Postgraduate taught 

Museum Studies: Artefacts & Material Culture MSc

Heritage and Cultural Informatics ARTMED5016

  • 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

Information Technology (IT) plays an increasingly central role in the work of organisations which act to conserve, preserve, and improve access to our cultural and natural heritage. The shortage of skilled staff is acute in areas such as libraries and archives and becomes especially apparent when these organisations begin to embark on creation of new information resources, retroconversion, digitisation, public outreach, and online catalogue projects. The course has a strong emphasis on professional objectives and opportunities.

Timetable

10 weeks, 4 hours of classes on a Wednesday.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses

Heritage and Cultural Informatics 91HU (Undergraduate version of this course)

Assessment

40% for Book review (1500 - 2000 words), 60% essay (2000 - 3000 words)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to

■ introduce students to the collections held by and remit of heritage institutions including museums, archives and libraries.

■ Enable students to identify and appreciate the different ways in which these institutions are managed by professionals in each field, and the impact this has on users and potential users.

■ Enable students to examine the special problems and opportunities posed by the application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

■ To introduce the students to the current and future uses of ICT in libraries, archives, and museums

■ To examine the issues of rights management and project management and the political, social and ethical issues of heritage and cultural informatics

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the conclusion of the course students will be able to demonstrate:
-an understanding of general issues related to the implementation of Information and Communications Technology within arts and heritage-based institutions;
-familiarity with some of the broader isues stemming from the use of Information, Communication and Technology in the heritage sector;
-an appreciation of appropriate standards and applications to meet needs in libraries, museums, and archives for resource management, public outreach, and collection development;
-an understanding of the complexities of heritage information systems;
-skills in evaluation of heritage inforrmation systems at front-end, formative, and summative stages;
-an understanding of the relationship between digital content, heritage holdings, and the needs of users.

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