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HumanitiesPostgraduate study

HUMA6013 Web Technologies and the Humanities

Module Overview

This module aims to acquaint you with the role of computers and the World Wide Web in the publication and dissemination of information. Multimedia applications, mark-up and aspects of Web authoring are covered. You will be instructed in the concepts of content structure, design and data linking and also gain practical experience in the preparation of documents destined for electronic publication.

Aims and Objectives

The aims of this module are to acquaint you with:

  • the role of computers in the publication and the dissemination of Humanities information,
  • multimedia applications and other aspects of World Wide Web authoring,
  • concepts of design and layout of documents; you will also gain practical experience in the preparation of documents destined for electronic publication,
  • standards for the representation of texts in digital form, such as those espoused by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI).

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the way electronic publication, multimedia and the Web have been used in the Humanities, and the ways that they may be used in the future.

Cognitive (thinking) skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to understand key concepts such as multimedia, New Media, the Internet, and Web 2.0 and how they can successfully be employed by the Humanities.

Practical (subject specific) skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • implement a multimedia application using HTML, CSS and related technologies,
  • publish information on the Web in a variety of formats using Content Management Systems

Key transferable skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • typeset and reference documents to a standard suitable for publication in an electronic format,
  • design and layout multimedia applications for on-line distribution.

Syllabus

Typically the syllabus will cover the following:

Topic

Introduction to Multimedia and the World Wide Web

Introduction to Mark-up Languages

Introduction to HTML and CSS

Semantic Mark-up: HTML5

Styling the Web: CSS3

New Media: Blogging, Microblogging and Social Networks

Learning and Teaching

Study time allocation

Contact hours:50
Private study hours:100
Total study time: 150 hours

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods will include lectures, supervised practical exercises, unsupervised use of tutorial exercises and surgeries conducted periodically during the module to assist learning and evaluate progress. As with other PGT modules, you will be provided with extensive online support in the form of module documentation, example data, module specific and general tutorials, links to other online resources, and a module discussion list.

Resources and reading list

Allemang, D. and Hendler, J. (2011) Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist. 2nd Edition. Morgan Kaufmann.

 

Anderson, C. (2009) The Long(er) Tail. Hyperion.

 

Berners-Lee, T. (1999) Weaving the Web. Orion Business.

 

Berners-Lee, T., Hall, W. Hendler, J.A., O'Hara, K., Shadbolt, N. &  Weitzner, D.J. (2006) A Framework for Web Science. Now Publishers Inc.

 

Castro, E (2007) HTML for the World Wide Web, 6th Edition, Peachpit Press.

 

Deitel, H.M. and Deitel P.J. (2008/9) Internet & World Wide Web. How to Program, 4th Edition. Pearson Education International.

 

Landow, G.P. (2006) Hypertext 3.0: Critical theory and New Media in an Era of Globalisation. John Hopkins University Press.

 

Mitchell, T. (2005) Web Mapping Illustrated. O’Reilly Media.

 

Nelson, T. (2009) Geeks Bearing Gifts. Mindful Press.

Assessment

Assessment methods

Practical assignment (New Media) and write-up

1

40 %

 

Practical assignment (Web-based project) and write-up

1

60 %

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