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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module ARCH52715: Urban Site Assessment and Evaluation

Department: Archaeology

ARCH52715: Urban Site Assessment and Evaluation

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To equip the students with the ability to engage in the assessment and evaluation of the archaeological potential of urban sites.


Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
    • Students will have learned: Acquired a working knowledge of the theory of, and the legislation concerning, archaeology in an urban context
    • Gained a critical appreciation of the ways in which archaeological assessments and specifications for evaluations are drawn up
    • Gained a critical awareness of the range of sources required to make desk-top assessments
    • Gained a discriminating knowledge of the history of urban archaeology in Britain
    • Evaluated the application of GIS as potential curational and research tools for urban archaeology
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • Lectures and fieldwork visits will normally include:
      • Orientation session and history of urban archaeology and background to this module
      • Walking tour of durham city, discussing history of development, various types of deposit, excavations, issues etc.
      • Urban Archaeological databases and assessments up to 1992. Histories and technical and political aspects of UADs out of York, Cirencester, Durham and Newcastle.
      • Visit: David Heslop, County Archaeologist for Tyne and Wear to see Newcastle UAD, SMR and discuss planning and development control work; guidelines for archaeological specifications, tenders and assessment and evaluation requirements in Tyne and Wear. The political context of his work. CPG present.
      • Either
      • Visit to County Archaeologist for County Durham and City of Durham, or assistant to see SMR and discuss planning and development control work; guidelines for archaeological specifications, tenders, and assessment and evaluation requirements for county Durham. The political context of her work.
      • Or
      • Discussion of other on-going UADs, with possible site-visits to curators; lectures from visiting curators; discussion of future modelling potential etc. as appropriate.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Lectures 4 1:00 4
      Tutorials 4 1:00 4
      Fieldwork 2 fortnightly 2:00 8
      Preparation & Reading
      Other: 134
      Total 150

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Portfolio Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Essay 2,000 words 50%
      Report 10 pages max 50%

      Formative Assessment:

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University