ARCH06043 2013 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS

General Details

Full Title
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS
Transcript Title
ARCHAEO SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS
Code
ARCH06043
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Billy Fitzgerald, Maria Keeney
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology
Description

This module provides a practical and theoretical introduction to scientific analytical techniques and reviews their applications to archaeology.

 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Explain the science behind a variety of scientific techniques that can be employed in the analysis of archaeological materials and outline their applications and limitations.

2.

Perform a range of analytical techniques on a variety of organic and inorganic materials.

3.

Describe case studies where scientific techniques were used in the investigation of archaeological materials and discuss the valuable information they provide about the past.   

4.

 Solve numerical problems which involve calculations pertaining to selected analytical techniques. 

5.

Conduct practical work competently in a safe and responsible manner.

6.

Calculate chemical compositions of samples using raw experimental data and determine the accuracy and precision of analytical measurements.

7.

Communicate and present scientific information concisely and in proper scientific format.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed on the basis of continuous assessment (theory and practical) and final theory examination.

Self-assessment tests and quizzes and other forms of formative assessment are provided to students to check their own progress towards achieving the learning outcomes of the module and to motivate learning.Laboratory skills and report-writing ability are assessed as part of the practical work performed during the module. Regular summative tests are used to encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback. 

Indicative Syllabus

Sampling techniques

Accuracy, precision, error

Numerical calculations: solution concentrations, dilution of solutions, calculations pertaining to analytical techniques

The Beer-Lambert Law

UV-Visible Spectroscopy

Flame Photometry

Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

Scanning Electron Microscopy

X-Ray Fluorescence

Gas-Liquid Chromatography

Gas-Liquid Chromatograhy-Mass Spectrometry

High -Performance Liquid Chromatography

Case studies from peer-referenced archaeological science journals

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Assessment of Theory Knowledge Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Practical Evaluation Assessment of practical laboratory skills, pre-practical and post-practical assessments,laboratory reports Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 4,5,6,7
3 Self-assessment tests and quizzes, homework exercises, in-class exercises, group discussions,practical reports Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 35 % End of Term 1,2,3,4
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Practical activities 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Seld-Directed Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Craddock,Paul (2009).Scientific Investigation of Copies, Fakes and Forgeries.Butterworth-Heinemann,Oxford

Goffer, Zvi (2007) Archaeological Chemistry, Wiley, New Jersey

Harris, Daniel C (2006).Quantitative Chemical Analysis. Freeman, New York

Kaur H.(2010).Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis.Global Media (ebrary book)

Lambert, J.B. (1997). Traces of the Past : Unravelling the Secrets of Archaeology through Chemistry. Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA

Pollard,A.M., C.M.Batt, B.Stern and S.M.M. Young(2007) . Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology.Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK

Pollard,A.M.,and Heron,C. (2008). Archaeological Chemistry.Cambridge,RSC Publishing

 

Other Resources

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Additional Information

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