ARPA400 Honours in Archaeology

Updated: 20 November 2019
Credit Points 48
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 1 Online
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Mandatory All On Campus and Online students must attend a mandatory intensive school that incorporates lectures and practicals. Dates to be advised.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in BA with Honours (Archaeology)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ARPA401H and ARPA402H
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Lloyd Weeks (
Unit Description

Admission to honours in the Archaeology discipline is determined by the undergraduate record of the student. A GPA requirement of 5.5 or better in the undergraduate degree; or a credit average across 300 level units in the major area, is required.

The honours year is designed to provide professional development. The program in this area centres on a substantial research project. The unit comprises:

(i) a research project and an associated thesis carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member;

(ii) a program of study which may include the preparation of an essay(s), literature review, manuscript or participation in coursework or workshop; and

(iii) Students are required to present a final seminar of their results.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 20% 6000
Assessment Notes

Written Assessment. This may be in the form of a literature review, coursework units or directed reading. This assessment must be passed in order to continue to the Thesis component of assessment.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 2 10%
Assessment Notes

Seminar/Viva Voce: 20 min duration

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 3 70% 20,000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply advanced critical thinking skills and well developed judgement to formulate intellectually significant questions pertaining to a selected area of archaeology;
  2. demonstrate intellectual independence and work effectively with limited supervision;
  3. demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of the principal themes in their chosen area of study within the archaeology discipline;
  4. critically analyse key themes within the area of study and present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas;
  5. demonstrate advanced knowledge of research principles and methods and apply initiative and judgement to independently plan and execute a piece of research; and
  6. apply advanced critical analysis of a broad range of research materials from various resources in order to answer their dissertation question.