1 x 5-day intensive workshop per semester
1 Admission into HBARCH-Bachelor of Archaeology (Honours)
1a Admission into HBA-Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
2 Admission into MARCH-Master of Archaeology
2a Admission into MMARCH-Master of Maritime Archaeology
2b Admission into MAHM-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management
2c Admission into MAHMA-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management [1.5 years]
3 ARCH8020 - Research Methods in Archaeology
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b or 2c) and 3))
Other requirements
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Assumed knowledge
Admission to the Bachelor of Arts Honours (Archaeology) degree
Topic description
This topic builds upon students' basic research training and is focussed upon turning their thesis proposals into workable research projects. The topic will explore what is good research practice in archaeology, how to construct a 'do-able' research project, and what constitutes a good research thesis (as opposed to any other kind of project). As part of their assessment, students will participate in intensive thesis workshops based on their original proposals, critically evaluate previous research theses, and produce a chapter for inclusion in their own thesis.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to:

  • introduce students to the details of what constitutes excellent archaeological research practice

  • improve students' ability critically to evaluate literature and construct, test and defend an argument
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • Undertake independent research

  • Critically assess literature relating to archaeology

  • Construct, test and defend an argument

  • Formulate a feasible research question and design a research project to answer it