Palaeoanthropology MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: You will require a good 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate degree should be in Archaeology, Anthropology or  related fields such as (but not limited to) some science subjects (Biological, Physics, Geology, Geophysical), History and Geography.
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Module details

Students on the full-time Palaeoanthropology MSc take 30 credits of required modules and 30 credits of optional modules in Semester 1. Students take 60 credits of optional modules in Semester 2.

The Dissertation (ALGY600) is taken during the summer period.

This is very much a multidisciplinary degree, and we are happy for students to build bespoke courses for themselves. We are particularly proud of our courses in Biology, Psychology, and Anatomy.

Compulsory modules

Frameworks of Human Evolution (ALGY663)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to foster the learning skills essential for advanced study and writing, especially those of reviewing material, and preparing a bibliography to go with a research exercise;

Students will become familiar with the issues surrounding the major early hominid and early archaeological sites;

Students will become familiar with the nature of early hominid settings and the evidence preserved;

Students will become familiar with the potential and limits of inferences about early hominid behaviour;

For students to acquire and strengthen skills engendered by critical reading of select sources and presentation in discussion.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module students should be familiar with the major frameworks of human evolution, and be equipped with the research skills necessary for their study.

(LO2) Students will be familiar with the major early hominid / hominin and early archaeological sites.

(LO3) Students will be familiar with the framework for current debates in early human evolution concerning the period before 0.5 million years ago.

(LO4) Students will be familiar with the potential for and limits of inferences about early hominin behaviour from material remains (fossils and material culture) with a particular emphasis on lithic technology.

(LO5) Students will be able to build upon skills in the critical evaluation of the relevant archaeological, geological and palaeontological texts.

(LO6) Students will be able to strengthen the skills required to review material presented by others; structure and present effective seminars and written essays and prepare scientific bibliographies.

(LO7) Students will be able to recognise features of artefacts and assemblages (usually lithic) which can be used to infer hominin behaviour.

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Communication skills

Ace MA and MSc Dissertation (ALGY600)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to give you the opportunity to produce a lengthy piece of work ( 15000-20000 words *) on a topic of your choice. * Footnotes, bibliography and appendices are included in the word count;

The module dissertation will enhance your abilities in the realms of collection, analysis and interpretation of primary material, and the development of critical response in the use of secondary sources;

The purpose of the MA dissertation is to demonstrate that you can identify an issue or problem, research, assemble and analyse the available evidence, present convincing and coherent arguments on the basis of that evidence, and locate the results within the broader context of modern scholarship.

The dissertation should be based at least in part on primary data or sources, and the choice of topic must take into account the accessibility of such materials.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Identify a research-related issue or problem.

(LO2) Design and conduct a scheme of work to explore that issue.

(LO3) Assemble, analyse and appropriately cite both academic literature (references) and primary evidence (sources).

(LO4) Present a coherent and clear set of data and arguments in order to analyse and interpret the data.

(LO5) Use evidence to unfold a continuous and coherent argument that will enable them to make conclusions relating to the problem stated in the introduction of the dissertation.

(S1) Produce a text written and presented to a professional standard

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S4) Time and project management - Project management

Optional modules

Research Themes in the Neolithic of the Near East (ALGY656)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to examine the conceptual frameworks and research methods used in investigating the development of the world's first agricultural, pastoralist and sedentary communities, all changes fundamental to the development of complex and modern society.

The module aims to explore the behaviours of these 'Neolithic' communities across the Near East and Europe. We will question when these phenomena appeared, why they might have appeared and how human societies responded to their new opportunities and pressures;

The module aims to examine how much distinctive ritual practices, art, new forms of identity and new sorts of engagements with their landscapes characterized these communities. The West Eurasia scope of the module will provide and opportunity to see how much Neolithic behaviour varied as it first developed and then spread from the Near East (SW Asia) into Europe;

The module will identify key themes in current research into the Neolithic and provide students some choice about the themes upon which we will focus. The module thus aims to develop an understanding of the problems and potential of a range of research tools available to a rchaeology in gaining an understanding of these changes and knowledge of ancillary disciplines relating to human palaeoecology, archaeobotany and archaeozoology;

The module aims to engage students with the research approaches and practices that typify the investigation of key issues in European and Near Eastern prehistory, including an evaluation of primary archaeological evidence;

The module aims to promote and enable the development of students' critical and analytical approach to evidence and the combined use of different sources of evidence;

The module aims to promote and enable the development of students' ability to construct and express effective verbal and written argument at a research level.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students successfully completing the module will achieve an understanding of key research issues in the Neolithic of Europe and the Near East as well as the origins of agriculture more generally. They will have engaged with some of the relevant primary source material/data relevant to these issues. They will themselves have conducted research relevant to these issues on a small scale. Students successfully completing the module will appreciate some of the methodological issues of using archaeological evidence as sources for understanding such early societies.

(LO2) Students successfully completing the module will achieve an understanding of when sedentism and farming appeared, why they might have appeared and how human societies responded to their new opportunities and pressures.

(LO3) Students successfully completing the module will develop an understanding of the problems and potential of a range of research tools available to archaeology in gaining an understanding of changes in human behaviour in the Neolithic and knowledge of ancillary disciplines relating to human palaeoecology, archaeobotany and archaeozoology.

(LO4) Students successfully completing the module will further develop critical and analytical approaches to evidence and the combined use of different sources of evidence.

(LO5) Students successfully completing the module will further develop their ability to construct and express effective verbal and written argument.

(LO6) The module also enables students to foster transferable skills (not all directly tested in the assessment), e.g. listening and note-taking skills; analytical reading; identification, recall and deployment of material relevant to a particular question; awareness of controversy in technical literature; succinct written exposition; succinct oral presentation and discussion of prepared material; time-management.

(S1) Research skills - All Information skills

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S4) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S5) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

(S8) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity.

Deciphering Symbols: Approaches to An Understanding of the Earliest Symbolic Behaviour (ALGY761)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module seeks to provide students with an understanding of the role of symbolism in definitions of modern humans;

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of a diversity of specialist approaches to the recognition and interpretation of symbolism;

This module aims to provide students with a critical appreciation of the strengths and weakness of symbolic interpretations of the earliest 'symbolic artefacts'.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain an understanding of the importance of symbolic behaviour to a definition of modern human behaviour

(LO2) Students will gain a critical appreciation of competing approaches to, and definitions of artistic and symbolic behaviour

(LO3) Students will gain a critical appreciation of different models for the origins of symbolic behaviour in hominins

(LO4) Students will gain a critical appreciation of methods for the recording and analysis of the archaeological evidence of symbolic behaviour

(LO5) Students will learn to integrate specific bodies of archaeological evidence into sociological and anthropological models of early hominin  life

(LO6) Students will learn to critically appreciate the material and technological complexities in producing early parietal art images

(LO7) Students will critically assess the interpretation of a form of symbolic material culture as a case study

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

(S4) Information skills - Critical reading

(S5) Working in groups and teams - Time management

Human Osteology (ALGY762)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide students taking this module with a general background in human osteology of bioarchaeological material with reference to the reconstruction of the human skeleton. Students will be introduced to the laboratory techniques and debates currently surrounding the analysis of human remains from archaeological sites.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will learn how to identify the individual bones of adult and juvenile skeletons and will learn how to determine age and sex and other aspects of human remains analysis in archaeology. This will be achieved through establishing a background in the technique from hands-on handling classes and by introductory lectures where relevant.

(LO2) Students will understand the contribution made by human osteology to a subject of their choice

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written

(S2) Research skills - all information skills

(S3) Research skills - ethical awareness

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - report writing

Statistics for Biological Research (LIFE763)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
Aims

To introduce and advance knowledge of a range of statistical tests that are commonly used in the Biosciences;

To give experience in the implementation of these tests using statistical and programming software;

To enable students to learn how to interpret and analyse the output of these tests.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To develop an understanding of  statistical hypothesis testing;

(LO2) To apply a range of relevant statistical tests to complex datasets to draw statistical conclusions;

(LO3) To critically assess the appropriateness of a statistical test;

(LO4) To intepret and report data collected in biological research.

(LO5) To develop programming skills relevant for statistical analysis.

(LO6) Use data visualisation techniques to present ‘big’ data

(S1) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (eg measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae);

(S2) Problem solving, critical thinking, creativity; analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

Advanced Topics in Animal Behaviour (LIFE743)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

This module aims to:

1. Provide an understanding of the use of evolutionary theory to understanding animal behaviour;

2. Develop knowledge and deep understanding of the complexity of animal behaviour and the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge in the light of selected primary and secondary literature.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Evaluate the use of the adaptationist approach in studying behaviour

(LO2) Critically evaluate how various factors affect the evolution of reproductive behaviour

(LO3) Appraise current understanding of the evolution of altruism and cooperation

(LO4) Formulate hypotheses to explain why individuals vary in behaviour

(LO5) Assess comparative approaches in the study of animal cognition and critically evaluate why cognitive processes of animals might not be, and often are not, analogous to human cognitive processes

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

Roman Frontier Systems: From the Late Republic to the End of the Fourth Century Ad (ALGY698)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module will not only explore frontiers as manifestations at the highwater mark of Roman imperial history but as a vehicle for assessing the cultural evolution of frontier societies. As the frontiers of Britain are already provided for with modules on Hadrian’s Wall in the School's portfolio of modules, the emphasis of the module will be on frontiers of the rivers Rhine and Danube as well as those of the Near East (especially that in the province of Arabia) as well as in North Africa and the Eastern Desert region of Egypt.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of this module, students will have gained an appreciation of the range of scope and high quality of the archaeological evidence for the frontiers of the Roman empire. This will bring out the different devices and systems that evolved in response to particular problems in particular sectors of the frontiers.

(LO2) Students will have enhanced their understanding of the history of the Roman provinces as well as imperial policy decision making through exploring how frontiers systems were built and evolved over time.

(LO3) Students will have acquired an appreciation of some of the ways that frontiers and zones of cultural interaction might be variously interpreted.

(LO4) Students will have developed transferable skills in terms of presentational skills by means of class presentations and follow-up discussions.

(S1) Communiucation skills

(S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S3) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

Early Technologies (ALGY763)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to give students an introduction to techniques of artefact production and methods of analysis used in the study of Palaeolithic assemblages;

To provide a theoretical and practical foundation for undertaking artefact based analyses at the MSc and PhD level.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students completing this module will have gained a critical awareness of changing research paradigms in the study of early technologies.

(LO2) A practical understanding of the mechanics of stone tool making.

(LO3) An awareness of the cognitive demands of tool making.

(LO4) An understanding of the chronology and regional variation in the development of early technologies.

(LO5) Experience in preparing an artefact report to publication standard.

(S1) Digital scholarship participating in emerging academic, professional and research practices that depend on digital systems

(S2) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services

(S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S4) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

(S5) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

(S6) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

(S7) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S8) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

(S9) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

Primate Biology (LIFE353)
Level3
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims
  • ​To provide an introduction to the biology (adaptations, ecology and evolution) of the major biological groups in our own Order, Primates

  • ​​​To develop knowledge and deep understanding in primate biology, and ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems
  • Learning Outcomes

    ​To evaluate the evolutionary relationships, diversity and distribution of the Order Primates

     

    ​To critically discuss the functional-anatomical locomotor and dietary adaptations in primates

    ​To evaluate the broad patterns of primate adaptations in relation to body size, distribution and ecology

    ​​To discuss the variation in primate behaviour and cognition

    Advanced Statistics for Biological Research (LIFE707)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To enable students to analyse biological data by:

    Choice of appropriate statistical approaches to test hypotheses;

    Critical understanding of the use of a range of advanced statistical tests for appropriate analysis and  model fitting of a range of biological datasets;

    Using the software package, R;

    Synthesizing information, summarising statistical findings, and using hypothesis testing to critically review evidence from experimental data to support conclusions.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Illustrate and explain the methods of hypothesis testing

    (LO2) Critically evaluate experimental design(s) used in data collection and then apply the appropriate statistical test(s).

    (LO3) Design data collection methods appropriate to rigorous data analysis

    (LO4) Synthesise information from data analysis, test statistical hypotheses and critically review evidence to support conclusions.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Lifelong learning skills

    Evolution and Behaviour (LIFE709)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims to introduce students to a set of key concepts and case studies in contemporary evolutionary and behavioural biology such that they can apply key ideas in a critical and evaluative manner

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Synthesise new information on evolutionary and behaviour research

    (LO2) Explain complex evolutionary and behavioural topics for both generalist and specialist biologists

    (LO3) Critically evaluate evolutionary and behavioural evidence, and suggest novel areas for research.

    (S1) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S4) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S5) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    Designing and Communicating Research (ALGY731)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module is designed to ensure that the topic chosen for your dissertation is one that you will be able to pursue successfully;

    By the end of the module you will have tested the feasibility of your dissertation project, defined the scope of study and the way the research may be carried out;

    The module will also provide you with the opportunity to undertake detailed reading and discussion on a specified geographical period / area.

    You will also have the opportunity to consider the importance of public engagement with research and to work with your peers and with colleagues in the department and the museums to develop small research-based activities through which to share themes from your research with a non-academic audience.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand and independently assess a range of theoretical approachesto past societies

    (LO2) Critically appraise the interpretation of archaeological data

    (LO3) Identify and reflect upon key issues in archaeological interpretationthat are relevant to your dissertation.

    (LO4) Embark on your dissertation with a clear idea of the secondary andprimary sources to be consulted

    (LO5) Outline the appropriate theoretical frameworks and methodologicalapproaches to be deployed in your dissertation

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    Pyrotechnology: Theory, Evidence and Experiment (ALGY740)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To enable students to explore the role of pyrotechnology in human development, what pyrotechnology is, and how its many facets interrelate with contemporary social and technological systems;

    To introduce students to some of the theoretical frameworks and ideas surrounding the harnessing of heat by humankind to modify and enhance the material world around them;

    To consider how scientific methods can be used to understand pyrotechnological processes, to learn how these processes work and how they may have been understood in the past;

    To gain basic practical experience/understanding of key pyrotechnologies and have the opportunity, through project work, to investigate questions about pyrotechnology through research in the library, laboratory and the field.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain an understanding of the nature of pyrotechnology and its importance to human development and of the main theoretical arguments about the interpretation of the current body of evidence.

    (LO2) Students will gain a practical grounding in the skills required to identify, analyse and interpret pyrotechnological remains.

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning, respecting others, contributing to discussions

    (S2) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

    (S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S4) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S5) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S6) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S7) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

    (S8) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

    Researching Urban Communities in the Near East, 5000-500 B.c (ALGY646)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The nature and development of urban communities are issues central to an understanding of modern day life. Throughout the module it is intended that students will examine concepts of urbanism in an advanced fashion. Students will also engage in critical evaluation of research strategies and analytical approaches that allow us to appreciate the development and nature of early urban communities in the Near East through the archaeological and textual record. By 3000 BC the Near East had witnessed the appearance of the world's first cities and states.  This module investigates concepts and analytical methods suited to the analysis of these early cities on the basis of archaeological evidence.

    In particular, this module aims to go beyond the traditional archaeological focus on external catalysts for initial urbanisation and look instead at the relations that constitute cities and how these might be both reflected in and shaped by the forms, layouts, and structures of urban settlements. This aim requires students to grasp core concepts regarding the spatial organisation of cities;

    To appreciate the problems and potential of both the available archaeological and textual data;

    To develop a critical analytical sense of how primary archaeological examples might be analysed in order to form arguments regarding the nature, form and development of cities in the ancient Near East;

    To learn to utilise key tools, especially software, designed to facilitate the spatial analysis of archaeological site plans.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students successfully completing the module will achieve an understanding of key research issues in Near Eastern archaeology and studies of urbanism.

    (LO2) Students  successfully completing the module will have engaged with relevant primary source data.

    (LO3) Students successfully completing the module will themselves have conducted research relevant to these issues on a smallscale.

    (LO4) Students successfully completing the module will have gained a basic critical understanding of tools and methods relevant to the study of urban forms and structures in the ancient Near East.

    (S1) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S7) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S8) Research skills - All Information skills

    Economies and Exchange in the Ancient Near East (ALGY688)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to key issues, methods and evidence essential to the conducting archaeological and historical research on production and trade in the Ancient Near East;

    To introduce students to the possibilities and problems of combining the evidence from ancient texts and archaeological materials to produce interpretations of developments in the past.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students successfully completing the module will have developed a critical appreciation of key debates regarding the nature of economic activity in the Ancient Near

    (LO2) Students successfully completing the module will gain significant experience in absorbing, synthesising, and using unfamiliar archaeological and historical evidence for the purposes of investigating questions of general historical and cultural significance.

    (LO3) Students successfully completing the modue will be introduced to core methods used to investigate production and trade by means of both archaeological and textual evidence (e.g. faunal and archaeobotanical analysis; analysis of seals and sealings; analysis of ancient book-keeping and other administrative practices; provenancing of artefacts and raw materials). Particular attention will be given to the critical and effective interpretation of the results of these methods.

    (LO4) Students successfully completing the module will further develop their ability to construct and express effective verbal and written argument.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S5) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S7) Research skills - All Information skills

    Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain (ALGY786)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide an advanced understanding of later prehistoric studies;

    To provide an opportunity to practice a critical method in approaching prehistoric material.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the primary archaeological evidence, and an understanding of the different types of social organisation that characterise the Bronze Age and Iron Age in Britain.

    (LO2) Demonstrate critical study skills, prepare original material for seminar sessions, and lead both seminar discussions and tutorial sessions with confidence.

    (LO3) Students will be able to present their own arguments in seminars and essays, supported by relevant case studies and original analyses, and show a critical awareness of how these work to develop current debates in the field.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    Introduction to Quaternary Micropalaeontology (ENVS542)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module seeks to provide a deep and comprehensive understanding on methods and techniques used in micropalaeontology that will enable students to have an insight in a research field that is relevant for environmental sciences as well as geosciences, including biostratigraphy, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology and palaeoceanography.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Have an understanding at research level of biological proxies that are used to qualitatively and quantitatively reconstruct Quaternary environments

    (LO2) Be able to identify at a species level marine and terrestrial key microfossils

    (LO3) Understand principles of uniformitarianism and palaeoecology

    (LO4) Understand and apply principles of qualitative reconstructions of past conditions

    (LO5) Understand and apply principles of quantitativereconstructions of past conditions

    (LO6) Appreciate limitations of the biological proxies and the statistical analysis of their relationships with environmental conditions

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) research skills

    (S3) laboratory procedures

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Problem solving skills

    (S7) IT skills

    (S8) Organisational skills

    Becoming Human (LIFE364)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    1. To develop an understanding of the ancient and modern evolutionary history of the human lineage.

    2. To enable students to appreciate the mechanisms that underlie evolutionary change, with particular reference to examples relating to human evolution.

    3. To be able to critically analyse evidence for evolutionary change in human prehistory at a variety of scales from the genome to morphology, and to develop cogent arguments relating to this analysis.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand and evaluate the key transitions in the history of life that led to the primates

    (LO2) Evaluate patterns in the evolution of features in the human lineage since the last common ancestor of the apes.

    (LO3) Critically analyse the diversity of approaches and fields that encompass modern study of human evolution

    (S1) Scientific communication

    (S2) Adaptability

    (S3) Problem solving skills

    (S4) Organisational skills


    The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative and could be subject to change.