1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement

Methods Digital Study of Rel

REL 503-001Spring 2023 | 1 Credit Hours


Dr. Jeri Wieringa

Contact Information

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Course Description

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Required Texts

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Course Objectives

  • 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:

  1. Identify and describe 5 key phases of project management

  2. Create a project plan

  3. Design a structure for research materials in a database

  4. 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

Read before:

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

Read before:

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. 

Grading Policy

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.

Attendance Policy

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.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

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