Archaeological Studies 3 ARCH3001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 80
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

ARCH3001 is an 80-credit umbrella course which makes Honours archaeology courses available to students doing the BSc (Designated Degree) in Archaeological Studies. Its component courses consist of Reflexive Archaeological Practice (ARCH4065; 40 credits) and two other Archaeology Honours optional courses. Level 3 students do the same assessments as Honours students, but these assessments are marked using the Level 3 marking scheme.


There are typically four lectures and up to six hours of practical/tutorials weekly throughout the session. Students take the core course Reflexive Archaeological Practice (ARCH4065; 40 credits) and two other Archaeology taught optional courses.

Requirements of Entry

At level 1 students must normally obtain a minimum of 40 credits in Archaeology at an average of grade D or above. At level 2 students must obtain a minimum of 40 credits in Archaeology at an average of grade D or above.


This is an umbrella course; all assessment will be done as part of the separate courses that contribute to it. The three-Year Degree assessment criteria will be used in the marking of those assessments. (The figures in Box 19 are just to allow the document to be uploaded to PIP)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ equip the student with a basic knowledge of archaeology suitable to a career where the specialism is a subsidiary or 'interest only' requirement, through a broad overview of modern archaeology across a wide chronological and geographical range;

■ provide the student with an appreciation of cultural resources, and the importance of issues such as their protection, conservation and appropriate exploration.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ collate and interpret archaeological data;

■ apply techniques of archaeological fieldwork and material culture analysis;

■ use appropriate methodologies and apply conceptual frameworks to their interpretation; 

■ situate archaeological practice and interpretation in its contemporary social and political context;

■ communicate complex concepts and use a range of practical, IT and interpersonal skills

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.