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Assignments and Grading
All projects must be completed if one is to pass the course.
There is no text to purchase for the class. Readings will be available as open source texts freely available to you, or they will be shared as PDF documents. In both cases, readings will be shared on the course Moodle site, so default to finding the readings there. Linked texts will likely be shared here on the Course Schedule as well, but if you’re in doubt, check the Moodle.
- In-Class Project Modules (25%)
These will be 4-6 in-class (and homework) projects that we’ll work on over the course of the semester, all of which will weight equally to this portion of your grade. Each module will consist of four parts: readings/responses, classwork/homework, and reflection. Project modules may include (but are not limited to):
- using python to create bots,
- physical computing using python and thermal printers,
- textual analysis using low-barrier tools,
- algorithmic textual analysis using stylometry,
- algorithmic textual analysis using topic modeling, and/or
- the visualization of humanities data.
Digital Humanities Project Evaluation
(15%, due 13 FEB)
You will select a digital humanities project and write an evaluation of that project using a set of guidelines that we’ll assemble as a class. Think of this as a short-to-medium length paper (e.g. ~750-1000 words). You will also offer a brief presentation on the DH project that you’ve chosen and your evaluation thereof.
Website Hack and Portfolio Creation
(2 Parts, 10% each, Part one due 1 FEB, Part two due 3 MAY)
Through a blend of in-class jumpstart and periodic at-home development, you’ll develop a personal professional website. This will involve a crash course in HTML and CSS and tweaking a template to suit your informational needs. You’ll then spend the rest of semester developing your site into a public space for you to present your final project and your review of a DH Project.
Review and Presentation of a DH Tool
(15%, due 8 MAR)
There are a number of plug-and-play, click-and-drag, etc tools out there. If you’re curious, you can find some here. From a list of suggestions, you will select a tool, review its utility, and guide the class in a walkthrough of its uses.
(15%, due 3 MAY)
The nature of this project is likely to shift because it’ll be tailored to your own interests. Based o the work that we do in the class, you’ll conceive and create the project, you’ll present to the class on that project, and you’ll offer a final web-based version on your portfolio site.
- Class Citizenship
This is about the quality of your participation in class, and it’ll be tailored (to a degree) to your individual level. You can read more about participation in policies, but it’s about presence and engagement. You will be asked at least once to submit a brief (~300 word) citizenship reflection, which will be factored with my evaluation of your presence and engagement as a part of your final grade.
From the College Catalogue, p259.
- A (90-100) – outstanding performance in which there has been distinguished achievement in all phases of the course.
- B (80-89) – good performance in which there has been a high level of achievement in some phases of the course.
- C (70-89) – adequate performance in which a basic understanding of the subject has been demonstrated.
- D (60-69) – minimal performance in which despite recognizable deficiencies there is enough merit to warrant credit.
- F (<60) – (or NC) unsatisfactory performance.
“An Incomplete (designated “I”) is only appropriate if a student has attended and participated in the classroom activities throughout the semester and a small portion of the work of a course is unavoidably unfinished. This work must be completed before the end of the first week of the following semester (including work for Semester II that must be completed before the end of the first week of the Summer Session). If the work is not completed by the time specified, the I automatically becomes an F or NC. Credit for a course completed at the College will not normally be awarded after the deadline for changing incomplete grades. Exceptions to this policy require a written petition to the Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement and are approved only in exceptional circumstances.”
– (from the College Catalogue, p260.) * **Booking Meetings
Course Archive: 2017
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