Jan 21, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
    
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog

ANT6920 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY COURSE PROCEDURE


ANT6920 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY

3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either Freshman or Sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

ANT6920 - Introduction to Archaeology (3 hrs.)

This course will introduce students to the theories and methods of archaeology, and to the archaeological record.  Students will participate in archaeological fieldwork, as opportunities allow.

 

The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course meet, or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Outcomes Project for this course, as sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Course Classification:

Lecture

Prerequisites:

None

Controlling Purpose:

This course will introduce students to archaeology, the science of understanding cultures of the past through material remains.  Students will learn the basic methodology and theory or archaeological research, and apply these in a hands-on activity.  Students will also become familiar with some of the major archeological traditions of the world.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, students will become familiar with the basics of archaeological research, including surveying, excavation, dating and analysis techniques.  Students will become familiar with some of the major archaeological traditions of the world.  Students will develop teamwork, computer skills, critical and interpretive skills through use of the computer simulation.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Archaeological Methods and Theory

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Understand how archaeologists begin their research through site selection and planning
  • Explain the process of initial site survey, including but not limited to visual walking survey, GPS, ground penetrating radar, satellite imaging and magnetometry
  • Explain the methods of excavation
  • Understand various dating techniques, including but not limited to stratigraphy, C14, potassium-argon, thermal luminescence and dendrochronology
  • Provide a basic analysis of archaeological materials, and understand the means of analysis
  • Apply original interpretations to archaeological materials, and understand the means of such interpretations
  • Understand and apply the ethics of archaeological research

UNIT 2: Archaeological Traditions

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Relate the historical, cultural and discovery information relating to some of the major archaeological traditions of the world, including but not limited to the Mayan, Sumerian/Akkadian, Minoan/Mycenean/Trojan, Pre-colombian North American and Paleolithic European traditions

UNIT 3: Field Work

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Apply the methods of survey, excavation, dating, analysis and interpretation of archaeological materials as learned in Unit I through hands-on activities

UNIT 4: Teamwork Skills/Decision Making and Problem Solving

Outcomes: Upon Completion of this unit, students will be able to successfully…

  • Work in both small and large groups to accomplish stated goals
  • Make substantive contributions to group
  • Develop and apply interpersonal skills, such as negotiation, consensus-building, brainstorming, and group planning
  • Develop and apply decision making and problem solving skills through exploration of the computer simulation

Projects Required:

Textbook:

Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required:

None

Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:  

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching, and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

 Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations,   contact the Disability Services Coordinator.