ARCY1002 Experimenting with Archaeology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Archaeology major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit is both practical and thematic. In the practical component students are trained to use traditional methods to make an artefact selected from a past human culture. Hands-on tutorials teach students about the properties of stone, wood, clay, fibre and other materials that people have used to make artefacts. These artefacts show how people met challenges such as climate change and social unrest by using innovation to shape the world around them. In the thematic component we look at how archaeologists go about their work, examining 'big issues' such as identity and DNA, gender, cross-cultural contact, climate change, human use of symbols, technology and contemporary issues such as homelessness, graffiti and how war affects the world's cultural heritage treasures. We train students in global cultural awareness and appropriate ethical conduct when engaging in cross-cultural research.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how archaeologists conduct their research with an emphasis on practical skills such as making stone tools, working with wood, clay and other methods of making artefacts; (2) describe and demonstrate an understanding of how the main recording, dating and analysis techniques are used in archaeological investigations; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the archaeological research process with an emphasis on appropriate legal, occupational health and safety, and ethical compliances; and (4) write according to scientific conventions and demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) artefact assignment; and (3) tutorial assignments and participation (must attend 80% or more tutorials). Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the tutorial assignments and participation (must attend 80% or more tutorials) component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sven Ouzman
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
ARCY1102 Archaeology of Tribes and Empires
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trips within or outside the metro area, travel and food only. (estimated cost - $20).
Contact hours
3 hours per week
Note
Note that the weekly seminars include hands-on, practical activities that are not captured by the Echo360 lecture capture system.
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