• Class Number 3174
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Katrina Grant
    • Dr Katrina Grant
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course allows students to develop and critically assess a range of digital humanities skills, research methods, and best practices. Students will be asked to engage with cutting-edge research methodologies in the growing interdisciplinary field of the digital humanities, focusing on the issues and approaches that directly address the ongoing digitisation of our shared cultural record. The scope and scale of these issues will allow students to investigate a variety of humanities questions in a project-based manner across multiple media and using various methodologies. Students will experiment with at least four different types of data— drawn from existing open-access digital humanities collections—along with corresponding data analysis techniques to answer a set of humanities-related research questions. These methods may include: digitisation techniques, text encoding and analysis, data gathering and analysis, 'distant reading' and data mining, network analysis, data visualisation, linked open data, and geo-spatial mapping.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse and discuss the impact of digital technologies on research in the humanities;
  2. examine and evaluate a variety of digital humanities research methods and practices;
  3. investigate the use of new digital methods in order to address a set of existing humanities research questions; and
  4. effectively communicate research methodologies and results in the context of the wider digital humanities scholarly community.

Research-Led Teaching

This course gives students the opportunity to work onto real-life research and development projects. In 2020 students will be part of an ANU/NMA collaboration to generate creative and innovative new approaches to digital outreach in museums.

Field Trips

Visits to the National Museum of Australia in Week 3 (TBC)No cost to students. Museum can be accessed via short 15 minute walk from the ANU campus, by bus (including the free Culture Loop shuttle https://www.nma.gov.au/visit-us/plan/culture-loop-shuttle-bus), or by car/bike. The NMA has disabled parking and a fully accessible gallery spaces https://www.nma.gov.au/visit-us/accessibility.

Additional Course Costs


Required Resources

Internet access Students are expected to access class materials through the course website and Wattle learning platform. Your ANU student email (via Wattle) will be used regularly to communicate important information about class activities and assessments so you must check it regularly.

Specialised technology and software can be accessed in the DH Lab.

Students are encouraged to bring laptops to class where possible. The DH Lab is fully equipped with high-powered computers that will be made available for students to use, but use of some resources will need to be shared during class time. The lab will be available to use outside of class time after completing an induction.

Staff Feedback

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

  • Written feedback on individual assignments
  • General feedback in seminars on submitted work.
  • Feedback in seminars on work being done during class time.
  • General feedback on class forums
  • Peer feedback in tutorials and class forums

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

Group Work

Where appropriate and discussed with lecturer students may choose to work in groups of up to 3 on a project. In this case students submit a joint project build, but it will be expected to reflect the work of 2 or 3 rather than 1 student. Each student must submit an original and unique reflection as part of the final exegesis even where work was carried out in a group.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to HUMN3001 Digital Humanities Lab Induction Talk from Matthew Noonan from the NMA about the Defining Moments project. · Introduction to the course · Explanation of assessments · DH Lab Induction · Introduction to the Toolkit · Overview of Defining Moments Project · Set up GitHub account
2 · Introduction to basic principles of Project Planning · Open access, copyright, remix and reuse, accessibility considerations Methods expo – try your hand at some new techniques including: APIs 3D, coding with collections, digital mapping, digital timelines
3 · NMA visit (TBC) · We will probably spend the full 3 hours at the NMA. We will meet at SRWB at 2pm to walk down to museum for 2:20, we will aim to finish about 4:30pm.
4 · Today we will finalise project ideas · We will start by discussing everyone’s napkin pitches (see document under Toolkit + Resources) · Then there will be time to develop the pitch plan for the next week. · You should also be thinking about developing your detailed project outline, plan, and milestones, which are due in Week 6 (use the template available in Toolkit + Resources).
5 This week each student/team will present a pitch of their project. Followed by friendly feedback and suggestions. Project Pitch due in class
6 · We will discuss plans and milestones. · There will be time to get the project underway. Project Plan and milestone due Monday 30th March
7 Lab time to work on project
8 Lab time to work on projects
9 Lab time to work on projects
10 Lab time to work on projects
11 Lab time to work on projects
12 Final presentation of project - set up as expo. Demo your project to CDHR staff, other ANU staff and reps from NMA. Final presentation due in class - 10 minutes per student/team with slides and live demos as appropriate.

Tutorial Registration

No need to sign up. All students must attend the singly weekly 3 hour seminar.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Project Pitch 20 % 25/03/2020 29/03/2019 1, 2, 4
Project Plan and Milestones 20 % 30/03/2020 01/04/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final demonstration of project 20 % 27/05/2020 07/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Final Project 40 % 09/06/2020 28/06/2019 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.


This course relies on active, engaged participation in class activities. Participation is not graded but engagement with talks, discussions, and demonstrations during lab time (including offsite visits) will be essential to completing the final project to a high standard.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 29/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Project Pitch

Students will prepare a pitch for their project idea that will be presented to the course convenor and lecturer and staff at the NMA.

Students will be marked on presentation, enthusiasm, and professionalism, as well as on the concept for the project and the feasibility of it.

The feedback from this assessment will be constructive and will support studengts in refining their ideas for the final project.

Assessment Rubrics

25% Quality of oral presentation (engagement, clarity, fluency, delivery)

25% Quality of visual aids

25% Creativity and originality

25% Relevance of project concept to stated aims requested by the NMA

Value: 20%

Presentation requirements: In-class presentation using any available presentation software

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 01/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Project Plan and Milestones

The main aim of this assessment is to support students to devise a realistic and achievable plan for completing their project by the deadline. Each student/group will recieve detailed feedback in person.

The project plan should be detailed and follow the template (app 1000 words) and include a timeline for completion, details of challenges and possible obstacles, identification of support that may be required (ie need a demonstration of 3D scanning), software and/or hardware required (SLR camera, mapping software etc), if working in a group how responsibilities for work will be shared.

Submission via coversheet through Wattle (see Assessment on Wattle for full details).

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 27/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 07/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final demonstration of project

Students will give a 10min presentation and demonstration of their project build to their peers and to staff from the NMA. Students are expected to engage with each others projects, which will take place during the seminar slot in Week 12 as an expo.

Assessment Rubrics

25% Quality of oral presentation (engagement, clarity, fluency, delivery)

25% Relevance of project build to the NMA requirements for the project

25% Creativity and originality

25% Completeness of project being presented

Value: 20%

Presentation requirements: In-class presentation using any available presentation software

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 09/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 28/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Project

The final project build should be as complete as possible. Stduents will have an additional two weeks after the final presentation to refine/fix or make small changes as suggested by feedback following the presentation. The final project should be accompanied by 1000 word exegesis that evaluates your work, explains how it compares to similar projects, details the workflows, and reflects on the challenges and personal learning experiences of completing the project. Students working in groups should *each* write individual reflections for the exegesis.

Assessment Rubric for the Research Build

25% Completeness of build

25% Relevance of chosen build

25% Critical engagement and understanding the data/content

25% Creativity and originality

Assessment Rubric for Exegesis

20% Evaluation of research build

20% Situating your project in existing research

20% Quality of argument and information

20% Presentation, organisation, referencing, and coherence of expression

20% Justification of chosen build in a wider context

Submission via coversheet through Wattle (see Assessment on Wattle for full details)..Project builds will be submitted in different ways depending on software used (pdf upload, website url supplied etc) – please submit as requested by lecturer.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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) as submission must be through Turnitin. Assignments must include the cover sheet available on Wattle. Please note special submission guidelines for this course as most submitted work is not text based. It is your responsibility to ensure you know how to submit digital projects and files before the deadline.

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

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 or for in class presentations.

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

Feedback will be provided through Wattle or in person in class.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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 convener 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

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Dr Katrina Grant

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Dr Katrina Grant

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Dr Katrina Grant

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Monday 09:00 10:00

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