Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


Students undertake a program of supervised research on a given topic over two semesters and submit a thesis. In the first semester of their thesis the first steps in the research process include developing a research proposal, conducting a literature review, designing appropriate methods, obtaining all OHS, ethics and related clearances, and presenting their research proposal in a seminar. Students report formally to their Supervisors and to the Honours Co-ordinator on their progress at the end of this semester.

12 points

Students are able to (1) develop a research question; (2) conduct appropriate background research; (3) understand the process of developing appropriate methods; (4) present their research in written and oral outputs; and (5) obtain all OHS, ethics, permit and other clearances for dissertation research.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: a dissertation that is graded at the completion of 24 points of dissertation units. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units.
agreement by UWA Archaeology staff that the student's proposed research topic is viable and that staff are able to offer appropriate supervision.
ARCY7479 Honours Dissertation 1 (Archaeology)
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.