Digital Media & Information Studies MA

Document Encoding INFOST4006

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills to analyse, understand and encode a variety of texts in electronic format. It will seek to develop these skills by encouraging an intimate understanding of the nature of different texts, an appreciation of their uses, and approaches to encoding them in electronic form.


1x2hr lecture; 1x1hr practical lab per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in DMIS and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus

Excluded Courses

INFOSTUD4007 - Document Encoding 




Project accompanied with a 3,000 word report - 100% (digital resources 40%; report 60%)

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:

■ explore the principles and best practice of document encoding.

■ explore the methods of document analysis.

■ use different encoding languages, particularly XML.

■ apply relevant and appropriate encoding in a project that facilitate the systematic and rigorous study of text

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Use methods of document analysis to identify significant structural elements, content features and problem characters.

■ Identify relevant research questions for a text and assess how encoding can help answer these.

■ Assess how encoding can change the way in which texts are used and analysed in the humanities.

■ Compare and contrast the principles and development of encoding languages (such as XML, XHTML, and RDF). Design and apply an appropriate encoding to a text using XML.

■ Recognise and use standards and best practice generally accepted by the research community

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.