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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Course
2020-2021

Admission requirements

None.

Description

This course teaches the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeological fieldwork and analyses. Spatial research methods made possible by this technology will be the center of this course, both in theory and practice.

Set-up of the course

Weekly:

  • 2 hours of online lectures;

  • 4 hours of computer practical;

  • 4 hours of literature study, questions and forum discussions.

Course objectives

  • Gaining insight into the way in which Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are currently used in archaeology. The technical aspects as well as their applications will be discussed;

  • Learning how to manage and analyse spatial archaeological data;

  • Ability to make simple (distribution) maps in a GIS for your own research.

Timetable

Course schedule details can be found in the BA2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Online lectures;

  • Practical sessions with compulsory attendance;

  • Online discussion sessions with compulsory attendance.

Due to COVID-19 measures in place, and depending on developments in the situation, the mode of instruction may change before or during the course.

Course load

  • 14 hours of online lectures (1 ec);

  • 28 hours of practical sessions including a final assignment (2 ec);

  • 28 hours of workgroup discussions (1 ec);

  • 287 pages of literature (1 ec).

Assessment method

Written open-book exam (100%).

You will only receive the exam result if you have attended all the practical sessions.

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the BA2 examination schedule.
Deadlines for assignments are included in the course syllabus.

Due to COVID-19 measures in place, and depending on developments in the situation, the assessment method may change before or during the course.

Reading list

James Conolly, J & Lake, M. 2006. Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology. Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-521-79744-3.

Registration

Registration via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.

Contact

For more information about this course, please contact [drs. M. (Milco) Wansleeben](mailto:m. wansleeben@arch.leidenuniv.nl).

Remarks

Practical sessions with compulsory attendance.