UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCY4102 Professional Practice (Archaeology)

Credit 6 points
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(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Archaeology [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content This unit helps prepare students for a career as a professional archaeologist. It introduces students to the professional settings and aspects in which archaeologists are commonly involved such as universities, government agencies, consulting firms, museums and the Indigenous and heritage sectors. Students meet weekly to consider professional activities and the practical, legislative and ethical aspects of these. Set literature and other forms of information are read by the students, and discussed weekly, often with visiting professionals and visits to professionals in their workplace. Students will prepare a professional resume and be provided with the job interview preparation skills.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the various professional settings where archaeologists operate; (2) develop a research application demonstrating a clear understanding of project management and development and the specific writing requirements of grant applications, including the budget process; (3) achieve an understanding of the relationship between the different sectors of archaeology and related fields of practice; (4) understand the laws that apply to archaeological practice in Western Australia.; (5) understand the practical constraints within which professional archaeology is practised; (6) demonstrate participation and presentation skills during seminars; and (7) demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar assignment and (2) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Sven Ouzman
Unit rules
Prerequisites: completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units
Incompatibility: ARCY7486 Honours Seminar 6 (Archaeology)
Contact hours 2 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCY4102/TS-U-4E/2017

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