- Class Number 6972
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller
- Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller
- 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
Digital technologies have infiltrated nearly all aspects of our existence, covering each natural and cultural urge from ordering food, checking our banking details, finding a partner, or paying our taxes. Our interactions with new digital and computational technologies affect how we think of ourselves and our cultural heritage, both individually and collectively; they influence the ways in which we interact socially and politically; and, they affect how we determine public and private spaces in an increasingly connected world. Our digital legacies even outlast our lives, preserving some part of us even once we are gone. Regardless of the level of involvement, we are all living in the digital era. This course engages the students to discuss some of the key ways in which the digital has affected our lives, and what it really means. We examine different manifestations of human culture as it occurs online, pulling in examples from social media, the cultural heritage sector, even the Dark Web. We examine the ethical implications for collecting data about people, critique the ways in which information is presented and retrieved online, discuss popular trends and online behaviours, and tackle questions related to some of the less pleasant aspects of online culture. In order to do so, we need a thoughtful, ethical, critical, and interdisciplinary approach to the study and development of technology. Technology should be understood together with, and in the context of, understanding humanity. Understanding the technology alone is not enough, we need to understand how technology and humanity interact.
Examples of topics and methods covered: Crowdsourcing, Social media analysis (social networking, sentiment analysis, etc), AI and ML methods and problems, Gaming and gamification, Linked Data and Knowledge Representation, Tech utopias/dystopias, Privacy and trust online, Ethics, research, data etc
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically examine digital culture and society;
- apply computational methodologies to their own research, writing and project development;
- develop critical arguments relating to society and culture in the Digital Age from a theoretical and methodologically robust standpoint;
- express their ideas and understanding about computational methodologies for the analysis of digital society and culture using a range of different media;
- have the confidence and capacity to trial, upskill and evaluate a range of digital tools and methods; and
- understand how to develop a plan for a research project using computational methods and digital publication.
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
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research and Study|
|2||Data: Open, Linked, Meta...and Where to Find It|
|3||Privacy, Ethics, and Trust in the Data Economy|
|4||Methodology: Identify and Evaluate, Recognise Bias|
|5||Technology is Neither Good Nor Bad Nor Is It Neutral|
|6||Workflows: Planning Digital Projects|
|7||Tech Utopias and Dystopias|
|8||Gartner Hype Cycle|
|10||What even is a Pecha Kucha?|
|11||Practice Round Student Presentations (feedback!)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Evaluation of a Digital Resource||25 %||12/08/2022||26/08/2022||1,3|
|Evaluation of a Digital Tool or Method||25 %||02/09/2022||16/09/2022||1,3,5,|
|Plan a new Digital Resource||20 %||23/09/2022||30/09/2022||1,2,3,6|
|Creation of a Digital Resource||20 %||21/10/2022||04/11/2022||1,2,3,5,6|
|Class Presentation Showing Your Amazing Resource||10 %||24/10/2022||24/10/2022||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:
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,3
Evaluation of a Digital Resource
A critical evaluation of an available or existing digital resource. This could be a dataset, or a project that enables the exploration of a dataset.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5,
Evaluation of a Digital Tool or Method
Critical evaluation of a methodology, such as Linked Data, text analysis, music encoding, sentiment analysis, network theory, AI or machine learning algorithms, ideally referring to at least one existing project in which the method is used.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,6
Plan a new Digital Resource
Plan the process for building a digital resource, including timeline, necessary resources, and any prerequisite steps in the workflow (for example, the need to learn a skill before it is used).
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5,6
Creation of a Digital Resource
Creation of a digital resource that combines data and a method. These could be something created from exiting data (such as any of the dataset openly available from data.gov.au) combined with a process of data crunching, analysis, or similar. Students can use online tutorials such as those available from the Programming Historian website. The project is the equivalent of writing a 2000 word essay, but you are NOT tasked with writing a 2000 word project report. Instead, you need to use the same amount of time on building the resource, as it would take you to study, research, draft, and polish a 2000 word essay.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 4
Class Presentation Showing Your Amazing Resource
Students will report on their project in a Pecha Kucha presentation, given in class. These presentations are casual and informal in tone, and consist of 20 slides of pictures only (no words!) each set to change every 20 seconds. Total presentation length is 6min 40 sec.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
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Web Science, Linked Data, Digital Humanities
Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller
Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller