20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The module will build on the skills the student has developed through the fieldwork they have undertaken earlier in their degree course and on Level 2 modules. This module will introduce the student to advanced levels of processing, interpreting and integrating data sets produced from aerial photographs, topographic and geophysical surveying using methods and software typical of standard professional practice within the UK. While this module will be based primarily on data derived from and methods used within the UK, throughout the module the relevance of these approaches and potential for their use in other geographical areas is considered. The integration of these data sets within Geographical Information Systems will form a unifying core to this module and this will result in the student developing a basic level of skill in the use of GIS software. Opportunities will occur throughout the module for the development of individual and team problem solving skills through the exercises in the collection, processing, interpretation and presentation of data. Project planning and management is introduced through the student's responsibility to organise and complete a substantial practical project report. The close association between the skills developed in this module and current professional practice will enhance the employability of students who may be seeking careers within field archaeology while at the same time providing the student with skills that can be utilised in a wider research environment.

Staff Contact: MERRONY COLIN J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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