GIS FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECTS ARCH5018

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

To provide an introduction to the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software for mapping and analysing archaeological data.

Timetable

An average of 2 hrs x 10 weeks.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Written Assignment 100%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ To provide an introduction to the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software for mapping and analysing archaeological data

■ To develop an understanding of the underlying data within an archaeological context, including recording methods and their limitations, and metadata for archiving and reuse

■ To promote the appropriate use of computer applications to archaeological situations

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Show the ability to apply GIS tools to different archaeological problems in an appropriate manner with accuracy and precision

■ Represent an understanding of the principles underlying graphical representations of data and the problems and limitations of archaeological recording and use of such data.

■ Represent a critical awareness of the limitations and shortcomings of graphical tools

■ Show an understanding of the professional requirements underpinning the appropriate use of GIS in archaeological contexts.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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