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Elective MRes Modules

The MRes SEAHA is undertaken at UCL; however, Module 2 (30 credits) is an elective module and can be undertaken at any department at UCL, University of Oxford or University of Brighton. The selection of the actual module will be approved by the MRes Course Director and your primary Academic Supervisor, on the advice of the Stream Coordinators.

Materials Stream

ARCLG111 Archaeological Glass and Glazes

UCL Institute of Archaeology (15 credits)

The aims of the course are to give students a science-based understanding of the broad development and spread of glass, glazes, pigments and beads in their archaeological contexts from the Late Bronze Age up to the end of the Middle Ages.

ARCLG114 Archaeological Ceramics Analysis

UCL Institute of Archaeology (15 credits)

This course introduces participants by means of lectures and demonstration to a range of scientific techniques that can be used to analyse and interpret cultural information from archaeological ceramic assemblages, including thin section petrography, geochemistry, scanning electron microscopy and organic residue analysis.

ARCLG108 Archaeometallurgy 1: Mining and Extractive Metallurgy

UCL Institute of Archaeology (15 credits)

The aims of the course are to give students a fundamental understanding of the development and spread of mining and metallurgy within their geological and archaeological contexts from the Neolithic up to the Renaissance.

ARCLG109 Archaeometallurgy 2: Metallic Artefacts

UCL Institute of Archaeology (15 credits)

This course will consider archaeological interpretations of technical data gained from the analysis of metal objects, using chemical and physical methods.

BENVGSE2 SEAHA Research Methodology

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (30 credits)

This Module covers elements relevant to both the Materials and the Environmental Stream: environmental parameters of change along with methods of measurement and assessment. Principles of modelling of the outdoor and indoor environment, as well as methods of environmental analysis are covered. Material change is discussed focussing on techniques of material characterisation and analysis: structural characterisation, imaging and sensing. The second teaching week consists of project-based work at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (Heritage Science Laboratory), where the students will develop research methodologies related to their individual research projects.

Environment Stream

BENVGLG2 Lighting Applied Calculations

UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources
(15 credits)

This module takes the mathematical models and physical concepts of illumination and matches them with the reality of the luminous environment. This module deals with the application of engineering and mathematical models to the lit environment.

BENVGLG3 Lighting Research

UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources
(15 credits)

Lighting research results and the resulting theoretical models are introduced to the student in the area of human factors in lighting and illuminating engineering. This module introduces research-based results and theoretical model-building in the human response to lighting and lighting engineering calculations.

BENVGEEA Advanced Building Simulation

UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources
(15 credits)

The module provides an opportunity for students with a greater interest in the use of building simulation software, to explore the application and development of advanced tools. Students will learn the use of advanced simulation models which can be applied for research and to design complex applications using modelling of moisture and pollutants in buildings.

BENVGEE7 Methods of Environmental Analysis

UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources
(15 credits)

The module deals with the principles and practice of building environmental analysis and the methods of assessing the environmental performance of existing and proposed buildings and their attendant services.

BENVGSE2 SEAHA Research Methodology

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and University of Oxford (30 credits)

This Module covers elements relevant to both the Materials and the Environmental Stream: environmental parameters of change along with methods of measurement and assessment. Principles of modelling of the outdoor and indoor environment, as well as methods of environmental analysis are covered. Material change is discussed focussing on techniques of material characterisation and analysis: structural characterisation, imaging and sensing. The second teaching week consists of project-based work at University of Oxford at the Wytham Woods field site and the Ashmolean Museum, where they will develop skills in monitoring and assessment of internal and external environmental conditions.

Digital Stream

ARCLG055 Model-building in Archaeology

UCL Institute of Archaeology (15 credits)

This course offers a unique opportunity to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills in computational modelling, particularly agent-based simulation, focussing on four of the most exciting areas of current research in the social and historical sciences: 1) agent-based models of human decision-making; 2) models of specialisation and cooperation; 3) networks, power laws and the small-world phenomenon; 4) demographic models.

ARCLG090 Geographic Information Systems in Archaeology I

UCL Institute of Archaeology (15 credits)

This course introduces the principles of archaeological GIS, the techniques deployed to acquire, manage and visualise spatial data, as well as the most frequently used analytical tools.

ARCLG117 Spatial Analysis in Archaeology

UCL Institute of Archaeology (15 credits)

This course introduces the principles of archaeological GIS, the techniques deployed to acquire, manage and visualise spatial data, as well as the most frequently used analytical tools.

ARCLG118 Research and Presentation Skills for Spatial Analysis

UCL Institute of Archaeology (15 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with a wide range of technical, project management and modern presentation skills that are necessary to complete large-scale GIS projects in archaeology, particularly those that are multi-disciplinary and/or involve several different contributors.

ARCLG207 Remote sensing in Archaeology

UCL Institute of Archaeology(15 credits)

This course provides students with a detailed knowledge of the theory, method, equipment and software associated with terrestrial, airborne and satellite remote sensing in archaeology. It allows students to develop key skills frequently expected in a commercial environment.

BENVGSE2 SEAHA Research Methodology

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and University of Brighton (30 credits)

For the Digital Stream, this module will be organised as a tailored project-based set of directed readings, tutorials, and practical exercises designed to establish a range of skills to design and implement digitisation campaigns and the establishment of digital resources under controlled conditions. Students will be exposed to the technologies involved in digital capture, asset formation and collection management issues using:

  • Image-based acquisition, using digital photography and publically available image to model systems (e.g. Arch3D or Autodesk’s 123catch); Controlled light acquisition using a mini-dome device for two and unidirectional objects; Structured-light acquistion; and Time of flight acquisition
  • Post-processing of raw acquisition to produce complete 3D objects (using Meshlab)
  • Collection formation based on both Europeana extended metadata and RDF triple using CIDOC-CRM metadata; inter-schema mapping systems
  • Search and browse technologies, incorporating metadata and content-based search in multiple media
  • Content management systems and information requirements for authorship of narratives and interactive exhibits.
  • An understanding of the requirements for sustainable enterprises and the range of paradigms for public engagement in cultural research.

INSTG008 Digital Resources in the Humanities

UCL Department of Information Studies (15 credits)

This Module course introduces students to a range of issues involved in the design, creation, management and use of electronic resources in the humanities. Topics include humanities resources on the Web, 2D and 3D digitisation and digital imaging, encoding and markup systems, stylometry and text analysis, GIS, electronic dictionaries, user needs, scholarly electronic publishing in the humanities and interdisciplinarity.

INSTG017 Internet Technologies

UCL Department of Information Studies (15 credits)

The delivery of content and information via electronic communication is becoming increasingly dynamic and device-driven. This course introduces students to the basic concepts of markup (including the Extensible Hypertext Markup Language XHTML), website structuring and design, and the issues involved in generating and delivering content dynamically. Topics include the syntax of hypertext markup, cascading stylesheets, SQL, database design and integration, manipulation of images, site structuring, visual design and user interaction.

INSTG018 Introduction to Programming and Database Querying

UCL Department of Information Studies(15 credits)

This module uses JavaScript (ECMAscript) to introduce the fundamental principles of procedural computer programming and scripting languages. It reinforces these concepts by practical application in the context of automated Web browser and document manipulation. Fundamental programming topics include data types, operators, variables, flow control via selection and iteration, arrays and objects, functional abstraction, methods and constructors, abstract data types and pattern matching. Applications include manipulation of Web document frames, browser windows and images, dynamic generation of Web documents, and form verification via regular expressions. The module concludes with a brief introduction to SQL querying of relational databases.

CEGEG034 Mapping Science

UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (15 credits)

The course covers generic concepts and techniques that apply to all aspects of geomatics. Starting from a consideration of the nature of mapping and its uses, this also encompasses acquisition methods (including satellite imagery and positioning systems) and fundamental concepts of reference systems. The course continues by looking at techniques for handling digital map data, and goes on to examine sample policy frameworks for national mapping organisations.

CEGEG063 Principles and Practice of Surveying

UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (15 credits)

The course covers: Modern survey methods relevant for medium-high precision site mapping including a knowledge of instrumentation, calibration, data reductions, computations, geometrical factors in precision and field-to-finish processing software; An understanding of the geometric and physical (reference) systems within which such data is acquired, processed and visualised; An introduction to instrumentation, methods and solutions appropriate to a broader range of applications and products at medium to large scale e.g. the production of bathymetric charts, setting out, measuring and monitoring buildings and other structures, production of digital terrain models, close-range measurement of industrial artefacts.

CEGEG080 Data Analysis

UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (15 credits)

The course covers statistical principles and techniques for analysing data, with an increasing level of complexity and sophistication as it progresses. Essential tools such as matrix algebra and calculus are introduced in the early sessions. The course then proceeds to cover basic ideas on the nature of errors and statistical tests, and looks at error propagation and the correlation of errors in space and time. It then covers the least squares treatment of observational data, including both linear and non-linear problems, constrained solutions, and quality control procedures.

CEGEG082 GIS Principles and Technology

UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (15 credits)

This course provides an overview and introduction to the principles and techniques used in the analysis of spatial (geographic) data in order to find solutions to various geographical problems. It gives hands-on training with ArcGIS and Programming in order to equip students with essential analytical and IT skills to process spatial data. The aim of this module is to equip students with an understanding of the principles underlying GIScience and GISystem and the essential skills of spatial analysis including Spatial Analyst, Network Analysis, 3D Analysis and Image Analyst.

CEGEG084 Terrestrial Data Acquisition

UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (15 credits)

The course will include the mathematical and geometric foundation of close range photogrammetry and will provide information on terrestrial laser scanning including its fundamental technology, and solutions for handling close range image data, with a focus on registration of data types and data combination to achieve set accuracy requirements. The course will include a practical element directed towards the application of key principles and systems to measure objects at the building scale. Practical application will be explored through coursework following the generic steps of data acquisition, processing and analysis. The integration of techniques to deliver mobile mapping solutions will also be presented in association with data and system demonstrations from industrial collaborators.

CEGEG085 Airborne Data Acquisition

UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (15 credits)

This module deals with the theory and practice of producing and validating digital elevation models and orthoimages from optical aerial and satellite sensors including laser scanning (LiDAR). It reviews fundamental technology with an emphasis on solutions for airborne sensor orientation and covers mapping from other sensors, such as interferometric SAR from space and airborne platforms. The practical application of the technique will be demonstrated through the use of example data sets and through practical work.

CEGEG129 Spatial Data Management

UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (15 credits)

The course will cover technical and procedural aspects of the management of heterogeneous spatial data, with a specific focus on the management of large (‘big’) spatial datasets. Specific topics to be covered include: Systems architecture – how to centrally store, manage and share spatial data; Database design; Improving performance – techniques such as indexing, partitioning; NoSQL databases and data management; Metadata and Spatial Data Infrastructures; Interoperability and Standards; Handling large 3D datasets.

Along with the focus on the technical aspects of spatial data management, the course will be embedded into the wider organizational and legislative context driving spatial data sharing (e.g. the EU INSPIRE directive). The students will also be introduced to real-world case studies on spatial data management in large organizations.

CEGEG130 Applied Building Information Modelling

UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (15 credits)

The course will cover geometric and semantic aspects of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the integrated management of BIM-related data, including: How to capture 3D data for a BIM (both new build and retro-fit) – data acquisition methods; The principles of surveying – building up integrated BIM geometry from multiple capture sources; Data Processing and Feature extraction; Managing BIM data – information theory, adding semantic information, storing and sharing BIM data in an interoperable manner; The bigger picture – Integrating CAD, BIM and 3D GIS.

COMP3085 – Computational Photography and Capture

UCL Department of Computer Science (15 credits)

The module is designed to be self-contained, introducing the theoretical and practical aspects of modern photography and capture algorithms to students with only limited mathematical background. The two primary aims are i) to introduce universal models of colour, computer-controlled cameras, lighting and shape capture, and ii) to motivate students to choose among the topics presented for either continuing study (for those considering MSc’s and PhD’s) or future careers in the fields of advanced imaging. Students will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the main Computational Photography topics.

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