Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2018-2019 (archived)


Department: Archaeology


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Not available in 2018/19 Module Cap
Tied to F4K007


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • By the end of the module students will have acquired a thorough knowledge of digital mapping methods using existing digital data sets, information from field surveys and other data from published sources, and an introduction to more advanced methods of spatial analysis (GIS).


  • Lectures:
  • Sources of digital map data
  • Creating new digital data
  • Terrain modeling
  • Introduction to spatial analysis
  • Practicals:
  • ESRI software for mapping with Ordnance Survey and other data (x2)
  • Creating new digital map data (x2)
  • Terrain Modeling (x2)
  • GIS (x3)

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • An understanding of the principles of digital mapping.
  • A knowledge of the range of digital data available from the Ordnance Survey and other sources, and their appropriate use.
  • An understanding of the basic principles of map projection.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • The ability to produce maps using Ordnance Survey data sets and other data based on plane co-ordinates.
  • The ability to project data expressed in geographic co-ordinates and combine these with data in a plane co-ordinate system.
  • The ability to produce three-dimensional terrain models
Key Skills:
  • The ability to apply principles of spatial analysis using proximity, visibility and cost surfaces.

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

  • Lectures introduce the core subject knowledge
  • Practical classes introduce types of digital data and software applications
  • Tutorials give students an opportunity to obtain feedback on formative work and to obtain advice on specific aspects of the module.
  • All learning outcomes are assessed by a portfolio of work.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 4 1 per fortnight 1 hour 4
Tutorials 2 2 per term 1 hour 2
Practicals 9 1 or 2 per week 2 hours 18
Preparation & Reading 276
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Portfolio Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Portfolio of work including publication-quality maps based on OS data and incorporating archaeological information from a range of sources, other maps using data from outside the UK, spatial analysis and interpretation of the location of sites within landscapes. 100%

Formative Assessment:

An essay (max. 1500 words) on the principles of digital mapping, plus graphical results of a digital mapping exercise.

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