More work = less marks

It’s the usual equation for me though seemingly never for an obvious reason.

With the archaeology the tutor has been giving really good comments on the assignments that I’ve put in. Just as well as I’ve studied neither history nor art subjects in any form for a very long time indeed.

So, in the first one I lost marks in leaving out what seems obvious in hindsight, namely the dates of the various events. I’d bandied about the terms for the periods alright, just not added the dates. Easy to fix obviously.

In the second I’d not put in enough in the way of references which seemed to drop a similar number of marks as the overall mark was much the same as for the first one. Not quite so easy to fix as I found out in the third one.

For the third one, there were dates everywhere and a page and a half of references which took ages to research. In this world archaeology course I thought that I’d take two empires as they suggested and add references from around the world. Net effect was that within the word count you couldn’t say a massive amount about those additional examples so 10% less than before! I think I fell into the trap of this course: it covers a lot of ground in a short time and leaves you with lots of examples whereas what’s really wanted at this level is an in-depth critique of a few cases with perhaps a short reference to other examples.

Which leaves the end of course assessment to do. There are two options on this one. In the first you’ve to look at the impact of cultural contact and movement which sounded good to me as there are lots of examples. For the second you’ve to choose three examples of the impact of population growth on the development of societies.

Prior to receiving the latest mark I’d decided to go for the first option as it seemed to allow the inclusion of loads of examples but I suspect that the second option is probably better as it would force me into concentrating more on fewer examples. The problem with doing that is that it depends on being able to find references to quite detailed aspects of the impact of population growth and in some really interesting societies there’s not a whole lot of detail to draw upon. So, for example, whilst presumably population growth had a major impact on the formation of early agricultural villages, there’s next to nothing to say about them.

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