The University of Southampton

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

Module Aims

• 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).

Learning Outcomes

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
Transferable and Generic 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.
Subject Specific Practical 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
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • key concepts such as multimedia, New Media, the Internet, and Web 2.0 and how they can successfully be employed by the Humanities


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

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.

Completion of assessment task100
Practical classes and workshops24
Project supervision14
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Allemang, D. and Hendler, J. (2011). Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist. 

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

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

Deitel, H.M. and Deitel P.J. (2008). Internet & World Wide Web. How to Program. 

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

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

Mitchell, T. (2005). Web Mapping Illustrated. 

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

Castro, E (2007). HTML for the World Wide Web. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Practical assignment and write-up 40%
Practical assignment and write-up 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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