• Class Number 6971
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Katrina Grant
    • Dr Katrina Grant
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course is aimed at students wanting to develop digital humanities projects that are grounded in relevant critical theory and supported by robust methodologies. Digital humanities is a cross-disciplinary area of research that uses computational methodologies to answer humanities questions (such as development of online archives, digital maps, linked data) and also investigates how the critical frameworks of the humanities can be used to investigate the digital world (web science, data science, ethics and technology, etc). The course will introduce students to key issues and debates in the field, from debates over AI to digitisation in GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) and the use and misuse of big data. Students will be supported to learn a range of digital-led methodologies (for example - photogrammetry, linked data, crowdsourcing, web surveys, data analysis) that will support their own digital humanities projects. Students do not need high-level technical or computational skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. navigate and contextualise issues and theory relevant to digital humanities research;
  2. apply digital humanities methodologies to their own research and writing;
  3. develop and evaluate relevant methodologies for digital humanities research;
  4. speak with confidence about methodologies, data and theory in the digital humanities; and
  5. understand how to test and evaluate relevant software and computational methods for digital humanities research.

Research-Led Teaching

This course supports students to develop their own independent research project as part of their Honours thesis.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources



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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introductions, cohort building
2 Thinking about research proposals and research ethics overview
3 Discussion of research proposals
4 Discussion of Literature Reviews and annotated bibliographies
5 Annotated Bibliographies are due Annotated Bibliography
6 Project check
7 Status Report
8 Report Structuring
9 Demo advice and methodologies
10 Problem Solving Methodology overview due
11 Oral presentations Oral presentation due
12 Cohort building

Tutorial Registration

You will be required to attend the weekly Digital Humanities research seminars either online or in person, see Wattle for times (nb this is not on the central timetable)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Annotated bibliography (1500 words or 2000 words) 20 % 05/08/2022 1,3,5
Methodology Evaluation (1500 or 2000 words) 20 % 26/08/2022 2,3,5
Oral presentation 20 % 24/10/2022 3,4,5
Research Essay (2500-6000 words) 40 % 07/10/2022 1,2,3,5

* 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 Academic Integrity . 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.


Students will work on these tasks with their thesis supervisor, and should also discuss with the course convener (Katrina Grant). Students are expected to take part in weekly research seminars with other research project students in the Centre for Digital Humanities Research.



Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 05/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5

Annotated bibliography (1500 words or 2000 words)

The annotated bibliography exercise requires students to present a range of key readings and projects they have consulted in the development of their research proposal. Bibliographies should have a minimum of 10 references. Each should be accompanied by a synopsis of 100-150 words that describes the text/project, explains the relative strengths and weaknesses of the work, its argument, its theory/methodology, its place within or contribution to the field, and its overall significance to your project. For example, you may comment on the evidence, the data, case studies or examples used. Do not just summarise the work.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5

Methodology Evaluation (1500 or 2000 words)

This task should present an evaluation and overview of your planned methodology/ies for your research project. Typically Digital Humanities research projects use a number of different methods, so you can choose to focus on just one of these, or present an overview of a couple. Discuss with your supervisor what is the most useful approach for your project.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 24/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Oral presentation

This will be presented in class in week 11. Presentations should be around 5-6 minutes following the Pecha Kucha model and offer a succinct overview of the research project, the research question, the methodology used and any initial findings or conclusions. Presentations are assessed on the clearness of presentation, effective use of visual aids (slides/videos), and quality of content presented.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 07/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Research Essay (2500-6000 words)

This essay should present part of your research project. It can form part of your final thesis for Honours so discuss with your supervisor what the most useful approach is. You could consider writing up your literature review, your methodology chapter, or a case study. Essays will be marked on the quality of writing, structure of argument, and engagement with research and relevant literature.

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) 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 not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • 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.

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 on assignments will be provided through Wattle.

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.

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).

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