ARCY4104 Advanced Archaeological Research Training

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Archaeology [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit trains Archaeology honours students in essential qualitative and quantitative research skills. Topics include ethics and research, OHS issues, statistical and qualitative analysis, publishing research in peer-reviewed and popular media, preparing conference presentations and posters, identifying funding sources for research, and preparing a grant application relevant to each student's honours dissertation topic. Experts in the field explain how research works, what the pitfalls are and how to succeed in producing world-class research and related outputs. An emphasis is placed on directing research in order to have quantifiable social impacts.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of common qualitative and quantitative techniques used in archaeology; (2) demonstrate an understanding of how a research design is constructed and implemented; (3) demonstrate an understanding of how archaeological knowledge is disseminated in a variety of media such as peer-reviewed publications, popular articles, websites and the like; (4) demonstrate an understanding of how archaeological research is funded and able to construct a viable funding application; (5) demonstrate an understanding of how to construct and deliver an oral presentation on archaeological research; (6) demonstrate a critical and reflexive understanding of ethical issues relevant to archaeological research; (7) demonstrate participation and presentation skills during seminars; and (8) demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) grant application and (2) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jane Balme
Unit rules
completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in the level 3 units
ARCY7486 Honours Seminar 6 (Archaeology)
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week for first 6 weeks of semester 2 (intensive mode)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.