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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

The module introduces students to the application of technological sources to higher level humanities research in English and History, secondly, it will examines the methods of and use of quantitative research and how this research might be presented and finally, it will introduce students to the collection, use and storage of oral testimony which offers a further example where recent technological developments can be applied and used to create, use and conserve an oral source.


The module examines the application of ICT to humanities research, analysis and writing. It looks at the advantages, limitations, and the wide ranging debates surrounding the use of computers to investigate historical problems. It develops students¿ skills in capturing, analysing and presenting primary historical materials in electronic form. Using both textual and quantitative data, the course involves the creation of accurate, reusable electronic versions of primary sources, and looks at how these can be analysed and how the results of such analysis can be presented; the identification of soft ware packages and internet sources relevant to the student; how historical data can be analysed; practical work based on computer readable data generated in historical studies; an introduction to quantitative methods and their application in specific case studies to historical research; scanning and creating text databases (Microsoft Access and Excel, SPSS, GIS (Geographical Information System) û theory, functioning and potential; text analysis; internet sources; creating, storing and managing oral evidence; methods of documenting and conserving research results and information; presenting the results - practical writing skills. The module will incorporate an on-line workshop with The National Archives, UK on bibliographic research, archival usage, the handling of primary sources.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

At the end of the module the students will -Identify the technological sources applicable to research in higher level humanities research in English, History and History of Art -Identify how technological methods are applicable to research in higher level research in English, History and History of Art

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

-Differentiate between sources and methods relevant to doctoral research in the contributory disciplines of History, English, History of Art.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

-Construct a methodological plan for their thesis topic -Display their skills and abilities in the relevant technological sources and methods for their research -Present results and conclusions in the appropriate fashion

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

This is an online module where doctoral student will obtain technical knowledge relevant to conducting research at an advanced level. It will be both relevant to clarifying their research objectives and inform them of the wider application of technology to the humanities.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

This is a research degree and thus the research expertise of the studentÆs doctoral studies panel and her/his supervisor will be integrated into the syllabus.

Prime Texts:

Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth (edt) (2004) A companion to digital humanities (Blackwell companions to literature and culture , Blackwell
Rydberg-Cox, Jeffrey A. (2005) Digital libraries and the challenges of digital humanities, Chandos information professional series, , Chandos
Hockey, Susan M., (1980) A guide to computer applications in the humanities , John Hopkins University Press

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Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Spring - 08/09

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