Postgraduate taught 

Museum Studies MSc/PgDip/PgCert

2D Digitisation: Theory & Practice (PGT) INFOST5004

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will examine the advantages of developing digital collections in the arts, humanities and wider cultural heritage sector, and issues involved in creating, curating and managing such digital collections. Students will apply the practical skills they acquire to the digitisations of an analogue collection.


1x2hr Lectures; 1x2 hr Practical's over 10 weeks.

Excluded Courses

INFOSTUD4002 - 2D Digitisation

INFOSTUD5004 - 2D Digitisation: Theory & Practice (PGT)




Project consisting of Digitised Resources (images and metadata) - 50%

Project Report (3,500 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Emphasise the role of digital resources for research, teaching, preservation and access in the arts and humanities.

■ Promote the analytical skills for assessing the information content of analogue material.

■ Provide a theoretical framework for selecting appropriate digitisation standards for different types of analogue material.

■ Familiarise students with a range of digital capture hardware and software.

■ Develop an understanding of factors affecting digitisation quality explaining the concept of metadata and providing an understanding of its application.

■ Provide an appreciation of the role of processing, archiving and preserving digital information.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Select materials for digitisation and provide sound justifications for their decisions.

■ Define the standards to be used depending upon the type of documentary or image material with which they are working and the outcomes of a particular digitisation initiative.

■ Manage the digitisation process from end-to-end, understanding the application of the techniques to humanities facilities

■ Appreciation of the role and types of metadata used to assure the long-term reusability of digital materials.

■ Develop and apply an appropriate quality control procedure.

■ Plan appropriate storage and access facilities.

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.