Digital Media & Information Studies MA

2D Digitisation: Theory & Practice (Hons) INFOST4001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

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 lecture; 1x2hr practical computer labs per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Information Studies and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

ARTMED4001 2D Digitisation: Theory & Practice

INFOSTUD4002 2D Digitisation: Theory & Practice




Examination (120 minutes) - 40%

Project consisting of Digitised Resources (images and metadata)- 30%

Project Report (3,000 words) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ apply the theoretical principles of digitisation of primary textual and image resources to practical application

■ evaluate the use and availability of high-quality digital content, central to research and teaching developments in the arts and humanities and cultural heritage sector

■ examine the advantages of developing digital collections in the arts and humanities and issues involved in creating, curating, and managing access to such collections.

■ apply the practical skills acquired to the digitisation of an analogue (print, music manuscripts, or map) collection selected from university collections

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ use the theoretical principles of digitisation of primary image and text resources within a practical scenario

■ 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 objectives of a particular digitisation initiative

■ appreciate the role and types of metadata used to assure the long term reusability of digital materials;

■ determine the wider costs of digitisation projects

■ recognize the role of the user in these processes

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.