• Class Number 8424
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Katrina Grant
    • Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

A revolution is underway in humanities and social science research. Information and communication technologies are transforming the way in which students and scholars approach their subject matter. New questions arise when texts, images, and sound are rearranged in ways unimaginable before the digital age. The term 'digital humanities' refers to these changes and to the critical, epistemological, and methodological challenges they pose.
This course provides an introduction to some of the most exciting areas in current digital humanities research, as well as an exploration of its history and impact as an interdisciplinary field, the theoretical issues it raises, and the major methodological debates it has provoked over the last few decades. Students will develop the analytical skills necessary for working at, and engaging with, the intersection of humanities and digital technologies. They will explore both the theoretical and practical foundations for working with cultural objects in the digital medium in ways relevant to languages, linguistics, history, literature, and many other humanities disciplines.No technical background is required.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. interpret the history of and major recent theoretical developments in the interdisciplinary field of digital humanities;
  2. analyse the impact of digital technologies on research in the humanities and in connection to research collections;
  3. situate research interests within the larger context of digital humanities theories, practices and projects;
  4. critically evaluate digital humanities projects; and
  5. prototype digital humanities projects.

Required Resources

Internet access. Students are expected to access class materials through the course website and Wattle learning platform. 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Additional referencing requirements

In their written assignments (Assessment 4 or where otherwise relevant) students are asked to follow the Chicago Manual of Style ‘author-date’ citation guidelines: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html 

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course
2 Planning a Digital Humanities project
3 Writing a Digital Humanities project report in LaTeX
4 Individual project Hot-desking Workshop Individual assignment (10%) and report (10%) due
5 Situating ideas within the history and theoretical developments of the Digital Humanities
6 Recognising the impact of digital technologies on collections-based research
7 Situating project within a wider Digital Humanities context
8 Evaluating Digital Humanities projects
9 Protoype, Proof-of-Concept, or Minimum Viable Project?
10 Group project Hot-desking Workshop Group project build (40%) and exegesis (30%) due
11 Student Pecha Kucha presentations (practice round)
12 Student Pecha Kucha presentations (finals) Pecha-Kucha presentation due (10%)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Individual project 10 % 16/08/2019 30/08/2019 2, 3, 4
Report on the individual project 10 % 16/08/2019 30/08/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Group Task Prototype build 40 % 11/10/2019 25/10/2019 2, 3, 4
Pecha Kucha Presentation 10 % 11/10/2019 25/10/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Project exegesis 30 % 22/10/2019 25/10/2019 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 16/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Individual project

Students enrolled in HUMN6001 will be tasked with creating a digital resource using the digital collections available from the British Library (https://www.bl.uk/catalogues-and-collections/digital-collections). This assignment does not require students to know or learn how to code or program, and they are encouraged to use existing, free, off-the-shelf tools such as those made available by KnightLab (https://knightlab.northwestern.edu/).

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 16/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Report on the individual project

Students enrolled in HUMN6001 are tasked with writing a 1,500 word (max) report of the individual project in line with the description of a Long Paper at the Digital Humanities conference. As such, it should contain at least the following sections: Introduction, Related Work, Methodology, Data, A Critical Discussion and Evaluation, Conclusion, and References. The paper must be written using the LaTeX template (provided on Wattle).

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 11/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Group Task Prototype build

Students enrolled in HUMN6001 are tasked with creating a digital resource using the British Library's digital collection (https://www.bl.uk/catalogues-and-collections/digital-collections). There is a lot of freedom with the exact type of project, but it needs to fit one of the following categories: Research, Artistic, Commercial, or Teaching/Learning. 

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 11/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Pecha Kucha Presentation

Every student must contribute to their group's presentation about the project build. Pecha Kucha presentations are short, informational presentation to their peers, lecturer, and a visiting representative from the British Library. Presentations must conform to the Pecha Kucha format: 20 slides of 20 seconds each, with no (or minimal) writing, engaging images, and conversational presentation style. See Jason Jones’ article ‘Challenging the Presentation Paradigm (in 6 minutes, 40 seconds): Pecha Kucha’ (http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/challenging-the-presentation-paradigm-i n-6-minutes-40-seconds-pecha-kucha/22807 ) and http://www.pechakucha.org/ for more on this format. Recognising that for some students this might be their first time engaging with this presentation format, Week 11 will be dedicated as a practice round, with students given feedback and guidance, which they can implement in time for their final presentations (which are graded) in Week 12.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 22/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Project exegesis

Students enrolled in HUMN6001 are tasked with writing a 2,000 word (max) exegesis of the group project. It should contain at least the following sections: Introduction, Related Work (situating the project in existing Digital Humanities contexts), Methodology, Data, a Critical Discussion and Evaluation, Conclusion, and References. The paper must be written using the LaTeX template (provided on Wattle).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
  • Extensions cannot be granted for the Pecha Kucha presentation. If you can not do your presentation on the day but can provide evidence of illness or other exceptional circumstances then the convener may allow the student to undertake an alternative assessment. 

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Work will be marked with in text comments and long form comments via turnitin and these will be available through Wattle. Grades for each assessment will be made available on gradebook on Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students who fail an assignment may discuss with the course convenor options for doing alternative assessment. 

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Katrina Grant
02 6125 8117

Research Interests

Dr Katrina Grant

Tuesday 12:00 14:00
Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller
02 6125 7426

Research Interests

Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller

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