5 x 8-hour intensive workshops per semester
1 Admission into GCMA-Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology
1a Admission into GDPMA-Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology
1b Admission into MMARCHA-Master of Maritime Archaeology [1.5 years]
1c Admission into MMARCH-Master of Maritime Archaeology
1d Admission into MAHM-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management
1e Admission into MAHMA-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management [1.5 years]
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ARCH8108, ARCH8108A has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Practicum placements are dependent on the availability of a suitable provider. Students may not be able to enrol in this topic if a suitable provider cannot be found.
Topic description
The topic will provide students with the theoretical and practical training necessary for researching ships and ship construction. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of the basics of recording, representing and interpreting ship construction. Students should expect to learn nautical terminology, the basic components of a ship and activities on board, principles of ship construction and rigging, procedures for taking and drafting ship lines and construction plans, hull analysis, procedures for graphic representation of hulls and principles of reconstructing ships. This topic is challenging, demanding and hands-on; students are expected to participate fully in problem-solving exercises. This topic will be taught in the intensive mode (one week) or as a semester-long topic with 2 hour seminars each week.

Note: SCUBA diving qualifications are not required for participation.
Educational aims
The primary educational aim of this topic is to provide students with the theoretical and practical training necessary for understanding ship research and construction.

More specifically the topic aims to:

  • introduce students to the basics of recording, representing and interpreting ship construction and provide practical, hands-on training necessary for an advance understanding of ship research

  • present students with opportunities to apply their practical and interpretive skills during problem-solving exercises
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will:

  • ascertain a basic understanding of the process of ship construction and its importance in the field of maritime archaeology

  • acquire the practical skills for recording shipwrecks from basic drawings of artefacts and timbers to full-scale ship lines, construction plans and reconstruction models

  • be able to apply those technical and interpretive skills acquired during the topic to future research projects