ARCH07039 2019 Geophysical Surveying and Processing Practical
This module focuses exclusively on the students ability to plan, execute and report on an archaeological geophysical survey, in compliance with best practice guidelines and national legislation. Students are expected to work in groups to deliver all Coursework Assessments. Students will be given in-depth practical tuition and experience in the use of archaeological geophysical equipment and techniques in the field in addition to practice using various computer software packages in the processing of geophysical data and its integration with other forms of information. Students will be expected to carry out a geophysical survey in Ireland within their own peer-group.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate the skills necessary to plan, execute and report a geophysical survey over an archaeological site.
Establish a geophysical survey grid.
Operate a range of different geophysical field equipment safely and competently and comply with best practice in the field.
Use dedicated software to download, edit and process simple geophysical data.
Construct simple maps of geophysical information and present geophysical results in a format that can be interpreted.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Students will be expected to plan a geophysical survey of an archaeological site, submit an Application for a Detection Licence to the Archaeological Licensing Section of the National Monuments Service, and, if granted, abide by the legal constraints imposed on them by that licence, including submission of a geophysical report.
Students will be taught how to write a report, collect data in the field and process that data, as well as interpret it and create maps using GIS software, using best practice guidance. Students will also learn how to archive their data.
Module Assessment Strategies
One large ongoing assessment. Students will be assessed on:
Detection Licence application and Method Statement (feedback given before submission to State authorities)
Group work for Practical Exercises
Organisation and implementation of Geophysical Survey
Written Report (feedback given before submission to State authorities)
Group Presentation, either as Powerpoint or Video
Standard procedures apply.
- Irish Legislation: Detection Licences, Trespass, Health and Safety
- Integrated survey methodology - Establish a geophysical survey grid
- Demonstration and Field Work: Magnetometry survey
- Demonstration and Field Work: Earth resistance survey
- Demonstration and Field Work: GPR Survey
- Demonstration and Field Work: Magnetic Susceptibility
- Writing a Geophysical Report
- Data processing and image enhancement of geophysical results using appropriate software
- Integrated geophysical surveys for archaeological assessment
- Group Field work exercise at a suitable site
- Introduction to Surfer
- Integration of geophysical results with other archaeological/map data using Surfer
- How to Archive Data
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Portfolio of exercises: Licence Application, Field work, field log books, group field project, Geophysical Report, Final Presentation or Video||Continuous Assessment||Group Project||100 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Laboratory Practical||Computer Laboratory||Laboratory Practical||3||Weekly||3.00|
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Self study||4||Weekly||4.00|
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