ARCS2000 – Science in Archaeology

Lecturer Dr Tiina Manne
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty HASS
Prerequisites ARCA1000
Contact Hours 1 Lecture hour, 2 Practical or Laboratory hours
Semester(s) Taught Semester 1
Course Units 2
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Total average


Learning Materials ( 87.7 )
Learning Activities ( 94.7 )
Blackboard Management ( 83.7 )
Course Content ( 94.7 )
Course Structure ( 87.7 )
Contact Availability ( 99.3 )
Course Difficulty ( 57 )

Reviews (3)

ARCS2000 – Science in Archaeology 89.3

This course is definitely one of my favourite courses I've taken. Each week is a different scientific technique used in archaeology. There is a 2 hour lecture on a Monday morning, 8am, that I've never attended because 8am is wayyy too early to be awake, but you can just read the lecture slides before hand, which is enough to get through the practical. There's a 2 hour practical each week on a Monday as well, which are hands on activities with the lecturer, Gladys McGowan. She is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and just incredibly nice to talk too.

There's no final exam for the course, which is nice because there is a huge amount of content. Each week is a completely different topic, so it would be really hard to have a final exam on everything. I'm glad that there are 3 in class "quizzes" (pretty much mini exams) that cover blocks of the content, so you don't have to study everything at once. There is a 2500 word essay due just over half way through the term that is pretty open-ended and you can write about pretty any archaeological site or artefact that's interesting. There's no required textbook for the course, just two scientific articles to read each week, which may come up on the quizzes.

The blackboard is well set up and all the lectures are recorded and lecture slides posted the day beforehand.

Overall, the difficulty of this course isn't too hard, although its definitely an advantage being having done science and physics courses previously. Definitely not a prerequisite, but having done any previous science will definitely make this course a lot easier.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2022

Your program/major

Adv Sci - Archaeological Science

Is lecture attendance necessary?


Is the textbook necessary?


  • No final exam, only 3 mini quizzes
  • Great lecturer
  • Recorded lectures
  • Quite a lot of content to remember
  • Monday 8am lectures
Posted on May 10, 2022 9:16 pm
ARCS2000 – Science in Archaeology 81.7

So many topics were covered in this course that it is also a positive and a negative. A different subject almost every week and also a different lecturer, it was a little hard to focus! Some of the science topics were a little hard to wrap your head around after only a one hour lecture. I love Tiina as a lecturer and would have loved some more involvement from her! Lectures aren't recorded so that was a major downfall. None of the readings were on blackboard, that was a little annoying. Felt like Tiina barely worked on blackboard. Assessment wasn't too bad. Overall wasn't too bad of a subject, had a lot of fun and did learn a lot about archaeology. This course is a must for all Archaeology students.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2014

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Posted on May 31, 2014 11:31 pm
Amber Barry
ARCS2000 – Science in Archaeology 97.5

This course was great because it provided me with an introduction into the scientific methods of archaeology which I had little experience with in first year courses. It covers a range of fields and topics: geoarchaeology, remote sensing, zooarchaeology, residue analysis and lithics, to name but a few. This helped me to begin to think about my future career and where exactly I'd like to specialise.

I was relatively unfamiliar with working with microscopes before taking this course but now feel capable and informed around the technology. My writing skills (scientific reports and essays) were bettered by Tiina. BlackBoard content was helpful, although attendance to lectures is a must if you wish to do well, as online lecture notes were limited. Overall the course structure and content was designed well to provide students with theoretical learning models as well as hands-on learning in the lab (group work and individual). Assessment was interesting and the workload was not too extreme.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2013

Your program/major

Archaeology Extended Major

  • Hands-on scientific methods and learning activities.
  • Great content coverage and learning materials access.
  • Valuable skills for real life.
  • No lecture recordings
Posted on March 9, 2014 1:15 pm

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