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PKM366 Site Survey Design (8)


Are you interested in examining the various types, variety and occurrence of historical and Indigenous sites in Australia and the basic methods and techniques used to record them? Site Survey Design builds on an student's existing knowledge of cultural heritage and examines different types of methods employed in cultural resource management. The subject will take the student through the initial planning stage of survey design, to site discovery and recording and on to the development of site survey reports. As part of residential school students will go out into the field and participate in hands on site survey. They will actively record,and evaluate historical and Indigenous sites that they locate during their site survey.  Students completing this subject have the ability to undertake a range of field survey techniques and be able to make sound independent judgments regarding their appropriate use and the application of relevant protocols around them.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Environmental Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have in-depth knowledge of archaeological evidence, its recovery and analysis
  • have the advanced technical skills necessary to undertake high level natural management including, a range of field survey techniques, and the analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of archaeological and cultural heritage sites
  • be able to demonstrate they can apply their knowledge and skills to make sound independent judgements regarding a range of management issues such as the value and importance of a site
  • have an understanding of the potential differences in methodologies and protocols when encountering Indigenous and European sites.
  • be able to show professionalism in undertaking site survey and design


The subject will cover the following topics:
1. basic methods of archaeological surveys;
2. identification of several planning approaches;
3. location and recording of sites of significance; and
4. the importance of assessing site value.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school. The residential school is designed to provide students with an opportunity and skills needed to conduct a survey in the field. Prior to the residential school, the appropriate processes of community engagement will be introduced. For example when dealing with an Indigenous site, a talk by the traditional custodians of the area will occur. Standard  protocols are also learnt. For example those of the Australian Heritage Commission or those of the relevant state government agency when appropriate (e.g.. NSW NPWS protocol when in a National Park) Students will also undertake a 'mock' survey' to highlight group/individual skills and how problems can arise when undertaking such an exercise.

Students will undertake an actual survey in efforts to locate, describe and record any heritage material that they may come across.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.