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introduce fundamental skills and concepts in the digital humanities
apply those skills and concepts to students' research areas
evaluate how the methods of the digital humanities can advance students' academic interests.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students are expected to be able to do the following by the end of the course:
Identify and describe 5 key phases of project management
Create a project plan
Design a structure for research materials in a database
Store research materials in a database
Other Course Materials
Please plan to bring a laptop to class. Before the workshop, please back up your files and upgrade your operating system to the most up-to-date version you can.
If you do not have a laptop, you can use the lab computers in PRH 307.
Outline of Topics
Workshop 1: Project Management
Leon, Sharon M. ‘Project Management for Humanists | #alt-Academy: Alternative Academic Careers’. #alt-academy, 6 May 2011. http://mediacommons.org/alt-ac/pieces/preparing-future-primary-investigators-project-management-humanists05
Friday, January 27: Principles of project management for academic research; group work
Friday, February 10: Overview of tools and approaches; apply to current project
Workshop 2: Databases
Manovich, Lev. ‘Database as a Genre of New Media’, 1997. http://vv.arts.ucla.edu/AI_Society/manovich.html
Friday, February 24: How databases work; research software to make you more efficient
Friday, March 3: Designing and building a database
Exams and Assignments
Exercises (20 points each)
There will be 4 exercises that you will complete for the two workshops. Details for each will be provided on the course website.
Complete a project plan (due February 10)
Implement project plan in selected software (due February 24)
Research software assessment (due March 3)
Database of research materials (due March 24)
Research Plan (20 points)
You will submit a final report on a research project (preferably one that is due this semester) that brings together the topics of the course. You should comment on your project management strategy, what worked and what didn’t, and what you would do differently on the next project. You should also comment on any software you used to organize or analyze your materials, and what you learned through using those tools.
Your report should be 250 to 500 words in length and can be formatted as a document or a presentation.
Due last day of classes.
I grade on completion of the assignments, so you will earn full points if you fulfill all of the requirements on time. I give additional points for work that exceeds expectations.
I want you to achieve the learning outcomes of the course, so the assignments and my feedback are focused on helping you develop the skills you need to succeed.
Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
The course work is designed to help you prepare for class and to keep you on track for the final project. As a general rule, I do not accept late work unless arrangements are made with me in advance.
Class attendance and participation in the course discussion is a central component of the learning experience of this course. You have 1 unexcused absence that you can use without question. After that, your grade will drop 5 points for every additional absence.
Beyond that, please contact me if you need to miss class due to illness or other unavoidable event.
Notification of Changes
The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.
Statement on Academic Misconduct
Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.
Statement On Disability Accommodations
Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.
Severe Weather Protocol
Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.
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