This is the single most valuable course I have taken. I use concepts I learned in this course all the time, and I think this is a really important course for anyone studying archaeology, or any kind of palaeoenvironments. Although there was a lot of content, the course was structured in such a way as to not be overwhelming. The assessment was well-spaced to actually reinforce what we were learning, and I could clearly see the relevance of every task. Dr Love's lectures were good, as were the guest lectures. Difficult concepts were explained clearly and concisely, and relevant readings helped me to better grasp them. The end of semester exam was one of the best exams I have done, it was more interesting than the average exam because it was both theory and practical at the same time, you moved at your own pace through online questions (within a time limit, obviously), and if you did the required readings and went to class you could easily have achieved highly. Overall, I thought that this was a very fair, well structured, and well taught class which has genuinely enhanced my knowledge of archaeology.
This course was really useful. I learned a huge amount, but never felt overwhelmed. Dr Love helped us learn the underlying concepts of things, rather than just making us memorise facts which is important. The course was structured well, and we progressed through topics which built on one another. The assessment along the way consolidated the learning, but also took off some of the pressure because it was possible to regain lost marks. The content was really relevant, and I have used it often since. This course isn't easy, and I think it would be difficult if you hadn't completed the suggested pre-requisites. It was the perfect level of difficulty for a third year course: challenging enough to reward those who work hard, but making high marks attainable if you put in the effort.
I loved this course. I found it challenging, interesting and felt it gave me the necessary skills and knowledge for entering the work force. With a mixture of lecture material, group work and practical activities it was never dull. The 3 hours don't drag on - if anything, an extra hour would be great!
Readings are not overwhelming which is great. Most courses set 4-5 reading per week which can get quite stressful if they're quite long. ARCS3040 however sets a few basic but informative articles that can be revisited throughout the semester and the minimal number allows students t actually digest the information and use it in class.
The assignments are interesting and straightforward, with a focus on data interpretation and presentation rather than research. I loved this as it was a god break from the weeks of research usually required to finish one essay etc. in other courses. Again, this 'straight-forward' approach helped me really digest the information and methods and understand the overall class content.
Classes were interactive and fun as well as useful in building valuable skill sets.
Semester 2 - 2014
BA extended archaeology
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Yes - but anything missed can easily be obtained and completed via BlackBoard so there\'s no stress for missing a few classes.