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Digital Humanities and Information Technology BA (Hons)

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Course Code: CK118

Course Title: Digital Humanities and Information Technology

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering and Food Science

Digital Humanities and Information Technology

Duration: 3yrs or 4yrs with placement option

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2017: 379

Overview

This is Ireland's only BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology. Graduates of this innovative programme will be uniquely balanced across two areas – information technology, and the arts and humanities – having studied modules in computer science, digital humanities and an arts subject.

You will develop practical skills to flourish in the digital age and explore the impact of digital technology on culture, power and identity in society.

You will seek to discover what is it to be human in the digital age, and the answers will help to shape how we see ourselves and others as humanity becomes more connected by technology.

You will be introduced to a dynamic and developing field. The BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology will lay the foundations for employment in a range of areas or for further research, using digital tools to address the creative questions of the arts and humanities.

 

Course Details

A diverse and experienced team will teach you about major issues and debates in digital humanities and computer science.

You will develop an understanding of electronic computation and the skills to use digital tools, computing technologies and programming languages. You will learn to curate, develop and deliver digital media applications and to devise, implement and update digital learning plans. You will also develop critical, analytical, research and problem-solving skills that are valuable for a wide range of future careers.

The course includes modules in information technology and digital humanities, along with an arts module, and the opportunity to study abroad or partake in a work placement. 

Year 1 Modules:

Core

CS1050 Fundamentals of Internet Computing (15 credits);

CS1070 Introductory Python Programming for Digital Humanities (5 credits);

CS1118 Multimedia (5 credits);

CS3052 Information Systems Security and Electronic Commerce (5 credits)

DH1001 Concepts and Collaboration in Digital Humanities I (5 credits);

DH1002 Digital Tools & Methodologies (5 credits);

DH1003 Introduction to Student Learning in the Digital Age (5 credits)

Electives (one from)

Archaeology;  Béaloideas;  Celtic Civilisation;  Chinese Studies;  Economics;  English;  French;  Geography;  German;   Greek;  History; Spanish;  Italian;  Latin;  Philosophy;  Politics; Religions and Global Diversity.

Year 2 Modules:

Core

Introduction to Digital Media;  Introduction to Internet Information Systems;  Computer Animation;  Authoring;  Webservers;  Introduction to Relational Databases;  Concepts and Collaboration in Digital Humanaities I;  Digital Tools & Methodologies I;  eLearning Digital Object Curation.

Electives

Arts subject continued from Year 1.

Year 3 Modules:

Students can choose to undertake a work placement, a year of study abroad or continue directly into their final year.

Option 1:  Work Placement + final year.

Option 2: International Pathway + final year.  If you choose the International Pathway you will spend Year 3 at an approved foreign university, where you will study approved courses/modules to the equivalent value of 60 credits.

Option 3:  Complete your final year.

Year 4 Modules:

Digital Content Management;  Usability Engineering;  Information Systems and Electronic Commerce;  Digital Video Capture and Packaging;  Audio and Sound Engineering;  Research Project;  Research Seminar;  Research Methods;  Research Project;  Minor subject continued from Years 1 and 2.

Electives

Arts subject continued from Years 1 and 2.

See the College Calendar for further information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further details on modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert entry requirements:

H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and must sit the MSAP exam.  Approximately six places are available to mature applicants on this course.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

 

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

Lectures: In addition to lectures, there will be face-to-face tutorials to support the other course material accessed in the student’s own time.

Lab/practical: Intensive onsite workshops will also be used, as well as laboratory sessions to reinforce and provide effective direct instruction in digital skills.

Online learning: The course will involve some group and online learning. Together, the students and teachers on the BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology will create an engaged learning community in person and online.

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.

Modules in the programme require hands-on work with current and emerging tools. This will include assessments that require engagement with both the theory and practice of inquiry in the digital age. It is expected that students will create digital research objects in the course of their work. Assessment may include practice- and/or performance-based elements where appropriate.

Who Teaches This Course

The programme is taught by lecturers from Computer Science, Digital Humanities and Arts. Integrating the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science with the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science provides students with diverse perspectives that will result in a comprehensive education in both fields.

Further Contact Information

Dr Orla Murphy, School of English, UCC
o.murphy@ucc.ie 

Mr. David Murphy, Computer Science, UCC

d.murphy@cs.ucc.ie

Dr Mike Cosgrave, School of History, UCC
m.cosgrave@ucc.ie

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