So many topics were covered in this course that it is also a positive and a negative. A different subject almost every week and also a different lecturer, it was a little hard to focus! Some of the science topics were a little hard to wrap your head around after only a one hour lecture. I love Tiina as a lecturer and would have loved some more involvement from her! Lectures aren't recorded so that was a major downfall. None of the readings were on blackboard, that was a little annoying. Felt like Tiina barely worked on blackboard. Assessment wasn't too bad. Overall wasn't too bad of a subject, had a lot of fun and did learn a lot about archaeology. This course is a must for all Archaeology students.
This course was great because it provided me with an introduction into the scientific methods of archaeology which I had little experience with in first year courses. It covers a range of fields and topics: geoarchaeology, remote sensing, zooarchaeology, residue analysis and lithics, to name but a few. This helped me to begin to think about my future career and where exactly I'd like to specialise.
I was relatively unfamiliar with working with microscopes before taking this course but now feel capable and informed around the technology. My writing skills (scientific reports and essays) were bettered by Tiina. BlackBoard content was helpful, although attendance to lectures is a must if you wish to do well, as online lecture notes were limited. Overall the course structure and content was designed well to provide students with theoretical learning models as well as hands-on learning in the lab (group work and individual). Assessment was interesting and the workload was not too extreme.
Semester 1 - 2013
Archaeology Extended Major
Hands-on scientific methods and learning activities.
Great content coverage and learning materials access.