What a course. Very dry at times but it isn't as awful as it seems. I had a lot of fun at times. It tried to cram a lot into a semester. I feel like I've only learnt a bare minimum of some things. The assignment is weird but at least it's spread out. So much team work! If you don't like team work, this course is not for you. Anne is enthusiastic a lot of the times but you can't argue with her. She also likes to over complicate the most simplest of tasks. We had an online exam and damn. Pray you don't have to do an exam written by her, even if you're an atheist. PRAY. You don't have to attend every class, but most of the classes relate to the assessment and if you're not there you can't do it. She's bitchy that way.
I took this course Semester 1-2015. I wasn't able to select the option.
This course provided the skills (theoretical and physical) to engage in cultural heritage as a study and as a career. I found that what I learned from Anne Ross I have used in every course since - survey and assessment skills, report writing and being able to identify cultural heritage from a tangible and intangible perspective. Lectures cover a broad content and, although dry at times (particularly legislation), is is essential information delivered well. Tutorial activities and discussions were practical and fun and always focused on teaching us valuable skills which we could translate into our careers. Anne gave great feedback and always filled BlackBoard with essential readings, helpful journal articles (which made research for assessment easy) and other helpful links (videos, cultural heritage company sites, government forms, etc.). For students who need a course which is very 'online' based, this is perfect. Outdoor activities were fun and informative - we learned how to survey properly, prepare on-field maps and reports and engage with indigenous and european/built heritage. Anne was lenient on circumstances and always helpful.
This was one of the most valuable courses I took in regard to learning "how to be an archaeologist".