The Directorate is an administrative institution in the field of education and its main objective is to improve quality and support progress in education in accordance with law and government policies, best evidence and international standards.
1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. Students have mastered Archaeological concepts and methods, including field-research methods.
1.2. Students have a good understanding of theoretical debate in Archaeology.
1.3. Students have a good understanding of the methods underpinning Archaeology and can work both with written sources and scientific data in a critical manner.
1.4. Students have a clear idea of the main aspects of the development of human society and have knowledge of the cultural history of at least one period/region.
1.5. Students possess knowledge of Icelandic archaeology and cultural history and know the latest findings of research and theories in this field.
1.6. Students possess knowledge of ethical views concerning of historical objects, human remains and the protection of cultural relics.
2. Practical and theoretical skills
2.1. Students have acquired independent working methods and can analyse practical, complex archaeological issues.
2.2. Students are able to make and justify decisions on scholarly archaeological grounds.
2.3. Students are organised and able to work independently on specific archaeological issues.
2.4. Students make prudent use of guidance and comments on their work.
2.5. Students are able to set goals, and can devise and follow a work schedule.
2.6. Students have fully mastered the technicalities and literary specifics of essay writing.
2.7. Students formulate and describe complex theoretical topics and research findings
2.8. Students can direct their own research, which is based on processing archaeological sources and/or on their own research topic.
2.9. Students are able to evaluate independently methods and theories within Archaeology.
2.10. Students can distinguish between sound and poor scholarship.
2.11. Students can account for the importance of cultural relics in contemporary society.
2.12. Students are familiar with software applicable to processing archaeological sources.
2.13. Students are able to use their knowledge and understanding in archaeological research.
2.14. Students are skilled in rationalising theoretical or practical archaeological solutions.
3. Communication skills
3.1. Students are independent and demonstrate initiative in their studies.
3.2. Students are able to participate actively in scholarly collaboration, share their skills, ideas and knowledge, and can seek out a work team.
3.3. Students can explain clearly sophisticated archaeological topics in a public forum and substantiate their findings.
3.4. Students have gained independence, broadmindedness and original thinking and can use these skills in their studies and work.
4. General learning skills
4.1. Students have acquired the necessary learning skills to be able to undertake further studies.
4.2. Students have gained independence; broadmindedness and original thinking and can use these skills in their studies and work.