A four-week long work placement in which students are provided with learning opportunities and apply the learning outcomes of the taught programme.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Demonstrate a satisfactory standard of competence in working in the instutions of the placement providers and with the work practices utilised in them
?Demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with placement providers
?Demonstrate evidence of learning activities and experiences in a Placement Report Portfolio
?Demonstrate the application of principles of Museum Studies modules in the placement settings and in the Placement Report Portfolio.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (200 Continuous Assessment marks: 1 x 5,000 word Placements Report Portfolio to be completed, together with placement provider report).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% 40% in Continuous Assessment and a pass judgement in the placement. Students who fail to satisfy this requirement will fail the module overall. Candidates must normally meet a requirement of 100% attendance for the placement. If students do not complete the required number of placement hours due to illness etc, any time off must be made up by extending the placement (subject to availability).

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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AR6030 The Exhibition Experience

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 14.

Pre-requisite(s): none

Co-requisite(s): none

Teaching Method(s): 6 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 54hr(s) Practicals (Practical and workshop hours).

Module Co-ordinator: Ms Rose Cleary, Department of Archaeology.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Archaeology.

Module Objective: To provide students with experience and learning opportunities in exhibition planning and production.

Module Content: Key issues in exhibition planning are addressed, building on the content of the taught programme, in which the students develop and produce a group exhibition on a recommended theme.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Demonstrate a satisfactory standard of competence in the skills required to develop and produce a thematic exhibition
?Demonstrate the ability to contribute to, and work effectively within, the exhibition project team
?Demonstrate a satisfactory standard of preparing an exhibition catalogue
?Organise a public launch and promotion of a temporary museum exhibition
?Assess visitor reaction to such an exhibition from a touristic and educational perspective.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Exhibition Portfolio of 8,000 words with illustrations).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Failed Portfolio must be resubmitted for examination in Autumn).

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