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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Research Sources and Strategies in Bioarchaeology (PGHC11475)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course prepares students for their dissertation research as well as introducing them to aspects of professional standards and practice in bioarchaeology both inside and outside Universities, with primary reference to the UK. Varied assessments provides the opportunity to acquire valuable research and communication skills.
Course description The course focuses on research and communication skills as well as general knowledge of the academic and professional context of bioarchaeology. Seminars by speakers from the School and from the heritage sector explore topics such as dissertation writing, ethics, employment opportunities and research design. The course encourages you to learn while thinking more actively and independently about your own research and career.

There is a group poster presentation session at the end of the semester.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 86 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. A 1,500 word (excluding bibliography) research proposal (60%)«br /»
2. A Poster (40%).«br /»
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Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an ability to devise a programme of research and to locate relevant sources of information.
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and seminar participation, an ability to understand and apply research skills to bioarchaeological investigation and other research topics;
  3. demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form in seminar discussions, presentations, and coursework by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence.
Reading List
Biggam, J. 2011. Succeeding with your Master¿s Dissertation. A step-by-step handbook (2nd edn.). Open University Press.

Swetnam, D. & Swetnam, R. 2009. Writing your Dissertation (3rd edn.). How to books, Oxford.

Wallace, M. & Wray, A. 2011. Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (2nd edn.). Sage Study Skills.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Robert Leighton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8197
Course secretaryMr Jonathan Donnelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
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