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  • Objectives
    The course aims to meet the research and professional needs of graduates with an interest in Australian archaeology and archaeological field practice.It aims to increase the theoretical knowledge, research skills and applied skills required to develop appropriate depth of understanding of issues in a number of related specialisations in archaeology and to provide students with the opportunity to complete a substantial research project.The course draws on both theoretical and practical material and provides the opportunity for students to apply both the principles and the practical skills developed during the course.Learning outcomesUpon graduating successfully, students will be equipped to: * enter the workforce as skilled and knowledgeable professional archaeologists; * understand the requirements of undertaking archaeological fieldwork and be able to employ a wide range of advanced fieldwork methods and techniques on any archaeological research project; * understand major issues in Australian archaeology, conservation and archaeological field methods and practice and be able to apply this knowledge to a wide range of practical situations; * undertake large-scale archaeological research or consultancy projects; * undertake their work as professional archaeologists in an ethical manner.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must normally hold: 1. an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in Archaeology or a related discipline from an approved tertiary institution and have achieved a grade point average of 5.6 in the upper level topics in the major sequence in Archaeology or a closely related discipline, or 2. a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or an equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution in one of the following disciplines and have achieved a grade point average of 5.6 in this award: Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Maritime Archaeology or a closely related discipline, or 3. an approved Honours degree in Archaeology or a closely related discipline from an approved tertiary institution. Under exceptional circumstances and subject to specific conditions, the Faculty Board may admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.CREDITStudents who have successfully completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Archaeology, on admission to the Masters degree, receive 18 units of specified credit towards the course. Students who have successfully completed the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Archaeology, on admission to the Masters degree, receive 36 units of specified credit towards the course. Students who have successfully completed the requirements of an approved Honours degree in Archaeology or a closely related discipline may be eligible to receive up to 36 units of credit on admission to the course.Unspecified credit may, under certain circumstances, and subject to specific conditions, be granted for candidates who show relevant and extensive experience.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Archaeology
  • Course description
    The Master of Archaeology is a 72-unit coursework program offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology. The course is offered on a fee-paying basis and may be taken over four semesters full-time, or the equivalent part-time.

    The Master of Archaeology articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Archaeology and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Archaeology.

    Students may choose to exit from the Master of Archaeology with the Graduate Certificate in Archaeology or Graduate Diploma in Archaeology, provided that they have met the requirements for these degrees.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Master of Archaeology a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

    Core topics

    ARCH8309
        

    Advanced Research Projects
        

    3

    ARCH8506
        

    Archaeology Thesis, OR
        

    18

    ARCH8506A
        

    Archaeology Thesis (Part 1), OR
        

    9

    ARCH8506B
        

    Archaeology Thesis (Part 2)
        

    9

    33-51 units from the following topics:

    ARCH8101
        

    Maritime Archaeology in Australia
        

    6

    ARCH8102
        

    Coastal and Underwater Archaeology
        

    6

    ARCH8103
        

    Underwater Archaeology Field School
        

    6

    ARCH8301
        

    The Museum
        

    6

    ARCH8302
        

    Historical Archaeology of Australia
        

    6

    ARCH8303
        

    Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management
        

    6

    ARCH8304
        

    Historical Archaeological Field School
        

    6

    ARCH8305
        

    Archaeological Field Methods
        

    6

    ARCH8306
        

    Indigenous Australian Archaeology Field School
        

    6

    ARCH8307
        

    Introductory Archaeological Geophysics
        

    6

    ARCH8308
        

    Human Osteology
        

    6

    ARCH8501
        

    Ethnoarchaeology in Aboriginal Australia
        

    6

    ARCH8502
        

    Australian Rock Art Field School
        

    6

    ARCH8503
        

    Advanced Rock Art Field School
        

    6

    ARCH8504
        

    The Archaeology of Art
        

    6

    ARCH8505
        

    Issues in Australian Rock Art
        

    6

    ARCH8507
        

    Directed Study in Rock Art
        

    6

    ARCH8508
        

    Directed Study in Cultural Heritage Management
        

    6

    ARCH8509
        

    Indigenous Australian Archaeology
        

    6

    ARCH8511
        

    Directed Study in Archaeology
        

    6

    ARCH8512
        

    Research Methods in Archaeology
        

    6

    ARCH8513
        

    Cultural Heritage Practicum, OR
        

    3

    ARCH8513A
        

    Cultural Heritage Practicum
        

    6

    ARCH8516
        

    Advanced Archaeology Field School
        

    6

    ARCH8517
        

    The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts
        

    6

    Up to 18 units may be taken from the following topics:

    BIOD8005
        

    Advanced Vertebrate Palaeontology
        

    6

    GEOG8008
        

    Geographic Information Systems
        

    6

    CUTU8101
        

    Essentials of Festival and Event Design and Management
        

    6

    CUTU8507
        

    Sense of Place
        

    6

    ENVS8001
        

    Managing Environments
        

    6

    ENVS8004
        

    Australian Environmental Change
        

    6

    ENVS9001
        

    Urban Environmental Management
        

    6

    HIST8002
        

    Heritage and Community History
        

    6

    LEGL8101
        

    Cultural Heritage and the Law
        

    6

    LEGL8102
        

    Law and Urban Change: The Impact of Built Heritage
        

    6

    LEGL8106
        

    Risks: Identification and Management
        

    3

    PROF8000
        

    Professional Writing for Team Projects
        

    3

    PROF8001
        

    Grants and Sponsorship Proposals
        

    3

    PROF8003
        

    Contemporary Case Study
        

    3

    PROF8005
        

    Project Management Essentials
        

    3

    PROF8007
        

    Project Management - Budgets
        

    3

    PROF8008
        

    Preparing Professional Presentations
        

    3

    PROF8009
        

    Project Marketing Principles
        

    3

    TOUR8201
        

    Essentials of Interpretation
        

    6

    TOUR8202
        

    Interpretation Practice
        

    6

    TOUR8203
        

    Applied Interpretation
        

    6

    TOUR8501
        

    Heritage and Tourism Essentials
        

    6

    TOUR8504
        

    Museums and Audiences
        

    6

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