Postgraduate taught 

Information Management & Preservation MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Document Encoding ARTMED5014

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

* To provide a grounding in the principles and best practice of electronic text encoding.
* To provide an appreciation of the different types of text encoding.
* To examine of text encoding methods.
* To emphasise the critical ability to assess the potential for both use and misuse of electronic text encoding in the humanities.
* To provide an understanding of the main standards for encoding texts.
* To analyse of how encoding methods are used in the humanities and how this can change the way in which scholars can use and
interact with documents.
* To provide an opportunity to apply relevant and appropriate encoding to interdisciplinary practical projects that facilitate the systematic
and rigorous study of texts.

Timetable

Semester 2.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

* To provide a grounding in the principles and best practice of electronic text encoding.
* To provide an appreciation of the different types of text encoding.
* To examine of text encoding methods.
* To emphasise the critical ability to assess the potential for both use and misuse of electronic text encoding in the humanities.
* To provide an understanding of the main standards for encoding texts.
* To analyse of how encoding methods are used in the humanities and how this can change the way in which scholars can use and
interact with documents.
* To provide an opportunity to apply relevant and appropriate encoding to interdisciplinary practical projects that facilitate the systematic
and rigorous study of texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

* Ability to analyse a variety of texts and identify their principal structural elements and character features.
* Ability to identify the likely research questions which are most pertinent to ask of a text and evaluate whether these can be answered
by using text encoding.
* Understanding of and ability to distinguish between the main types of text encoding.
* Appreciation of the theory and development of the main forms of text encoding (SGML, XML, XHTML).
* Understanding of how to apply the appropriate encoding scheme to a text.
* Ability to explain how full text encoding can change the way in which texts can be used and analysed in the humanities.
* Ability to apply at least one encoding scheme to a high level of competence.
* Ability to encode an electronic text using one of the encoding schemes taught to the standards generally accepted by the research community.
* Understanding of and ability to evaluate the process of producing an encoded electronic edition.