Archaeology BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Practical Heritage Experience (Senior Honours) ARCH4067

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Students will have participated in at least 25 days of practical heritage work, such as excavation, survey, outreach & public engagement, museum work and laboratory work. They will reflect on their practical and intellectual learning, write a reflexive essay, and submit examples and demonstrations of the work they have done and the skills they have learnt.


4x1 hour workshops as scheduled on MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Practical Skills Assessment, based on project director's report - 20%

Essay (2,000 words) - 30%

Project (3,500 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Enable participation of a minimum of 25 days practical heritage work (e.g. excavation, survey, outreach & public engagement, museum work, laboratory work)

■ develop a range of practical archaeological skills, such as excavating, surveying and working with artefacts

■ acquire a range of key transferable skills, such as self-evaluation, interpersonal skills, team-working and communications skills

■ reflect on their own practice

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ carry out a range of practical heritage activities competently and responsibly, specifically to handle, document and evaluate archaeological evidence and materials safely and effectively

■ critically evaluate the value and the quality of their practical heritage experience

■ reflect on their own strengths, weaknesses and skill development in the context of practical heritage work

■ appreciate the social and political significance of archaeological remains, and take a responsible attitude to their study, interpretation, preservation and presentation

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.