Books as New Media INFOSTUD4003

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to the history of information storage and retrieval via the codex format tracking the development of the book from scroll, to manuscript, to print, and introduces students to books in the digital age (i.e. which tools and interactives are being used/have been developed to communicate rare books and manuscripts to different audiences). The content of the course will be a combination of traditional lectures, object handling sessions in Special Collections, and hands-on making sessions (book making, book binding, and printing).


1 x weekly lecture (1 hour) 1 x weekly experiential learning session (2 hours), either in Special Collections or in a maker space

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Digital Media and Information Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

ARTMED4040 - Books as New Media




Exam (60 minutes) - 40%

Essay (3,000 words) - 60% Or

Creative Piece with Reflective Report (1,500 words & Object) - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Evaluate the developing codex format as a means of information storage, retrieval and knowledge exchange Examine the codex format from scroll to manuscript, print and digital using Glasgow's Special Collections materials

■ Examine, use and critically analyse digital tools for displaying, interpreting and communicating rare books and medieval manuscripts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Define key structures and processes central to the study of book history (i.e. codicology)

■ Use the theoretical principals of book history research to critically analyse the codicology of a rare book or manuscript

■ Articulate the ubiquity of the codex-format for information preservation, retrieval and knowledge exchange across time

■ Recognise and critically evaluate the opportunities and limitations of digital media for communicating the codex

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.